Wordless Wednesday – Not A Morning Piggy!

Below are some pigtures of a sleepy little piggy I met at a zoo :)

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Happy Wednesday

Hooman

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Silent Sunday

Noah says RELAX!

Noah says RELAX!

Tips For Moving House With Guinea Pigs – Part 2 – Travelling

Part 2 – Travelling To The New Hutch

Remember change can be very stressful for pets, especially for prey animals like guinea pigs. It is recommended that you should not travel with your piggies for more than two hours at a time. This is so that you can make sure whee stop to eat and drink at whee will very likely be too afraid to do that while in a moving vehicle.

Allowing us to sit on a seat in your car is extremely dangerous. Naturally whee will want to explore which can be distracting to the driver. If you were to hit the brakes or be in an accident then nothing would be there to protect us.

Just like children, whee animals should be restrained in the back seat where whee are safe from the air bag in the front.

You should also not travel with us in cages unless there is absolutely no other option. You may think you are being kind giving us all that space to roam around but in reality you would be risking us getting a serious injury with efurry turn. If your piggy has no other option but to travel in a cage remove all heavy objects from it and put in cozy blankets and towels to protect us and break our falls.

The best option for us is a well-ventilated pet carrier. There are plenty of great carriers sold a lots of different pet stores on online. If you cannot find a large enough pet carrier whee would recommend a small cat cage/carrier as a great alternative. Make sure whee get used to the carrier before the trip by having us eat treats like vegetables in there to associate it with good things.

When travelling, make sure the carrier is fully secured and nothing can fall on us

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Whee hope this helps you travelling with your piggies!

Nacho, Noah, Buddy & Basil

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Top Tips For Moving House With Guinea Pigs – Part 1 – Packing

As whee all know, pets are considered to be part of the family so when the family decide to move, pets are taken into consideration.

Part 1 – Packing and Preparing

  1. Our first tip is to confine us to one room while you pack and try to do most of it out of that room. Change is scary for us and whee won’t be the most helpful packers!

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    Whee may try to help with packing!

  2. Make sure whee have our favourite toys, bedding and food. Don’t wash our things for a little while, so that it has some familiar smells to go with the unfamiliar, new ones.
  3. If whee are not used to travelling in a carrier, make sure whee become more accustomed to it as quickly as possible as this will reduce moving day stress.
  4. One of our fears will likely be that whee aren’t coming with you, so give us loads of attention and reassurance before, during and after the move.
  5. If you’re really concerned about us during the move then it may be worth moving us to a friend’s house until you are settled but this could be furry disruptive and scary for us, moving multiple times so use this as a last resort.
  6. Whee piggies like our routines, so try to stick to the normal routine for as long as possible in the lead-up to the move and then get back into it as quickly as you can in your new home, especially in terms of when they are fed.

Whee hope this helps hoomans who are moving with piggies :)

Have a great day

Nacho, Noah, Buddy & Basil

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An Open Letter To My Guinea Pigs On The Subject Of Packing

My dearest darling boys,

You know how much I love you. Despite your naughtiness and trouble making but there’s something we need to talk about.

Packing

When I said you could help with the packing, I didn’t mean flinging poops into every box in a five foot radius of your cage. I didn’t mean, chew on the boxes so three now have large areas of them missing. I didn’t mean, be uncooperative and messy and kick poops and food everywhere.

I meant being calm and quiet. Not chattering your teeth at the removal men. Not squeaking at full volume every time a bag rustles. Not kicking mess everywhere in excitement when you hear someone at the door.

Not rumbling when bubblewrap pops, or distracting the little hoomans or stealing things like newspapers when given the chance.

You, my sweethearts, need to learn to behave for five minutes and give us a chance to get you to the new hutch!

All my love and cuddles

Your Mummy

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Wordless Wednesday – Can I Help You?

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Happy Wednesday

Noah

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Tuesday Turning Troubles

Do you ever find yourself stuck or backed into a corner with no way out. Sometimes hoomans feel that way. They get furry stressed and scared. I’m quite a nervous piggy myself but when I’m stuck in a corner like in the pigture below I have some top tips for stress busting which I think hoomans could use too! Whee are writing this post after on of our Twitter hooman friends said she gets panic attacks and wanted advice coping with them. Who better to advise her than me?!

