Like most small animals guinea pigs like to live in communities as
they would in the wild.However much love and attention you give your
pet you cannot compensate for one of its own kind.
Choosing a companion for your pet
If you don’t want a lot of little guinea pigs get a companion of the
same sex as your pet.
If you have an adult female, introducing a female youngster is the
easiest option.However, you can normally introduce two adult females
with a bit of patience.
If you have an adult male you should be able to introduce a young male
as a friend without any problem as long as there are no female guinea
If your adult male is neutered, you can easily introduce a female
guinea pig or pigs to him, regardless of age.A single neutered male
can very happily live in a colony of females.However, even if he is
neutered, and another male is introduced in to the group in most cases
they will fight to the death.
Some guinea pigs when meeting for the first time act like long lost
friends.Just like humans they have their own personalities and may
take to each other immediately or dislike each other on sight.
However, it is not advisable to put the new guinea pig(s) into the
same cage as your pet.You will need a neutral space, away from other
animals, small children and other distractions in which they can run
around and get to know each other but not enough space to hide.
You should know in the first five minutes if it is going to work out
but even if they look friendly it is important to monitor them for at
least one hour.Look out for signs of stress:teeth chattering which
is a small sign of anxiety/aggression, also bottom smelling.There
may be some mounting or non-serious fighting where one guinea pig is
showing dominance over the other but if there is any nipping,
especially if there is any blood drawn, separate them immediately.
If they do not appear to be getting along it may be necessary to keep
them in separate cages for a few weeks.If this happens keep putting
them together in a neutral space and try swapping their cages to get
them used to the smell of each other.
In most cases introducing a Guinea pig to a new friend will work out
but be prepared that it might not.Before getting a friend or friends
for your guinea pig you need to be sure that you have enough time and
space to care for extra guinea pigs.