- Supporter in '11
Do any of your pigs engage in such antics or have a special relationship with your cats or other pets?
From what I gather, Pinta´s cat has an altogether different relationship with the pigs and can be a real pain (though not all the time). Didn´t you say something about Cheddar (?) blocking the doorway and batting at the little pigs? Was this something he picked up from you?
Cheddar´s preferred sleeping place is anywhere the pigs have slept. If a pig towel is left on the floor - Cheddar will curl up on it. He´ll sleep on their newspaper while they are gathered around him, munching snacks. If there is a pig in your lap, Cheddar will clamber aboard demanding equal time. And we´re constantly having to pitch him out of the travel basket when we need to take the pigs to the vets.
I think Cheddar´s attraction to the pigs does go back to kittenhood. Being brought up with pigs - he actually thought he was one, shredding newspaper and trying to eat Romaine. In fact, we adopted Solomon - a big black and white "Tuxedo" cat from the SPCA, just to get Cheddar some tutelage on how to be a cat.
Deep down, though, he still thinks he´s all pig.
As for Chedder and Lucy, I think its great that you guys have cats that get along so well with the pigs. I want a cat and when I do eventually get one, I just hope it loves the piggies as much as your cats do. Pinta, how is Tuxedo with the pigs?
Gone are Miranda, Willie, Leo, Lennard, Latte and Samantha. Not pictured and "new" to the herd are Dot, Sasha, Fanny, Nigel, Beatrix, Brindelle, Shiraz and Beaches.
Solomon the tuxedo cat regards the pigs as a responsibility. He guards them when they´re outside. We took a basket of pigs to "interview" cats at the SPCA and he was the only cat who didn´t swish his tail and was totally uninterested in them. So we took him straight to the vet to be neutered and home. The pigs can run right by him, including babies and he is fine. Although with babies you can see him mentally going "must not eat pigs, must not eat pigs, must not eat pigs". So far he has resisted temptation, even when a pig tests his tail to see if it´s edible.
They are so used to cats they don´t mind the clinic vet cat joining them in their basket in the waiting room. (The vet clinic cat is a little bit "not all there".) They also have a tendency to frighten neighbourhood cats when they´re outside by running up to them. I´ve seen these cats backing away in shock and turning tail and running with 3 or 4 pigs waddling after them. I think the cats don´t know what to do when they are about to stalk, and suddenly get stalked themselves. Solomon seems to know which neighbourhood cats are harmless and just there for a ringside seat and which ones present a risk. Mango from across the lane has been coming to pig watch for about 4 years, since he was a kitten. Totally harmless. His owners always know where to find him on a sunny day.
Trixie has adjusted since then. My brother´s girls are not at all interesting to her, she can´t even be bothered to peak in on them. My boys are a bit more exciting since they are rarely around. She likes to snuggle on my lap with them.
I think full grown guinea pigs are too large to be easy prey. She doesn´t seem to connect them with a possible food item once they are about two months old. Hamsters are another story...
- Thanks for the Memories
One of my favorite stories about Max was the Christmas my mother got Smokey. Smokey was just a puffball then. My mother warned me to watch the kitten as I unpacked. I watched the kitten alright - watched the moron poke his paw at Max. Max chattered. The older cat sat on the sofa and just watched, pretending to be bored. He knew better. I warned the kitten not to do that. and he ignored me. So Max bit him. Never seen a cat fly so far so fast in my life. It was hysterical.
He left guinea pigs alone after that.
My rabbit (Dust Bunny) doesn´t really care about the guinea pigs. He will occasionally share some lettuce with Artoo, our only boar, who has floor time all by himself. But when the girls are out he disappears. Queen Amidala attacked him once, jumped on him and bit and kicked, and he ran off, terrified. So we either shut him in his cage or shoo him to another room when the girls have floor time.
My budgies, especially Dynomite, likes to visit the pigs in their cages. She got to know them when she was our only bird. She eats their hay and even their pellets, and tries to eat their hair. She pecks them if they bug her, and they are a little nervous about her, but have never challenged her in any way. Dynomite used to make their same vocalizations (at least as close as a budgie can), until we got Skyrocket, our other budgie. She gets insulted if I pass by her perch when I am passing out greens, and has been known to steal some parsley from the pigs.