Is this something we should worry about? We've tried covering the lid with a white sheet but this leaves the pigs in a perpetual twilight and the kittens just try to dig through the sheet.
When we first got our guinea pigs, our cat would sit next to the cage and stare at them. Once we started getting the pigs out for floor time, though, the cat decided they weren't quite so interesting. She watched them at first, then the first time one of them moved toward her, she jumped a mile high and ran off.
She no longer thinks the pigs are worth even looking at. if we have one on one of our laps and she jumps up onto our lap too, she'll see the pig, crinkle her nose in disgust and jump right back down.
The only time my cats were interested in the pigs when I had them was when there were baby pigs. Baby pigs are small and move quickly like a mouse. So I suppose that's the intrigue.
I'm not about to let the kittens and pigs interact without covered protection yet, not until kittens are at least a year old - another 8 or 9 months. They'll still have to be watched very closely even then. My other cats were much older and although they did get into the floor cage, one was only interested in the hay and the other wanted to play vulture (watching from on top of the footstool she perched herself on).
Yesterday, even with the sheet still over the top, the kittens could see Dusty in the cage and kept "pouncing" on her. She/they will be thoroughly traumatized by the time I get the solution, poor baby(ies).
They do get regular claw trims, if only to protect my legs. I run around in shorts year round.
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