I’ve made it through week 1. It is harder than I thought to think of things each day! I love visiting and reading new blogs. I hope to get around a bit more this weekend. No work again until Sunday evening! I am very late posting for today. My early morning was busy, then work, and several Friday evening errands!
G is for Guinea Pigs… the other animal inhabitants of our home.
Cavia porcellus (little pig).
They are not from Guinea, nor are they pigs!
After several pet hamsters, none of which were overly easy to handle, my daughter convinced me to get her a guinea pig for her birthday. I decided on two after researching and finding they are more social animals and like the company of other guinea pigs. (I am really bad at saying NO to my daughter!)
Minnie and Daisy came to join our family. After a couple weeks, Minnie seemed to be getting fatter! I packed them up and headed to the pet store… sure enough, Daisy was actually Mickey, and Minne was “in the family way”!
60 some days later, now there are SIX. Minnie was an over achiever and had four babies!
Guinea pig babies are so cute.This is just a few hours after they are born…(that’s the dogs nose in the back of the picture, so you can see how little they are, but fully “baked”, with hair, and open eyes!)
|Brownie, Oliver, Bing and Oreo
We had such a good time raising the little family. They happened to be born during summer vacation, so Tara’s little posse of friends came over just about every day to “play” with them. It was a great way to socialize the babies, and get them used to being handled. They had outside play time almost every day!
Guinea pigs have quite a language. Different sounds mean different things. I find it very interesting. Tara is much better about distinguishing each sound than me!
- Wheek -or whistle, when excited, (like feeding time) or used to find a lost pig! listen
- Purring - listen
- Rumbling – shows dominance, or used when “courting”. the male will rumble and sway his butt! It really is quite funny to see! listen
- Chutting and Whining – Made when pursuing another GP listen
- Squealing or Shrieking – A high-pitched , response to pain or danger, they will do this if we walk in and startle them. listen
- Chirping – GPs rarely chirp, but on several occasions Reese has done it in the morning before I feed him… it can also be related to stress. They have nothing to be stressed about though! They lead a life of luxury in a 5×3 ft pen!, listen
If they hear a plastic shopping bag being rustled they will wheek in excitement. I used to keep their greens in such a bag in the refrigerator, so they associate that noise with food. When we had the whole family, they would “sing” in unision. It was really quite load!
We kept all six for several months, until, as with some of our other pets, we had to find homes because we were moving. It was hard letting them go. I loved them all!
Mickey the dad, and Oliver stayed with us. Unfortunately, Mickey had a skin condition we did not catch in time and he passed away. . Oliver had it too, but less severe and $360 (yes $360) he was all better.
Oliver moved to PA with us. He loves his free time out on the patio. He seems to know not to go off into the flower beds.
Last summer Tara convinced me that Oliver was lonely, and Reese joined our family. Reese is much more “high strung” than Oliver, and a very noisy Guinea Pig. He has calmed down a bit, but still a little crazier than Oliver. (I can’t seem to find a picture of Reese…)
So, now I have shared a little bit about all our pets. If it were up to Tara we would have many more species. She loves animals, but always seems to be TOO BUSY to care for them. I learned long ago if I brought a pet into the house, not to expect her to be the primary care giver….
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Thanks A-Latte for stopping by!