So I can't remember if I discussed the adventures of the second piggie yet or not, so if I repeat myself, forgive me. A couple of weeks ago, we got a friend for Chloe, Zoe's guinea pig. The first few days were a little traumatic for everyone, despite having her quarantined in the other room, just in case. It occurred to me they had her in with male guinea pigs, which left the possibility the little critter could be pregnant (*facepalm*). Not to mention she was violently resistant to being touched, let alone picked up. So she was very nearly taken back to the store. I decided not to since it had become really clear that Herpeton Pets is really a live pet food vendor and does NOT take good care of ANY of their critters. So if Mary piggie winds up being pregnant, we'll call a guinea pig rescue place and go from there.
In the meantime, we put her cage next to Chloe's, which seemed to make her much happier and much less frightened. Then we let them have some floor time together a week or so ago to see if they liked each other. After 5-10 minutes of very dog-like butt sniffing, nose sniffing, mounting, circling, and a lot of guinea pig chuttering, they decided they didn't hate each other and went back to eating hay and grapes. Apparently any guinea pig behavior that doesn't result in rearing up and actual attacking is good. I left Mary in her quarantine cage for another week, just in case, but she was obviously healthy so we decided it was time to see if they could be roommates.
While they ran around in the hallway, Daddy and Zoe cleaned out the cage, rearranged the 'furniture', and stocked up the food and water. Then we put them both in the cage at the exact same time so no one would be able to get all aggro about territory. Huzzah! They're both very happy to have a roommate, and Mary seems delighted by the giant cage. Critter's about 6 months old and has probably spent her entire life in cages smaller than a child's desk. Now she has 10.5 square feet to run around in. And run they do! Round and round in circles in the morning and evening. And they do this adorable "kissing" thing: I have no idea what they're really doing, but it's fucking cute. And they're much more active and noisy now, noisy being a relative thing with a guinea pig. Lots of little burbly chirpy noises. Mary eats more fresh food with Chloe around for some reason: she wasn't too interested in carrots or fruit until I put them together.
Chloe's much more tolerant of some of the human activities in the room than Mary is. Chloe's used to me playing music in here, but Mary's frightened by the bass and drums: she sits in her little house making "I'm scared" noises. I figure a few days of quietly introducing her to the less melodic music I enjoy will help.
OH! I know why Mary's frightened! They played loud punk music at Herpeton: my rock music probably reminds her of the pet store! Poor little thing. She's much less freaked out than she was when we brought her home, though. Hates to be picked up still and is far less tolerant of being watched than Chloe is, but she's used to it. And really, it took Chloe several months before she really got used to us.
As soon as I can get F-Spot to upload my pics to Flickr, I'll post some photos of our new pair of piggies.