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Two males might or might not fight over the females -- they're more likely just to squabble over who's going to be top pig. Could you move the males' cage so that it's not so close to the girls?
I’m saying he’s lonely because he (while he is very healthy, I do weigh the little bugger) spends a lot of time In his hides. I think this is lonely behavior, because when I lost little man a while ago, Rome, my remaining pig showed the same behavior, until I got s’mores. Targarian isn’t showing it that bad, but it’s still similar.
Hope this clears things up.
I have 2 boars who are separated but they enjoy talking to each other. I used to worry about them being lonely but I think they are happy to have each other's company, even if they can't live together. If you think he wants someone to cuddle with you could try giving him a small stuffed animal. Poppins loves his hedgehog! (He mostly humps it but once in a while he lays with it)
Could it be that your piggy is just bored? Switching things around in the cages always gets my piggies to be more active. I'll switch out a tunnel for a hidey or just put fleece forests in a new location. Or put down new toys for floortime. Hide veggies around his cage for him to find. You can even get puzzle toys to keep him occupied. (there is one on chewy.com specifically geared towards rabbits & guinea pigs, but my piggies enjoy the dog and cat versions as well) Not sure how anyone else feels, but I think TV can be entertaining to certain guinea pigs. Maybe it's worth a shot?
Buster is a HUGE fan of TV. Poppins could care less, but Buster gets very pouty and will stay in his hidey most of the day if he doesn't have his TV. A few weeks ago "his" TV went out and I didn't replace it right away. He started spending all day sleeping in his pigloo. I honestly thought he was sick because he didn't want to come out very often even when I spent the whole day in "the guinea pig room" talking to him. I didn't' even think it could be due to him missing his shows but sure enough=once his new TV was hooked up he returned to normal. He did a lap around his cage, gave me wheek, and looked at me like "FINALLY! Took you long enough!"
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Poppins is pickier. He likes to hear people whistle and then he whistles back. I'm a huge Walking Dead fan so obviously I was excited when I realized he'd love any episode where Negan & the Saviors do their whistle. He also watches Fixer Upper, I guess it's a house flipping show my mom watches and the husband whistles a lot and Pop does it back.
I'm not SUPER strict about what they watch, but they are absolutely forbidden to watch Bizarre Foods! Or any other shows that depict humans consuming guinea pigs. They're far too innocent for those shows :P
Follow up question, Targarians cage is right next to a window and at noon the sun shines down on some parts of the cage. He likes to lay there and bask in the sun and purr even though the rest of the room is always 70 degrees and cool. Is this normal? Man, I have some weird pigs.
My guinea pigs love to lay in the sun, it isn't weird at all :) You just have to be careful with the plastic hideys, like Pigloos. They can get really hot when the sun shines on them and piggies laying inside can accidently overheat. I would stay away from plastic houses just to be safe!