That's right! Apollo and Zeus are now a whole year old! It's been a pretty interesting year between the butt cleanings, hay messes, building cages, veggie chopping, and (of course) the adolescent boarliness that's been happening. I think they've started to calm down now and they're really starting to get comfortable (though they still fear The Hand). Their personalities have really shown in the last couple of weeks and, really, I don't think I could ask for a better, sweeter pair of boypigs.
Then I noticed that Zeus was ruthlessly humping him every couple minutes. It went on for maybe half an hour, then stopped.
Do you think that he might just be sore or tired from Zeus's advances? He seemed utterly relieved when I took him out last night. I think I'm going to call and try to get an appointment at the closest vet, but it might take a couple days to get in. Would this be considered an emergency? Do I need to separate them?
I thought their boarly humping-everything-they-can days should be over by now :/ It's been a couple months since the last outbreak of obnoxious teenage behavior, so this was totally unexpected.
Also, you're cavy chronicles have made me laugh my head off and totally want to adopt more if these fantastic critters, even though I hardly have the space.
Good luck with the I'm-a-super-horny-boarly-boar times! It sounds like you might need it :(
And then I found a pretty large impaction. I thought about taking pictures, but I didn't. There was a smaller amount on Tuesday night, and I couldn't see any last night and he is now passing normal beans.
I'm really confused about what caused it, unless last night and today are just a fluke and he's having muscle tone/strength issues. I'll keep up the daily butt checks, though. We've bonded over it and I think he loves me now.
Zeus's humpage has subsided (for now) and the boys are getting along splendidly. The girls... well, they're divas.
Lynx, the very first thing I did was read over the impaction page! After a couple weeks of daily checks and cleanings, I noticed that things seemed to be improving down there. He has occasional issues now, but not nearly as severe as before. Still checking regularly though, and he hates it.
Otherwise, the whole clan is doing well. I don't have picture proof though. My caseload at work became completely unmanageable and dealing with parents' illness-y stuff... well, I haven't had time for much other than the daily necessities. I completely forgot about the girls' adoption day. I didn't do Pigmas picture this year. I'm a horrible mom! However, I resigned from my position(!) and will be finding something that will allow me to spend a lot more time with my babies. I've missed them. I can't wait to get back to a more normal routine and be able to relax again. But this isn't a Crystal chronicle!
(If you're curious, though, I'm leaving the social work field to become... a mechanic! I'll be starting school this fall at the latest.)
It was new fleece time. The boys haven't gotten new fleece since moving into their bigger cage, so it was definitely their turn. Hancock Fabrics had a bunch of prints and solids on sale for 60% off.
Elephants can be masculine, right? The bright green is also new.
We also had manicures last night. Coco was NOT amused. She is still giving me stink eyes. I'm a little bit scared.
(Thanks, shaky cell phone, for these horrible pictures!)