Pigs – Social Structure
Guinea Pigs are highly social animals and in the wild they gather together in herds for survival. They don’t burrow themselves, but use abandoned burrows of other animals. They always observe a strict ranking: a single dominant male is the head of a harem of females and their youth. As the young males reach maturity, severe battles occur between them and the leader. The weaker males submit and are driven from the herd into a new location with a single female. In captivity the loser may die of starvation and exhaustion, because the dominant male drives it from water, food, and sleeping spots. So it’s important to separate sexually mature Guinea Pigs. Two males can peacefully live together if they are neutered and never in contact with females. As for females, they also fight for rank, but do not drive the weaker from the herd. The highest rank earns the right to go wherever and whenever they want. The Guinea Pigs of lower rank defer to those of higher rank. Usually the two strongest females don’t get along and constantly fight. They should be separated to avoid high stress level in the cage. The young Guinea Pigs squeal loudly until they are fed. Guinea Pigs nurse usually not only from the mothers, but also from other lactating females.
Guinea Pigs – General Information Links
BeanMakers – Advice on care, pictures, and noises.
Caleb’s Cavy Cave – Providing information on guinea pigs. Includes FAQ and a forum.
Canny Cavies – Vet tips, pictures, cavy breed quiz, and links.
Cavia porcellus, Guinea Pig or Cavy – Describes the life of Guinea Pigs in the wild.
Cavies Galore – Message boards, games, polls, and a cavy FAQ.
Cavy Cages – Information about cages and accessories, including suppliers.
Cavy Capers – Care information, classifieds, facilities, penpals, product search and a guest picture and artwork gallery.
Cavy Health Survey – Helps to diagnose and help your sick Guinea Pigs.
Cavy World – Guinea Pigs photo gallery and many useful links.
CavyFancy – Cavy Connection Page – Online resource for the Cavy fanciers.
CavyInfo International – Comprehensive emergency care information with symptom descriptions.
CavyMadness – Information for first time and current guinea pig owners including care and maintenance recommendations. Online gift store.
Cavyworld – Guinea Pigs fanciers club. Adult and young Guinea Pigs are available.
Comfy Cavies – Free guinea pig clipart, boarding service, petcare advice and lots of fun stuff for cavy and small pet lovers.
Guinea Lynx – Features an emergency and medical forum, listing of medications toxic to cavies, a medical emergency guide and tips on finding the right veterinarian.
Guinea Pig Quick -Brief – Short pet feature by Colin Dalziel on why guinea pigs make the ideal family pet.
Guinea Pigs World – Containing guinea pig pictures, FAQs, breeds and information.
Lots of Guinea Pigs – Guinea pig information, health care, pictures and stories.
Meet the Guinea Pigs at The Sanctuary – Pictures and care information about Guinea Pigs.
NZCCI Show Dates – Detailed Tips for Guinea Pigs housing.
S.A.L. Cavies – FAQ, health alert, pregnancy topics, dietary information, and general store