Guinea Pigs' food

Introducing new veggies

There are two toddlers in the house and one of them was recently weaned. Ms M somehow thought the phase of introducing new veggies to creatures around her to be over. She couldn’t be more wrong…

The Gang is officially on diet. The long story in another post. So carrots, pear, apple, other fruits are out of the question. As they already have some preferences, the humans were left with limited options to build a balanced menu for them.

Broccoli was a “veggie non grata” for the boys, but Ms M remembered that kids need several interactions with a veggie to accept it. So she decided to give it another try for the piggies too.

First time, Kirk was really reluctant. He looked at her with that face saying “are you out of your mind if you think I would even consider eating this thing!”. Spock didn’t even go next to it. Data sniffed it. And we have no idea about Archy, as he was to scared to get out of his wooden house. Probably scared of broccoli.

But they saw there was nothing else for dinner so they took the risk and a bite. And one bite became two and three and look, the broccoli is gone!

Now broccoli is on their weekly menu and they usually eat it.

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Data's tales

Proper preparation

data_profile_2Oh no! As much as we plan it seems we don’t get to write as often as we would like. But lets give it another try…

The humans get the supplies for us from different sources. The main one is the supermarket, of course, from where the fresh vegetables come. Lately we need to share them with the bh, but she eats less than one of us so it’s fine.

Usually the hf comes home with a huge bag of veggies that is enough for few days. On Fridays is the hm’s turn to do the groceries and he buys also beer along with our food. Still for us they get fresh water.

They even thought of taking us to the store and dropping us in the celery box while they are shopping. I think they are crazy to believe no other human would notice us and take us home (we are that cute!).

The dry food comes from an online shop. And some of the pads used in our rooms. Last week we had a situation when we’ve noticed our dry food was almost finished and nobody placed a new order. We were already planning the revenge when the food was delivered. The humans were lucky!

But I wanted to tell about the hay, not about what distracted me… And food is always a distraction!

So right before going back to work the hf decided we need to stock food in case her life would turn that chaotic that she wouldn’t be able to follow up with our needs. The veggies are just around the corner, but the hay from that source is not awesome. And we deserve the best!

The hf went wild and bought an entire bale just for us. Of course it was ordered online and the delivery guy was somehow shocked to drop that to our door. We’ve managed to consume almost a half of it in one month and a good part got on the floor but we are good for another month or so.

Now this is what I mean when I say “proper preparation”! I just hope they will do the same for my birthday which is in 2 weeks.

Please excuse me now but I need to go chew some hay!WP_20150930_001

Kirk's tales, Uncategorized

First water melon of the season

kirk_profile_2We have a varied diet. At least our humans are trying hard to offer us this. But sometimes is difficult due to the local suppliers. For example, finding kale or radicchio can be a real challenge for the hf. But she knows she needs to diversify according to the season, so she really searches veggies and fruits that we would enjoy.

The other the day she was out with the baby and entered a supermarket to search for kale. Usually they have it but lately they are going through a renovation and their stock was a little bit reduced. Of course there was no kale. Nor radicchio. But she found water melon. And she thought it got cheap enough to buy one.

So she brought home a small water melon and offered us along with some spinach. Worf and me ate it normally. I mean it’s just melon and the human will provide more for us. I’m pretty sure of this. So no rush, no need to hide with it.

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But Spock and Data did what they know best… Data tried to hide a piece in a wood house, but Spock caught him and he was forced to share. Or maybe Data was just trying to offer the chunk to Spock. I have no idea.

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The truth is that we enjoyed our melon and we are looking forward for the next portion. Also we are very curious to see what other season fruits and veggies we will receive.

P.S. The photos of Spock and Data after they had the melon are censored (they look like they just had some blood).

Wof's tales

A huuuuge carrot

worf_profile_2We trained our humans to be much organised in regards with our menu and grocery shopping. So they both take turns in going to the supermarket and grocery’ lists are something common in our house. And usually on Fridays is the hm’s turn to buy fresh veggies for us for over the week-end.

Last Friday the hf prepared the list and, as we pass through a period in which we don’t really enjoy bell peppers, she thought of giving us more from the other veggies. For Saturday evening we had planned carrots and pepper, so she wrote on the list: one yellow bell pepper and one “biiiiig carrot”. This is what the hm male brought home! Trust me that cucumber is a normal one and the fork also.

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So we’ve got each one quarter of a huge carrot. It was difficult to handle, but we’ve managed.

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Wof's tales

What’s for dinner?!

worf_profile_2From the whole gang, I am the one who eats all his veggies. OK, let’s not exaggerate! I eat almost always all my veggies. And I am also the bravest one in terms of trying new foods. I am always ready to put my teeth on everything that is placed in my room and try if I like it or not. And I must admit that our humans are always trying to offer us a large variety of veggies. But let me get more into details.

Almost one year ago, Kirk wrote something about their menu. At that point it was only he and Spock (who replied to Kirk the next day 😀 ); we came in 3 or 4 days after. Not much changed since then, but maybe some supplementary explanations would be helpful. So, we still have a weekly menu that helps our humans to plan their groceries and shopping sessions in a way that we have always fresh veggies that don’t have to be kept in the fridge. And we still get four veggies every day.

I will write down some of the principles of our menu, just in case some humans are searching for inspiration.

