Do your pigs gnaw wood?

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bats

Post   » Mon Apr 15, 2002 3:40 pm


In another conversation thread about water bottles, I mentioned that none of my last 5 pigs gnawed wood -- although they had plenty of opportunity to do so.

Telephone wires and cardboard yes. But plyboard and branches, no.

What do other people´s pigs do?

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lisam

Post   » Mon Apr 15, 2002 4:56 pm


When I had my organic apple tree pruned, I cut the branches and scrubbed them clean of moss and stuff. Some of my pigs (and my budgies) loved to chew on them, others ignored them.

I have a wooden house in each pair´s cage. Some are those log cabin types, and the pigs chew on the tops, which are some kind of green painted wood. I wish they would only chew on the log parts, but no. I´m sure it is probably some toxic paint. The other kinds are just unpainted pine, they don´t touch them.

My kids used to throw their used popsicle sticks in the pig´s cages, I wouldn´t know it until I would find a half eaten stick later. They must have liked the flavored part.

Mine love cardboard, and hard plastic when I am not looking. And book spines. What is it about those book spines? My rabbit is attracted to them also--must be the glue used.

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bats

Post   » Mon Apr 15, 2002 5:04 pm


Oh yes, I forgot about book spines. I have half-eaten physics and calculus books, courtesy of Dog.

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Lynx
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Post   » Mon Apr 15, 2002 5:48 pm


Hard plastic. But only occasionally (they mostly chew on hay and food). Fortunately Kitten no longer knaws on me. She does love scrapping on the sides of the litter trays. It makes an absolutely horrifying noise. I´m sure that´s part of the fun.

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Jill

Post   » Mon Apr 15, 2002 6:08 pm


Mine have chewed their wooden house so the window is now this misshapen roundish shape - no longer a circle. I´ve tried the apple tree branch but they weren´t interested. Toilet paper cardboard rolls will entertain them for a while.

Hey Bats, if they are going to chew a book I say physics and calc are the way to go. What erudite pigs!

Laura823

Post   » Mon Apr 15, 2002 6:26 pm


Mitzi has chewed a large extra door in her cardboard house (as if the 4 doors I had already cut weren´t enough!) and is now working on enlarging one of the original doors. Unfortunately with the addition of the 5th door the house no longer had enough sides to hold her weight on the roof, so she can´t stand on it anymore. It is really a sad sight. Her new Fiddlesticks tunnel should be in soon at the pet store though, so then I´ll give her that instead. The Fiddlesticks have bark on them, so maybe she´ll like that. She also chews on her Pigloo. Clothing seems to be a favourite, too.

Piglet´s favourite chewing material is metal. The cage bars especially, and the end of that ka-bob thingy we have in her cage. I keep telling her that wood and cardboard are better but she doesn´t care. She used to chew on her old log cabin (the kind with the green roof) but since we replaced it with a regular wood house (no bark) she won´t chew on it. She does like those Cholla cactus chews though. Mitzi won´t touch them.

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Dobby
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Post   » Mon Apr 15, 2002 7:38 pm


Buddy chews on my shirt sleeve when given half a chance, but the main thing he loves to chew on is the inside of his Pigloo. He gets inside it and chews on the ceiling (how he does this I´ll never understand), or he chews on the doorway´s edges.
When I first gave him wooden blocks, he chewed them for awhile, but tired of them quickly.
It seems he likes the reverberating racket made by chewing hard plastic first thing in the morning.

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Lynx
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Post   » Mon Apr 15, 2002 10:26 pm


Yes, the racket they can make must be very satisfying. The plastic mine chew on is just scored -- you can tell they aren´t really trying to eat it (there are no pieces missing). All we need are a chorus of chewing pigs.

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Becky

Post   » Tue Apr 16, 2002 12:04 am


Cage bars, wooden house, bark from hiddy tunnel, cardboard tunnel, metal vent that connects their cage to play area, anything and everything...that´s what my pigs chew adn gnaw.

