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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-20-2007, 11:07 PM Thread Starter
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can guinea pigs be aggressive?

i like to do 2 things at once so i had my rats out while holding my guinea pig, and one of my rats francis came up to him and i know rats can attack and kill quickly so i was really watching her and holding her so he could smell her and he lounged at her! i was sooo surprized!! she wasnt even looking at him! he also wheeks at them if hes in his cage and normally runs up to the bars. he had met them before (and let them groom him and everything! then the next time lounged at her.) my poor little ratty patty didnt even know what was going on she loves everything and assumes they love her too

He didnt look like he was scared either, just desided he would attack. he was calmly sitting there smelling her then lounged.

he didnt bite her, i had her moved and him pulled back in time i just thout it was odd

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Any animal can be aggressive. But it's not unusual for a prey animal, when confronted with an animal that could potentially injure it seriously to become defensive.
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ditto. every animal has defensive capabilities

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hmm i guess i knew that but i reallly didnt expect it heh

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lol it happens, you know better now!!! now dont' you? rabbits, when agressive, have the kicking ability to break a gp's back! i 'think' i've heard of a gp having a broken back while living with only other gp's, but still, like, it's an ANIMAL

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and here i was really hoping that i could have the rats and the pig out at once so they could run around and play... guess that looks like a no.

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i usually make it a rule of thumb not to have 2 kinds of animals out at the same time. lol

It was good to safely test it tho, i suppose....just to find out...cuz it does seem like they *could* get along...

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yea, i thought it would be worth the test sence my gp doesnt have a friend right now, and my rat i was going to let him with loves everything so i figured he was safe with her

It may have been different if they were on the ground sence he wouldnt feel trapped like when i was holding him.

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It probably would have been worse on the ground, quite honestly. In your hands, your guinea pig feels off balanced and scared, and would make a more conservative attack. Guinea pigs that feel more comfortable will tend to display more of those behaviors. That's why they can sometimes be bonded by giving them a bath together -- thinking they're going to die makes them stop thinking about trying to kill their buddy.
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aw now i dont wanna give him a bath ever if the thinks hes going to die.

oh well so they wont play together. meh.

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Not all pigs are afraid of water, but most are. But guinea pigs pretty much always think they're going to die. They're small, fat, tasty, and have very few defenses. Thinking they're always going to die is pretty much their best defense.
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LOL! "small,fat, tasty".,....hehe.
I can think of at least 4 very sharp ( i have scars) defenses.
youch! Them thar teeth can NIP!

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kendalle,yes guinea pigs can be aggressive at times, they have their moods just as we have ours,i had a female once that casterated a male and i have been bitten once ot twice myself but not very often, most people get bitten while hand feeding guinea pigs by accident, you have to know when to pull your fingers back., hope this helps,wayne
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A little OT but it goes to interspecies getting along----I have a friend who has, well had, a rat (he died),boston terrier, and two cats. One cat just loved Mr. Ratburn and Mr. Ratburn loved him. My friend would open Mr R's cage and the cat would come running. The two would actually play together. She had to keep the cats food bowl up because the rat would eat it. One day she watched him scale a chair and jump on the table where the cat was eating. The cat made room for the rat and they ate togehter. awwwww. Another time she was looking for the rat and found him grooming the Boston's toenails. awwwww again.

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