I started out with one really cute guinea pig. I named him Super Cute Waffles, Waffles for short. He was just so adorable, with his cute wheeking sounds he would make. I bought him a playpen so I could have him out in the living room with us while we watched tv in the evenings. I noticed right away he was smart. He would wheek loudly if we were holding him, to let us know he had to go pee. I would put him down, and he would go pee in the corner.
I wondered if I could teach him to spin on command. I got out some carrots, and I started to teach him to spin. It only took 15 minutes, and we were spinning for food. I was so excited I had to video Waffles doing his new trick. Next thing I thought of was an agility course. I set up on in his playpen. I made it out two toilet paper rolls and a straw. He would jump out of his little bed, jump over the straw and go back. How adorable is that!
I got to thinking maybe he does need a friend; the pets store clerk mentioned he didn’t like the piggies they had there, so he was in his cage. My thoughts were to get a baby guinea pig, that way he would be older. That is where Nibbles and Moonpie come in the picture.
I bought the double decker C&C cage, so they had plenty of room. Everything was great Waffles seemed like he was happy to have friends. As time went on Waffles one day decided he only like Nibbles and MoonPie needs to leave. He chased him around and wouldn’t let him eat. I tried feeding in separate areas, but if Waffles heard Moonpie doing anything, he would hunt him down and chase him up on top of his hut. Poor Moonpie had to stay there all the time. I couldn’t take that anymore, and I had to buy a second C&C cage. Now we have two cages, and Moonpie is safe now and seems happy he is away from the meanies. A few more months go by, and Nibbles is getting bigger and bigger. I notice he had a really big nose and feet. I started researching and found out that in Peru, Guinea Pigs are raised for meat. They are called Cuy, and they get up to 6 pounds. Some of the pet stores have been selling them, not knowing they weren’t smaller pet Guinea Pig. I was getting worried, thinking what am I going to do with a 6 lb Guinea Pig, but Nibbles only ended up weighing 3lbs, Thank Goodness! Now Nibbles is starting to hit puberty, and he decides he doesn’t like Waffles anymore. He wants him out of his cage. He pulled his hair out, bit his armpit and toe. I had to take Waffles to see the vet because he was injured. Waffles ended up losing his toe over this and costing me 350.00 in the process. So needless to say, Waffles is now in his own cage. So you say Guinea Pigs are social? Then what is going on here? Is it because they are all males and it might be different if it were all females? Maybe I just happen to get three alpha guinea pigs, and no one wanted to be the 2nd pig. Whatever it is, I do know they like being next to each other, but they do not want to share a cage. I can relate to that, I know growing up I did not want to share a bedroom with my sisters. Maybe it’s the same, heh