Can Skinny Pigs Live Alone?
Skinny pigs are social animals by nature. They thrive in the company of their own kind and often benefit from living together in pairs or in a larger herd. They enjoy interacting with other guinea pigs (bald or furry) and often form close bonds with their cage mates.
When living together, skinny pigs are often more active and exhibit happier behaviors, like the cute wheek wheek sounds they make, sharing food, water and other cage resources. Solitary guinea pigs can become bored and inactive, which may result in health issues such as obesity.
Living with others provides them with mental stimulation, which is important for their overall well-being. This is especially important if you are not at home during the day to keep them company. Skinny pigs are prone to loneliness and may become sad or depressed when kept alone. This can make them more susceptible to illness.
Being part of a group can reduce stress and anxiety in skinny pigs. They feel more secure and comfortable when they have friends to rely on and share their environment with. In a group setting, skinny pigs often engage in play and exercise, which is essential for their physical health and mental enrichment. They can chase each other, explore together, and have fun.
Solitary skinny pigs may develop behavioral problems, including biting, excessive vocalization or the flip side of becoming very quiet. They may have an aversion to being held when left alone for long periods, which will impact your ability to bond with your pet.
While interaction with their humans is very important, it does not replicate or replace the benefits of interaction with their own kind. I highly recommend that you consider getting 2 skinny’s together for their own well-being. If you have one and are considering getting a mate, it's important to introduce new skinny pigs to one another carefully to prevent conflicts and ensure a smooth transition. Proper quarantine and gradual introduction procedures are essential for the health and safety of all skinny pigs involved.
One last point to consider - be careful when grouping members of the opposite gender as breeding will occur if males are placed with females. Be certain to only group skinny pigs of the same sex together, or ensure that you have each of your male skinny pigs neutered, which can be completed by a skilled exotic animal veterinarian.
Keep giving your pets the best of natural life!
April Arguin A.S., C.P.N., M.P.H