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How to hold a Guinea Pig

Handling your Guinea Pig

Guinea Pigs should be handled with care. They have delicate bones and if dropped would cause them an injury. However Guinea Pigs are not like other smaller animals such as Hamsters, because they are much bigger, so you will hold them with more confidence. Guinea Pig's shouldn't be handled by small children because they will not understand to be gentle or not drop a them. However if an adult holds the Guinea Pig then guides the child's hand to stroke him gently the Piggy will be much safer.

You should handle all of your Guinea Pigs as often as possible to build up a bond between you both. I recommend you handle your Piggy at least once a day. Some Guinea Pigs will like to be handled more than others but do not give up if you find one of yours isn't friendly, they just need to understand you wont hurt them.

As a rule Guinea Pigs do not bite like a hamster can do, they tend to do other things to get you off like shake their head or try and back away from you.

If you do own a Guinea Pig that tends to try and bite you my suggestion is to persist but at the same time try to respect that the Guinea Pig just doesn't like being handled. I owned a Guinea Pig that used to bite but over time I learnt how to pick her up so she couldn't bite me and she soon would settle down.

When placing a Piggy back in their cage they can try and leap out of your hands I found the best way around this is to hold them in my hands so they are facing my stomach, so they go back in their cage bum first / backwards. This way they can not see where they are going and wont try to leap.

How to know when a Guinea Pig wants to go back in its cage.

I have noticed when handling Guinea Pigs they will become fidgety after about 20 minutes. They start off licking me. Other times they lick me and settle down. However when they lick me and start to fidget and wont rest I put them back in to the cage and 9/10 they have a pee. So I use this as an early warning sign. On occasions when I have had all 3 on me and one does this and I haven't got up fast enough they have then peed on me. As a rule if I keep to this I do not get peed on. Guinea Pigs seem to have some hygiene awareness.

You may notice your Guinea Pig likes to hide inside his house. In the wild they can live in a maze of tunnels and travel from one place to another underground. When you cuddle your Guinea Pig you may find he will like to climb inside your top or dressing gown. You will notice they just hide their face. His theory is if he can't see you then you can't see him. Shh don't tell him that his huge bum is sticking out and the cute squeaking noise he makes when cuddled will give him away! When I have owned new piggie's I have used a lightweight cotton cover to offer them to hide under when being cuddled. You may notice they like to sit on your shoulder and hide in your hair? This is for the same reason as mentioned.