Nacho’s Top 5 Tips for Handling Stress

  1. Don’t squeak and get your fluff in a twist, you may not be where you want to be but you will get where you’re going a lot easier if you don’t panic!
  2. Do stop to eat a snack or have a chat with somefurry to distract yourself.
  3. Don’t throw yourself at the wall. Think of a easy way out, sometimes going backwards is the only way to go forwards and that’s ok.
  4. Do tell someone if you can’t manage alone. Squeak once for your Mummy. She may be surprised at first and take pigtures of your butt even though you quite clearly didn’t intend to get your ass in the gap in the first place, but eventually she can help you out.
  5. And finally don’t ever feel alone. You’re never alone. Lots of hoomans and furries get stressed and scared over lots of things. Thunder storms, fireworks, spiders. If you’re the sort of hooman who is scared of a few more things, there’s nothing wrong with that!

Have a great day efurryone and whee really hope this helps somefurry out or puts a smile on their face :)

Happy Tuesday

Nacho

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Monday Mischief – What A Naughty Boy

What a naughty boy. That’s all Mummy seems to say to be right now.

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When I start chewing the cardboard packing boxes . . . No Basil! What a naughty boy!

When I pee on the carpet . . . What a naughty boy!

When I throw the food I don’t like out of the cage . . . What a naughty boy!

When I hit the little screen machines out of the little hoomans hands to get their attention . . . What a naughty boy!

When I walk all over the newspaper the hoomans are trying to read and snuggle down to sleep . . . What a naughty boy!

When I rip pieces off the run and break things . . . What a naughty boy!

Honestly, Mummy is super fussy right now, I’m not sure what’s up with her! How can I wheedle my way back into her affections and stop her being cross at me?

While whee are on the subject of naughtiness and guinea pigs whee have the sad news that THE original naughty piggy Alfalfa himself passed away recently and whee would very much appreciate if you could go and leave your condolences for his hooman who misses him very much – here.

Have a mischevious Monday efurryone, in Alfalfa’s honor!

Basil

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Happy 4th July – Fireworks And Fears

Firstly Happy 4th July to all our USA furfriends.

Now as with lots of celebrations there are going to be fireworks. Fun for hoomans, not fun for furries. Whee don’t want to put a downer on the day but whee have quick warning to those with small furries. Whee piggies are very small so any loud sudden noise is terrifying for us. As prey animals whee are very good at hiding fear and stress but sudden things like fireworks can cause us to show the following signs of stress:

  • Darting around, running at the walls
  • Or freezing and staying completely still
  • Wide, wild eyes
  • Stiffened body
  • Rapid breathing, almost panting
  • Hiding in a corner head first. The if-whee-can’t-see-the-scary-thing, it-can’t-see-us mentality!
  • Digging at the floor trying to cover ourselves with hay or bedding.

If you see these it’s best not to try to handle us because you could make it worse. Instead, if you are fully prepared you can make sure whee don’t get stressed and scared.

  • Hutches/cages should be brought into a quiet room indoors, or into a garage or shed.
  • If you cannot bring our hutch inside, you should turn it around so that it faces a wall or fence instead of the open garden. But really this is only if there is absolutely no other choice.
  • Provide extra hideys and things to do. Hay stuffed tubes, veggies, herbs and cardboard boxes etc. make good distractions. Extra bedding for burrowing into is furry impawtent too.
  • Play some low level soothing music, or louder music to disguise the sounds of the fireworks. In the days leading up to firework night you can play music to get us used to it. Whee almost always have the radio playing or the tv on so whee are comforted by the noises.
  • Black out the windows and put the lights on. That way bright flashes won’t frighten us. If you cannot black out the windows it may be worth putting a thick blanket over the cage to block out the worst of it and give a sort of secure feel.

Me demonstrating my relaxed pose for when the fireworks don't bother me!

Lots of people think about the effect of fireworks on cats and dogs because the results are far more obvious but please think of your small furries before you leave to watch a display. Whee worry too.

Stay safe furfriends and once again, have a wonderful 4th July!

Nacho

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Happy With Harringtons – Guinea Pig Food Review

Harringtons Optimum Guinea Pig FoodAs promised whee have our review of Harringtons Optimum Guinea Pig Food. Now as much as whee love our wonderful furfriend Basil who sent us this food whee were fairly skeptical. Mummy had tried to change our food before to a recommend one by Selective Science and whee were not impressed. In fact whee refused to eat it for three days and Mummy had to give up and give the bag to a local rescue where the piggies are less fussy. And that was where our experimentation ended. Or so whee thought until this package arrived.

