Kirk's tales

That day of the year

kirk_profile_2Our humans are super busy with the little human rascal. On top of this, the hf changed jobs (to have more time for the little rascal!). So, counting also Spock’s illness, the past weeks were somehow a mess. Moreover, the hf changed her laptop and bought one with a French keyboard that utterly annoys us. But I should stop ranting and get to the point…

Data’s birthday was mid October but we had no time to celebrate because Spock was in the hospital. Worf’s birthday was few days ago but it was a work day so the humans couldn’t serve us well. So we’ve celebrated today.

Data got the traditional Hard Rock Cafe bag, this one from Rome.

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First thing he and Spock did was, of course, to break another exit. Then they chewed it. I was lucky enough to get the photo before all of this.

Worf and I got some other bags, one for each. And… Ta da da dam! A looooot of pellets! A loooot! Can you see it in the food bowl? Of couse noy! We’ve ate them alllllll!

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This is why I love Worf’s birthday: I get to eat loads of pellets although usually the humans are very attentive not to give me the opportunity to get fatter.

Now, to be honest, it was a nice day, but I am sure all the gifts were there to bribe us for the Christmas photo session… But that’s another story.

 

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Empathy

worf_profile_2Since the baby was born, our feeding schedule became hectic. First we were left for four days at home only with the hm and he is not a model of respecting our feeding times, then the hf came at home but she was always with the baby so we still had to be fed by him, whenever he decided to wake up.

You can imagine we were affected by all this and not having the same number of hours between breakfast and dinner made us eat less or finish everything, depending on the day. At some point I became worried that this would last for ages. But apparently we will be back to some order.

In the meanwhile, I and Kirk decided to be empathic with the baby. I mean she needs to gain weight, so we should support her and do the same. When the hm is feeding us, we can trick him into giving us more pellets and our plan is doable. I’ve gained 50 grams and Kirk around another 30, so he passed the 1.450 kilo milestone.

But the hf gets more and more often out of the bedroom and she insists in resuming a part of her duties, including feeding and checking on us. So it is more and more difficult to get supplementary food. Moreover she is reducing the quantities we are receiving, which is not good. We need to make a plan to balance this attitude. Too bad Data and Spock are not into this: they are having a constant weight of 1.200 kilos.

Do you have any ideas how we could get more food? My cute face is of no help…

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Wof's tales

Dry food for Guinea Pigs

worf_profile_2The hf is at home waiting for a little biped to decide when she wants to be born. So she has a lot of time in her hands, a large part being dedicated to us. And she gets to do the groceries in slow motion… Today she went to the supermarket to buy veggies. Passing by the pet department, she took a look at the products for the guinea pigs hoping to find some nice treats but she was really disappointed. And she came home and told us all about it and made me decide to write about what we should be fed along with the hay and the veggies. So this is serious, again.

In the beginning, Spock and Kirk were fed with the normal food that you find in the pet shops labelled as proper for guinea pigs. It was cheap, recommended by the guys working there and the human believed they knew their job. Moreover, from time to time they were getting some treats bought also from the pet shop – sticks with cereals. But something changed… Kirk’s weight, if you are wondering. And the hf realized the pet shops couldn’t be trusted when it comes to good advice for raising the guinea pigs.

A proper dry food for us should not contain cereals. Yes, they may be tasty; we can even have them from time to time, but not every day in considerable quantities. Why?! Because they get us fat. If you don’t believe me, ask Kirk! He is the reason why our hf started to search all over the Internet for some pellets that were more natural and suitable to some piggies than the ones found in the pet shops. The more processed is a food (you see the nice looking shapes that you can find in the dry food?!), the further away is from it natural state.

Now we are using “Versele-Laga Complete Cavia”, which has very little cereals and no sugar, is suitable for adult guinea pigs and contains also a supplement of vitamin C, among others. It is not perfect, but it’s what she found best in Belgium. Trust me, they are also tasty: I would eat a full bowl of them, but the hf is unyielding in her decision of giving us only around 30g/day. We only get more if we are celebrating something.

The cereal bars were completely eliminated from our diet also. Not because of the cereals, but because of the large amount of sugar syrup used to stick them together. Any other unhealthy treats are out of question. Just Kirk gets to lick from time to time some chocolate leftovers from the hf’s fingers. The thing is we’ve got so used with a healthy diet that even when we get presents from other humans visiting, we don’t touch them if they are not healthy green stuff. That’s why the human friends prefer to bring us veggies and not to buy “trets” from the super market.

Of course, we have a balanced veggie diet and we get plenty of hay which keeps us healthy and in shape. We also get to exercise: Data lives with Spock, who is very active and never lets the first one to rest for long, and I live now with Kirk and we have a huge room so we need to move around to get to the hay and the food.

This is me asking for more pellets…

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