I have two male Guinea Pigs and they both recently were desexed. They were both fighting after surgery (looked like balls of fur, no blood). We had to split them up so they could heal. They have been introduced and the fighting has calmed down. Martin is still chasing, biting and pulling out fur from Aston on the bum. This has caused sores on Aston. How do I get Martin to stop? Overall they get on and have heaps of space Approx. 4 to 5sqm. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you
After they are fully healed, perhaps try to "introduce" them again? Do you have the current cage divided in two so they can see each other? Setting up a cage with lots of visual barriers (draped fringed strips of fleece across the cage that they would walk through), no houses or enclosures with only one exit, multiple areas to eat, can help. Some tips on pages linked to from www.guinealynx.info/companionship.html
- Supporter in 2019
Lynx's suggestion to divide the cage for now is a good solution while they heal, and then you can try re-introducing them. Do keep an eye on those bites to make sure there is no infection.
Their cages are butted together so they can see each other and touch noses and they are fine with it. I do the same thing when they are out of their cages, which is several times a day for anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour at a time, depending on whether they are outside grazing or inside. The barrier for their collapsible play pen is a wire cage that keeps them from getting to each other, but they interact through it positively. They purr at each other, they touch noses and rub their bodies against each other through it.
I don't know what else to do to get them to share a larger enclosure, so I've accepted the fact that they probably never will. Perhaps I'll try again after both are out of adolescence. If I could get them to share a living space, I could give them both more living room but in the meantime, I compensate with lots of time for them out of the cages.