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Gadget
08-05-16, 09:33 pm
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The gold is Pandora, the red is Thalia! They are 1mo and of unknown breed. I found them at a local pet store, (non-chain) and adopted them on Wednesday!

Tomorrow they go through the landlord so we'll see how THAT goes... :confused:

They have been the target of much fascination by a resident cat, whom I've taken to locking out of my downstairs apartment to relieve the poor little girls of stress while they settle in. The other cat was surprisingly okay with them, sniffed once and no further interest.
I'm curious as to how they'll get along with everything else, as I've not dared to test the dogs with them. (One is a beagle, one is a chow, both are trouble with small animals.)

I'm hoping to learn a lot more here, as I came across the two quite suddenly and have no clue what I'm doing!

My cage is small (proper for one adult), so a larger cage is top priority! I'd like to build my own though :) I've got the tools already, just need the materials!
I've got a hideaway, a water bottle (with Vitamin C supplement in it, no need to fear!) and Alfalfa in a manger. I'll be buying Timothy to mix in with it next week. They're on pellets already and doing quite well! I also got them one of the hanging treat things with wood blocks. :D
Prior to adoption I had a vet for the aforementioned two cats and a dog, so they had a vet before I got them. We'll see him later next week, to check out what vet care plans we need, as he takes any animal and does a fantastic job. (He's gotta be good with everything... before cats and dogs he worked with elephants and twenty foot snakes!)

So far, they really like Zucchini! Which means we're going to enjoy it together often, as I enjoy it too :D It'll give me a reason to eat healthier!

About me now?
Gadget, 21, first time owning a small animal since 2006, if you don't count my short-lived mouse. I've been interested in Guinea Pigs for a few months, so these two were offered to me at the right time for the right price.
I'm into computers and snakes, but don't have a snake right now, as the landlord doesn't like them anymore (hypocrite, she had them for 30+ years...).

Bye! Gotta see the end of the Parade of Nations!

bpatters
08-05-16, 09:46 pm
Welcome.

We DO, however, worry about the vitamin C in the water bottle. Liquid vitamin C degrades almost immediately when exposed to light, so within a few hours after you put the vitamin C in the bottle, all you've got is funny tasting water that the pigs may not even drink. If you're feeding a good quality pellet (we recommend either KMS Hayloft or the new Oxbow Cavy formulation) and fresh veggies, you don't need to supplement with vitamin C. If your pigs ever become ill and you want to give them some extra vitamin C for a few days, you can get Oxbow tablets, or a child's plain vitamin C tablet, broken into quarters.

Your vet needs to be an exotic vet. Small animal vet means dogs and cats, not exotic/pocket pets. You'll waste time and money, and possibly endanger your pigs, by using a regular vet. They get little or no training in the care of exotics. The reputable ones will tell you they don't treat guinea pigs. The others are scary.

Here's some reading material for new guinea pig owners: https://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/threads/113176-Information-for-new-guinea-pig-owners and https://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/threads/107827-What-NOT-to-do-for-your-guinea-pigs!

Gadget
08-05-16, 10:49 pm
Welcome.

We DO, however, worry about the vitamin C in the water bottle. Liquid vitamin C degrades almost immediately when exposed to light, so within a few hours after you put the vitamin C in the bottle, all you've got is funny tasting water that the pigs may not even drink. If you're feeding a good quality pellet (we recommend either KMS Hayloft or the new Oxbow Cavy formulation) and fresh veggies, you don't need to supplement with vitamin C. If your pigs ever become ill and you want to give them some extra vitamin C for a few days, you can get Oxbow tablets, or a child's plain vitamin C tablet, broken into quarters.
My food does supply it. The water bottle is in an area of the cage that doesn't receive as much light (the cage itself gets natural light from a window, and the bottle is below the sill height) and the bottle itself is opaque, with a thin clear strip for level checking. :) I just feel safer supplying it additionally, though to prevent overdosing I've only put half of what it recommended. (Too much can be just as bad as too little, for some species, and I didn't want to risk that either.)


Your vet needs to be an exotic vet. Small animal vet means dogs and cats, not exotic/pocket pets. You'll waste time and money, and possibly endanger your pigs, by using a regular vet. They get little or no training in the care of exotics. The reputable ones will tell you they don't treat guinea pigs. The others are scary.


I have three exotic vets in my area, including a reptile/exotic specialist, and there's also an exotic-friendly ER center for vet care.
The vet I currently see for the others has exotic training, and I've checked on this in advance! He's the best vet in the area, and I feel confident trusting him with their care. (He's saved the life of my cat this year, and last year helped my elderly dog through a serious issue that other vets told me was unfixable. Within a week he solved her issue and she's never had it again.) He's very trustworthy, I've got that one thing right I promise!

bpatters
08-06-16, 08:48 am
It doesn't matter whether the water bottle is in sunlight or room light -- the vitamin C will degrade very quickly. If you want to supplement with vitamin C, either get the liquid drops (they come in an opaque bottle), dilute them with a little water in a syringe and give them to them, or give them tablets. You're just deluding yourself if you think they're getting vitamin C from the water bottle.

rotto77
08-07-16, 05:32 pm
Hello and welcome