Our oldest rarely bites. We have noticed that he gets a little mouthy when he's being held and needs to pee. He'll start pulling on clothes / towels he's laying on. If he's in your hands and nature calls ... well... you're gonna get a nibble. That all seems kinda normal to me.
The other one is more ... unpredictable. Holding, snuggling, everything is chill... then he'll maybe crawl up toward your neck, you're thinking "aww he wants to snuggle!" *CHOMP" on your neck, collar bone, or whatever is near by!
I've noticed he's more curious with his mouth too. I'll put my had in the cage, he'll come up, I pet him gently, hold my hand out more... sometimes he'll open his mouth real slow and bite every so gently. Other times he'll chomp ya real good. VERY rarely draws blood but just because there's no blood doesn't mean it don't hurt! He's sent the girls running away crying more than a couple times =P
...however... is that just kind of normal for even the younger bitey one? It's not like he'll bite you every time you hold him or interact with him. In fact I'd say 80% of the time he's totally fine. He's just so unpredictable though that everyone is a little scared holding him. If he's just chilling it's fine... but he gets curious / bored /whatever... starts wandering around your body... and that's when you just don't know if you'll get bite or not.
What do ya'll think?
I'd like to think I helped her figure that out, but it did take lots of patience. When she would nibble, I'd pull her away gently and say "No" and refrain from petting her for a few moments. It took her a long time to try licking, but when she did lick, then I'd praise her profusely and give her a treat. She now rarely nibbles and licks most of the time. She will still pull on clothing, but not as much as before.
None of our other piggies (and at one time we had seven) nibbled or bit past a few months of age. Only Sugar was the slow learner of the bunch!
The younger one is a licker all the way. He doesn't mind reaching out to him from the front and likes being held so much that he'll climb up into your hands when you reach for him. He only nibbles when he's done being held.
Each Guinea Pig has their own personality and preferences. By getting to know them, we figure out what that is and adjust to what they like and don't like.
JX4: The bitey one is definitely younger; I don't think he's quite 1 year old yet. Could be his age and curiosity!
Reno: Yeah our older one is like that... he generally doesn't bite but a sure way to get bit: Mess with his lower face or under his chin and you WILL get bit! Other than that he's a little fur-ball of loveliness.
- For the Love of Pigs
We adored her. She was the smartest pig we ever had. We didn't have very good vet care at that point & I suspect she had some health problems that hadn't been addressed that were making her uncomfortable
I’ve seen all those videos about offering food and using a transport box but she’s a smarty. She only falls for that once or twice and then I get stared down.