Wof's tales

Serious post about bedding

worf_profile_2We’ve seen a lot of questions on Facebook about what is the suitable bedding for guinea pigs and we’ve decided to write a post about this.

When Kirk and Spock were brought from the pet shop, their “installation kit” provided pellets for bedding. Like the cat litter. The human used them a while than noticed they were not quite happy walking on top of them.

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She did some research, went to the shop and came back home with a bag of wood shavings. The wood shavings were used for about one year. They both had a lot of space and rammed around a lot, so the wood shavings ended up a on the house floor, but the human was fine with it. Just that in time she read about it and realized the dust particles that came along with the shavings may be harmful for our little lungs.

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But when I and Data were also added to the Gang, the amount of wood shavings landing on the house floor increased exponentially. Combined with the humans being worried the dust will get us sick in time, it called for another solution.

The human female started to buy fleece and some other absorbent blankets and to sew for us. She red some good reviews about this system and hoped for the best. Just that it wasn’t for us… She always had the impression we are wet and smelly. And the amount of fur and hay from the blankets gave hiccoughs to the washing machine.

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Then she thought of puppy pads. Just that our cages were bigger than the biggest size of puppy pads. But with some suggestions from us, she turned her attention to the urinary incontinence diapers, the biggest size on the market with wings. Even after the enlargement of mine and Kirk’s rooms, they still fit.

On top of them we have puppy pads on the spots where we pee more (wood house, under the tunnel etc.). The puppy pads are replaced when they are soaked and the big diapers are changed usually once per week. This makes it easier for the humans and takes less time. Since we are using this system, we are almost always dry, our belly is not yellowish anymore and, except Data and Spock, we smell better. (Data and Spock have a strange habit of pulling hay on the floor, peeing and pooping on it and then sleeping on top of everything.)

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Now, on the more practical side, we need to admit that wood shavings were the cheapest solution here in Belgium. Fleece was nice, just that it had to be changed every 2, 3 days and washed. And the maintenance costs were pretty high. Plus the human thought was not a very eco friendly solution.

You may think that the diapers that we use today are also not very eco friendly. The truth is that yes, producing them is most probably not a environmentally friendly process, but the humans always try to order large quantities to reduce the impact with the transport and in the end they are burned with the non tried garbage, in a waste-to energy plant. In terms of costs, it is, until now, the most expensive solution (around 60 euro / month), but the humans said they would anyway manage to spend that amount on silly things.

What can we say now? Just that wood shavings are more fun when popcorning, fleece blankets are more colourful, but the diapers are healthier. At least we hope.

So, humans, pick well for your guinea pigs!

Kirk's tales

Rumour has it…

guinea_pigs_tales_profile_kirkFirst of all, we are kind of sick of the long names we have to write when we refer to our humans. So Data proposed to use abbreviations. Or acronyms… As of today the human female will be hf and the human male will be hm. No capital letters needed as we haven’t decided yet if they deserve the or not.

Now, going back to our business for today, rumour has it that the hf has some crazy ideas regarding our penthouse. Apparently she is out of ideas concerning the decorations of their environment and considers doing something to our rooms. I just hope she won’t ruin what we already have because she has a great talent to this. Ruining, not building!

So, she was talking with the hm yesterday evening and told him she thinks of adding a kind of top floor to Spock & Data’s huge room and enlarging my own room. She is not very convinced with the top floor, but my room has, for sure, to get bigger as my but is the biggest one in the gang and I need more space to be able to appropriately display my beautiful bum.

But everything depends on finding the coroplast. Last time she bought it from a special shop and now she is trying to find out if those humans open their shop in this period of the year. The hf has a quiet period at work and she could go and get the coroplast. More, she has one week of vacation and she could spend that time doing the works. Is just that the hm will be out of country and I am afraid she can’t really handle the task. But let’s hope she won’t tear apart the current settings before making sure the new one is working.

Also, a lot depends on how well she will manage to fit in some puppy pads in our bedding set up. I’ve heard she ordered some in order to place them in the spots where we pee most and, instead of changing the whole bedding every two days, to change only those pads often. We’ll see and we’ll keep you posted.

As you can see, we are super busy supervising all this and making sure nothing goes wrong… Look, this is me being super busy!

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Kirk's tales

Fleece time!

guinea_pigs_tales_profile_kirkWe already explained that Data loves to spend a lot of time on the Internet checking Facebook and other easy reading stuff. So we asked him some weeks ago to do some research regarding alternative bedding. We were using sawdust and the humans were a little bit annoyed about the amount of pieces to be found everywhere in the house. And the amount of garbage produced…

So, happy humans means good servants and we dedicated some time to find a solution. To be honest, the humans seemed lost and had no idea what else could be done. Once again we realized they really need us to guide their lives. Also, the human female had 4 days off and we tried to occupy her so to leave us alone to sleep. Whenever she is at home she is so shocked about our cuteness and feels the need to touch us and disturb our pleasant life.

Back to our issue, Data figured out a solution with some fleece and cotton blankets. We kindly hacked the laptop and introduced gradually this idea to the human female. Also, we took off from her computer any other temptation in order to help her save the necessary money. Due to our marvelous plan, on Thursday morning she had 6 fleece blankets and 4 other kind of blankets (the one used when you move) and clear instructions on how to proceed. Of course we supervised everything, but she managed not to ruin the plan.

We were very anxious to check the fleece bedding and to see if we will get along with it or not. The first attempt was made on Thursday around noon and the results were very good. I mean we’d spent some 30 minutes popcorning and jumping around. Spock was that happy that he almost got out on the couch… And Worf took a piece of fleece and cuddled in it. (I won’t publish the photo because there is a lot of poo around him.) Data never stopped popcorning since then.

The not so good part is that our poop is very visible in this way. But the human female remembered how to use a broom and a dust pan. By the way, she first tried to clean with the vacuum cleaner. Sometimes I wonder if she is as smart as she looks… But we manage to take some pictures with two different sets of blankets while there was no poop. OK, just one poop!

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Now please excuse me. I have to go pooping and peeing in a fleece…