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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-04-2005, 12:25 AM Thread Starter
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Deaf and blind cavy

I just adopted a guinea pig from my store because he's blind and deaf in his left ear. He's eating well and everything, but I was wondering if there is any special advice for handling him, since he's deaf and blind. He doesn't mind being pet, but he doesn't like to be picked up that much. When I do hold him, he runs under my shirt, and just sits there. Any tips?

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-04-2005, 11:44 AM
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I think you just need to treat him normally but maybe approach him with a little more caution then a normal piggy so not to startle him as his senses will be heightened being both blind and deaf, its amazing how animals adapt though to circumstances and i bet he makes a brilliant loving little pet

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-04-2005, 12:10 PM
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That's a wonderful thing you've done. Way to go!!! I would just treat him normally and as the other person said, just try not to startle him. He'll learn your smell, and maybe he can see you too and know that you aren't going to hurt him when you pick him up.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-09-2005, 10:15 PM
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I had a cavy that was blind/deaf in addition to having other genetic probs. She was a lethal white though, bred by a previous breeder (whole NOTHER story there). I had her in with a few other girls though..so she had cavy company. If you can work it out after quarantine, get him some *male friends. Cavies are herd animals. Other than that..just go slow with him..let him smell your hand before you pick her up as he can't see/hear you coming. Just being held is scary for a blind cavy I think, too..or at least it seemed so with mine.
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