Guinea Pigs' lifestyle

Archy & Kirk: so far, so good

Saturday it was a big day in the house: Archy moved in the main pen with the others.

Ms M decided it was time to have the full gang in the middle of the house and, as Archy seems to be in good physical health, he was moved in the living room. Ho got the ancien spot of Kirk, Kirk moved where Worf used to live and the white boys are still where they like it best.

The point was to have Kirk and Archy one next to each other so they could get friendly. And not to have Archy next to Spock, as the last one is a little bit sensitive (please read “crazy”). Also, another goal is to use Archy with living with two toddlers and two adults.

So, Archy got The Spot! The corner pen from where he can watch the house. The down side is that everyone passes by to get to the kitchen or to come to the living room. So he runs and hide every single time. But he seems more and more relaxed, although there is a long way ahead before he will get used with all the movement in the house.

Kirk was a little bit vexed by the fact that his pen went smaller again, but happy to finally meet Archy in person. And, incredibly, he seems calmer and less jealous.

In three days there was no teeth chattering! Just sniffing and a great desire from Archy’s part to chew the grid and get to Kirk. 😀 The two boys are event chit chatting at the fence. And they eat together.

The plan is to wait few more days and then to start taking them out together in a neutral space. Under supervision, of course. The human are also waiting for Kirk’s sutures to resorb in order to avoid accidents.

 

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2 things you shouldn’t buy for a guinea pig

When we got Archy, the previous owner also donated everything he had for him. Food, pen, wood house… But also two objects that Ms M asked Little M to throw to the bin as soon as they arrived home.

First was a hay-ball with a bell. Why not using one? For two main reasons:

  • A guinea pig can and may caught his head between the wires. If you don’t believe us, check on the Facebook groups or on the internet and you will find some cases. Of course, not all the piggies do this, but what if it is exactly your piggy that does it?
  • Second, that bell sound scares them. They don’t like it and means danger to them. So why would you want to keep your piggy in constant stress?

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As a side note, whenever one of the humans rings some keys around Archy’s pen, he runs and hides.

Second thing was a harness (leash). Somehow the previous owner expected a guinea pig to quietly walk along on the street.

Reasons why not to use a harness on your piggy:

  • Their spine and corporal construction is not made for a harness and you could really harm them.
  • Walking your piggy outside is a tremendous stress. They are little scared creature and anything that “flys” around scares them to death. Just try to open an umbrella next to them or drop something on the floor. The outside world has much more stimuli than my two examples…

Be wise when buying things for your piggies! 😉

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Well trained piggy slave

7:10 am. Ms M gets out of the bedroom.

As soon as Archy spots her, he starts wheeking. Not very difficult to spot her, as his pen is right next to the door. So, he starts wheeking. Softly in the beginning, louder and louder after all.

Ms M rushes to the veggie shelf, grabs an apple and a red paprika, cuts each of them in four chunks and rushes back to Archy’s pen with them. Meanwhile the bigger toddler already woke up due to the wheeking, but she fell back asleep.

After feeding Archy, Ms M goes to the other three. They wheek, but not that loud.

Kirk sniffs the apple and the pepper and doesn’t seem impressed. Not only this, but he places himself at the fence with a begging face.

Definitely Ms M is impressed and goes grab the celery to give him something he likes. Poor guy, not even a week ago he was on a surgery! He needs to be spoiled.

Finally, some pellets and hay and the piggies are quiet again.

Time to wake up the toddlers!

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Archy and how he got to live with us

After Worf passed away there was some debate between the human if another piggy should join or not the Gang. The thought was not to replace Worf, but to use the space and help another piggy.

There were two parties. The human female (aka Ms M) on one side, saying that a piggy from a shelter could benefit of a better life. Not perfect, but maybe a better chance. And that she has no idea how to cut veggies in three chunks, and not in four.

On the other side, the human male (aka Mr G) was saying that keeping piggies in a cage is not a normal attitude and that he does not agree with that. Still, he would not object in helping to taking care of that piggy, nor put him outside.

This being said, Ms M understood that Mr G doesn’t agree keeping piggies in captivity, but he will nevertheless take good care of that piggy if need be. Of course, as a real woman, she understood only the positive side and took advantage of the ambiguity. 😃

In her defense, she really wanted to help a piggy, so just buying one from pet shop was out of the question. Moreover, not getting another one gave her the feeling that she was just waiting for the others to die. And was not a good feeling.

Of course, we have no idea what Mr G was / is really thinking as he is a real man and does not speak about feelings in general.

After about one month from the day Worf died, Ms M started checking the second hand websites to see if someone wants to get rid of a piggy. She couldn’t easily find a shelter in the proximity of their house, that’s why she went for this kind of websites. After all, life with two toddlers is complicated and putting more pressure on the family was not an option. Organizing transportation should have been an easy thing, not a complicated one.

Finally she found a piggy and contacted the owner. Apparently the piggy was a present for the daughter and she got bored with him. The parents had no idea what to do with the small creature and considered him a burden. (No judging here! Just please don’t offer pets as a present to your child and expect them to take care of it.)

Exactly when the little toddler turned one, the whole family went on a trip to meet the piggy and bring him home, provided that he was really a male and with no obvious health issue.

The piggy was as expected, the family was donating everything, so Mr G kindly accepted to carry the big cage to the tram station and home. Wasn’t easy, but he managed.

Since 5th May, Archy (aka John Archer) lives in the hall way with his cage. (His original name may be Felix, but the previous owner’s parents were not sure.) Pour him, the top of his mansion became a storage place for jackets and back packs. He is also in the way of the toddlers. Anyhow, this seems to help to the integration as the humans are always getting something from there and passing by.

In the begging he was scared of all the noise and movement and strangers around him, but since then he became more at ease. Now he even stays out of his wood hiding when the toddlers roam freely or the adults pass by.

He is the loudest wheeker in the house and understood that, in the morning, food is served as soon as one adult gets out of the bedroom. His wheeks tend to wake up the toddlers, so the speed with which Ms M brings him food in the morning increases gradually.

All the humans and the piggies are looking forward to have more hints about his personality, but this will come once he can join the other boys in the living room. This will actually be a present for is birthday as, from what we know, he was born somewhere in June and the official date was set for 15th.

Ms M hopes to convince Kirk to accept to live with Archy. Or the other way around. We’ll see.

In the meanwhile, Archy accepted to pose for a photo sessions in the toddlers’ bed. While they were out! So lease don’t tell them otherwise they will throw a tantrum.