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Owleeii
04-20-15, 07:33 pm
Hello everyone! I just wanted to introduce myself and my piggy. I am a 25 year old woman living in nothern California. I am active duty Air Force and make my living turning wrenches on airplanes http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a178/caitlinkerrie/happy.gif

this is is my first piggy and I've gotten her on kind of an unfortunate situation. A friend of mine got a piggy she was told was male, well it had babies about 2 weeks ago. I told her I would take one, ideally female, when they are ready at 21 days. Due to aggression issues and space constraints I have my piggy now at 2 weeks old. She is eating hay, pellet food and veggies on her own, drinking water and her poops look normal.

I dont know what kind of piggy she is, besides small brown and adorable!

i am looking forward to learning from all of you http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a178/caitlinkerrie/happy.gif





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pinky
04-20-15, 07:45 pm
She might be a silkie. Her hair flows back off her head and it looks like she might have longer fur. It'll be interesting to see if her hair gets long. She's adorable. I'd keep a close eye on your cat. Your guinea pig is small enough that your cat's predatory instinct might kick in and she could harm her.

Owleeii
04-20-15, 07:50 pm
Her hair is very soft and flowy, and has adorable little cowlicks. Her name is Lilly, the piggy, and she is only around the cat under supervision. The cat was also a very young rescue and has never been outside or taught to hunt. I've had rats in the past and they would snuggle when the cat wasn't afraid lol. Regardless, she will be watched. I have a lid for the pen at night.


As lilly grows I'm going to add to her pen. Since I live in a studio her pen will grow upwards with ramps and caves :)
i will be switching to all fleece....this bedding is messy lol


shes he's very cuddly and loves to sit on my shoulder, she even falls asleep there

pinky
04-20-15, 07:56 pm
Cats aren't taught to hunt. They're predators and the predatory behavior is instinctive. She probably won't pose a threat to Lilly when she's full size but Lilly's small enough that she could be vulnerable if she was alone with the cat. The lid on the cage is a good idea. Lilly probably has some abby in her since she has rosettes.

Owleeii
04-20-15, 07:58 pm
Yes I'm aware of instincts. I was saying that she was never around a cat that hunted and has been around rodents since she was a kitten so she is comfortable with them. Sorry I wasn't clear :) to err on the side of caution is always advantageous

3littlepigz
04-21-15, 02:08 am
Lilly is such a pretty little girl! Oh my goodness! Irresistible!

And THANK YOU for your service!

80s_piggies
04-21-15, 09:12 am
I just love little Lilly, welcome and yes thank you for your service!

Kenna18155
04-21-15, 02:50 pm
The cat probably is a bad idea to keep around her while she's still young. Cats have an instinctive predatory behavior, meaning they don't learn it--they pretty much know it from birth.

Are you planning on getting your piggy a companion?

guineapiggiess
04-21-15, 05:03 pm
Congratulations! I would be careful around the cat though. They're twins too!lol The cage looks pretty good too. You should really consider getting her a companion. For now, good luck with your adorable little girl! Also she looks like she may have a bit of abby and possibly sheltie but it's pretty early to tell.

CutsieCavies
04-21-15, 07:13 pm
Welcome to the club :) please enjoy your stay at our cavy crazy website ;)Your piggie is really cute! Thank you for taking her in as well, and feel free to ask lots of questions!

Lizzieball12
04-21-15, 08:12 pm
What an adorable little piggy! You'll be fighting all the boy piggies off here in a few years! Lol :)

Also, thank you for your service!

Owleeii
04-22-15, 02:11 pm
Thank you all for your support!!
The kitties are supervised around her at all times, and when I am not home or at night there is a top on the cage. The cats sleep on the floor next to the cage lol.


I would like to get her a companion for sure, but i'd like it to be one similar in age. I do know that the girl who had the mom wants to keep one of the male babies and is looking to rehome the mom, but the mom is very very skittish.

mufasa
04-22-15, 03:50 pm
What a little sweetheart! I have a black cat, too, and he has an unholy interspecies relationship with my piggie Quinn. Quinn and Amy live in a wading pool, and he jumps in to say hello to her. As the others have said, it's always a good idea to monitor cats and piggies closely, but they can indeed learn to get along. When my Borat (RIP) was going through his long illness, my cat Stitch would jump into the floor time pen and stay close to him (he's a "nurse cat" to anyone feeling ill).

