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Hunny Bunny
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I got a gpig named GusGus a few months ago.. Was wondering if i should get him a friend. if yes, please provide info about bonding them, wether a male or female, and any other info
 

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Guinea pigs are social animals and they should be kept in same-sex pairings (male-male and female-female) to avoid accidental litters (unless you neuter your male, and then he can be paired with a lady).

http://www.cavyspirit.com/sociallife.htm

This page has a step by step guide to introducing piggies. The most important thing is to have an adequately sized cage; at least 8 square feet is the minimum, for two boars 10 square feet is recommended. If they're in a small pet store cage, they make get along well outside in the neutral area but begin fighting over resources in the cage.
 

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but i read males WILL fight no matter what.
That's definitely not true, that usually happens (in my experience, anyway) if the cage isn't large enough.
 

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I had 4 males living together that were my personal pigs. Our rescue has personally paired over 300 male pigs. Look on Petfinder across the country - there are male pairs all over. Guinea pig rescues routinely pair males. I've got 4 pairs of males fostering in my house right now.

Only uninformed people with tiny cages think males can't live together.
 

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If your cage is at least 7.5 square feet, you may be in a good position to give your pig a buddy.

Be sure to try and find a local rescue to help with dating since not all pigs will automatically like each other, and you'll end up with two separate cages of guinea pigs if that's the case. Any pigs coming from municipal shelters or craigslist, etc, will need to be quarantined for a full month before introductions, and pre-emptively treating them for mites at the same time isn't a bad idea!
 

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I have 5 male pigs living in a 7x3 (7 grids long, 3 grids wide) C & C cage, and they seem to do well together. Sometimes they grumble at each other if the think one of the others has taken their hidey spot, but so far I've not had any issues!
 

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I have only one because the other male pig was attacking it. So couldn't home both. But I do give him lots of cuddles. It would be a bit risky putting another pig in with him, wouldn't it?
 
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