- "Live Long and Prosper"
Lily has the red feet too, and I suspect it could be that she has some heart issues. People with high blood pressure have red hands and feet from what I understand. I wouldn't worry about bumble foot if she is on fleece and towels. Some heart pigs get it because they are sitting still so much, but if she is active she should be fine. Vitamin E oil can keep her little feet soft.
She is probably making happy noises, but can only feel it, not hear herself. Lily wheeks at the strangest times and is very loud because she can't hear herself but she acts like a normal pig when it comes to veggie time. She does have some trouble finding her treats when I hand feed her and sleeps outside her house a lot, since I'm not sure she cares that she is out in the open, unlike the sighted pigs.
Casper is so lucky to have such a wonderful home and care givers.
She just stands up on the grids (usually facing the wall which is hilarious) and wheeks till I pick her up.
How cute is that!! AWWW doesn't that just make your heart melt.
Out of curiosity, how did you all come about these deaf/blind lethals? I read the story on Casper coming from pregnant momma but what about others who have deaf/blind lethals? They are really lucky to have people to take care of them.
I bet the bunny fur makes her feel like she has a GP companion.
I rescued Maddie from a shelter in VA when I was still running the SCGPR. She is a santuary pig but is integrated with the rest of my herd.
Here is the story of how she came to be with me:
And her med thread:
- "Live Long and Prosper"
How do you pick up Casper and babytulip07, how do you pick up Maddie without startling her?
I adopted Lily from Wee Companions because she was not really adoptable and they needed the room so they can pull more shelter pigs. Lily had been at the rescue for 2 1/2years. I'm not sure if she was born there or was part of a dump.
I have been trying to bond Lily with other pigs but so far it hasn't worked. She had a cage mate who died, so was once bonded. I think it may be because she doesn't see or hear the body language from the other pigs. Have you tried Casper with anyone?
I have 4 other females in the same cage as Maddie, I was hoping she'd bond with one of them but they don't really know how to treat her. I agree LAWomans, I think its because she doesn't react to the othe pigs body language.
She is better now then she was. She came into the shelter by herself so that leads me to assume she has been alone her whole life. At first she didn't interact with my other girls at all, but now she is a lot more normal. She'll rumblestrut and fuss at them, which is really funny sometimes because she will do it when none of the other pigs are around.
Casper is still with her mom Pig about 3/4 of the time. Casper likes to be around Pig and Pig tolerates her faintly (except when Casper goes inside Pig's Pigloo).
Casper rumblestruts by herself too, for no good reason (just playing the hoodlum I presume!). It's amazing how similar these lethals are - sleeping out in the open, facing the back of the cage, being adorable to humans but not to other GPs... I think that if I had another lethal they would get along great but normal pigs are just too, well, normal...
Casper really hit the jackpot when she was born into your home!
Maybe that's a blindness thing as Mokuchan (my blind boy) faces the wall and wheeks when he knows food is coming!She just stands up on the grids (usually facing the wall which is hilarious) and wheeks till I pick her up.
Thanks also for the tip of blowing gently to let them know you're there. I always scare the crap out of Moku-stud when I go to pick him up. I can't believe I never saw that tip before! <off to apologize to the little guy>
Caspar is an adorable pig. Best of luck with her and wishes for a long and happy guinea life!
- "Live Long and Prosper"
I am amazed Lily is so good at finding the door to her house even if I happen to change its location. I tap on the grids to "call" her over for treats but sometimes she goes to the back of the cage or the side, but she eventually figures it out. I think these little ones must be smarter than the other “normal” pigs because they have to adapt and figure things out. Normal pigs just hear the refrigerator door open and they run over for treats.
I would love to see Casper rumble strutting! How cute is that? I had a really good animal communicator talk to Lily when I first got her and she said Lily thinks everyone is like her and she is very happy in her own, quiet world. She seems very self confident. I guess if she can't see or hear the scary things then she isn't afraid. The out of sight out of mind thing.
When I put Casper back in her cage after feeding her (sometimes during the meal too) I put her in her litterbox and she pees and poops right away, then charges around her cage doing laps and squeaking excitedly. She runs in and out of the pigloos a few times each, through the cardboard tube, under the stepstool, through the tunnel into the litterbox, all at full blast, popcorning and being a general terror (she'll run right in to Pig, popcorn and spin around and take off before Pig can nip at her). I try to keep everything in the same spot for her but even if something has moved (like Lilly finding her door) she figures it out right away and remembers the change.
Great news on Casper, she officially hit 1 lb a few days ago and is holding there. My one pound pig!
Now I need to start thinking about other issues Casper could face, which I've kind of been in denial about. I'vegot the feeding and teeth trimming under control, so what else do I need to know about? Does she sound like a heart pig? What do I need to know about this?
The photo with the bunny is so cute, too. I would be careful, though, since rabbits can easily accidentally injure guinea pigs quite badly- even kill them. One kick is all it takes. That being said, I think very very closely supervised visits, like that one in your lap, are probably safer- although there are no guarantees.
Best wishes for Casper, you're her guardian angel for sure!
Maddie does that too occasionally, I have to keep watch when she does that though. Sometimes something will scare her and she runs around out of fright rather than out of happiness. Then I'll pick her up until she calms down. I change the cage around everytime I clean it, she's never had a problem finding anything.charges around her cage doing laps and squeaking excitedly
Maddie just about gave me a heart attack the other day. My cage is a 2x6 connected to a 2x4 in an L-shape with a 2x3 upper level. Two of the grids under the upper level flip up so that I can reach underneath. I usually leave those grids up so I can interact better with the pigs.
The other day I went to check on Maddie and I couldn't find her anywhere in the cage. I freaked, where could she possibly have gone? My cage is on a stand, assuming she could climb over the 6 inch choro side, its still a 14 inch drop to the ground not including the 6 inches of the side.
So I'm looking everywhere and I finally look under the cage and there she is, in a corner happily munching on some fallen hay. She has done this twice already, now I keep the flap closed at all times.
- "Live Long and Prosper"
When she put her head through the grid and got it stuck, I put up a mesh grid. She refused to come out of her house and wouldn't go near it. For some reason she didn't like the mesh. It's interesting she could tell the difference right away without even trying to touch it with her nose or climb on it. Maybe they have extra ESP.
- GL is Just Peachy
Yeah, then I adopted Cuddles, and her pet store cage became Einy and Jackie's temporary home until Einy was large enough not to go through cubes, and they could have their own C&C.