The packaging itself is very pleasing and classic looking and the bag folds neatly at the top so it can be pegged shut avoiding spillages. For the hoomans out there interested here is the impawtent info on what it’s made of:

Composition: Sunflower Ext., Wheatfeed, Grass, Oatfeed, Maize, Apple (4%), Grape (4%), Carob Meal, Vegetable Oil, Minerals, Yeast (0.1%).

Additives (Per Kg): Nutritional Additives: Vitamin A 23,500 iu, Vitamin D3 1,700 iu, Vitamin E (alpha tocopherol acetate) 95 mg, Vitamin C (ascorbyl monophosphate) 300 mg, Iron Sulphate Monohydrate 30 mg, Calcium Iodate Anhydrous 2.5 mg, Cupric Sulphate Pentahydrate 25 mg, Manganous Oxide 48 mg, Zinc Oxide 34 mg, Zinc Chelate 166 mg. Antioxidant.

Analytical Constituents: Protein 17%, Fat Content 4.5%, Crude Fibre 17%, Crude Ash 7%, Calcium 0.8%, Phosphorous 0.6%.

Pros and Cons of this food as decided by hoomans and piggies:

  • No nasty added bits and bobs
  • Good sourse of fibre (see above) to aid digestion
  • Added Vitamin C which is vital as whee do not make our own
  • This is a pro for hoomans and a con for piggies, all-in-one type nugget stops selective feeding but can also make it a bit plain
  • Apple and grape added to stop it being so plain!
  • Very small nuggets perfect for younger piggies like Nacho and Noah who sometimes struggled with the size of their  Pets At Home Nuggets in their little mouths
  • Quite a bit messier in the cage than previous nuggets. Whee flick the food about quite a bit so Mummy is having to clean us out a bit more often so the food isn’t efurrywhere and going off where as the other nuggets were bigger and heavier so more difficult to throw
  • Portion control. With smaller mouthful the piggies are spending the same amount of time at the bowl but eating less and feeling fuller quicker.

Whee have now been on Harringtons for four wheeks and Mummy wrote a few updates of how whee were behaving in that time:

 


 Food Diary

 

Day 1

The boys are very suspicious of the new food. Even Buddy is refusing to touch it. Will give them less tomorrow and see if it makes a difference.

 

Day 2

On advice from piggy loving friends I am mixing a bit of their Pets At Home nuggets in the bowl for Buddy and Basil so they are encouraged to eat when they see something familiar. Also someone recommended sprinkling water on the food to release the smell and make them want to try it so I’ll do that for Nacho and Noah and see what works.

 

Day 3

It worked!! I spotted Noah eating some this morning and he seems to be enjoying it. The small pieces are much better for him as he only has a tiny mouth. Immediately tried the water sprinkling trick on Buddy and Basil’s and they tried it too.

 

Day 7

They are all loving the new food and really love seeing each pair up there, side-by-side at the food bowl, eating away together. Noah was bickering with Nacho earlier (being a hormonal teenpig) and they both jumped up where the food is rumbling and snapping at each other. Then suddenly they spotted the food, apparently forgot why they were arguing and settled down to eat together. Cute!

 

Day 14

Went to the vet today regarding Buddy’s weight loss regime. Vet said he was very pleased with his progress and also said that his poops were a lot better, probably due to his improved diet. I think a lot of this is down to the Harringtons as other than shrinking portion sizes his diet has not really changed.

 

Day 22

Piggies are still loving the food which is great. I was concerned that the small very plain pieces that don’t vary in shape like their old food would get boring but they still wolf it down!

 

Day 28

At this point the supplies of Harringtons are running low and I can’t imagine buying anything else but we still have Pets At Home food to use up.

 

Day 34

Harringtons ran out and they were forced back to Pets at Home nuggets. Buddy tipped up his bowl so all the food fell out of the cage and bashed the empty bowl against the bars until I managed to calm him with some spinach. Getting black looks for the other piggies and it seems like they don’t want to eat Pets At Home food ever again

 


 

Any pet food that means rushing to the nearest pet store for the few hours it is open for on a Sunday is a pet food worth trying in our book. Whee can’t thank Basil and Harringtons enough for sending it. Whee were not paid to do this review. Whee were just sent some food to try free of charge and it got us hooked!

If you have fussy piggies or slight chubby piggies whee really do recommend the healthy option of Harringtons Guinea Pig food. They also offer a wide range of foods for other pets so please check them out. Whee would love to hear what you think of the other pet foods.

Have a great Thursday efurryone

Nacho, Noah, Buddy & Basil

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