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Should I Get Another Guinea Pig If One Dies?

Guinea pigs should never be left without a companion. If you have more than two already, if one dies it’s not essential to replace it. But you can if you want - the more the merrier, as far as the GP community is concerned!

If one of your two guinea pigs dies and for whatever reason you don’t want to get another, it's best to give your single guinea pig to a friend who already keeps guinea pigs, or, failing that, to a local pet sanctuary.

Check out the Introducing Guinea Pigs section of this guide for handy tips on getting GPs together.

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Guinea pigs get very lonely, so always provide them with companions

Anyone who claims that their guinea pig doesn't enjoy the company of other guinea pigs is simply mistaken. All guinea pigs are herd animals, without exception.

When introducing new guinea pigs, it should be on a neutral territory. This means an area in which neither animal has spent a lot of time, and therefore doesn't feel territorial about. This could be a large cardboard, or an area of your house that's safe for the guinea pigs to nose around. This area should be big enough for the guinea pigs to meet without being forced too close together, as this could make them feel threatened and therefore less likely to bond.

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Arwen, 9 April 2020

I had 2 guinea pigs both 6 days before 6 months old, and one of my guinea pigs died... and sadly he didn’t deserve one bit of stress or pain because he was the sweetest guinea pig in the world. He never bit anyone, and all he wanted was to be nice and warm by your neck. He got URI and Pneumonia and it was already too late to help him. I was very very sad when he died but I was happy that I gave him the best life I could, even though it was only 6 months, it was the best 6 months a piggy could ask for. If you read this much, thank you so much for listening and I wanted to ask... when should I get another piggy for my lone one? I will feel awful to get one too soon as I don’t want Peanut (my little boy who died) to feel replaced (which no one can replace either of them). Also, how can I get over the death of such a young guinea pig? please please help. Thank you. ????

Molly, 14 December 2019

A couple of days age sadly one of two brothers passed away and am not sure how much time I should wait until I get another one so he doesn't feel lonely with the lose of his brother

Corinne, 4 May 2019

today lost one of 2 Guinea pig brothers. Should I neuter existing 2year old male and get a female ? Or risk fights with a younger male one? Just want a companion for my lone male...What is best?

Amanda, 24 April 2019

i bought two guinea pigs about a year and a half ago and one of them had some issues and suddenly passed, although sometimes the two piggies fought they generally got along well. it only happened a day ago but i'm nervous that if i get another piggie the remaining one will become territorial and aggressive because thats how they were before. he seems mostly independent and doesnt have much problems being alone but im still not sure. any suggestions ?

Erica, 21 April 2019

Hi there, i use to have 2 guinea pigs. Penelope and Marsha-Mellow. last month Penelope passed away. She was almost 7, so as sudden as her passing was, i was happy that she lives so long and had a happy full life. but now Marsha is only 3 and im very tempted to get her another piggy friend. if i get her a baby piggy, i'll be stuck with the same issue on having just one piggy one day and if i adopt an older piggy, i dont want her new friend to be overly dominant like Penelope was. its looking like Marsha isnt depressed or overly upset about losing Penelope, but i do work full time and i dont want her to be lonely. for the good of my piggy, can you give me any advice about what i can do to keep Marsha happy?