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    Advantage: Re: Hale's Medical Thread

    Update to the mites/dandruff issue: The issue is pretty much resolved and as the weather is getting less dry the itching has improved.


    Onto the next issue: A few days ago I noticed Hale's back...
  2. Bullying: Re: Should I separate or change the cage layout?

    SardonicSmile -- The cage is on a table, so the lower level is right above my hip. There's also a little ledge where the ramp is (to lessen the incline) and they perch on that to look out over the...
  3. Bullying: Re: Should I separate or change the cage layout?

    Definitely getting Dottie checked for cysts, I forgot to mention that!! I have an appt set for next week.

    The loft does have hay/water. Hale's unable to turn around/back up on the ramp so she...
  4. Bullying: Should I separate or change the cage layout?

    So my girls are not the best of friends. Dottie (2) and Hale (6) can tolerate each other at times, but it seems like Hale is getting bullied. Or she might just be too old to handle Dottie's...
  5. Bullying: Re: When is dominance behavior considered bullying?

    Unless a lot of blood is drawn or weight loss occurs (such as guarding food/water way too much) you don't need to separate them.

    I agree with everything that BaconandEggs has said, and upgrading...
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    Re: The ignorance of pet store employees - may cost him his job

    For this reason alone I cannot go into pet stores that sell any animals. I have to work a little harder sometimes to get things I need (especially when my large bins of hay disappear) but supporting...
  7. Thread: Cage help

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    Cage: Re: Cage help

    You can also get them from the Guinea Pig Cages store. Make sure you get 14" x 14" grids with 9 squares down and across if you get them from somewhere else. Or that the squares measure out to
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    Re: Piggies' Full Names

    Hale's full name is Haleakalā, after the volcano in Hawaii. It means "house of the sun" but she's quite the opposite. I call her Ha'le or Hal for short.

    Dottie's just Dottie. I kept her rescue...
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    Behavior: Re: Personality or is something wrong?

    It's "5-7" but honestly most live past 5. It's really closer to 6-9. Though 9 is pretty old!!
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    Behavior: Re: Personality or is something wrong?

    Keep an eye on him then. If he's eating/drinking/pooping normally then he might just be settling in. At 2 he's far from old, but they do mellow out more and more with age.

    Rearranging the...
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    Behavior: Re: Personality or is something wrong?

    For 2 weeks your piggie has adjusted very quickly! So that's a pleasant surprise since it can take months for some pigs to come around--even then they are prey animals and will typically run/hide if...
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    Behavior: Shoulder all the things!

    My girl Dottie loves to throw her weight around. If there's a pigloo within an inch of her she must shoulder it out of the way. On occasion if I'm sitting with them during floor-time she'll try to...
  13. Popcorning: Re: Does anyone else notice this when their pig is popcorning?

    OH YES!! My girl Dottie always popcorns more when me and my SO laugh. It only happens during floor-time though and once she's reached her popcorning limit she'll zoom around under the bed. It's too...
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    Cage: Re: Things to put in Cages?

    You can use paper bags as tunnels by cutting off one end. I usually stuff a little hay in there so it keeps some shape and gives them an incentive to go inside! My girls love ball-crumpled computer...
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    Say What?: Re: 3 A.M. Chirping Session

    Well the video you have now is still great! It's such a strange behavior, almost like they're hypnotized.
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    C&C: Re: L-shaped C&C?

    I don't know what kind of bedding you use, but I'm in the process of making my own cage liners & fleece flippers since the shape of the loft and lower floor don't accommodate pre-made ones (I got a...
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    Behavior: Re: video of our new girls having a great tim

    so cute!! I love how they gradually went from walking a little fast to full on sprinting!

    I was wondering is your bedding just fleece? It looks so nice and taut! When I tried it out the pigs...
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    Say What?: Re: 3 A.M. Chirping Session

    pinky I'm surprised you can get so close to your pig while they're chirping!! The first time Hale chirped I walked over and as soon as she heard me she stopped. I have to sneak in every time. She...
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    Re: Rest in Peace little Turtle

    I'm so sorry that he passed. He was adorable!! At least you know he's had a wonderful life with you!!!
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    Re: wanting to try and go vegetarian

    Icarus_Hermes has answered your questions, but I wanted to add if you really like burgers you can make a slow transition into the meatless world by eating portabella (mushroom) burgers. They're...
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    C&C: Re: L-shaped C&C?

    I have an L-shaped cage that's 2x4 (main floor) 2x3 (the little part of the L) and a loft that's 3x3. The cage is up against a wall and on a table. As much as my piggies enjoy the extra space it is...
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    Sick: Re: Possibly sick piggie

    You NEED to get her to a vet ASAP. This will likely get worse and guinea pigs go downhill FAST so if you can get out of the house before the storm you really should.

    Here's a link full of...
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    Exercise: Re: Floor time or not?

    Now that my pigs are getting older, they like to lounge around more, but otherwise they LOVE floor time. The area is about 4x the size of their cage so they always cluck and explore. Sometimes...
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    Bathing: Re: Bathing new pig.

    I agree with surlypiggy, if you suspect mites/lice/other parasites do not bathe your pig. It will do more harm than good.

    Also, guinea pigs are prey animals, they tend to hide if they're nervous...
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    Rescues: Re: To foster or not to foster

    **text removed due to poor reading comprehension about foster failure definition**


    Sorry to butt in with a question rather than advice (never fostered). I may end up fostering but I'd like to do...
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