He looks even more like a calico than the picture indicates. There is a second level in his cage and he's recently taken to snoozing up there. There's a smaller third level but I haven't seen him up there yet. I'm surprised Cheri is the only one who's been bit. He is a rodent and likes to chew on sticks. I've had to hide the food. Yesterday the 4 year old put a paper ring in the cage and had filled it with food. So now it's all mixed in with the bedding, which is apparently shredded paper towel. I figured on cleaning out his bedding about once a week, but I guess I'll do it a couple days early. Not that the guinea pig has made it dirty, but the kids have. He mostly eats hay, which surprised me a bit, but he also has a special food that he seems to like, and that's what they put so much of in the cage. The guinea pig is nowhere near as much trouble as the kids! John
John - he's adorable! Peggy
Peggy, Laila and Angel Minchie
OUCH! I remember a rabbit bite and that hurt.
He looks like a calico!
I meant to post one yesterday and simply forgot! One eye is decidedly larger than the other and one ear has no fur, which makes me wonder if everything is OK, but there doesn't seem to be anything bothering him. The kids have him out right now and he's making standard little guinea pig noises. I do worry about the kids too. They're 4 and 6 and I'm not sure how careful they'll be with him, so I try to keep an eye on them. Yesterday he bit Cheri's finger. Didn't break any skin but I guess he bit her hard enough to where he lost a few points with her. Oddly, the kids have never been bitten. Neither have I but I haven't really handled him that much. This was taken on his first day here.
No, we are not very crowded. The smallest plot is 20 acres.
Do we get to see a picture of your new family member?
A British friend of mine recently said that to an American, 100 years is a long time and to a Brit, 100 miles is a long distance. You don't look just too crowded up there.
I did read that guinea pigs can be litter box trained, though we haven't yet put any effort in that direction. His cage is a little cramped for one. If he and the cat can get along OK, he may have the run of the house, although at the moment, he's so small that I'm afraid he may get in somewhere that might be hard to dig him out.
Right now, his cage is in my office/kid's playroom. There is a window but he doesn't get much direct sunlight. The living room gets more light but the air conditioner blows right into it and he can't have that. We've all taken turns holding him and he's a lovey little guy. I'm sure there's going to be a learning curve here, about how much freedom he can have, keeping his cage clean, and feeding him, and the best way to do it all. John