I just got a guinea pig on Sun. and have a few questions that I'm hoping some of you veteran piggie owners can help me with. I've never had a guinea pig before, so I'm not sure what's "normal" and what isn't.
First of all...how do you litter train? Miss Piggy is about 1.5 years old and wasn't trained in her last house (I got her at the shelter). I've got a litter box in the corner of her cage and I've been putting her droppings in it, but she only uses it occasionally. She poops quite close to it, but only in it sometimes, and she prefers to pee outside the corner of it. Any suggestions? She is really good about not going to the bathroom when she's outside of her cage.
Also, she rarely drinks any water! I have to put some on my finger and let her lick it off or put the water bottle right up to her mouth. Is this normal? I've only seen her drink from the water bottle on her own once in the past three days. It's really worrying me.
I'm also trying to harness train her and would love advice. She HATES the harness, and I don't want to risk her trust in me. She freaks out when I come near her with it, so I figure it's not worth it, but I would love to get it to work since she needs some exercise.
Last question...do you suggest a routine vet visit? She just had her nails trimmed and seems to have ok teeth, but she hasn't been to the vet in a while.
Thanks so much!