Sorry I missed your question.. um, its a post type.. no lock.. has a ball at one end that you basically force through the piercing, and then the stud at the other end. all one piece, not really sharp edges or anything. Basically.. 2 knobs.
The next thing people ask is.. yes its painful to get in and out. But I take my nosering out MAYBE once every few months, so no biggie. She bit it and yanked it right out. Its not like I left her near little things... Lord knows, her "zone" is cavy friendly.. and yes.. it was excruciating when she did.. my eyes we all watering while I was trying to get it from her..
I was not trying to make it look like you do not care for your piggy. I wanted to take the opportunity to remind all of us, myself included, because sometimes we forget or lay ignorant of everyday avoidable events that can wreak devastation on our pets and on us when we lose them.
I sincerely hope your piggy is alright. We care more than you know.
It is a danger that I never thought about with guinea pigs. I used to have pierced ears and it is possible that if someone were cuddling their pig up under their neck, the pig could grab a regular earring too. Who would think they'd be interested? But they can be curious about things to taste, I guess.
Well. She had a good night. Played ALL night. She thought the extra carrots were a little piggy nirvana, along with the extra hay. I put her in a smaller pen so I could watch her better, and monitor droppings. Her other pen.. I clean it constantly, and it seems like she always finds new places to hide them. Its pretty large, so monitoring that would be hard in it. She isnt happy about being confined somewhere smaller, but she will get over it. Her pen is beside my bed so I could wake up and check on her when I finally went to sleep last night.
This morning, she is still perky. Playing. Eating. Drinking. Napping (she is a lazy lazy little piggy..) Talked to the vet again. He said he felt like she would be fine if she was still acting normal now, 20 hours out. He also said guineas have the tendancy to hide things in their cheeks and spit them out later, and that he felt like she probably didnt even swallow it, but to still watch her to be sure.
He said they are sorta like ferrets in the sense tht when they take something, they have a MINE!!! attitude and wouldnt have spit it out for me, but might have later, so to vaccuum her pen reallllly carefully, and look for it.
Wouldnt surprise me. She's stubborn, and territorial. She pitches a fit if I rearrange her house, or take a toy out that shes half destroyed. Like I said.. she's a little fuzzy version of me.
But yeah.. shes fine this morning. I am about to clean out her little "sick bay" and check droppings (EW!) She is sitting here next to me fussing about it. I think she misses her Hidey House.. She does like the fact that I wrapped her in a old tshirt. I'll have to annex some shirts into the "Daisy Stuff".
Thanks for the concern. I will keep you updated.
Luckily, this isnt a danger.. BUT... it is pretty funny to watch.
My husband and I have a few tattoos each. She will run over to them, and stare down at them like they are alien. She will run her nose over them and almost like she is tracing them. She is FAR more interested in tattooed areas than normal skin. Maybe she wonders why the big fur-less things have colors on them?!?
Do guinea piggys see color? I should probably go ask this on another page. I have always wondered that though.. what their vision level is. Like.. supposedly dogs dont see colors.. and mice see better in the dark.. I just always wondered what she sees. And her depth of vision. Sometimes it seems like she doesnt see me until I get close. Might just be my imagination though. She may just be deciding not to acknowledge me until I appear with carrot. She does have a royalty complex. :-)
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What would be something good I could give her with lots of fiber. The vet was like.. "Whatever she will eat that has some good roughage." So he wasnt a huge help.
She is not amused by parsley/cilantro type things. Bananas are equally not amusing. Tomatos she MIGHT eat. Still a big might. Cucumbers are ok but nothing spectacular... I say all this to give you an idea of her tastes.
She eats hay like crazy and her pellets of course.. lots of water. I havent tried anything like broccoli or dark veggies because of the horror stories I had read about calcium and all. I keep meaning to buy bell peppers and try those.
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Ditto on the hay, the fiber will help keep things moving.
I have always wondered about this! I have read books, searched the internet and looked up cavy anatomy but have not found the answer to this. Do they have cheek pouches like hamsters or not? I know they hide food because Pepper continually would be chewing when I took him out of his cage and I always wondered where he "hid" his food. Or do they hide it under their tongue? Sorry for asking about this but I was sincerely excited when someone said their vet said this because I have been wondering for some time now about this and didn't want to be totally ignorant when people ask "Oh, are they stuffing their cheeks?"He also said guineas have the tendancy to hide things in their cheeks and spit them out later, and that he felt like she probably didnt even swallow it, but to still watch her to be sure.
Sorry about the post! I hope your piggy is doing well. As for color, I have read some research that said that cavy's favorite color is green. I find this to be true because the girls always fight over the green igloo. Maybe it's because green=grass?
Man, I totally know how you feel right now. My tortoise ate a plastic ring from a milk jug this summer. I never even saw her do it- had to figure it out after she was ill. Now I"m super paranoid about keeping every single thing off the floor, but if you would have asked me before it happened I'd have told you I *was* keeping her safe! I'd never have thought a pig would go for a bit of jewlery, either.
I'd have been in the same situation as you are with money if I hadn't have had a savings account going for her (I've been contributing since I was a kid). Still, after the xrays and overnight stays and meds and scope and then the MRI- I was terrified I was going to run out of her money.
I still don't know what I would have done because the cost of her vet care would fast outstrip anything I could cut out of my costs. There's no good answer when you're out of money and the vet doesn't do credit.
It's a horrible situation to be in. I'm glad it is looking like it will end well for you.