Poor Mimic had two of his nails clipped too short and, while struggling, decided to kick and smear blood all over my t-shirt. I felt somewhat awkward walking out of the room, but not as bad as I felt for poor Mimic who was reduced to a piggie-whimpering mess near the end of his session.
Due to the stress of today I decided to not poke at them with a camera and instead gave them extra veggies for not biting either me or the vet.
Cashew has also put on .05kg - woop! I'm hoping he'll be able to gain back his missing .15kg - that would make me happy to have him back to his original fatty weight.
I think I'll show him where the carpeted hallway is.
I had a brilliant idea that perhaps if I carried Koda onto the laminate flooring beside one of the other pigs then he'd be pressured into learning how to deal with the floor and could learn by watching the others. As it happens, I just taught him how to tiger-pig-leap from laminate flooring to islands of clothing and back to the cage.
CavyCastle: Thank you! I really appreciate hearing that you're enjoying the chronicles!
Okay, I won after I pandered. Guinea Lynxers, meet Koda's Path to the Hallway Carpet.
Giving Koda a path to follow not only revealed him to be a complete pussy when it comes to exploring... it also seemed to make him think that I wouldn't check on them as much.
Well, later that day I did... and guess which mini-pig I found happily plodding across the laminate flooring. No more special treatment for you, Mr Koda!
While Koda has been battling his laminate flooring phobia and Cashew has been making sure that the entire flat smells of him, Mimic has made it his mission to find the warmest, snuggliest places to sleep while watching the hewmans. Mimic seems to enjoy being with people every so often and will normally seek us out. Humans often have food, after all... or the heater on.
Also... guess what black and white ridgeback *cough* has learned how to escape from his C&C pen... *glare*
Speaking of piggies being pesky... a certain addition to the room has made my three normally lazy and quiet boars feel like they have to re-establish their hierarchy...
Then again- I think the reason Koda might have been more comfortable on the laminate is that he was using his "path to hallway" as a big island and made himself okay with the short walks to other areas of the room: such as Carpeted Cupboard and Clothing Freeway.
Cashew was quick to inspect the cage; first he seemed to think that the cage was just a box full of difficult-to-get hay, but when he realised there was a whole new boar dynamic within the cage he became more interested.
I can always tell when Cashew feels that his hierarchy - his because he is on top - is being compromised because he suddenly doesn't seem to care so much that I'm in the room and moving about and single-mindedly focuses on his job as Top Boy.
Meet Patches and Squeek, the two boars who I am babysitting for two weeks while their mummy goes off to continents new for a holiday. Patches (the mostly white pig) is 5 years old and recovering from a tooth abscess and Squeek is the dominant and cautious 3 year old who has sent Cashew into a rumbling frenzy.
As a matter of principle, my trio were given a long, long floortime before the newboys were allowed to sniff the ground afterwards. I figured this would tire my trio out so they wouldn't care so much about two newbies stomping on their laminate (and Koda's carpet)
But I was wrong... let's just say some things are better shown in video...
I don't know where Cashew gets all the energy from! He's normally such a lazy pig!