My Guinea Pig Has A Big Ball To Roll Around In, But When He's In It He Doesn't Budge! Also, He's Been Getting Really Aggressive. Is That Because He's Lonely? Should I Get Him A Companion?

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You should NEVER put your guinea pig in a ball. It can cause fatal injuries to their feet and spine. You should not have a guinea pig if you cannot let him run around on the floor. And you see poop come out of his mouth because he eats it.
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Don't use the ball because their bodies aren't made for that. Maybe try blocking off an area for him to run in instead.
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Our family has a ginni pig we got another ginni for it to play with we have not been getting much attention the 2nd reason is that our ginni pig has been getting bit so it has a really sore body so you don't so now we know to not get another ginni pig and put it in the same cage.
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You should probably keep him out of it.  My Guinea pig has the same problem and we are keeping him out for a while.  Before when we had him in it he would always be very skitty and jump kick and bit.  Your pig is afraid of the ball so don't put him in it.  Trust me.  So heres your to do list : Don't put your pig in the ball, Hold your pig and feed him a lot ( Not to much but by hand), and get him another pig to be his companion.
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No they just like playing with you
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For one thing get rid of the big ball!  Guinea pigs' are not meant to role around in them.  It could harm their backs.  If you can you should try to get another guinea pig. And also you could buy a play pen and close a door and then let it run around in the play pen
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I only have 1 answer to help you with.G-pigs are not like other rodents, they have a kind of arch in their backs, so the ball will actually mess them up more than it will help them excerse your best bet is to get him a leash, & you should be his companion & help him not feel so lonely.
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A ball can injure a guinea pig. So can tubes and wheels. Please do more research.

He might not like you.

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He needs someone to be with because he can't be in a ball he will play with another guinea pig if you let him.
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Hi I have the same exact problem but my guinea doesn't  spit poop I'm going to  make it a playpen and see what happens    bye
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They can't go in balls they will brake a claw but hamsters can go in them....And yes they do make balls big enough .... Maybe he was hurt in it while you where not looking thats why he is mad....
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Guinea pigs cannot go in balls it can really hurt there back. So maybe you can put it in a room with the door closed, so it can run around.
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It is ok for your guinea pig to have brown pieces of hay. He might not feel safe in the ball. You should get a companion.
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I think he might need a bigger cage but a companion is good idea guinea pigs are very  socialable animals
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If you don't have another one you should try and spend more time with it and put a low dish with shreeded paper and put all its poop in there for a week and the guinea pig might try it to it worked for mine
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Rachel answered
The reason why your guinea pig doesnt budge is because they are very fragile and will break his back. I have a guinea pig and she always scared but she pregnant check again to see the gender. You also need to take him out a lot more and play with him they will accept your love if you try.
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You just need to train him to use the ball by putting him in it and putting carrots by it so he has to move, Thats how I taught my hamster. And you don't need to get him a companion just give him more love and don't show fear, take charge.
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Brown hay is OK. And it is OK your GP won't move inhis ball, my GP did that too. Uh, poo coming out of his mouth is NOT OK! You might not be feeding him enough. If your dog has play-pen or if you or a friend has a baby, they might have a play-pen. If you find one let them run in the pen. Some GPs just need to be free from a ball sometimes.
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Hi.
Apparently Guinea Pig Balls/Wheels Aren't Very Good They Arent the right structure, My advice is too invest in a large run or have something called 'floor time'. Give him lots of toys and guinea pig challenges he can enjoy. But make sure the dog is kept AWAY from them. I Myself have two piggies and a dog, and I under no circumstances do not let them mix, although mine is a lab cross.
The Agression you should probably look into getting him neutered. Guinea pigs are really social creatures and like to live in pairs, but they should really be bought together, introducing guinea pigs together can be unreliable and they may end up not getting on with eachother, just pay your guinea pig lots of attention.


Of Course this is my advice and you should probably get prof. Help aswell :)

Lu.
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All I can say is you will need to get him a mate if you have separated him from his family try to find the guinea pigs he lived with if you can if not just get him a mate to play with
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I um don't know. Honestly. I just got a Guinea pig myself, I love her dearly but she is terribly shy, so instead of daily exercise it it more like every other day. Yet she has no symptoms on illnesses the vet instructed.
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BAD, BAD, BAD, BAD! Guinea pigs are not supposed to go in balls it can break or severally hurt them!
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I think he needs a companion or maybe he needs alone time  what I do is just give my guinea pig is give her alone time
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I have been told over and over again NO BALL!!! They are nervous animals. A ball can hurt them.
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Putting guinea pigs in balls can cause them serious injuries as their backs are not flexible enough to manage that kind of exercise. The guinea pig could be aggressive if it's afraid of the dog. If you want to introduce a companion pig to an aggressive pig you will have to do it very carefully, gradually and under supervision so as to make sure the new pig does not get attacked. You may need a temporary small cage in case of emergency, or if you need to do it really gradually. An adult pig is more likely to accept a young pig. Good advice is to introduce the two pigs to each other outside of the cage, so that the big pig doesn't get territorial. Whilst you are trying to introduce them, get someone to clean out the cage thoroughly so it's more neutral when they are put in together. To try introducing them, start by putting them one on each end of a neutral space - ie a large towel on the floor, so they can approach each other as they wish. Make sure the dog is not around at this point! If they get on OK, you could try putting them in the cage together, but keep your eye on them. If the big pig gets nasty with the little one, take it out, put it in the temporary cage and try again later. Also, if they don't seem keen on each other, you can try giving them a bath then wrapping them up together in a towel. Sometimes they will bond in the adversity of bath time! Make sure you give the new pig a bolt hole inside the cage which it can run into if the big pig gets aggressive with it - a small tube that the big pig can't get into is ideal. You can but suitably sized cardboard tubes from pet shops. You might want to buy a bigger one for the big pig too, so he doesn't feel left out! Good luck!
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Try to get him another friend. Make sure this guinea pig is male.Also, try finding a room that you can give him some time to play around an the floor and make sure they aren't any wires he can chew on or any other unsafe items for him. Make sure to close the door of the room so your dog can't get in. Also, give him treats like carrots but don't overdo it. Hope your GP gets better and you have a fun time with him! Good luck!
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Your guinea pig is  getting old  or is lonely  maybe you sould get a friend for him
or just leave him/her alone maybe   he/she might change  I have 1 guinea pig a  she gets along with my dog  who is a Rottweiler so it might be your guinea pig changing and there are really not   aloud to go in balls or wells cause they have  a back bone I hope I have helped!!
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Yes I have a hamster big as a fat rabbit
I got mina a boy and not a girl cause mine is a boy
he was da same but now he runs like crazy
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If  I  get  a   guinea pig  a   ball  will it  hurt  him  if I put  him  in the  ball

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