Piggies and ramps!

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KarasKavies
For the love of my girls!

Post   » Mon Apr 22, 2002 2:39 am


When we added a loft to our C and C cage last weekend, we put in a ramp to the second level. I cannot tell you the laughter it has created in our house! The pigs all have their own "style" and learned at their own pace! Tubbit had it mastered within 12 hours, Penny took about 3 days and Lilly took about 7 days. Boy, do they have it down now! It really is quite entertaining! I know that some of you have mentioned that your pigs go up stairs. I could never imagine how they did it, but now I can! I love it best when one pig is 1/2 down and another is 1/2 way up and they have to figure out a plan. Too much! I think they are happier with the added territory too. They seem real perky.
Kara

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Sunny

Post   » Mon Apr 22, 2002 10:40 am


Very cute Kara! We have a small ramp, about 12 inches long. Fido runs up and down all day; the upper level is his favorite hide out. Spot won´t have anything to do with the ramp or the upper level. I tried putting his food up there, but instead of taking the ramp, he would hoist himself to the upper level. And dive off when he was done eating. Silly pig.

I am building the boys a bigger cage (C&C) and plan to put a large ramp down to their play area. I wondered if I should try to make it wide enough for one to go up while the other is going down, but a narrow ramp sounds pretty entertaining!

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bats

Post   » Mon Apr 22, 2002 12:40 pm


We have a 5 foot long ramp we drop in daily -- it goes from their cage down to the floor... and the minute we carry it over to the cage, the pigs run over and jockey for who gets to go down first. They love it.

We´re also started noticing that they run back up to their cage to pee. I never expected that, bless their little hearts.
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Sunny

Post   » Mon Apr 22, 2002 2:08 pm


Self-potty-trained pigs, I love that Bats. Yes, my ramp will be a reproduction of yours. You´re my hero :).

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bats

Post   » Mon Apr 22, 2002 2:35 pm


Ha! I think the reason the pigs started peeing upstairs is because they´re afraid of my wrath. I´m a neatness freak... as was my mother and her mother before her. Anyone or anything caught peeing on my carpet would be summarily disemboweled.
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KarasKavies
For the love of my girls!

Post   » Mon Apr 22, 2002 2:55 pm


That´s too cute that they potty-trained themselves! I don´t think my girls care where they go. Their favorite spot right now is to pee and poop in the hay. Then they sleep in it and eat it! I am beginning to wonder about their mental capacity! Maybe I should bring them on a field trip to your house, Bats, and your pigs could enlighten them! The one smart thing that Tubbit does now, is that she begs for food from the loft. That way she is closer to the food coming into the cage and she gets to dine alone!

I bet the piggers love floor time! My girls have not quite warmed-up to the idea. When I let them out, they all go and hide... and pee!! Like I said, I wonder about them. Maybe I should fashion a ramp from their cage to the floor. Since they already like their existing ramp, that might work!

Kara

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bats

Post   » Mon Apr 22, 2002 3:05 pm


My pigs adapted to the office environment quite quickly -- lots of foot traffic, two cats, the vacuum, the radio blaring away on the floor... and the pigs just walk around, oblivious to it all. We keep some upside-down cat beds with towels underneath on the floor -- so the kids can hide if they get scared. But the girls use those primarily for naps.

Yesterday, we accidentally left the ramp in place while we were cleaning the cage. The cage was absolutely bare -- just exposed coroplast drying out from the damp-wipe -- when up the ramp marched both piggers. They walked right into the center of the coroplast, left their puddles, turned around, and went back down the ramp. Cracked me up.
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aSAHMof3Rs

Post   » Wed Apr 24, 2002 3:34 am


OMG... Bats?!? Are you the one with the cage that looks like cherry wood (or a darker wood atleast) in the office?? With the plexiglass in front, wood houses inside and a ramp that you can put in the front to let them down in your office? If that is you, might I just tell you that I saw your pic somewhere online (maybe it was this board? hmm I´m kinda lost on which board is which right at the moment) and saved it on my hard drive. I hope that is okay. I´m hoping to talk husband into building me one of those someday. Say, how much would you charge to come to Texas to make me one of those? :lol Might save me the trouble of talking husband into it, listening to him gripe trying to figure out how to make it just like that one, plus also waiting for him to have time off from work. I know I know.. you are probably busy too.