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Sunny

Post   » Tue Apr 16, 2002 11:10 am


Fido loves his little cardboard house, but when his entry was enlarged as much as possible, he started working on the ceiling. Now he has only half a ceiling. The silly boy is literally eating himself out of a home.

I worried about him eating too much cardboard but I keep a pretty close eye on him and his poop still looks normal. And VERY regular. He´s a bit of a nervous pig and seems to need something to knaw on at all times. I keep him loaded up with hay and wood but he prefers cardboard.

Laura823

Post   » Tue Apr 16, 2002 12:57 pm


Fido sounds like Mitzi! I have a friend whose guinea pig ate her entire cardboard house - all that is left of it is a little piece of the roof, which she still crawls under to go to sleep and refuses to part with.

I had to take the "castle" Pigloo out of Mitzi´s cage and give her the regular, rounded roof kind because the racket of her chewing on the inside of the roof was driving me crazy! Piglet has two of the castle kind but she doesn´t really chew on them.

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Sunny

Post   » Tue Apr 16, 2002 1:34 pm


Laura, that made me laugh out loud! That is where Fido is heading, a little piece of roof with just enough back and sides to keep it up. He still scampers under it when I approach his cage. Like that little thing will somehow protect him from the groping hands looking for piggie love.

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Calypso

Post   » Wed Apr 17, 2002 2:19 am


Molly (about 7 mos. +/-) chews EVERYTHING.. she has chewed holes in the sheet I lay down for them at floor time, a couch pillow, the pigloo, the entertainment center, etc. Anytime I am holding her she has to sample whatever she can (including my fingers). Milo (about 10 mos. +/-) is not nearly so much of a chewer. I have 2 wooden bird toys hanging in their cage and they both chew on those quite a bit.

Jensway

Post   » Wed Apr 17, 2002 11:58 am


My 2 female piggies (Batgirl & Wonderwoman) are just about 10 weeks old. So far they chew on their cardboard house, toilet paper rolls, log house, wood sticks, and my sons fingers. They are chewing on something almost all the time when they are not eating. I hope maybe it´s because they are still young, I don´t know I am new to piggie ownership.

Jennifer

rap4th

Post   » Wed Apr 17, 2002 1:10 pm


Both of my piggies Sonny and Dacner love to chew on wood. They chew on the Link-n-Lodge we got them (roof and other parts of it), they chew on the chew sticks we got them, they chew on the Pigloo (inside and out) and they even chew on the metal bars of the cage!!

rap4th

Post   » Thu Apr 18, 2002 10:14 pm


OOPS!!...Shame on me...I mispelled one of my piggies names!!

What I meant is...Sonny and Dancer...not Dacner :D

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rosieandco

Post   » Fri Apr 19, 2002 8:30 pm


Rosie chews on the metal edge of her cage, the edges of her cardboard house, the ceramic food dish she had, and when she was out for floor time she´d chew on my plastic shelf thing, she also managed to get up on the bottom shelf of my shelf unit and enjoys chewing on my favourite books I have there - yet she avoided the old magazines I had on the floor - she has a good taste in books :) or the books have a good taste. She has had access to wood to chew on but much prefers the edge of her cage, I try to stop her from chewing it as I´m afraid she´ll hurt her teeth but she´s reallllllly persistant.

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Lynx
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Post   » Fri Apr 19, 2002 8:36 pm


Maybe she just needs a dried vegetable effigy of Pinta. Something really tough and chewy.

pinta

Post   » Fri Apr 19, 2002 8:39 pm


Oh I think your t-h-o-n-g is much tougher and chewier than moi.

Kinda reminiscent of Pandora´s box, ain´t it?

snrk.

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Lynx
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Post   » Fri Apr 19, 2002 8:41 pm


Oh, I was aware I might be setting you up. But I´m willing to bet you are a whole lot chewier than I am.

Why, I eat chocolate!!

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