We rescued two one year old guinea pigs about a year ago, but they seem to dislike us and I'm not sure how to help them?
They were never abused or anything, basically they were adopted through a friend who works at a pet shop, the shop had them for ages, I think because they aren't particularly interesting colour-wise, so they kept being overlooked, and then grew into adult pigs and were overlooked because people wanted to buy babies- poor pigs! Anyway, I knew it would take a bit of time to get them used to us and being handled, but after a year they are still no better. They are handled every day, very gently by me, but I can tell they hate it and are desperate to get back in their cage. They have plenty of space to run around, we have a lovely big cage that they run around during the day outside, and then a nice cosy cage inside that they sleep in. If it's raining then I usually keep them inside, and let them run around on the floor in the living room and I sit with them, but they stay as far away from me as they can! I try to feed them by hand, and talk to them all the time, but they just seem scared of me.
I had piggies as a child, and remember them being really lovely and sociable, and they used to sit on my lap for ages and loved me! I was envisioning that after a bit of 'work', these two would be the same, but I feel like we're not getting anywhere.
Does anyone have any suggestions? I feel so sad for them as I just think they are scared all the time and dread me opening their cage! Are some piggies just not very people-friendly? It's fine if that's the case, but I just don't want them to be scared all the time. I was wondering if I got a couple more younger ones to live with them, that maybe that would bring them out of their shells a bit, but if they don't get along, I don't really have space for another cage, so it'd be a bit of a risk!
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Scared guinea pigs
mayoketchupchocolate · 20/07/2016 15:17
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