But dang that is weird. Reading all your posts and laughing at most of them (hopefully that was your intentions, I mean no disrespect LOL) and all this time YOU have been the owner of my DREAM guinea pig cage that I long for on a daily basis? Sometimes I look at the pic and go man... if only I could blink my eyes and that would appear in my other living room... it would match so perfectly with my victorian furniture with cherry wood legs/etc. LOL You know you want to give that to me.... LOL

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aSAHMof3Rs

Post   » Wed Apr 24, 2002 3:36 am


ps. if you can swing a trip to make me one- be sure to bring along the piggies so they can potty train Isabelle. She needs serious help on that ... she is NOT getting it. LOL HAHAHAHA

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Teresa

Post   » Wed Apr 24, 2002 10:18 am


I couldn´t resist reposting his photo here. It´s the last one on the Ramps album on www.cavycages.com

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Lynx
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Post   » Wed Apr 24, 2002 10:23 am


That looks just so neat. I wonder, given how important a clean house is to Bats, if the perimeter of the play area is boobie trapped with an invisible fence so errant pigs learn quickly to stay off the carpet.

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Sunny

Post   » Wed Apr 24, 2002 10:34 am


Yes, my boys would have bedding and hay all over the moving blanket, plus some ground in tomatoe.

Bats, is that a piggy on top of his house? What´s he on the look out for? And what´s that behind him? Do you put food on top of the house?

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bats

Post   » Wed Apr 24, 2002 10:46 am


Well fortunately, the little piggers go upstairs to pee. But unfortunately, Piglet (the one on the ramp) has learned to tunnel under the blanket, so you have to watch where you step.

The thing on top of the house is a beanie baby. Normally I hate beanie babies but this one looked exactly like Piglet when we first got her. Fooled Jim a number of times, especially when I was tossing it around.
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RavenShade
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Post   » Wed Apr 24, 2002 10:51 am


I was wondering if that was the Discovery Store pig. If so, that´s the same one we got for Bf´s youngest last Christmas. She loves Steve, but, well, Steve´s not too sure about her. She can be a bit overzealous. The stuffed pig was the perfect solution.

LOVE the cage. Heaven help me if my boys ever see that.

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bats

Post   » Wed Apr 24, 2002 10:53 am


Oh, and behind the beanie is a scale we use to weigh the heffers.

Hi, RS. I´m not sure where the beanie came from -- it was a present from someone who doesn´t eschew such things :-)
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Sunny

Post   » Wed Apr 24, 2002 11:00 am


RavenShade - I love your pig´s name. We almost named Spot "Steve" because it sounds like a human name. The thought of saying, "Oh, Steve peed on the couch again!" just cracks us up (yes, we´re easily entertained). Are you ever on the phone with someone who doesn´t know Steve is a pig and confused them with, "That´s a good boy Steve, eat your special poop!"?

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Lynx
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Post   » Wed Apr 24, 2002 11:05 am


Oh, I like those. We oughta come up with a list of things we can say to our pigs when we´re on the phone. Especially handy for when those telemarketers call.

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Hey, I can envision your pigs carefully carrying any errant poops up the ramp to the appropriate corner when playtime is over.
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bats

Post   » Wed Apr 24, 2002 11:15 am


If only.

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Post   » Wed Apr 24, 2002 12:35 pm


Remind me, bats, are yours all girls? They seem MUCH more inclined to pick a potty spot than the guys.

Hmm.....I suppose Teresa is the only one among us who can say with any reliability whether the photo of bats is in fact authentic? ´Fess up T! Does he really weigh 400 # and wear a frock?

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Lynx
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Post   » Wed Apr 24, 2002 1:09 pm


A colorful frock. With buttons all down the front. And don´t forget the wild wig and rhinstones.

Yes, where is Teresa when you need her?

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