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post #1 of 24 Old 04-07-2010, 10:25 PM Thread Starter
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Am I being selfish to keep her?

Blixa died last night, basicly in my arms. (she was on a heating pad) But when I found her in the cage I thought she was dead, then I saw her breathing really shallow. I tried to save her but couldnt. At least she was comfy when she passed.
Now I have Nick left. Ive owned guinea pigs for years now. And know that they need to be with others to really be happy. But I cant get another pig. Im torn on wether or not I should find her a home or just keep her. I mean I did rescue them and made that comitment to give them a happy life.

Reasons why I dont want to give her away:
Ive had her for at least 2 1/2-3yrs
Im worried about the kind of home she would be placed in.
Im a VERY cavy savy person, with the whole C&C cage setup. The cage is 2x3ft and shouldnt be any smaller. veggies, toys, fleece & comforter bedding. You name it, their place is like the Guinea pig pent house!
I do NOT want her to go to a home with kids.
So already im asking a LOT to rehome a guinea pig, which not a lot of people really know how to care for them, since they are kinda "special needs" and need more then a pet store cage, and pellet food.

Reasons to give her away:
Shes all alone with no buddy.
Since she was rescued she never did bond with me more her play mates.
Im afraid since she wont have a buddy her lifespan will be cut short, maybe she gets deppressed or something. Like those lovebirds after one dies the other one will, idk?

Oh, Im really torn on this. I know its just a guinea pig but still they make great pets and are a lot more then what most people think of them. As in just keep em in a small cage and thats it. What should I do? What would you do?


Here are my girls, Blixa is the one with short fuzzy hair Nick has the long hair


Both are over the rainbow now. Mick died a couple months back. He was at least 5yrs+

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post #2 of 24 Old 04-07-2010, 10:57 PM
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Hm thats a really hard choice. I would say the only better choice would be to get another one, but you cant so I think I would go with finding her a good home, cause who wants to be lonely:(
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post #3 of 24 Old 04-07-2010, 11:03 PM Thread Starter
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yeah, im going to increase the lap time atm. But like you said "who wants to be lonely" This does suck

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post #4 of 24 Old 04-07-2010, 11:07 PM
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I am so sorry for your loss :( :( :(

I have 3 Guinea Pigs, and I lost my first guinea pig almost a year ago. She was my Princess.

When I first got her, she was the only pig. I was told that she didn't get along with other pigs, so I left her alone. Until one day a friend showed up with a Guinea Pig she bought, and introduced her to my Porkchop - and Porkchop came alive when the new Pig came into the picture...then when my friend went home, taking her Pig along with her - Porkchop got quite depressed.

She was depressed to the point where she would just mope around and lost interest in things, so I had to handle her alot, but even I wasn't a replacement for the company of her own kind.

My Husband bought me a Piglette from the pet store, and we introduced her to Porkchop, and Porkchop was quite happy and her personallity changed, but then she ended up with an inner ear infection. We took Porkchop to the vet and she was put on antibiodics, but then soon ended up in Pnemonia and then she died in Hubby's arms.

So we ended up with Maple being alone. My Hubby's friends knew about my loss, and without the other knowing - they both went and bought me a Piglette each as an Xmas present.

So I went from 1, to 2, to 1, to 3. lol.

So I understand your worry and pangs. **HUGS** again - I am so sorry for your loss.

Can you not find your Pig a companion? Instead of giving her away, why not just bring another one into your lives to give her that Piggy companionship?

Nick is just adorable!

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post #5 of 24 Old 04-07-2010, 11:43 PM Thread Starter
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Isnt it hard to loose one of them! It was so sad when blixa went she was getting better and I thought she might make it through the night. But then she had a big cough/choke thing so I started rubbing her then a smaller cough fallowed and she was gone.

I cant get another piggie atm because we're moving, well were waiting for paper work to make an offer and stuff. So I hope everything will be done and we can move in at the end of the month.

isnt Nick sweet? She is just so sensitive. lol all three were named after the band Nick Cave and the bad seeds. So Nick Cave and Mick Harvey were a bonded pair. They looked like an old married couple. Then Blixa Bargeld was my fav. She was so spunky and fiesty. :3

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post #6 of 24 Old 04-09-2010, 09:16 AM
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I think you should keep her. She will still be better cared for/provided for with you than she would be elsewhere, and like you mentioned, finding her the right home will be very difficult. My last pig I had on her own, similar circumstances meant she was without another piggy playmate. I spent a lot of time with her, though, and so did my son, she did eventually bond very strongly to us after she lost her cagemate and seemed content and happy up until we lost her a couple months back, from the sounds of it from the same thing you lost Blixa from. It's preferable for them to have their buddies, but you CAN fill the role if there's no other options.

I'm very sorry for you loss.


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My very special pig, Peeves, lived with two different cage mates who he both outlived, Licorice for a year and then Monty for three years, but I ended up having him six years, so the last two years he was alone. He seemed happy enough because I moved his cage into my room and would play with him every night and talk to him all the time. It worked for us, and I could NEVER have let anyone else take him, he'd been spoiled and loved by me too long. He was my baby.

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thanks guys! Its good to know other pigs have gone through the same thing and didnt have any problems.
I was on a Guinea pig forum couple years back and they always replaced the other piggie or they had like 10 pigs and it didnt really matter.

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post #9 of 24 Old 04-09-2010, 07:46 PM
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I am so sorry for you loss.
I think you should keep her. I have seen many guinea pigs kept by themselves also. with no problems. She may even start to bond with you more. (I had a similar situation happen with parakeets. - the one bird hated to be handled and was actually to the point of being mean. when the mate died, it became super friendly to me)
Plus, You will Know how she is being cared for if you keep her. You obviously love her and give her the best care.. I do not think it would be selfish at all for you to keep her.
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post #10 of 24 Old 04-09-2010, 07:56 PM Thread Starter
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thanks I changed the bedding today in my cage. And she was even easier to catch, which I have always had the hardest time getting her out! She does look down in the dumps tho :(

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