- Supporter in 2014
My parents didn't understand the relationship between me and my pigs, and between the pigs themselves. No matter how hard I tried it didn't work.
I really wish there was so advice I could give, but there's nothing I can offer really. A stubborn parent is the worst.
One thing I'd like to point out though, Ace isn't suffering. She's got you and you're an "ace" piggy mom. She's lucky to have you, and you'll make sure she's cared for in the best possible way through this cruddy situation.
Good luck with your choices, and feel free to post on here as often as you want. I wish there was something I could do to help.
Ace pig watched Sleepy Hollow with me tonight. I joke that it's her favorite show, but she really seems more interested in her hay, treats, and naps than the show. :p She does get a lot of cuddles when she watches TV with me, though. She's much easier to cuddle outside of the cage. She's still quite skittish inside the cage.
I have noticed that she is wheeking a bit more often now (like, wheeking at all). When Baozi was alive, Ace was a mostly silent piggy. But lately I've heard a few wheeks. I wonder what it means.
I worry a bit b/c she no longer purrs and vibrates when I pet her and rub her belly. She used to be a serial purr-er. I wonder if she's missing her friend.
I was going to knit another guinea pig for the cage. This might be a kind of dumb question, but is it safe to use acrylic yarn? I was worried what might happen if Ace chewed it. I plan on using black yarn for the eyes instead of buttons for that reason. If natural fibers are safer, I could try to hunt down some cotton yarn (good luck finding wool in hawaii lolol).
Ace being fascinated by my TV show:
I am weighing Ace and she's lost a bit of weight, but it started before Baozi passed. If she loses any more I'm taking her to the vet. Thus far, she's still eating/drinking just fine.
- Supporter in 2014
Hopefully someone can comment on the yarn. I'd probably use it and just watch her like an eagle with it, just to make sure she's not going to chew it.
My new pig, Jon Snow wheeks really loudly for food. He briefly lived with Toki but is now on his own for the moment, until I can try to get him to live with Anselmo again. He didn't shout as much when he was with Toki. He's bright, alert, eating lots, and doing lots of zoomies but I do think he misses the company.
I completely understand your frustrations. I left home when I was 30 and up to that date I was treat like a child, being allowed or not allowed to get a new pig. So unbelievably frustrating!
- Supporter in '16
As for the squeaking: there is a set, known amount of squeaking that has to be done to maintain a slave. If one pig fails to do the squeaking, the other pig(s) have to step up, but there's no point wasting effort if someone else is already doing it. This is why you often have a designated squeaker. And obviously Baozi was your designated squeaker, but Ace knows you need to be kept in line!
But ultimately decided she would rather nap in her cuddle sack (and put her best side forward)
Well, except her curiosity got the better of her and she had to see how the episode ended:
She started to watch Chicago Fire afterward, but then she decided to pee all over the puppy pad so I had to put her back. :p Perhaps she was imagining putting out an imaginary fire with piggy pee. (yes ik I need to cut her nails. She puts up such a big fight though so I was procrastinating lol)
I was missing Baozi tonight, and decided to watch some old videos. I was struck by how much more active the pigs were then, especially Ace. I understand Baozi being less active toward the end, because the poor thing was probably in pain. :( I still wish I had discovered her teeth issues earlier, although I'm not sure I could've done anything more about them. Right before her teeth surgery, I remember her wheeking and putting her feet on the edge of the cage as she always did, and I saw a little popcorn, too. :'(
I'm not sure when it happened, but Ace hasn't been as active, either. She used to run laps around the cage, popcorn, and waddle around making squeaky-chutty sounds. Sometimes she'll have a burst of activity (usually running across the cage after eating hay and/or pellets) but she's generally very quiet. I miss playful Ace. :( I wonder if she has piggy depression or would benefit from a new friend, but my Mom is still being a thorn in my side. I figured out that it isn't about me, though. She can't handle another loss like Baozi's. Her response is to avoid any pets altogether. I have given up on trying to reason with her and am hoping if I let a little more time pass I can just pick up a new pig and she'll be mad for a while and then get over it (this is usually how I deal with my Mom--I try to explain myself and reason with her first, but it inevitably fails).
I still miss my sweetie girl so much. She brought so much joy into the lives of everyone who knew her, both human and piggy alike.
She was with us far too short of a time. Popcorn and squeak on the bridge, little one. Someday I will give you cuddles again.
I thought she was just a lazy piggy, but it turns out she must have had some kind of spinal injury in her past, because she has hip pain and difficulty moving her back legs. It's why she can't sit on her haunches and groom like Baozi did, and why she always pancakes like a cashew when I take her out of the cage (whereas Baozi used to explore and make sure to chew on things she wasn't supposed to :p). It's also why Ace sticks out her little stanky leg all the time.
She also had a slight wheeze and I told the vet I hear her sneezing every now and then, along with perma crusty eyes. The vet suspected a minor respiratory infection and gave me some antibiotics for her. She also suggested I start Ace on metacam for her hip pain. Ace also has cataracts in both eyes. She's not blind, but her vision is impaired. On the bright side, her teeth are fine and there are no other problems.
My vet suspected that Ace was an older pig due to the mobility issues and other signs. I didn't know how old Ace and Baozi were when I took them in, but it seems I might've taken in two elderly pigs. I call them the Golden Girls now. Baozi always seemed to have such a youthful spirit, but my vet's son has a 9-year-old pig that still squeaks and runs around.
Our vet recommended getting Ace a friend after seeing how she does on her medication and once she stabilizes. An older pig would probably be better than a baby, but that's OK because our local humane society has a few adult female guinea pigs. I need to make sure to find a pig who will be kind and considerate of my little old lady.
Meanwhile, Ace hung out with me tonight while I watched my TV shows.
She napped in her cuddle cup, munched hay, and flopped down against my leg as always. (That's a hay chew in the cuddle cup with her)