Question: Can Newborn Guinea Pigs Survive Without Their Mother?

How often should you feed a baby guinea pig?

1 – 1.5 hoursBaby guinea pigs may need you to hand-rear them If the baby has been rejected, then you’ll need to feed it every 1 – 1.5 hours, giving them as much as they want each sitting..

Why do baby guinea pigs die?

Some common infections that can cause sudden death include: Pneumonia/Upper Respiratory Infection (URI). Respiratory disease is often reported in guinea pigs and is known to occur in immunocompromised animals, mostly affecting the young and old.

When can you remove a male guinea pig from its mother?

Mom can get pregnant again immediately after giving birth, so dad needs to get his own pad. Male guinea pigs can impregnate mom when they are only 23 days old! To be safe, it’s best to remove boy babes after three weeks.

Is it good to hold your guinea pig a lot?

Many guinea pigs love quality time with their owners, so handling your guinea pigs is great fun. Once your guinea pig gets to know you, then they’ll enjoy being hand-fed and petted, so it’s up to you how much you hold them – do so as often as you like.

How often do baby guinea pigs drink milk?

You should begin with feeding 3-5ml every 1-2 hours. If they adjust to it you can increase the quantity to 7-10ml/feeding. If the above guidelines are followed, then your guinea pig will be nurtured well.

Will a male guinea pig kill the babies?

Some species of male rodents are well known to kill and even eat their own newborn pups. … In a pet situation, the male may be in the same guinea pig cage as the female and her newborns, and there is no way for the mother to move the pups away from the father.

Do guinea pigs like to be in the dark?

Do Guinea Pigs Like the Dark? Yes, as your cavy’s nighttime antics would suggest, guinea pigs do like the dark.

How do you hand back a baby guinea pig?

If the mother guinea pig will tolerate it and isn’t too stressed, you can try to gently, but firmly hold the mother guinea pig in your arms and gently try to put each baby onto one of her nipples to self-feed.

Why wont my guinea pig let me touch him?

Guinea pigs are prey animals. It’s instinctive for them to be afraid of predators. They become socialized when they trust you. If you scare them, they will continue to be afraid.

Why wont my guinea pig let me pick him up?

There could be several reasons. It could be that you haven’t had him very long and he needs time to come to trust you, you might be lunging into his cage to grab him and he’s scared (they are prey animals) Either way, he needs to trust you and bribery is a good way to achieve this.

What kind of milk do you feed a baby guinea pig?

Use full-fat goat’s milk, or prepare a milk mixture of half water and half evaporated milk. Soak brown bread in the milk, and offer this to the baby GP on a teaspoon – they’ll suck the milk out.

What can I feed baby guinea pigs?

As for food, timothy hay and pellets should make up the majority of a guinea pig’s diet. Fresh fruits and vegetables along with Vitamin C should be included in their diet. Make sure to check if the fruits/veggies are safe for your guinea pig.

Can you put a baby guinea pig with an older one?

The combination of old and young guinea pigs usually works fine. The older GPs are unlikely to view the youngsters as a threat, so old/young pairs should be a okay. Keep a close eye on them, though, over the first few hours, to make sure they’re getting on.

How long do baby guinea pigs need to stay with Mom?

about 4 weeksYoung Female Guinea Pigs The girls should ideally remain alongside their mothers until they’re about 4 weeks in age. When you separate male guinea pigs from their mothers at three weeks, remember to separate them from their female siblings, as well.

Can you touch a newborn guinea pig?

It is fine to carefully handle your new guinea pig pups during their first week, but be sure to allow them plenty of time with their mother as well. Handling them too much too soon can disrupt the bond they need with their mother in order to nurse from her, and huddle against her for warmth.

Do newborn guinea pigs drink water?

Re: When do baby guineas start drinking water? Since they’re still nursing, they’re probably not thirsty. Make sure to separate any male babies from mom and sisters when they’re 3 weeks old.

How many babies do guinea pigs have in a litter?

The guinea pig gestation period is 59 to 72 days. The litter size ranges from 1 to 8 pups, but a litter of 2 to 4 is more common. A female can give birth to up to 5 litters per year.

Do guinea pigs hurt their babies?

Guinea pigs in captivity and in the wild eat their own babies if there is a shortage of food. Guinea pigs need to eat much more food than many people realize. If a mother Guinea pig is fed enough, and the right diet, to eat whilst pregnant, she is less likely to eat her babies.