Baozi was about 800-some grams (sorry, don't remember off the top of my head but i had it written down somewhere) and Ace was a little fatty at 1200g! No wonder she's such a squishy little lap pig.
Here are some photos of playtime the other day:
Yes, that's a sock in the background lol
Baozi is wondering who this imposter is
And some from today:
They were both in the cuddle cup but by the time I got my phone Baozi had split :(
Baozi says sup
And some photos from lap time tonight:
Ace the squishy lap pig
Baozi nomming lettuce
Yes I changed shirts b/c Ace weed on me lol. I need to get me a lap pad. On the other hand, now I know what it means when she starts chewing the towel!
Also, a couple of short vids:
The piggers' personalities are really starting to come out now. Baozi is a LOUD, inquisitive, active little pig. She wheeks any time anyone comes in. She wheeks even if i just fed her. During lap time, she is always exploring. Ace is the opposite. She's very quiet and only ever wheeks for food and sometimes makes little squeaky sounds as she explores. During lap time and play time (usually on the bed) she tends to sit still. She will look petrified at first but then she will relax and start eating treats or maybe explore a bit. She's a bit more active in the cage, and will run around and popcorn with Baozi sometimes.
Baozi seems fond of burrowing. She likes to sleep in corners and always pulls back the top layers of fleece and lies on the towel in her own wee. Some of my fleece blankets are quite large but others are not large enough to pin to the coroplast, so maybe some heavy rocks or tiles on the corners? I'm also considering sewing the fleece to the towels to make cage cleaning easier but she'd probably still find a way to burrow. Sigh. Such a naughty little pig.
lol excuse the poops in the background
Piggers having lap time
And two new vids:
Ace lap time + me rambling
Crrrystal, I got some ceramic tiles for the corners of the page. Seems to be working out well. I do see them lying on them sometimes, and they def do a lot of pooping on them lol.
Yesterday I was helping my sister-in-law and niece set up a C&C cage for their new pig. They adopted a neutered boy from the humane society. Unfortunately I didn't get a picture, but I think he's a teddy? He has very wiry hair. Even his whiskers are wiry! His coloring is reminiscent of a skunk so I call him Pepe Le Pig, lol. I tried to convince them to get him a friend, and maybe they will in the future, but before I helped them they knew absolutely nothing about guinea pigs. Anyway, since Pepe is a lone pig, as soon as my girls' mites clear up (they're almost gone now; they're on Revolution) we might arrange a play date.
Question: since there still might be some residual mites, should I wash my stuffed animals? The pigs were crawling around and playing with them during play time.
I expanded their cage so now they're in a 2x4. It dominates half my room (seriously, this room is tiny) but it's worth it imo. The pigs have more room to run and it's much easier to clean!
I made a short video about my cage and organization, mostly for my niece and sister-in-law, but there's some piggy cuteness:
The longer they are with me the more I learn about them. I have found out that Baozi is LOUD. That pig has some lungs! I can hear her wheeking in the kitchen. She is also extremely talkative. She wheeks a lot (once woke me up at 7am ugh). Ace is quieter but will start wheeking if Baozi starts. They've been extremely hyper since I went back to work. I'm not sure why. The first day I went back to work, the piggers went crazy and when I got home the cage was soaked in pee. It was so gross. I cleaned the cage right away, put down new fleece and puppy pads and they were fine after that. There was barely any smell on the 4th day (which is usually the case). Their behavior is back to normal too. I figured that they were used to me being around all day so when I went back to work, they were confused. Is that possible?
They're also getting extremely spoiled. I feed them in the morning before work and in the afternoon when I get back. Well, my 'rents didn't know I feed them before work, so my Dad feeds them when he gets back from work around noon. So they were getting fed twice in the morning!
Baozi really loves to lounge in front of the hay bin. It's one of her fave places.
Fatties in the hay bin
Ace being a fat squishy lap pig:
I have been sewing tunnels, cuddle cups, and huts for the piggers lately. It's really fun. My creations thus far: (I made another tunnel since I took these photos out of the same materials)
Ace enjoying the cuddle cup:
Baozi has a more creative use for it, however:
And for the cuddle sack as well:
Breaking in the new hut:
They don't snuggle in it anymore now. Mostly they quibble over it. Ace just kicked Baozi out lol. Both of them, especially Ace, have a tendency to get playful and hyper at night, zooming and popcorning and making a mess of the cage. And then they start wheeking. I'm listening to a chorus of wheeking as I type.
I just took a short video:
So it seems that Ace is on a mission to be the weirdest guinea pig ever.
Ace shows just how dedicated she is to being the loudest water drinker ever--she even sleeps under the bottle!
"The pigmaster set up a canopy with fuzzy blankets under, but that's not good enough! I'm going to sleep BEHIND the canopy instead!"
"Just gonna chill here and show off my saxxy leg..."
"... and dat ass."
(Sorry for the rubbish quality of some of these; poor lighting + I need to get a decent camera)
Baozi, meanwhile, is not to be outdone. Her dedication to food is unparalleled, at least in this house.
We all know how she loves to chill in front of the hay bin. But she's taken it a step further...
Carrot doubles as food and a pillow! (They were in a basket while I was cleaning the cage)
I recently put in a bent grid as a hay rack to keep the kitchen a little neater. Though they can easily access the hay without straining their necks, they seem to enjoy climbing the rack with their front legs and eating the hay at the top. The cage is right next to my desk, so I frequently look up to see this:
Baozi the yoga master streeeeeetches to get that hay:
It's hard work being princesses.
Finally, if anyone has a digital camera rec, feel free to share! (Not too pricey though; I'm a poor schoolteacher lol)
- Supporter in '13
Mine went everywhere with me, clubbing, climbing, any where that had picture opportunities. 7 years solid use and it broke. But that was 7 years of use every day for work, and sometimes at weekends too.
I know this is a rather haphazard photo shoot lol. I will try to find a better background next time than my bed lol.
My favorite outtake (too bad it's blurry):
Ace makes a very natural model. She sat and posed like a good little pig. Baozi, however, would not stay still! She knocked over the props so many times. At least she stayed still long enough to get some cute shots. And they both got treats when the photo shoot was over. :)
Jessie, thanks for the rec!
I also made a video for SnowdropHedgie's youtube contest. Here's the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIK7saboAdI
I hope you like it!
They didn't want to stay in the scale, either. It took forever to get them to stay still! They wouldn't stay in the plastic bowl that came with the scale, so I put a towel in it. They also would not stop moving when I finally put them in the bowl. Not sure how accurate their weights are. I just took whatever number was the median b/c the numbers kept fluctuating while they moved.
That would suggest weight loss since I took them to the vet (iirc Ace was 1.2kg there) but she actually looks fatter now? Which is why I suspect my weights are inaccurate. I don't remember how much Baozi weighed at the vet's but this figure looks a bit light as well. They both look and feel fatter since then.
I bought them some Oxbow pellets since I had been using the feed store's brand before, and they love them! They chowed down when I served them the oxbow and they never seemed to care for the feed store's brand. Oxbow is a lot more expensive, but it's probably the best price I'm going to get since I get slammed for shipping when I try to order any online.
Ace still seems to have fur mites, so I'm going to make an appointment at the vet for more treatment. The had revolution last time. I see what looks like the occasional little black dot on the fur during lap time. The pigs don't seem all that itchy, however. There are no scabs or bald spots or anything like that.
Finally, some pics:
Look at how these fatties love food so much, they actually nap by the hay bin or in the hay bin.
I mean, do these look like pigs that are losing weight at all?
My Dad doing some weight lifting
And me with the squishiest heating pad ever