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guinea pig update

so last week we got some guinea pigs, no check that MARC got some guinea pigs, and I was a bit skeptical at first but things are looking up. They're fun, and adorable, to have around. They jump up and down randomly and make cute noises. When we first got them they seemed to hate all people but things have changed a lot in the past week. We read some online thing about making piggies more social... play with them every day, give them some time to hide in things and some time to run around outside. They still don't like being picked up but we can pet them now which is a BIG deal.

Since they're lab-mouse white we named the little one Pinky, and the big one The Brain.

Little pinky was the especially skittish one, but we've found out that if we pet The Brain, Pinky gets jealous and comes over to see what's up. Then you pet his little head and he holds still and closes his eyes and he's all happy. Earlier this week Marc was trying to pet him and he kept running away. Marc kept bugging him and finally Pinky just turns, stares marc RIGHT in the eyes and makes this low kinda growly noise. Seriously trying to be, like, the alpha piggy or something. Sometimes brain does that to us too, but he shifts his weight between his hind legs so his butt kinda sways back and forth like he's going to charge. it's absolutely adorable. guinea pigs just don't do "mad" very well.

we got a brush for The Brain to help with his shedding but haven't attempted that challenge yet. We can hold him, but he's not really happy, he'd rather be petted on the ground where he can make a run for it whenever. He almost sort of bit marc the other day... didn't break the skin, just sort of put teeth on him so we'd know the situation.

They really like eating hay. That's about all they like eating... they're supposed to be into all these other sorts of foods but they'll only eat lettuce if there's NOTHING else there.

a few more pics...

They do not seem to like getting their picture taken, but we'll work on that. We used to have them by the window where there was lots of light, but moved them because it was a little drafty there this week with the cold spell.


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Mar. 29th, 2009 11:58 pm (UTC)
omg. too, too, too cute.
Mar. 30th, 2009 01:45 am (UTC)
lettuce isnt so good for guinea pigs. it can give them diarrhea if they eat too much. carrots and apples are usually a win but guineas love all sorts of things.

ive had guineas my whole life :) and have two evil boys right now

Mar. 30th, 2009 02:38 am (UTC)
Our guy eats his weight in romaine every day, and does just fine. We were just told not to give him iceberg.
Apr. 8th, 2009 07:24 am (UTC)
Yes, iceberg is the problem lettuce. Some people also say "don't give lettuce to rabbits!" but the only one that I've ever seen credible evidence for is iceberg.
Mar. 30th, 2009 02:37 am (UTC)
Hay (if it's timothy hay) is the most important thing for them to eat, even more important than the food pellets. Our Spartacus likes romaine lettuce (don't feed them iceberg), parsley, and bell peppers a lot. I haven't gotten a feel yet for what Einstein likes, but he does participate in the romaine-crunching. Oh, and GRASS. If you have unsprayed grass in your area, pick them some of that. Our guys are mental for it. (But guinea pigs are very individual in their tastes, apparently. The woman who raised Spartacus as a baby says none of her piggies likes parsley, and she was surprised Spartacus would eat it.)
Mar. 30th, 2009 04:01 am (UTC)
So I assume no allergy issues, then?
Mar. 30th, 2009 11:39 am (UTC)
I wouldn't say NO allergy issues... if I give them hay or pet them I'd better wash my hands. but just being around them doesn't bother me now.
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