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Post   » Sat Mar 22, 2008 11:58 am

Pig clothes are not so common. I don't know anyone who makes them but a few people find really small dog stuff that the piggies wear for pictures. Think teacup size, but stretchy as pigs are hopefully plump.

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.


Post   » Sat Mar 22, 2008 12:10 pm

SHEVIN, I'm doing exactly that tomorrow when wife is off work.

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


Post   » Sat Mar 22, 2008 12:13 pm

Lest my cavalier posting style creates a notion that I'm insensitive to cavies being very real beings (dress up ideas etc), please know that is not the case.

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

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Post   » Sat Mar 22, 2008 12:32 pm

Steve, be prepared that most sign stores are small mom and pop businesses and not likely to be open tomorrow. You may want to pick up the choro yourself today, if possible. You may even have a hard time finding one open on Saturday.

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.


Post   » Sat Mar 22, 2008 12:41 pm

Right on...

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.

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Post   » Sat Mar 22, 2008 12:43 pm

Target isn't the question, it's the sign store to get the plastic material to make the bottom of the cage. Grids are easy to come by.

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Post   » Sat Mar 22, 2008 2:41 pm

Welcome, Steve. When you want to add stuff, use your edit button. It works for about 10 minutes, after that, you need a new post. Can't wait to see Petey's new apartment. You'll have fun.

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.

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Post   » Sat Mar 22, 2008 5:05 pm

70 degrees is great. You do want to be absolutely sure he can get out of the sun as even moderate temps can cause over heating in the sun.

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Post   » Sat Mar 22, 2008 7:34 pm

SteveHeath: It's very cool that you are open to improvements for your piggy. You and the pig will love the C&C cage. It's frustrating when folks take offense at suggestions to do things differently.

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.

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Post   » Sun Mar 23, 2008 1:09 am

I found piggy clothing on eBay. husband said NO WAY but it was still fun to look.

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Post   » Sun Mar 23, 2008 11:01 am

Nata, please provide link! I must look.


Post   » Sun Mar 23, 2008 11:08 am

You lucky things! Temperatures in the 70's! Just as I thought spring was coming, and Ariel got a taste of the first dandelions, we got temperatures in the low 20's and 15 cms of fresh snow... Anyone living in Alaska that could comfort a frustrated Norwegian? :-) I was hoping to treat my old and very sick cavy to the enjoyments of fresh grass and forages soon, but no.

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!


Post   » Tue Mar 25, 2008 12:35 am

Just got back after taking holiday off...Replies in order of reading

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...


Post   » Tue Mar 25, 2008 12:51 am

urp...aforementioned video links were "BrandiLynn", not "Bethie"

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Post   » Tue Mar 25, 2008 1:21 am

Our Target has cubes on sale for $12.99 for a 6 cube grid. Also, many fabric stores are clearing out fleece in favor of lighter summer fabrics, so good deals abound. Most major pro teams have coordinating fleece patterns. I'd like to do mine up in Packer green and gold, but I think my daughter (who is not a Packer fan and therefore must have been switched at birth) would have a fit. I have to admit, I was glad to see the Giants win since obviously the Pack didn't get the memo to PLAY THE WHOLE GAME against y'all.

Welcome to GL, land of the OCD guinea pig pod people with amazingly large hearts and willingness to share wonderful info!


Post   » Tue Mar 25, 2008 1:42 am

GPG, I'll make Target the first stop.

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.

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Post   » Tue Mar 25, 2008 3:08 am

Petey is very cute! I look forward to seeing more of him and his exciting new cage. :)

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Post   » Tue Mar 25, 2008 7:40 am

He is very cute and he is going to love his new condo!! Once you start working with the cubes and zippieties, your latent architect comes out! Well, mine did!

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Post   » Tue Mar 25, 2008 9:34 am

Love the pic of your little guy "hiding" behind the broom!

*worries it will fall on him*

Can't wait to see what kind of C&C cage you construct.

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Post   » Tue Mar 25, 2008 11:28 am

Your little guy is just adorable. I also like the picture with him behind the broom "You can't see me!". Cute.

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