Guinea pigs argue: what to do?

Guinea pigs are extremely sociable and love group life, but they can also argue. In order to maintain harmony in the cage, you should first determine the reason for the argument and act accordingly. There are several reasons why guinea pigs sometimes quarrel - Shutterstock / Dantyya

As with us bipeds, it can sometimes happen that guinea pigs cannot smell. In this case, it is important to first observe whether it is a permanent problem or whether there is only occasional quarreling. If the quarrels cause injuries to your guinea pigs, you must act quickly.

Disputes over the ranking

There is a strict hierarchy within a group of guinea pigs. This hierarchy is initially defined. After a while there can be rank fights if another animal wants to get on the executive chair. In these situations, the animals often make noises with their teeth or grumble. Sometimes - in the truest sense - they even have their hair on end.

Even if such disputes look fierce because tufts of fur fly through the cage and the animals run around agitated, do not intervene. Most of the time, these conflicts only take place briefly and the animals clarify their fronts with each other. After all, it's just about who the boss in the cage is. If you interfere with this process, there will most likely be a fight again a short time later.

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What to do in case of frequent quarrels?

If there are wrangles in the cage, then the cause is on your plan. This is the only way to assess whether and how you have to act. The tensions among your guinea pigs can include the following:

Space too narrow: In order to be able to live peacefully with one another in the guinea pig group, the right cage is very important. So the animals need enough space and enough shelter so that they can get out of the way. These places of retreat are particularly important in groups with several goats, as tensions are increasing here. If your guinea pigs are often restless, a larger cage can help. Create several floors so that the little brawlers can move around freely.
rut: Many women are familiar with the problem: in some situations, hormones create chaotic feelings. Female guinea pigs are sometimes no different during the heat: the animals become a little more sensitive and are often grumpy towards their peers. This brief dispute in the cage usually goes away on its own.
Pain: If a guinea pig in the group has an aggressive behavior, there may also be health problems or complaints behind it. When itching or painful, the animals rarely behave normally and peacefully. You are more likely to run around nervously in the cage and react with unusual irritation. Better go to the vet with your little Meeri to see if it's healthy.
Intolerance: If two guinea pigs do not get along at all, a final spatial separation may also be necessary. This happens particularly when a new member of the same species moves into the cage. In this case, however, it must be weighed up whether a new home is not being sought for one of the two quarrels. Because keeping them alone doesn't make guinea pigs happy.

But it may also be that your supposed problem animal has just not learned any social behavior. For example, if it was kept in a single cage at a young age, the animal is not sufficiently socialized. Here it is important to be patient with the little guinea pig. It will learn appropriate behavior from the older animals in the group over time.