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I have a guinea pig that is about 4 months old. He was taken to soon from his mum but learned everything quickly from my other pig. He has been squeaking since I got him but after a certain pitch it stops and it is just air. He has been doing this since I got him at about a month old. Could it be because he was taken too early? Or is it something with his vocal cords? I have had many pigs and none have ever done this before. He is completely healthy and try's his hardest to squeak with my other pig but he just can get that really high pitched one.

It's not likely there is anything wrong with him. Each pig is an individual and as such they don't always share the same qualities. You don't mention how old he was when taken from his mother but a baby pig can survive without incident when weaned as young as two weeks of age.

This is not a result of weaning him from his mother too soon. These little creatures live in the now. They don't show any signs of carrying a memory, good or bad, of their previous life. They just live for today.

As you say, he is completely healthy, so not having the same pitch as another pig is not an issue that impacts him in any way. He is okay and has no worries as far as he is concerned. So try to stop measuring him by his cagemate. He's doing just fine.  

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Raised and shown cavies for many years, having aquired my first cavies in the early 1970's as pets. My caviary currently handles 65 + animals in two different breeds and several varieties. Having been in the health care industry as a licensed nurse for 35 years I have hands on experience with care and needs in both humans and cavies. Member of American Rabbit Breeders Association and American Cavy Breeders Association.

Awarded Lifetime Membership in of one of the oldest cavy clubs in the United States, on whose Board I served as Sec/Treas for six years and currently serving as President. Also editor/publisher of the club's quarterly newsletter. We are strong supporters of our youth exhibitors, most of whom are 4H members who are working on cavy projects. Through these projects they become good responsible citizens. We deal with all aspects of showing, breeding, caring for and sharing experiences in the fancy. The cavy fancy is not a new one but in some areas is still relatively unknown. Our goal is to inspire interest in high quality, responsible breeding to improve the species, not just the reproduction of guinea pigs. Our job is to educate owners to help them make the right decisions and choices in the care of their cavies.

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