- Supporter in 2018
Although the fungus *appears* to have cleared up, I see a bit of scratching, especially Dusty, on her tummy. No missing fur, just seems like I see her do it often. And then there's the water... I'm not sure but I think she's drinking a lot more. Or playing with it and soaks the fleece below the water bottle. Actually that only happened one time and might have just been a defective cap. I changed it and have had no real "soaks" since. I still see Dusty at the bottle more often than the others. I'm watching for signs of pain or hair-pulling on her sides. If I see that, I'll know to get her into the vet ASAP to be checked for cysts.
Belle is her normal quiet, sweet self. She usually lets the others push their way into the line ahead of her, to get the Vit C tabs, so I try to make sure she's first now and then. She's just so quiet. Likes to bury herself in the hay pile. I mean *really* likes it!
I'm going to try for photos soon. Never tried a three-some but I want to, and will. Dusty is just a smidge smaller than Fuzz and you'll see the difference between her and Belle when I actually get some shots. Dusty is only a week older than Belle but Belle is a good 50-60 grams smaller than either of the other two. And no, she's not being pushed away from the food.
Thank heavens the cats are healthy! At 9.5 +/- pounds each, I hope they quit growing soon! Already nine months old!
- Supporter in 2018
All 3 of my furbabies are doing well. Belle seems to get more beautiful by the day.
Belle #3 3.5.18
Dusty is also very pretty, if hard to photograph.
Dusty #3 3.5.18
Fuzz is Fuzz - always cute.
Fuzz #3 4.19.16
Actually, I'm very proud of Fuzz lately. Her poops have finally firmed up *again*. She is still steadily losing weight though. Below 1000 grams now. I've been feeding her Critical Care, but there is no *force-feeding* about it. I mix it up in a small bowl (1 tbsp at a time), put it in front of her and she just sticks her head into the bowl and begins eating. She usually eats at least half of that at a time, along with all of her regular food. I'm really hoping she can at least maintain the 950-1000 gram weight. She's so bony. It's sad, comparing her weight to a year ago - 1200 or 1300 grams. She'll be 5 yrs old on Dec 2. I don't really know what to expect as far as age changes go.
Peekaboo was my oldest (adopted as an adult and I have no information of what his early life was like). He was surrendered, probably because he had lice, along with a cage mate. The pet shop refused to give me the other pig "because it's hair was falling" out and they thought it was sick. I never heard anything else about it. Anyway, I had Peek for about 5 years before I started noticing any changes. Weight loss was the first thing and then he was diagnosed with renal failure. He managed to continue in reasonably good health for months more before the vet wanted to start him on sub-q. With my shaking hands it only took him 2 days to start crying when I "made the tent", so I began to syringe feed him Pedialyte. He loved the stuff and took a 20-30 cc 3 times (or more) a day for a couple of months. I think he was about 7 when he passed.
So, other than weight loss, I don't know what to expect for Fuzz. It's about time for another checkup with the vet. I'll ask her what the future holds for my little girl.
Your guinea pigs are so cute!