Why do two of my pigs trust me, but the third does not?
I would say that having two piggies being trusting and another not, is down to personality mostly – just like us some of us will be more anxious and wary, where as others more outgoing. I tend to see this in my own piggies. Some breeds also seem (from experience) to be more outgoing or confident but this is a very much generalisation.
– Abi Eddis
Expert, Qualified Registered Specialist Exotics Species Veterinary Nurse, Foundation degree in vet nursing, Certificate in Nursing Exotic Species. Kept and rescued for many years.
Like humans guinea pigs have different personalities. Some are more open and courageous and others shy and hold back. Timid piggies can be easily traumatised and their prey instincts will be stronger. It also plays a role how stressed their mother was during her pregnancy and the baby time; some babies can internalise a high stress level as their default setting. It often takes a long time to work past that. Using guinea pig whispering tips to invite your piggy as a member of your group and telling it in their own language that you love them can go a long way to build up trust, as does avoiding behaviours that can trigger prey animal instincts. You may find our piggy whispering article in issue 30, helpful to bring your shy piggy out. But please respect it if they will always be at the back of the queue and if they never come to be a big cuddler. There is an interesting personality to discover if you go and meet them on their own terms.
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