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    Traveling to visit family

    Hello! We're considering traveling to NY from MD to visit family in about a month. It would be a 7 hour drive so about 9 hours start to finish, two nights in NY, and then another 9 hour trip home. How would we go about doing this with the pigs? Or is the best thing to have someone check in on them daily at our home? We have two males who get along well, but do exhibit normal dominance behaviors.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: Traveling to visit family

    I always have someone watch over my guinea pig when I go on trips. I either usually take Snickers to someone's house or have someone come and take care of him once a day while I'm gone. It's much less of a hassle and easier that way.

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    Re: Traveling to visit family

    I'd have someone come in. I've taken pigs when I was going for a longer period, like two weeks, but it's just easier, and I think they're happier, if they stay home with a good caretaker.

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    Re: Traveling to visit family

    We sometimes go away for a night or two. We make sure all hay balls are full, all food bowls are full and all water is full. Then I bought this;
    https://www.petsmart.com/cat/bowls-a...ml?cgid=200104

    It's a timed feeder with 5 "bowls" and 8 time setting it can be every hour or whatever you think works. We put lettuce, carrots food and treat in them. Worked great. They soon figured out the sound meant food and would run to it when they heard it move. (We out in before we went away to test it, did not take them long to figure it out)

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    Re: Traveling to visit family

    I wouldn't leave them longer than one overnight by themselves, and even then, I'd have someone check on them. Water bottles can malfunction, or there could be a squabble and one could be injured and have to wait a long time for medical attention.

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    Re: Traveling to visit family

    Quote Originally Posted by rosspiggys View Post
    It's a timed feeder with 5 "bowls" and 8 time setting it can be every hour or whatever you think works. We put lettuce, carrots food and treat in them
    That feeder is obviously meant for dry food. It might work o.k. for pellets, but I can't imagine leaving lettuce, carrots or any perishable food in it for several hours, much less overnight or so.

    I agree with @bpatters.........I wouldn't even consider leaving them overnight without having someone look in on them. Too much can go wrong.

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    Re: Traveling to visit family

    Quote Originally Posted by spy9doc View Post
    That feeder is obviously meant for dry food. It might work o.k. for pellets, but I can't imagine leaving lettuce, carrots or any perishable food in it for several hours, much less overnight or so.

    I agree with @bpatters.........I wouldn't even consider leaving them overnight without having someone look in on them. Too much can go wrong.
    Yeah, it's for dry but works great with baby carrots, apple slices and cut up lettuce. Our girls are well behaved so there are no issues.

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