I've never had a piggie that didn't like lettuce unless it's sick, but BJ doesn't look or act sick. He even comes to the cage door to nibble the wire for attention. I went back to the humane society to ask if they had any ideas as to what greens he had been eating while he was there. I'm waiting for a call back. I'm a bit of a worry wart after what I went through with Scruffy. I don't want to buy a bunch of stuff that he's not going to eat unless I have to, so hopefully the caregiver at the humane society will be able give me some info.
On another note, I hold him every day and he's such a snuggler. I really enjoy having him. He stretches both hind legs behind him when he lays on his belly. He also kicks one of them out when he lays on his side and curls up into a ball. It's so adorable! I tried to get a picture of it but I disturbed him and he got up and nestled under my chin. I'll try to snap a pic and post it.
Lazy piggie! He loves to lay like that. He does it in his house too. I thought I'd give him a fleece forest too and he enjoys it. Happy little guy. I just don't understand how anyone could give him up for adoption. Every day I'm glad I made him part of my guinea pig family. He's eating his leafy green veggies a little more now than when I first got him. Probably wasn't fed them before now.
- Supporter 2016-2020
On another note, I noticed that BJ has had a bit of an itchy spot on his back since the day I adopted him. It's not too bad when he's just sitting or going about his guinea pig business, but if I rub it, he nibbles on the closest thing to his mouth. I looked it over thoroughly and didn't see any obvious reason why it would be itchy. No visible bugs, no bright redness or other discoloration, no hair loss and he's not scratching it raw.
I checked the reference forums and it doesn't match anything noted in any of them. Dry skin perhaps? Whatever it is, none of the other 3 boys has it. Mr Bubbles has this one spot in the middle of his back that is the same way. He's had that since I got him almost 3 years ago. The vet checked it when he was a pup and it's just a spot he doesn't like messed with. It's never changed, spread or gotten worse. The humane society vet gave BJ a clean bill of health, but I think it's time I have Dr Landon take a look at it before it turns into something serious. They're all due for a nail trim anyway.
He didn't take too much of an interest in the fresh green grass, but he did eat some. More importantly, he wasn't the least bit frightened. I was glad to see that. He actually explored the area nibbling on bits of the grass along the way. Can't wait until I can get him outside for better grass and more to explore! I bet he can't either.