Sorry to hear you lost Wiggles. It's a good decision to find another
cagemate for Nubbin though, piggies can actually get depressed when left on
their own. So here's how you introduce a new piggy..
Take Nubbin out and place her somewhere (a cartboard box for example) for a
while, leave the new (young, female) piggy in the petshopbox. If this is
very tiny, get her a cartboard box as well. Clean the cage, I mean really
CLEAN it, make all odours vanish etc. Basically what you're doing then is
removing Wiggles scent (sorry about that) which is nescessary for Nubbin to
accept another cagemate.
With a clean cage, enough bedding and hay awaiting them, place a towel or
something on the couch, on the floor or where ever, as long as the piggies
can't "make a run for it" from that place it's fine. Put Nubbin on one end,
the new piggy on the other end and place some veggies in the middle. Then
Nubbin is sure to approach the veggies, not bothered about the new piggies'
scent as there is food on the table :-). The new piggie may need some time
to fugure it out. Eventually, don't push either one, they will both eat the
veggies. Together. And eating is a great way to bond.
When the veggies run out, they will be curious who their dinnerdate was and
approach each other. Don't intervene, it's all right. Nubbin will probably
try to mount the new piggy, showing her she's the boss. (This mounting is no
sexual thing, it's just showing dominance. It can go on for days, though,
especially if the little gril does not want to be mounted, that way denying
Nubbin's dominance. After a few days she will stop her resistance and it's
If the piggies seem to get along well, give this 15 minutes or so, stroke
them both at the same time while talking to them. It will help Nubbin relax
and this will show the new piggy that your stroking and talking should be
considered a nice thing. If it's all done and the piggies are fine with each
other, place the new piggy in the cleaned cage, let het walk around a bit so
her scent gets into the cage. As soon as she starts eating the fresh hay,
put Nubbin in with her.
Be confident, as the girls will notice when you are not relaxed and will get
stressed themselves, this will defenitely influence their bonding in a bad
way. Leave them alone for a while, but observe their behaviour. If they are
relaxed and fine with each other, give them another treat, some veggies of
the same kind, this will confirm their bonding together.
And that's it, really... Takes you about an hour, but at least you will do
it the right way. Make sure you can bring the new piggy back in case things
don't work out, get the reassurance this is possible before you buy her.
Good luck finding a new cagemate for Nubbin!
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