The Story of Two Little Wheekers

CleoCharity

Post   » Mon May 27, 2019 9:27 pm


Hello everyone! We are Cleo and Charity! We live together in a big cage and are BEST friends. We love to snuggle together but sometimes Cleo will kick Charity out of her spot if Cleo wants it. Luckily, Charity is very patient. We were adopted from a shelter that we met at. Charity was dropped off in a box and doesn't like to talk about her life before that. Cleo was an owner surrender. We were paired together and then adopted! Our human says that she noticed us because at first it looked like there was only one pig in the cage, and then she noticed Charity lying under the hay with her paws out in front of her like a dog because Cleo was hogging the hidey. According to our human, the shelter said that we were the most scared piggies they ever met, but now that we've been together in our home for 2 years, we are much less scared, especially Cleo. Charity is still working on her fear but our human says she is very brave. Since we were adopted, we have gone on many adventures!

One time when Cleo was still little, she was running around and she ran through the window in our wooden hidey hut! She was very proud of herself and bragged about it to Charity, who tried to do it too and got stuck. Luckily our human was there to help her out, but then the wooden hut left and never came back. Our human said she brought it to the trash, wherever that is. She said that it was a safety hazard. Instead, we got a new fleece hidey hut that we really like.


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Cleo


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Charity

Charity's Medical Thread: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=77535&p=2298066#p2298066

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Lynx
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Post   » Tue May 28, 2019 8:16 pm


You are both awfully cute! Sounds like you lucked out finding some wonderful humans!

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sef1268
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Post   » Tue May 28, 2019 8:50 pm


Precious!

CleoCharity

Post   » Tue May 28, 2019 8:59 pm


We are also very smart! We like to be together at all times, so Charity has figured out how to open the cage door from the outside to let Cleo out.

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Post   » Tue May 28, 2019 10:55 pm


That IS a smart pig!

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sef1268
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Post   » Tue May 28, 2019 11:09 pm


Oh my word! :O

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Wed May 29, 2019 3:28 am


It's so adorable when they do that. Mr Bubbles pushes the sides of his play pen because he wants to get out and have the run of the room. That's not going to happen because the room is not guinea pig proof and he could get into trouble. That doesn't stop him from trying though.

Scruffy does it too, but only on the side where Mr Bubbles is. He wants to be friends and snuggle, but Mr Bubbles won't have it.

CleoCharity

Post   » Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:05 pm


Hello, it's Cleo! Our human is being very annoying and has decided to foster guinea pigs! It's like we're not enough for her. She was going to foster two female pigs who were both possibly pregnant, but an hour after the foster was confirmed, one of the pigs gave birth to three pups! Our human can't take 5 foster pigs, along with us (7 pigs is a LOT, especially for the first time fostering). The two adults weren't bonded and were going to be in separate cages anyways, so our human is just going to be fostering the sow and her 3 pups. The shelter said that they thought that it was more important to get the babies into a foster home than the other possibly pregnant pig. This is our humans first time fostering (and taking care of 2 day old pups), so if anyone has any advice or things you should know about pups/fostering/taking care of pigs who just gave birth, I can tell her. She has been doing a lot of research, but she wants to be as prepared as possible. We don't know the pup's genders or what they look like yet (our human will be picking them up the day after tomorrow) but do I know that they're not going to be anywhere as cute as me. We are also still thinking of names (the shelter hasn't given them any yet), so any ideas would be awesome! She is thinking of either a food or outer space theme, but we're not sure yet. I think the pups should be named Cleo #2, Cleo #3, and Cleo #4, but for some reason, our human said no.

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Post   » Sat Jun 08, 2019 8:20 am


I hope all goes well for you! You will need to provide a good diet and make sure you have identified their sexes so males are separated from females by 3 weeks of age. Have a cage with lots of room and make sure the walls don't allow for the pups to squeeze through.
www.guinealynx.info/diet.html
www.guinealynx.info/sexing.html

CleoCharity

Post   » Sun Jun 09, 2019 9:17 pm


Hello everyone, it's Kiwi! I'm one of Cleo and Charity's new foster pigs. My siblings Toast and Taco, our mom Ember, and I just got to our foster home, and we're settling in well. As we're only 2 1/2 days old, our human doesn't know our genders yet but will be checking daily to try to figure it out. She won't be separating us (if we're boys) herself, because we are going back to the shelter in three weeks anyway. My foster human read that newborns are supposed to be 60-120 grams, and I'm 72 grams while Toast is 70, but Taco is only 56. I sometimes kick Taco out of the way when Taco's nursing and Toast is already hopping in the food dish to eat some pellets, but our foster human is worried about Taco. Is 56 grams okay for a 2-day old pig? Also, are there any veggies that we shouldn't eat that our mom can?

