Just so you know why I still haven’t answered my e-mails…
I’ve successfully accumulated a good 1-2 weeks worth of napping with piggies for this amount of work.
Just so you know why I still haven’t answered my e-mails…
I started my life with the piggies before I was introduced to the piggie community, so I didn’t even know about C&C cages and that you could use fleece for bedding (friendly reminder that I’m a 1st-time piggie owner). Hence I can’t give any real tips on a good piggie cage because mine is pretty basic.
Here’s the piggie’s cage:
- It’s a 47 x 24 x 14 inch Midwest Expandable Habitat
- Underneath their table is where I keep all of their supplies
- They have 2 pigloos and 1 hidey, edible log
- There’s a wooden trough for holding their hay
- They have a metal food trough (the ceramic bowl underneath is so Cookie won’t raise and drop the trough to spill food out and to catch the dust)
- 1 water bottle
- I use Carefresh Natural Premium Soft Pet Bedding
- I usually just throw their other food/treats into the cage (like lettuce, oranges, and carrots)
Now for the fun things:
- Biscotti has a pillow in her pink pigloo lol
- They collect pins on their cage~
- They have a bunch of wooden toys to play with, including blocks that they love me to stack up so they can knock them over
- Outside of their cage, both Cookie and Biscotti have their own stuffed animal collection that they love to cuddle and play with (Cookie likes sheep lol)
So yup, there you go~ That’s their cage. It’s located right next to the couch, so I can always be near them and interact with them ♥
They only eat the leaves / refuse to eat the middle part XD
benedictcucumberpatchpig said: I have just weighed Ben, and as a fully grown boar he is only 2.2 pounds / 982 grams. The average for a boar is 900-1200g, so he’s still on the small side. Poppy must have been *huge* :D
Huge is an understatement ♥
While I can pick up Cookie with one hand, picking up Poppy with two hands was an endeavor lol.
GO AT IT, PIGGIE PALS! ♥
As far as food goes, I know that the food I use is not the best lol. I use a food that has a bunch of goodies in it and all it does is make a picky piggie. So just straight-up pellets work.
For food it’s best to remember things like timothy hay and other veggies/fruits as their main food source (my girls mainly eat hay, carrots, and romaine lettuce). Also, remember the necessary vitamin C~
My other thing I can think of right now to get are hidey-places (pigloos/logs) and toys.
The Piggie Pals should help you out with everything, so be sure to check out the comments and reblogs ♥
I was thinking about my Poppy when Cookie and Biscotti went and got weighed yesterday at the vet. Both of them weigh about 1.5-1.8 pounds, which is average. Then I thought about it.
That is the average. The highest average is only about 2.5 pounds.
Poppy was 3.7 pounds.
Good Lord, I forgot how big her butt was.
Cookie went to the vet today, and I’m gonna have to try some new things for her bedding. She’s been getting these little sores and flaking skin lately, and while my vet thinks that there’s a small chance that it’s a type of mite, it may just be that she’s developed a sensitivity to the bedding. So I’m gonna try changing the bedding before I spend money on meds.
Next, we talked about her breathing problem, and it was confusing. She said she honestly has no idea and that it might just be that she’s eating/drinking too fast. There were no signs of any heart, lung, or mouth problems, so I’m just gonna have to keep an eye on Cookie and see how things go.
Cookie has also been steadily losing weight over the past year, so I have to watch that too.
Overall verdict: Cookie is fine, I just have to look out for a few things just in case.
Also, they gave me a free nail trim and Cookie was SO PISSED. She bit me really hard and won’t look at me right now ;__; I tried bribing her with treats, but she is having none of my crap lol.
We’re only 100 away from another big milestone! Thank you everyone!!!
Sammie, Cookie & Biscotti
So I brought Cookie and Biscotti into the vet all the way across town…only to find out that not only were neither of the guinea pig vets in, but that they don’t even take appointments on weekends.
What the hell was the desk girl I talked to doing, then? Scheduling me for a day they don’t schedule with a doctor that hasn’t been in FOR AN ENTIRE WEEK?
So now I get to go in again this Thursday. I’ll be making sure I don’t pay in full for the check-up… *chatters her teeth*
I get questions like this a lot, and while I enjoy helping you Piggie Pals out I don’t really have an answer.
Getting a piggie a new cage mate is serious business, and should be handled as such. However, I can’t really tell you that a new friend for your piggie is a good or bad idea because it really depends on the individual piggie. It took me a while to figure out if Cookie needed someone new, but then she got depressed and started losing fur so I got Biscotti. However, my cousin’s piggie, Snowy, lived his whole life alone, and was a very happy piggie who lived a very happy and long life.
All I can say are these few things: If a piggie was bonded before and then got separated, then it might be good to look into a new cage mate. But if a piggie has been alone its whole life then take into consideration territorial matters. While Cookie loves Biscotti, she stills lets Biscotti know that the purple pigloo is hers and hers alone and will attack Biscotti occasionally.
Also, when it comes to money - yes, it is a lot more money. Remember - double the pig, double the supplies (and poops and pee lol). That small period when I only had Cookie was such heaven lol - I almost spent no money. But now I have Biscotti (who has the appetite of Poppy) and I’m back to buying vegetables weekly, using more bedding, using more food, using more hay, and double the vet trip costs.
Hope this helps, and good luck in possibly getting a new piggie! Piggie Pals - if you have any suggestions please add them (comment or reblog)~
You get the Poppy Seal of Approval! This story is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing - I literally threw my arms up in victory for you at the end!