As so of you know from Cavy Chat, Mizty is a wild pig. After trying to demolish Reko's cage during floor time and beating up Romeo, which resulted in a good scare to Aolani, I contacted Kat at the rescue. Trying to figure out what to do with Mitzy. I'd never seen such an aggressive sow before. Kat and I talked back and forth about Mitzy going to her. She has her personal sows she wanted to try with her and if that didn't work out she has the room to house her in a non pet store cage, something I don't.
The final decision was left to me and me alone. I contact my family, asked some friends and everyone agreed, I was not abandoning her, I was giving her a chance. I still feel like such an hypocrite giving her to Kat.
Wait there is more to this story, I let Kat take her in exchange for fostering two 12 (now 13) day old sows. Their mom stopped caring for them and their siblings (5 total). She also stopped eating and became very ill so Kat had to remove the mother from them.
Satu was 109gs when she came in. Just a wee thing. Her sister Thora isn't much better at 145gs.
The other part to them coming is that once they are big enough, I'll be trying each with Reko. So this is kinda like speed dating... very slowly. We are going this route because all the other females currently at the rescue are either too sick, too young, about to pop or part of her personal herd. This gives Kat a bit of a break (2 less mouths to hand feed and watch) and it gives me two girls to try with Reko in a while.
Here is a photo of them:
Thora (left) and Satu (right).
Hi Thora! Umm Satu?
Ah they you girls go. So are you ready to tell everyone how much weight you put on since coming here Saturday night?
Satu: " I've put on 40gs!"
Thora: "I too have put on 40gs and..."
"It makes me sooo happy!"
Even if your getting a little chunky bum?
- We miss our sweet Oreo
SP1: Mitzy is doing GREAT! The rescue put her with one of their sows and she took a good shine to her. They plan on trying her with their female herd to see if she will do fine with many sows. Guess she just needed pigs who didn't want to make love to her every 5 seconds. Still breaks my heart to not have her here but I am so happy she is happy there.
In other news, Mojo had a vet visit.
He was walking into things in his cage, which he has never done so it worried me. He will be 4 this summer and in my mind was still young but I've noticed him aging the last 6 months. Things like not eating all his pellets every day, though still maintaining his weight, sleeping more and drinking more.
The vet ran some tests and when we got to his eyes she pulled out her light. Sure enough he has the starts to cataracts. :( Which there isn't much to do about but its one more sign that Mojo is getting old. I always thought he would never age or grow old, at least not at this age. Husband reminded me that each pig ages differently and while some live to ripe old ages of 7+, others don't. I'm hoping this is just something he will live with for another 1000 years... wishful thinking I know.
I've been leaning more and more to getting some because of Romeo's calcium issues (very white pee but not sludge yet). Now I can get some much lower calcium pellets.
SkinnyPigs1: Really worth it at that price!.