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Should I Get Another Guinea Pig If One Dies?

If one of your guinea pigs sadly dies, leaving a single guinea pig left alone then yes, your remaining guinea pig will be very lonely and needs a companion. If you have more than two guinea pigs and one dies, then it’s not absolutely necessary to get another, but if you want to buy or adopt more then go right ahead. If one of your two guinea pigs dies and you absolutely don’t want to adopt or buy another then it would be kindest to give your remaining guinea pig to a trusted friend who already has guinea pigs, or to a local sanctuary. Guinea pigs are herd animals and don’t wish to be kept on their own, even if they don’t get on particularly well with others. If you need help or advice with grumpy guinea pigs that you’re nervous of finding a new friend for, have a look at the Introducing Guinea Pigs section for some handy tips.

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Guinea pigs get very lonely

Some owners think that their guinea pig needs to be kept on their own because they don't enjoy the company of other guinea pigs. However, since guinea pigs are herd animals, this is not true. When attempting to make introductions, what some owners miss is the idea that guinea pigs get along best when they are introduced on a neutral territory. A neutral territory is an area in which neither animal has spent a lot of time, and so hasn't had a chance to explore it and mark it as its own. You can make neutral territories out of a very large, safe cardboard box with air holes, or by establishing one in a special area of your house that is safe for guinea pigs to roam around in. Make sure that this area is big enough so that they aren't forced very close together, or they could feel a little threatened and less likely to bond. Introducing the animals in areas such as these means that neither is feeling as if the other has invaded their space, which is likely to mean they get along better.

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Arwen, 9 April 2020

I had 2 guinea pigs both 6 days before 6 months old, and one of my guinea pigs died... and sadly he didn’t deserve one bit of stress or pain because he was the sweetest guinea pig in the world. He never bit anyone, and all he wanted was to be nice and warm by your neck. He got URI and Pneumonia and it was already too late to help him. I was very very sad when he died but I was happy that I gave him the best life I could, even though it was only 6 months, it was the best 6 months a piggy could ask for. If you read this much, thank you so much for listening and I wanted to ask... when should I get another piggy for my lone one? I will feel awful to get one too soon as I don’t want Peanut (my little boy who died) to feel replaced (which no one can replace either of them). Also, how can I get over the death of such a young guinea pig? please please help. Thank you. ????

Molly, 14 December 2019

A couple of days age sadly one of two brothers passed away and am not sure how much time I should wait until I get another one so he doesn't feel lonely with the lose of his brother

Corinne, 4 May 2019

today lost one of 2 Guinea pig brothers. Should I neuter existing 2year old male and get a female ? Or risk fights with a younger male one? Just want a companion for my lone male...What is best?

Amanda, 24 April 2019

i bought two guinea pigs about a year and a half ago and one of them had some issues and suddenly passed, although sometimes the two piggies fought they generally got along well. it only happened a day ago but i'm nervous that if i get another piggie the remaining one will become territorial and aggressive because thats how they were before. he seems mostly independent and doesnt have much problems being alone but im still not sure. any suggestions ?

Erica, 21 April 2019

Hi there, i use to have 2 guinea pigs. Penelope and Marsha-Mellow. last month Penelope passed away. She was almost 7, so as sudden as her passing was, i was happy that she lives so long and had a happy full life. but now Marsha is only 3 and im very tempted to get her another piggy friend. if i get her a baby piggy, i'll be stuck with the same issue on having just one piggy one day and if i adopt an older piggy, i dont want her new friend to be overly dominant like Penelope was. its looking like Marsha isnt depressed or overly upset about losing Penelope, but i do work full time and i dont want her to be lonely. for the good of my piggy, can you give me any advice about what i can do to keep Marsha happy?