I was to Pig sit two beautiful little girls for the next two weeks. When they arrived yesterday evening by car they were suffering from heat stroke. The car they were in was air conditioned and the humans thought it was cool enough. Their pigloos were in the cage with them and, being GP's they were hiding in them.
If you are traveling anywhere, for any distance, get the pigloos or any other kind of hidey OUT OF THE CAR! The holes in the top are completely inadequate for venting heat. Both of those sweet little ones are dead. Instead of being wheeked at this morning, the place they were to be is quiet. I am just heartbroken.
Lady Bug is home in her house, in her cage and I took her pigloo away from her two days ago. As much as she loves her Weaver cups she is spending her time on her carefresh. Just too hot for her.
Take the couple of seconds to put your hand on your piggy to check for how warm they are.
Just mean this as a reminder that the weather is warming up. Protect your little ones. Don't let them die needlessly.
So sorry about what happened, that must have been horrible to watch :(
- 4 the Good of all Pigs
I only have one cage with a pigloo right now and it's had another entrance/exit cut into it so it's not AS bad but I think Mr. Piggy will have to do without from now on. I will give him an alternative (although it is not near as hot here as it is where you are).
Perhaps the Lady Bug would like a nice cool tile to lay upon?
My boyfriend doesn't want to use regular tiles because he is scared they could be coated in something bad for the pigs. The package for that Chin-chiller also talked about storing it in the fridge before giving it to your pet.
Once it gets really hot we turn on the AC, it's just that transition time I'm worried about.
I'm really sorry to hear about those two pigs.
She is the one who moved out of her pigloo and cotton Weaver cup. I have an old cotton towel for her to lay on and she doesn't even want that. She prefers the Carefresh. If she's happy, so am I but I'm still feeling her body temp. just to be on the safe side. I also have an indoor thermomator.
- I gave AGAIN, dammit!
I got worried about my guinea pigs being left at home in the summer and the temperature rising. I would turn on the air conditioner before leaving in the morning 'just in case.' Note to self: Next time spring the extra bucks for the programmable air conditioner.
Currently reading the book " The Good Good Pig: The Extraordinary Life of Christopher Hogwood" by Sy Montgomery right now. It's the story of the author adopting a sickly runt pig - the farm animal type of pig.
However, there is a guinea pig reference in the book. The author said when a call was made about a guinea pig being left in a car with no water, people in her small town thought she was the one who made it. She didn't. Glad to see the call was more than warranted.
We're having completely bizarre weather here -- in the nineties with a *hot* strong wind coming through. It's supposed to get into triple digits tomorrow and the weekend. I expect many reports of grass fires from this. Yuck.
Today I'm rearranging the living room so that all of us can sleep down stairs (we have no air conditioning), and I was just thinking that I had to make sure to freeze some water bottles for the pigs before this afternoon.
Thank you for posting this story; it must have been terrible for you to witness.
- Contributor in 2014
A few years ago when the air conditioner was on in my house it was hitting the side of Gilbert's pigloo, I thought he would be warm in there, but when I took him out his fur was cold. That's when I realized that they are not protective, just a hiding place.
It's possible that the sun was beating down on the pigloo through the car window. I'm very sorry to hear of this tragedy. Thanks for posting it as a warning for others.
- Thanks for the Memories
Situations like this are heartbreaking. Especially since they probably thought they were covered with the AC on.
When we go on vacation, we always turn the AC on, even low. We don't want the pets to suffer, even though they are in/have access to the basement where it's cooler.