I didn't know anything about guinea pigs so I had to do a lot of online research. I found out that out of hamsters, gerbils and mice, guinea pigs are the most affectionate. I found out what they can or cannot eat, and I have to be a little careful about that. I don't hold him a lot because I'm always doing something with my hands, but Cheri does. We also found out through personal experience, that holding him for about 15 minutes seems about the optimal time. Beyond that he becomes increasingly likely to whiz on you. I found out too, that those exercise wheels that hamsters and gerbils are so fond of, are not good for guinea pigs. Their backs aren't built to spend any time arched that way, although he does seem very flexible.
If you remember that "Star Trek" episode, "The Trouble With Tribbles", that's what Piggy reminds me of. When the tribbles purred, I'd almost swear they used a contented guinea pig to make the sound. Guinea pigs are like tribbles with eyes and ears. John
I am glad Cheri and Piggy bonded! And Cheri seems to like/trust people. I do not know much on Guinea Pigs, so am counting on you to fill me in. ;) And they purr. How funny!
I got to tell you, I am staggered by the amount of food Piggy goes through. Yesterday he went through a fist full of finely cut lettuce, 2 smaller handfulls of grass, a large handfull of hay, and one and a half, very large carrots. A whole carrot is about one and a half times his body length. He doesn't show any signs of obesity, bloating, or even slowing down. He'll sometimes jump and run circles in his cage. When he sees you coming he'll squeek like crazy, but he never seems more happy or content, than when he's being held, as Cheri is in the picture. He'll actually purr, very much like a cat when he's most content.
He has a pen, maybe 4 feet in diameter, and sometimes we'll let him run around in that. We put it out on the porch yesterday and let him run around in it, closely supervised of course. We'd let him play in it more often, but we have to watch the cat. I don't know that she would hurt him, but I don't know that she wouldn't. Whenever I have to clean the cage, I lock the cat in the bedroom, (which she doesn't seem to mind, spending most of her time asleep on the bed) and let Piggy run around in his pen. Cheri, who was never just too crazy about the cat, adores Piggy and really dotes on him. The cat, as soon as I go to bed, still curls up right in my face the minute I lay down. I usually fall asleep before she moves somewhere else, usually down around my knees. John
OK, I'll do that. In the meantime, this is Piggy's latest. Piggy woke me up this morning making endless Piggy noises. Now that I'm up, he's perfectly quiet.
She is beautiful, John! Yes, put her in the contest! Peggy
Peggy, Laila and Angel Minchie
Put the picture in the contest!!!! :)