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Our previous blog post talked about 4 signs your guinea pig is happy(be sure to read it before or after this one), so today we’ll be talking about signs your guinea pig is unhappy. The main way you can sense unhappiness in your guinea pig is through body language, sounds, and health. Although some of these signs may just signal temporary unhappiness and are no cause for worry, be sure to watch out if one of them happens frequently and extends for long periods of time. Again, all guinea pigs are different so not all of these will apply to your guinea pig. They may only show a few or none at all!
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Sometimes you wonder whether you’re able to provide your guinea pig with a happy life. You may stare at them and stare at them and realize that you have no idea whether your guinea pig is happy or not. A guinea pig’s happiness revolves around their general health and wellbeing. Things like diet, hygiene, and more can play a huge role in feeling their best. Here are a few signs that may show whether your guinea pig is happy or not. And remember, not all guinea pigs are the same so don’t be worried if your guinea pig doesn’t present all of these signs.

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Guinea pigs are social and adorable pets that are typically calm in most situations. But no matter what type of species we are dealing with, there is bound to be tension one way or another. Whether it be humans, cats, rats, or birds, we all experience fights now and then. So the real question is, why do guinea pigs fight?
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A large part of a guinea pig’s diet is hay, but hay is not rich in vitamins and healthy minerals. Guinea pigs can't produce vitamins on their own, so supplementing it in the form of fresh fruits and vegetables is essential. Piggies require at least 10 mg of vitamin C per day. Guinea pigs do not usually overeat, but because fruit has high sugar content, they could easily consume too many calories which leads to weight gain. Weight gain can cause various problems like diabetes and stress on the internal organs. Also, be sure to always wash your fruit to make sure you don't feed your piggie any pesticides. Choosing the right foods is a crucial and decisive factor in the health of guinea pigs. Therefore it is important to know all about the food before providing it to our wonderful piggies.
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Guinea pigs are social animals that do not like to be alone. They enjoy companionship and social interaction with other guinea pigs. In larger groups, they feel safer and therefore happier. Guinea pigs living in groups are more confident, more susceptible to mental stimulation, have a more diverse diet, and are generally healthier. Guinea pigs raised alone are usually more stressed, less active, vocal, and more susceptible to illness. Interaction with your guinea pigs is very important, but no human interaction or caring can replace bonding with their own species. We recommend always having at least two guinea pigs in a home so that they have a companion.
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Have you just adopted a new guinea pig, but don’t know how you will ever get close to them? Do they ever run away from you when all you want to do is befriend them? Guinea pigs are naturally very skittish and tend to hide because they are prey animals. They have an instinct that tells them that they are perfectly small to be prey to any predators around them. Here are 4 tips on how you can build a stronger relationship with your guinea pig.
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