Hi there! I know a few of you have been following my previous threads, so I just wanted to give a quick update on my two piggies' (Cheddar and Pickles) progress to date (and throw a question in there as well).
So since their new cage has arrived, they've been much happier and don't seem to fight at all which is great I've converted to felt bedding too because the cage is so big (makes it easier for cleaning!) and they seem to love it also! They're always popcorning now and seem very glad to have their own space, so it was definitely the cage size that was causing the problems.
Pickles has been a bit poorly though and we have had to take him to the vets a few times. I noticed a lump one night and it turned out to be an abscess, which the vets think might have been the result of a previous fight they had. So he had to be put on antibiotics, but the poor thing had a bad reaction to them and I had to rush him back. Turns out he had an icky tummy, so he was put on priobiotics as well.
All is well now, but he seems very traumatized by the whole experience. First with the vet having to shave him to see the lump, and then with me having to drip-feed his antibiotics through a syringe. And then because of the diarrhea I had to bathe them both a couple of times too which you can imagine they hated.
Since then Pickles doesn't like being handled whatsoever, and squeaks and chatters his teeth at me whenever I try to hold him and hand-feed him veggies. I have a fair few scratches where he's tried desperately to escape my grip. This attitude seems to be rubbing off on Cheddar too, and although Cheddar never really liked being handled anyway, he never used to nudge me and rumble as much as he does now.
So my question is, how do I gain their trust again? Whilst I've only had them two months, and they are still very timid, they've never shown this much aggression towards me before. I feel like I'm failing them and taking a bit of a backwards step