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bunnymadhouse
17-10-2005, 08:36 PM
here at Barnsley animal rescue we dont keep buns and piggies together but.... today we have had a piggie and bun brought in together. they have been together for almost a year and are both huddled together for comfort as they are both very upset by the move.
we dont know what to do . they are obviously taking comfort from each other at the moment and we feel cruel thinking of causing more distress by splitting them but with all the problems of keeping them together that doesnt seem right either.

any advice please
Angie

elaine
17-10-2005, 09:14 PM
hi

If they are together I always leave them like that and won't split them as they are used to each others company

bunnyhuggger
17-10-2005, 09:21 PM
If there are no problems with them just now, I'd leave them together too. They need each other at the moment, and you can keep an eye out for any bullying although I don't think there will be, as Elaine said, they are used to each other.

bunnymadhouse
17-10-2005, 09:26 PM
what about their food . the person who brought them in has been just feeding piggy food. we have seperate food for buns and piggies.

Estelle
17-10-2005, 09:40 PM
Could you leave them together for a week till they settle and then find them new friends of their own species?

bunnymadhouse
17-10-2005, 09:45 PM
we d thought of that estelle but havnt got a piggie to put with her only got an old male (that sounds awful hes lovely) no females. pairing the bun wouldnt be so hard but the poor little girlie piggie would be lonely

Sooty
17-10-2005, 09:53 PM
Can you give the piggy seperate vit c drops at the mo and let them eat the same food?

bunnyhuggger
17-10-2005, 09:54 PM
The rabbit will be fine eating guinea pig food, it's usually just rabbit food with added vitamin C.

Sooty
17-10-2005, 09:59 PM
Ahhhhhhhhhhhh. Thanks Auntie Lynda :oops: :oops:

bunnymadhouse
17-10-2005, 10:06 PM
will too much vit c harm the bun

elaine
17-10-2005, 10:58 PM
If I get any that come in as pairs I do rehome them together as they do pine for each other but make sure the new owner provides lots of places guineas can have to call their own, say tubes houses etc and I make sure they feed guinea pig food and give greens and use the viatmin c tablets from big supermarkets, as I say why upset a happy pairing as I have known guineas pine for a rabbit when removed.

Don't get me wrong I don't approve of this kind of pairing but if it already there why change it

janice
17-10-2005, 11:09 PM
At ARC we would leave them together for a few days to allow them to settle in, then separate them, however ensuring that we can immediatly repair them up with someone of their own type. We do often seek the help of other resuces to find a workable partner for the piggie if we ourselves have nothing suitable. We would only split them when we have someone suitable to pair up with both of them.

I would not risk rehoming them together as we have now had 4 piggies in this year with broken limbs as a result of living with a rabbit.

Janice

taylor v 109
17-10-2005, 11:16 PM
I would leave them together if there happy until you get another female piggie. val

bunnymadhouse
18-10-2005, 02:40 PM
thanks everyone .

bunnymadhouse
18-10-2005, 09:24 PM
they are both very thin and are devouring everything in sight . keeping a close eye cos think bunny might be taking more than her fair share.
Angie

aliceechamberlain
18-10-2005, 10:28 PM
I agree with Janice. Whenever I have had piggies and rabbits in together I have left them for a few days to settle in, then I have paired them with one of their own kin. It can be really hard to do in the short term as you feel so guilty, however I do get concerned that if the bunny has not been around other rabbits before, and then suddenly smells or sees them will this make the bunny decide to try and mate with the piggy, particularly if bun is not neutered. More often than not buns coming here are not neutered or even vaccinated.

Alice

bunnymadhouse
18-10-2005, 10:39 PM
no the buns not neuotored yet. will get her done as soon as shes settled and put on a bit of weight . shes a lovely thing and settling in well. she only has one eye as the other was damaged by the owners cat and she had to have it removed (before she came to us) dont think the bun will miss piggie but piggie would miss bun cos she keeps snuggling up to her . got no female piggies to put her with at mo.

janice
18-10-2005, 10:43 PM
It's a pity you arn't nearer me, whilst I don't have many piggies about at the moment, I have a couple of female piggies and a number of neutered males here. I could have sorted her out with a friend.

Janice

bunnymadhouse
18-10-2005, 11:01 PM
i wish we were nearer that would have been great. we only have one other piggie in at the mo and hes an old man with a few probs . dont think it would be wise to neuotor him at his age .

taylor v 109
18-10-2005, 11:37 PM
you could always put the rabbit in the run for a while so the piggie can eat in peace for a while. val :D

sgprescue
18-10-2005, 11:51 PM
Im afraid I would always seperate them straight away. Sudden stress caused by the move could easily upset the pairing and there is no way I would want an injury on my conscience. I will always seperate them and if I havent got another of their own kind they can be paired with I would keep them near others until one became available.

Cheryl

bunnymadhouse
19-10-2005, 08:43 PM
had to split them caught bunny biting piggie so split them today.

elaine
19-10-2005, 08:46 PM
must be catching the pair that came into me at weekend I have had to split them as well they were having a set to. I am now going to go back to splitting them once they come in

bunnymadhouse
19-10-2005, 11:47 PM
i know its awful but feel better now theyre split kept thinking something might happen to the poor little piggie while we wernt watching.
Angie