Owleeii
04-23-15, 11:48 am
So a few things.
1. I don't like this cage. The coroplast is about 1/4 inch too big and that makes the panels bow. I think I am going to buy a pre made C&C cage and just call it a day!
2. I want to get Lilly a companion, but I can't seem to find one in my area. The closest rescue is in San Fransisco and that is an hour away with absolutely horrid traffic.
3. I live in a studio, so I don't have a ton of space so this is what I was looking at http://www.guineapigcagesstore.com/candc-cage-covered-deluxe-narrow-small#.VTkwUNLIbWY would this work for 2? Also, I'm not sure they would even use the loft, so it worth purchasing?

CavyMama
04-23-15, 02:32 pm
Good idea about getting Lilly a companion. If you tell us what your zip code is, we can help you find a shelter or rescue in your area.

As for the cage, I think you would be better served with something like this http://www.guineapigcagesstore.com/candc-cage-covered-large#.VTlWZmx_n4g. It's more space and less expensive. And it's covered which can be important when you have a cat.

Owleeii
04-23-15, 02:41 pm
Good idea about getting Lilly a companion. If you tell us what your zip code is, we can help you find a shelter or rescue in your area.

As for the cage, I think you would be better served with something like this http://www.guineapigcagesstore.com/candc-cage-covered-large#.VTlWZmx_n4g. It's more space and less expensive. And it's covered which can be important when you have a cat.

That does look like a good fit, I just need to make sure that the space would work for the pen.

My zipcode is 94533 Fairfield California

3littlepigz
04-23-15, 02:46 pm
I agree with CavyMama. The cage that you are considering wouldn't be large enough for 2 piggies but the 2x4 would work! Any way you can fit a 2x4 in your studio?

CavyMama
04-23-15, 03:00 pm
Here is what I found for your zip code: https://www.petfinder.com/pet-search?location=94533&animal=smallFurry&breed=guinea+pig&gender=female

You can also try the Solano County Animal Shelter: http://awos.petfinder.com/shelters/CA504.html. If they don't have guinea pigs now, you can ask them to add you to the list and to contact you when some come in.

In the mean time, check Craigslist. Just be on the lookout for backyard breeders who are just trying to sell off their litters.

ciaraelise
04-23-15, 03:00 pm
oh goodness!!! so precious!

definitely try and expand to a 2x4 for when you adopt another friend. I would keep a sharp eye on CL and pet finder and at the local dog/cat shelters (they usually take in gps too!) I was fortunate enough to rescue my two newest boars from a CL add for free :) good luck good luck!! Keep us updated with lots of photos- i can never get enough pigtures haha

Owleeii
04-23-15, 03:01 pm
Would a neutered boar be a possibility as well?

I had checked petfinder as well, but most of those places are 5+ hours away

ciaraelise
04-23-15, 03:26 pm
absolutely! I'd just be sure he is actually neutered since it's not super common to fix pigs- but maybe that's just me being paranoid haha

CavyMama
04-24-15, 01:06 am
Would a neutered boar be a possibility as well?

I had checked petfinder as well, but most of those places are 5+ hours away

The places I found using your zip code - the farthest away was less than 2 hours. The closest was a little over 1 hour.

lissie
04-24-15, 01:28 am
There's a guinea pig rescue in Sacramento. I'm not sure if they're still active. You might want to contact them.
https://sites.google.com/site/thecncr/home

Also try North Star Rescue. They can take their adoptables to Sonoma. They also do adoption events all over the Bay Area. They might also have foster homes that are closer to you.
http://www.northstarrescue.org/adopt-a-pet/adoption-locations-and-hours

Owleeii
04-24-15, 11:11 am
The places I found using your zip code - the farthest away was less than 2 hours. The closest was a little over 1 hour.


mapquest says an hour, but driving near, around, through, by or close to San Fran adds at least an hour sitting in traffic...It's really a horrid place to drive lol

bpatters
04-24-15, 12:17 pm
I drove five hours each way for mine. Two doesn't sound so bad.

ciaraelise
04-24-15, 12:54 pm
Hopefully you will find a piggy near you!! Also try contacting those pigs and see if they could meet you half way? Someone who is really looking to 'get rid' of a pet is usually happy to meet

Owleeii
04-24-15, 01:14 pm
I've sent my information out to a few places, just waiting to hear back from them

Owleeii
04-28-15, 05:38 pm
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She loves bean sprouts!