An explanation from the heart.
Losing guinea pigs is always painful. It doesn’t matter how long or little time they have spent with us, it simply, sucks.
If you follow us on Facebook, you may notice that every so often we lose large numbers of guinea pigs. It seems and feels like we have a death every week.
Why does this happen?
Masons’ Cavies simply isn’t like anything you have come across before. We spend hours each week creating content for our viewers. We spend time bonding with the guinea pigs and the public, so the public become just as fond of the piggies as we are. Each guinea pig has a name and it’s own personality.
We simply couldn’t hide a death here. All it would take it for one follower to ask to see a certain guinea pig on a live video, to find that pig isn’t there anymore.
To fall in love with such a large herd, you will have to face the highs with the lows. Unfortunately, they don’t live forever. In fact, on average guinea pigs only live 4 years.
There’re also a large number of reasons why a guinea pig may pass. Some pass from old age, others have health problems and some die through necessary medical procedures. Whatever the cause, it doesn’t hurt any less.
It doesn’t mean the entire herd is sick, it simply happens because the herd is big and consists of many pigs from very different backgrounds. Many were rescued at the same time, so you have to assume they’re roughly the same age. The original members of the herd are all now over the age of 4.
When you have a large herd like we do, you’re always going to experience more loss. To love them is to lose them.