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Cavy Chat - Do you really need to clean a piggy's penis?
Charzard03 - 1/20/2010, 2:23 pm
Oh those video's are really helpful Brimstone!
Im going to have to clean out my boys sometime soon and i've never done anything like this before so that helped tons! Im thinking its going to be a nightmare getting this done with my boys, there both not the tamest piggies yet as I havent had them very long. Also my parents are easily eww'ed out so im thinking im going to have to find a time when my parents are out. Hehe my cheeky boys arent the most co-operative at the best of times either.
I havent tryed to extract these boys penis's before but with my two previous piggies it was really easy. That was probably just them though considering the problems some people on here are having.
I'll probably get this done sometime next week when my exams are over.
Also how long should I leave it between cleanings if you think this should be a routine?
and is the liquid parrafin something that must be on the Q-tip or is water okay?
clairey - 1/20/2010, 2:27 pm
Brilliant videos, Brimstone. I'm very matter-of-fact when dealing with their butts too. It gets done weekly whether they need it or not so it's routine to them now. They aren't particularly happy about the procedure, but they don't squirm anymore.
Mapleowl18 - 1/20/2010, 2:37 pm
Lynx and Brimstone
Is there a way you could add the videos or a link to them to the impaction cleaning page or this thread? This would be easier than searching for them.
This is where I'm talking about.
And Brimstone would you give Lynx permission to add them?
Lynx - 1/20/2010, 3:29 pm
Can do so. I'm guessing that's fine with you, Brimstone? She contributed lots of pics so I'm guessing yes.
Sunshine_Kenya - 1/20/2010, 3:40 pm
I am having a hard time finding perfume free mineral oil. Can I use olive oil? I can't remember if it was mentioned on this thread.
TexCavy - 1/20/2010, 8:28 pm
I think I asked that too on another thread and don't think it got answered. I too wonder if Olive oil is fine.
Lynx - 1/20/2010, 8:48 pm
I think it would be acceptable.
Brimstone - 1/20/2010, 9:15 pm
Lynx - of course, feel free to add. Do you want me to email you the original files?
I try to clean my boars' sacs about monthly. I should probably do it more frequently, especially the older boys.
"and is the liquid parrafin something that must be on the Q-tip or is water okay?"
Water could work, but the liquid paraffin works better for sweeping things out. I imagine it's also soothing and lubricating. As you probably saw on the impaction page, with Rocky we actually syringed water into his sac to rinse it out. His sac was very wrinkled and the water rinse was the best way to make sure it was clean.
I think if you can't find liquid paraffin/mineral oil, plain Vaseline (petroleum jelly) might work. I thought I remembered reading from someone on here once that vegetable oils, like olive oil, aren't good to use because they could become rancid inside the sac.
When you're cleaning the penis, you definitely need to use some sort of lubricating something. Plain water isn't going to do it.
Sunshine_Kenya - 1/20/2010, 9:21 pm
Makes sense about the olive oil. So vaseline then huh?
Cinnabuns Legacy - 1/20/2010, 9:29 pm
Excellent videos Brimstone; thank you for posting them, I couldn't get the digital video camera to work (it all came out extremely dark and fuzzy) to get a video of butt cleaning.
Lynx - 1/20/2010, 11:14 pm
You could try emailing me a single one and I can see if I can do anything with it. Would be good to have if your host went down.
Halva - 1/21/2010, 5:19 pm
Those were really useful, Brimstone. I check Jasper relatively frequently and he's remarkably clean down there. I've never felt the need to go foraging with the q-tip. Am I deluding myself or are there really male piggies who don't need the routine? He's neutered btw.
slavetofuzzy - 1/21/2010, 5:28 pm
Most of my males don't need routine cleaning although I check them from time to time. Once I notice a problem I check more frequently and clean if needed.
onetwo - 1/21/2010, 5:57 pm
I had a hard time finding mineral oil as well. Look for it in the laxative section at your local pharmacy or local store that carries ex-lax and such. You should be able to find unscented there (heaven for bid you drink scented mineral oil to lubricate yourself! Yuck!)
Sunshine_Kenya - 1/21/2010, 6:58 pm
Thanks! I will check there!
Cinnabuns Legacy - 5/24/2010, 9:38 pm
I'm sorry for bringing up this old topic, but I didn't think it would be necessary to start a new one. Two days ago my fiance and I attempted to clean the boys' nether regions, and I was under the impression that you felt for the ridge and pressed in slightly and that the penis would come out, but we had no luck with that. Then I looked at the impaction page again since it briefly discusses cleaning debris and smegma from the area, but what is the best position for the cavy to be in, in order to clean it? It almost looks like the cavy in the picture is on their back. I could just keep letting the exotics veterinarian do it, but it would probably be less stressful on them (and the wallet) to have it done at home. I'm really afraid of hurting them though, James was really freaked out when we tried.
AldenM1 - 5/24/2010, 9:40 pm
I sit mine on my lap like little boys, facing out. Then I pull the foreskin back.
Cinnabuns Legacy - 5/24/2010, 9:55 pm
Ah, ok, that's what I was wondering. Thank you AldenM1, and for the quick reply as well. It's probably going to be really difficult with James due to his very redundant prepuce.
jlthomas79 - 5/24/2010, 10:28 pm
Wow this was an amusing topic that I am sad to have missed out on. How ironic that tonight while my daughter was doing HW and I pulled Shadow out to look him over and thought to myself man you look dirty down there. I was going to give him and Oliver a bath but the evening got away with me. After reading this I am waiting till husband gets home Thursday night to help me with this. I am scared to hurt them. And the videos are very helpful. Glad I came across this tonight as I am sure I would have gone about the cleaning all wrong!
AldenM1 - 5/24/2010, 11:22 pm
The trick is to find what works for you and your pig, so you stay calm. I do it solo now. Sometimes I use the sitting method, sometimes I make a pig burrito. I don't think there's a "right way" really.
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