Guinea Pigs' lifestyle, Uncategorized

Power struggle

Kirk is back home. Not cleared, but stable and not in need for oxygen therapy. So all the other medicines can be given at home.

After three days of being the king of the pen, Archy seemed a little bit disturbed by Kirk’s return. Kirk didn’t take it well neither, so they picked a fight. Not the usual rumbling and teeth chattering, but really some biting and Kirk ended up with some scratches on his nose.

The logical thing to do was to separate them. Kirk is still under treatment and avoiding supplementary stress should be a priority. Of course, from the logistic point of view, this separation caused a mess.

The grids were used to build a shelf. Now the shelf had to be dismantled in a hurry (kids were demanding attention too). The VetBed was placed in such way that they both sleep on it, but is not large enough to cover the full cage. So it had to be moved. And redecorating was necessary too.

img_20180809_080630

On the other hand, Spock was out of the house for less than nine hours. When he got back, both Data and him were so happy for the reunion that they hid in the same little wood house and just enjoyed the closeness.

Now we just hope Kirk and Archy will accept once again to share the same cage.

Advertisements
Guinea Pigs' health

Archy went to the vet

Yesterday 3 piggies were scheduled to see the vet. Two of them should have had also some minor surgery. But it’s summer and computers and humans go crazy so our vet’s agenda was messed up and only Archy got to be “solved”.

So, Archy had a check up to make sure he is healthy and fit. He got the clean bill.

Apparently he had pododermatitis but everything looks fine now. How he got this diagnosis? Well, he had some “dry skin” hanging from his paws. Ms M cut this and it never came back. The vet said it was for sure pododermatitis and showed some leftover scars. Small pieces, but still there to prove the diagnosis. According to her, moving him on a VetBed was the best thing to do and due to that he is now almost pododermatitis free.

We will come back with another post on our experience with pododermatitis.

Meanwhile, this is Archy and his busy, Kirk, enjoying breakfast.

Guinea Pigs' lifestyle, Uncategorized

Open Fence Days

Ms M broke all the written and unwritten laws of binding two guinea pigs males. She followed her gut and apparently it works.

Kirk and Archy were out on the couch for few times and they didn’t seem impressed one to each other. They were on the couch, passing by, but not really doing something together.

Wednesday afternoon Ms M decided to open the fence between the two of them and see what happens. The main thing she skipped (and please don’t do this at home!) was cleaning the cages and making sure the odors are neutral. But the boys didn’t seem to mind this.

She had two main concerns: how the boys will react at being together and how the white ones (Spock & Data) will react to meeting Archy at the fence. Spock can be very nasty with Data if something bothers him at the fence.

Well, everything went pretty well. A little bit of teeth chattering, but no biting, no fighting.

Still Ms M hadn’t had the guts to leave them like this over the night, so the fence was back late in the evening.

Fortunately, the other adult biped was at home on Thursday and Friday and the fence was up again, this time for the night too. The boys are fine together, although we do not see any huge friendship there. But tolerance is acceptable if this gives them a bigger space.

Archy is still getting scared of the movement around him, but less and less and being with Kirk seems to diminish it. So far s good!

And Ms M is happy she can take nice photos of both of them. 😀

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.

 

Guinea Pigs' lifestyle

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.

guinea pigs tales

Update on The Gang

So, here we go again. This time with no resolution or promise to write more often.

What has been going on with us? Aside from Worf passing away… 😦

img_20180517_165538Data has teeth issues. Finally our new vet pointed out some lack of vitamine C. Now he is on a daily dose of vitamine C, some homeopathic pills for joints to help with his jaw and lot of cuddles.

He also had bumble foot, but Traumeel did the trick. No laser therapy needed this time. And he now spends his days on a VetBed.

Spock is his usual crazy self. Chasing Data around. His (presumably) seborrheic cyst grew larger and our new vet said she would like to take a look, but later as it is no emergency.

Both of them are so zen with the two toddlers in the house that even when Bubble jumps form the back of the couch right near them, they don’t even blink.

img_20180501_130030

img_20180519_190640Kirk is on diet. Apparently he is a little bit too heavy. And, as he has too a lack of vitamine C, his joints should be spared of the burden of carrying 1.3 kg. So no more dried food for him because it has too much sweeteners.

He also has a lump on his belly. More exactly it is a breast tumor of an unknown nature, but the X-ray didn’t show any metastasis, so far so good. It will be removed on Wednesday.

img_20180523_161610Archy is the new boy in the gang. We brought him home on the 5th May and he comes from a family that thought a pet is a nice present for a kid. When the kid got bored, the family had an issue.

For the moment he is in quarantine in our hall way. This position allows him to participate to the family life and get used with the little biped brats. He is more at ease with us now, not running anymore for his life when we get close to him. And he is the loudest wheeker ever! First thing in the morning he wheeks for food.

Hopefully we will get our big fat assess back on this blog. 😀 If not, we are on Facebook.