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How To Pick Up A Guinea Pig That Runs Away

Some guinea pigs can be very eager for human attention, but others might be a little bit afraid of a giant hand invading their home. This is understandable at first, but they’ll need to get used to you or cuddling won’t be fun for either of you! If your guinea pig squeals when you pick them up, then one of the first things to do is make sure you’re not holding your guinea pig too tightly. Then, give them a thorough health check. Discomfort whilst being handled can mean that your pet has a medical problem, such as mange.

Feeding your guinea pig
Some guinea pigs may be a little timid at first, but will warm to you

If your guinea pig is in good health, then there are a few methods to try, in order to allow your guinea pigs to get used to you. Try hand feeding them through the bars of their run, or spending lots of time around them so they start to recognise your scent. If you have other animals, they may be reacting to the scent of cats and dogs, so try wearing some clean clothes and wash your hands thoroughly before making your approach. Ultimately, show them that time with you is great fun, and often means nibbling on some tasty treats.

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Tatyana, 26 June 2019

So I just got these really big guniea pigs from an different owner on Sunday and I’m really nervous to try to pet them because they run away just eVerytime I get out of bed! And I feed them to show then my trust and I’m just scared and my family members are trying to make me pet them but I’m just too nervous too they are fast and they are still scared of me I think. ( today is Wednesday while I’m writing this)

Lilly, 27 February 2019

This is so useful

Bobby, 8 November 2018

How do you pick your scared guinea pig up off the floor if he hides under things and won’t come to you

An Omleteer, 13 December 2017

helped very much