Cavies do not perspire and are, in fact, quite prone to overheating. In my house, I provide a frozen water bottle inside a cheap tube sock all day during the summer in addition to my climate control. At best, they can use radiative transfer from the pads on their feet. You can also provide a cheap ceramic tile for them to chill out on (literally).
The way I figure it, if switching your cage around with sports teams keeps you interested in your pet, you're bound to be a better, more observant owner. Probably the easiest way to "bling" your pig cage is stickers on the OUTSIDE of the choro and themed fleece blankets for the bottom.
Please, before you start looking for things to dress the pig up in, get him out of that awful fish tank. Can you imagine how bad it smells in there to him? There's NO circulation. He's stuck breathing in his poo and pee all day. No amount of floortime can compensate for that. www.guineapigcages.com has a great page where you can put in your zipcode and see places people near you have purchased supplies. This weekend would be a great time to get him into a real home.
heading to Target and/or Staples to score some C&C and should have new home assembled by tomorrow night
Thanks for the feedback on potential for overheating. Leads me to conclude that I need not fear letting him have floor time in my screened in back porch (aka - "Florida room")
It's covered from direct overhead sun and has a tile floor.
Wife objected thinking it would be "too cold" and thought waiting until it gets warmer out seemed right.
Kinda stern given that my average outdoor temps are already in the 70s daytime and only 60s at night.
I did see another Topic that referenced "outdoors is okay provided there are plenty of shade spots"....though this is technically still "in"- doors. No worries about birds of prey etc
I am remiss for not having investigated and found a good discussion Forum like this earlier because indeed I've shortchanged Petey's early lifestyle by this cramped and inappropriate housing
Your Florida room should be a nice place for piggies to play, especially if the floor is easy to clean. 70F is a nice temperature for piggies. You can always put out a towel tent to snuggle in but since you'll be out there with piggie, you will likely know if he is uncomfortable. There are all kinds of fun things to set up during floortime.
I'll see if we can get to Target tonight though I gotta tell you that I'm in the most densely populated region of Florida. The major Target/Staples style stores close for Christmas and maybe half of Thanksgiving - but otherwise rock steady all year.
Photos of relieved Petey in new digs to follow ASAP and again thanks for the sensible feedback and counsel within this Thread.
- Still supporting in 2014
And don't worry about the dressing up. We call it piggy torture. You can tell by the disapproving faces that most piggies detest being dressed and having to wear little hats.
I am bummed I missed the people pictures. I completely understand your wife not wanting her picture posted, but selfishly speaking, it is nice to see who people are. I love that I've gotten to meet several folks on ths board.
SteveHeath -welcome to GL! Very glad to hear you are getting Petey out of the fish tank! It's most certainly not suitable for a guinea pig, and you will do much better with a large cage. We don't get the C&C stuff here, but I've used several pet store cages in-line with the end walls taken out so the piggies can jump between them. It's the horizontal space they need.
Personally, I'm not a fan of dressing up guinea pigs, since they don't enjoy it and don't need clothing.
Good luck with Petey and coaxing your wife to let you adopt a buddy for him!
RSHEVIN, thanks for the clarification on needing a sign store for the Coroplast. I did go to Staples today (it was listed as a "possible" at guineacages.com) and all they had were the milk crate stackables.
I've got plenty more time Tuesday and am going just south of here where a Target and a BedBathBeyond are in same lot. Then will hit a sign store. Wife works a late shift and I hope to have the house assembled by the time she gets home.
Regarding Replies about "Dressing up piggy" - believe me I was only thinking of it for the "one shot photo" and nothing more. More later after I take care of the more serious need for Housing.
Oh, regarding the fishtank...I had been very reliably changing out the Carefresh bedding every 5th/6th day, but did it Saturday and again tomorrow IF I am at all obstructed from getting the C&C together. Watching a couple video links from BETHIE had me certainly seeing how absurd I had let it become in past couple months. First two months wasn't so bad because he was tiny...But he's not tiny now.
Did let Petey roll on the Florida room tile this weekend with little incident. Maybe 75 in the sun, but easy 70 in there with a nice breeze. Doing our best to keep him out of tank and either on floor of my office or in Florida room. Gotta admit it wasn't bad for ME to take a break for awhile and actually enjoy my own Florida room on a nice Sunday afternoon...something often deferred to seemingly more important Busy Life...heh
We let him adopt the "Kitty Bed" which our two cats have eschewed for a couple months now after they both used it for several months after it came in.
Nice fit for him...He was going in and out of it in the Florida room
Though he seemed for now to prefer gravitating to the corner (I'm reading where that's instinct), where Hey Look...I Can Hide Behind This and NO ONE WILL SEE ME
ZOE, like you, I enjoy getting a chance to "meet" cyber acquaintances and friends via photo when they feel okay with sharing. Especially in a busier cyber forum where so many names can often confuse who is who. But we also understand why some folks prefer not to. I do have one "family" pics which was approved for posting to another forum I frequent and I'll see about copying one to the "Army of Darkness" thread I saw in Cavy Chat forum.
CAT67, I'm sending some warm vibes your way (Norway, really?) In the photos you see just above, it's Easter Sunday and a horrible 73f, partly cloudy with a light breeze off the Gulf of Mexico (5 miles west) putting a tinge of ocean salt into the air.
okay...that was kinda mean....heh...but just think of me as a volunteer Tourist Bureau guy...
- Supporter in '07
Welcome to GL, land of the OCD guinea pig pod people with amazingly large hearts and willingness to share wonderful info!
I've already considered that I want to use fleece instead of constantly replacing bedding, so thanks for the tip to check out fabric store. We have a "JoAnns" in that same center with Target and BB&B.
Finally, I can agree that there's been many a football game when I wished there was a 75 minute clock instead of just 60.