  • Four different veggies per day
  • One veggie rich in vitamin C
  • The veggies rich in sugar (like carrots) just few times per week
  • The veggies rich in oxalates (e.g. spinach, parsley, carrot tops) just once or twice per week and not all in the same week!
  • Watch out for the veggies/fruits that can irritate our lips and mouth (egg plants, tomatoes, apples…)
  • Hay as much as we can munch, drag in the cage, play in etc.
  • Pellets – +/-30g per day. Of course pellets with no cereals in them and especially for guinea pigs.
  • For Spock and Data – some willow toys to chew. I and Kirk don’t really like stuff like this.

You may wonder why we don’t get any cereals… Well, it’s because Kirk (our flag butt) gets fat super fast and the humans are very worried regarding his health in general and his back bone in particular. So, we all suffer because of this. Also, you may see that increasing the pellets in our diet makes us to gain weight if we were not used with larger quantities.

We in particular don’t really like fruits and we don’t have a sweet tooth. The only fruits we eat are apples and pears, rarely and only if they are crunchy and not very sweet. I am the only one who likes tomatoes, and we, as a gang, don’t like zucchini, radish and other things that don’t come into my mind right now.

Our treats consist in dill, coriander, kohlrabi tops and other greens for which the humans really need to go to the market to get them. Which happens only in week-ends. We do not eat biscuits or any other processed food for guinea pigs that can be found in the supermarkets. It’s not that the humans never tried to feed us with something like this, it’s just that we don’t like it. We even gave up to those cereals bars as we found out they are full of sugar and a lot of other unhealthy components.

It may seem straight forward and not very complicated, but it’s not. And you know why?! Because we, the piggies, have also different tastes and whims. For example, Spock and Data don’t really like cucumbers. They eat it only if it is really, really necessary. Or we change our minds regarding some veggies: now we are passing through a period when we don’t really like bell peppers. So the hf had to prepare a special menu for next week with only one serve of pepper.

OK, I know, this is a lot of theory! But I will end this post telling you that this evening we’ve got egg plant and red bell pepper (none of us touched it yet!). And, of course, some nice photos featuring the handsome me and some veggies.

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Uncategorized, Wof's tales

It’s a hard life…

guinea_pigs_tales_worf_profileYeah, it’s been a while! But we were busy bounding and making sure Data has nothing serious after his accident with the chair. He will tell you about this soon. The humans are trying vary combinations among us hoping that at some point they’ll see at least two piggies cuddling together. My honest opinion is that this is not going to happen, but humans have this hope and I can’t break their hearts. (I’m afraid I won’t get veggies anymore…)

Now, to be completely honest, I have nothing to do with their bounding. The human tried to put me with Kirk and I just stood in a corner waiting for that moment to go away. I was moving only when I couldn’t do anything else to get rid of him. And the meeting between the four of us was also a complete disaster: Kirk and Spock were bullying me, they moved a chair and the chair fell on Data. After this, the humans got the idea that I prefer solitude. Yes, I like seeing them around, but just not in my room!

I even got to take a walk in the house under the couches all by myself. It’s so nice! Nobody else around, just me and a lot of space to explore. And if I have a place to hide, I even find courage to get in open space and pick the pellets humans are dropping on the floor. Now don’t imagine a wide open space! There is still a coffee table and a chair around…

Plus, I like being alone in my cage because I don’t want to share my veggies with anybody else. To be honest with you, I’m afraid the others will eat from my vegies and I will starve. Like for example on Tuesday evening when the human male gave us a portion of cucumber and one of carrot. But I have the impression he still considers us babies, because the pieces were just too small. I finished mine in about two hours! And the pellets! So when the human female arrived home, I was prepared with my puppy eyes. She instantly realised I was super hungry and started shouting at the human male that he has no mercy regarding me. He had no chance to defend himself and tell her that I received the same quantity as the others. And I’ve got an extra portion of cucumber and some pellets. I’m just wondering when they will realize that for a piggy of 1080g (constant weight) I eat a lot. I even eat much more than the others…

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Now, ladies, stop envying me! I know: it’s a gift to be able to eat as much as I do and still stay fit. But it’s because I popcorn a lot!

 

 

Spock's tales

Overprotective?!

Few days ago, our mean human posted some photos with me on Facebook and some other mean humans commented and made fun of my habits. Just to make it clear, we are talking about this two photos.

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She suggested that I’m piling up the food because I’m afraid somebody will steal it. Now, I just want to clarify some aspects! First, yes, it is true, I have the feeling that somebody may pick my food while I sleep, but I don’t think that someone will be one of “my boys”. Maybe Worf because he really cleans everything, but he loves me also and wouldn’t prejudice me. On the other hand, the way the humans are looking at my veggies scares me to hell. It’s like my veggies are tastier than what they have in the kitchen. So, yes, I’m afraid the humans will steal my food!

Next, I pile up my food close to me because I like comfort. It’s much easier to eat when the food is right under your nose than to wake up, get out of the wood house, search for the food and only then start chewing it. You should try it! You don’t even have to open your eyes. Just put the food in your mouth and eat. This is also the reason why we, the guinea Pigs, pee and poop where we sleep.

And not the last, sleeping on a pillow may be fun. Humans do this all the time, why wouldn’t I?!