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Nova

re: Nova

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by » Mon Jan 25, 2021 05:58 pm

I'm sure if the house were made of chocolate, we'd all be chewing on it.  Being a rodent, Piggy needs something hard to chew on or his teeth grow too long.  It worried me that not one time did he ever chew on the stick I started him out with, but he started in on that house as soon as he got it, and as I said, that thing is rock hard.

I've never looked into training Piggy, although as well attuned to sounds as he is, it might be easy.  He loves crawling around on us but he's terrified of being picked up, and they do say if you pick them up with a treat in one hand, they learn to enjoy it.

Van Gogh didn't sleep by my face last night, but down by my hips.  This morning I woke up and she was asleep on my pillow, at the top of my head, where she still is.

I'm with you on the Covid vaccine.  I understand they know a lot more about virology than they used to, but they really rushed this stuff through in a hurry.  I'm sure I won't get it until for some reason I have to, like to keep working.

I've been watching a lot of "TruTV Presents World's Dumbest" lately.  It's amazing what people will go through and the chances they take at hurting themselves, but since they all do it intentionally, well it's just funny!  It also amazes me what they go through and still don't get seriously hurt.  John

re: Nova

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by » Mon Jan 25, 2021 01:39 pm

It is good people do not chew their homes like Piggy! Imaging having to qorry about termites, your wifr and kids chewing on the wood in the house?

You should try to train Piggy with a clicker. Like shaking hands. I wonder if you can train guinea pigs to do tricks?

And what cat is not there is a shot when they hear their food pouring into the dish?

 

On the covid shots, my mother will ger her second either today or tomorrow. I think my sister got her first and the other sister has not been able to get one yet. I do not plan to get one now. I am a bit creaped out by the lack of history on them and that they make your own body produce the crowns to attach. SInce I am not in the worried age group yet and do not have a serious condition, I"ll avoid the shots for now. The only way I may consider it is if I can see mom again (nursing home opens fully) and I am not allowed either in the home or on a flight with out the shots.

re: Nova

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by » Sat Jan 23, 2021 05:06 pm

I can only guess at what Piggy's alfalfa and honey house tastes like, but it's hard as a rock!  It's shaped like half of a hollowed out tree with a small hole in the side and holes to crawl in and out of on either end.  It's just a little bigger than he is.  He has chewed at the bottom edges but mostly chews at the top and has some big gouges chewed on either end.  His favorite food is celery, (I can't stand the stuff.)  but he still goes through a staggering amount of hay, carrots, strawberries, lettuce and grapes.  I've found that the amount of water he goes through is pretty closely tied to the amount of hay he eats.  The more hay, the more water.  If I give him mostly vegetables, he drinks almost no water at all.

He's learned sounds very well.  I keep his hay 2 rooms and a considerable distance away, but if he hears the plastic rustling, even in the other room, he starts squeaking for it.  The refrigerator is a lot closer.  He used to squeak whenever he heard the refrigerator door, but now he only starts squeaking if he hears plastic rustling, which is what his vegetables are kept in.  He can also hear when one of us gets out of bed and starts squeaking as if to say, "Feed me!"

Van Gogh still goes to bed curled up in my face, but by morning, she's always gone.  Usually I'll find her curled up on the opposite side of the bed.  Van Gogh is also very attuned to sound.  The bed and her food are much farther apart than Piggy and his food, but if Van Gogh hears me filling her food dish, she's there like a shot.  John

re: Nova

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by » Fri Jan 22, 2021 05:29 pm
John wrote:

  Yes, they're using the metal wires.  I never had braces so it's hard to relate but I imagine they'd drive me absolutely crazy.  We have to get them readjusted once a month.

You would be surprised how easily you get used to them. It is easy enough to complain about them all the time, but really I got used to them. Like my night guard I use now to stop grinding my teeth, it seems normal now and I feel odd if I forget it at night.

 

John wrote:

Van Gogh only licks once in a while and it took me a long time to get used to it.  The only thing that really much bothers me is when she curls up in front of my face at night and starts licking my nose.  It makes me want to laugh but I still can't stand it and pull away, so she only licks 2 or 3 times and stops.

Thankfully Andie does not go for my nose! Just hands, arms and bare legs.

John wrote:

Piggy's cage really isn't as big as I think he should have.  They recommend a 4 foot by 8 foot cage for 2 guinae pigs, but there's nowhere near enough room for that so he has to deal with just a few square feet.  He'll occasionally run around in circles or suddenly jump for no apparent reason.  He has a little house but doesn't spend much time in it, and is always turning it over and pushing it around.  It's made of alfalfa and honey so he can chew on it.  I tried sticks but he never touched them.  Still, he needs something to chew on as he's a rodent and he likes chewing on that.  Once a week I clean out his cage, and we have a 4 by 4 pen we put him in so he can run around.  I always lock the cat in the other room.  I don't know that she would hurt him but it's not a good chance to take.  After an hour or so I take the pen back outside and clean it out.  Every day or 2 we take him out and let him crawl around on us which he seems to enjoy.  You've only got about a 15 minute window though.  After that, he's sure to whiz on you. 

 Funny on the house, alfalfa and honey? Wouldn't that be like having your home made of chocolate cake and icing? ;)

I remember giving my rabbits (way back in 72 or 73) salt licks and a chew thing that hung in the cage.

And peeing on you.... my rabbits did that. I remember Fluffy peeing on one of my sisters. May be a rodent and frog thing?

re: Nova

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by » Fri Jan 22, 2021 05:19 pm

  Yes, they're using the metal wires.  I never had braces so it's hard to relate but I imagine they'd drive me absolutely crazy.  We have to get them readjusted once a month.

Van Gogh only licks once in a while and it took me a long time to get used to it.  The only thing that really much bothers me is when she curls up in front of my face at night and starts licking my nose.  It makes me want to laugh but I still can't stand it and pull away, so she only licks 2 or 3 times and stops.

Piggy's cage really isn't as big as I think he should have.  They recommend a 4 foot by 8 foot cage for 2 guinae pigs, but there's nowhere near enough room for that so he has to deal with just a few square feet.  He'll occasionally run around in circles or suddenly jump for no apparent reason.  He has a little house but doesn't spend much time in it, and is always turning it over and pushing it around.  It's made of alfalfa and honey so he can chew on it.  I tried sticks but he never touched them.  Still, he needs something to chew on as he's a rodent and he likes chewing on that.  Once a week I clean out his cage, and we have a 4 by 4 pen we put him in so he can run around.  I always lock the cat in the other room.  I don't know that she would hurt him but it's not a good chance to take.  After an hour or so I take the pen back outside and clean it out.  Every day or 2 we take him out and let him crawl around on us which he seems to enjoy.  You've only got about a 15 minute window though.  After that, he's sure to whiz on you.  John

re: Nova

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by » Fri Jan 22, 2021 01:46 pm

You mean like braces? Do they still do metal wires on the teeth these days? I remember mine.

Andromeda licks. If she is with you and your hands or arms are exposed, she licks. I have learned to go to bed with my arms under the covers. Of course that does not stop Apollo from sitting on my chest and yowling "hello" all night. ;)

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