After bringing home a new guinea pig, you should give it a few days to get used to new surroundings.
It happens that on the first days the pig doesn’t want to eat, but you should not worry, it finally starts to eat. It won’t take long, and the pig won’t be afraid anymore, especially when it will associate your smell with food.
On the first days don’t take it out from the cage too often, but after few days (about one week) start to do it – pigs love being held. They are gregarious animals and if you have one piggy, you should provide it a lot of companionship.
It would be better, if you decide to get two piggies. It would be great, if they already knew each other and were accustomed to one another. Even females, if they are strangers, may be aggressive to each other… and fight. Females have a reputation of being very friendly. I also thought so, but recently I’ve changed my mind. A fight of two females might be extremely brutal, even plucking fur is possible.
Guinea pigs are quite intelligent. They are attached to their owners and like to be taken out of the cage.
At the beginning young piggies may bite and try to break free. They need at least few weeks to calm down. Aggressive and whiny pigs are rare, and if you get such one, there’s nothing you can do about it.
You Should Know, How to Hold a Guinea Pig Correctly
Put one hand under its chest and front paws, and then put your other hand under its rear paws.
Never let a piggy jump from your hands into the cage. It can hurt itself very badly, or even break a paw.