CleoCharity

Post   » Sun Jun 09, 2019 9:27 pm



Kiwi


Toast


Taco


Ember

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Lynx
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Post   » Sun Jun 09, 2019 10:57 pm


Wow, what cuties! I'm glad you posted their pictures!

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sef1268
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Post   » Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:17 pm


Oh my goodness! So much baby pig adorableness. :)

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Catie Cavy
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Post   » Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:36 pm


Maybe Taco can have some alone time with mom. Some extra nursing might help him put on weight.

CleoCharity

Post   » Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:17 pm


Catie Cavy, we gave mom and Taco some time together while we snuggled with the other pups, so Taco got at least 10 minutes of peaceful nursing without having to worry at all about her siblings. She is definitely smaller and less active and social than the other pups, but not so much that we're too worried about her. They all had their first veggies tonight (radicchio, bell pepper, and green beans), and the pups loved the radicchio. We got some very cute videos of Toast and Kiwi eating side by side. This also gave Taco some time to nurse while Ember ate and the other siblings were off eating.

CleoCharity

Post   » Sat Jun 22, 2019 4:30 pm


We have been feeding Taco Critical Care four times a day for the last couple of days, along with 2 hours a day of one-on-one nursing time, as instructed by our vet. Unfortunately, she is isn't gaining any weight, and is only 2.55 ounces while her siblings are 5.45 and 5.20 ounces. We're crossing our fingers for her, but it's beginning to look like she has a failure to thrive and that all we can do is keep on feeding her and wait and see what happens. We're not sure which guinea pig it is, but someone keeps chewing on her fur, so she has much shorter fur than all the rest. The vet said that she would normally be concerned, but that the weight is a much more pressing issue. Taco also is wheezing slightly and when wheeking occasionally has labored breathing, causing the vet to consider a URI or pneumonia as something that we need to look out for. Overall, she has lots of health concerns, but we're hoping that she'll get through it and end up with a forever home that will be able to handle any more health problems she throws their way.

On a better note, we just took our own pigs to the shelter to get their nails trimmed, and Charity, who is biter when her feet are getting touched, was very well behaved. She didn't try to nip the person's hand and was even complimented on her good behavior! She is currently celebrating with a new wooden hidey, this time one with large windows that she can fit through ;)

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Sat Jun 22, 2019 8:22 pm


I hope things get better for little Taco. Stick with it! I know from my own experiences with my Scruffy that when things seem at their worst, these guinea pigs can show some resilience and improve very quickly.

I know what you mean about biting when they get their nails trimmed. Mr Bubbles does that every time!

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Lynx
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Post   » Sat Jun 22, 2019 9:42 pm


I hope she improves too! It sounds like you are doing all you can.

CleoCharity

Post   » Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:19 pm


It's Taco! I'm doing okayish, not gaining the weight my foster human wants me to gain, but not losing weight either. Kiwi, Toast, and Ember are going back to the shelter to get adopted tomorrow, but I'm going to another foster home for a few weeks so that I can keep on gaining weight. I'm okay with not getting adopted, I'm excited to get big and strong before meeting my forever family! Foster human is sad but also happy, and it is very confusing. Apparently, it's called bittersweetness. She says she will miss us very much but is happy that we are all going to cool new places. She wishes she could keep fostering me, but she is going on vacation for a week and can't take me with her or cancel the vacation. I might get to go stay with her all by myself for a week when she gets back from vacation, so I'm very excited about that! I'm not ready to say goodbye forever, and I don't think that foster human is ready to either.

She spent the evening writing letters to go with my mom and siblings so that their adopters can know how awesome they are! She also got all her favorite pictures of us printed out so that she has some pictures and also some that she will put in with their letters. She wants their adopters to see how little they all once were, mostly because Toast and Kiwi are SOOOO much bigger now. I'm still not 3 ounces yet and Kiwi is 6.60 oz, but foster human says that she loves me anyway, and I think my huge ears make up for it. I've started to warm up to Critical Care, which tasted yucky at first but is now tastier. I get it all over myself, tho, so foster human has to put a little less than a centimeter of warm water in a little tub so that I can wash my paws off. She will then wrap me up into a little Taco-burrito and cuddle with me until I'm dry. Even if I'm super small, I always feel lucky because I get the extra attention that Kiwi and Toast don't get. Hopefully, they will get lots of extra attention at their new homes. Foster human is going to recommend that they post on here, and if they do, we will send a link!

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Catie Cavy
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Post   » Fri Jun 28, 2019 7:43 pm


Taco! I’m so glad you are hanging in there. Sounds like you’ll have a fun vacation of your own next week. Hope you’ll get to hook back up with foster human after that.

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