I had her in my lap and she started chewing the puppy pad and got my leg. I was startled so I jumped, and the puppy pad slid off my lap onto the hardwood floor. She didn't fall far, and she landed on her belly, but I immediately put her on the bed and checked for injuries. The whole time, she showed no sign of being in pain and only seemed confused. She waddled around a bit on the bed and ate some hay and cilantro (I kept her there for a while to observe her). I've been observing her closely all night and so far she hasn't behaved any differently than usual. She's waddling about the cage, jumping in and out of the hay bin and nomming all her treats. But I'm still worried and feel really bad. I'm going to call my vet tomorrow.
As for my leg, the bite didn't break the skin. There's a bruise there now but luckily that's all.
Poor little Ace pig :(
I'm just feeling really sad lately about her. She has lost so much weight (now, she seems to be holding steady at roughly 900g). But she seems so skinny compared to her former chubby 1000g+ self. I might try giving her some critical care to put some weight on. I wondered if maybe having a friend might help her get more exercise? She does trot and waddle around the cage a bit but she doesn't do laps anymore or be playful like she was with Baozi. She gets to curl up and nap next to me when I take her out to watch TV, and she seems to enjoy being cuddled and petted, but I can't help but feel I'm no substitute for a piggy companion.
You guys already know why getting a friend is an extremely problematic endeavor right now and that's why I've been procrastinating :/
Anyway, I hope everyone who celebrates it had a happy thanksgiving! Ace had a delicious thanksgiving meal of lettuce, cilantro, and carrot. She has a healthy appetite and gobbled up half of it before we even left the house, lol (we were going to eat at my brother's house). I am thankful that my two guinea pigs came into my life, though I wish Baozi had stayed around longer. She was such a special girl and left a permanent impression despite being with me for only nine months. I still miss her all the time.
Ace pig is a sweet little cuddler and always amusing. Here, she has been watching me work out and decided to fashion an exercise ball of her own:
But ultimately, she decided she'd rather be my lazy little TV buddy:
I just hope she's OK.
Hopefully there will be an exotic vet in at our usual clinic this weekend.
- Supporter in 2014
Ace might not be running around as much because of her poorly legs. As they get older they do lose muscle tone, and tend to run around a lot less. I think my Anselmo is probably around 4.5 years old. He's still a chubby pig, but he definitely runs alot less, and when he does run it's more of a jog. Even with his young "brother" running around he tends to prefer to stay in his bed.
You're obviously doing all of the right things by weighing her regularly and making sure she's eating enough.
I was shocked at first to notice the difference in body shape of a young pig to an older one. They seem to be a lot less solid, and their rear ends tend to thin out quite a lot. That's why I think Anselmo is probably around 4.5. He still weighs the same as he did but he doesn't feel as solid anymore, he's not like a chubby brick shape.
Hope the vet visit goes okay!! :-)
I did not fare so well, lol. I had to get a tetanus shot. But I'm OK about needles, so it was no big deal.
Christmas is coming and I've got some treats for little Ace!
Some holiday-print fleece, treats, and a little toy for her.
Poor Ace. Her bum gets dirty so fast and I can barely keep up. She gets bum baths once every couple of weeks and I try to wipe her up with a damp washcloth but I can never get her entirely clean. She's still a sweet little piggy though, always so well behaved when I clean her and give her meds, and eager for the treat she gets when I do so.
Here she is enjoying said treats:
Showing off that saxxy leg
Curled up in the little corner against me and against the pillow. She loves to nap there while I'm on the computer.
I still feel very frustrated being unable to get a new friend for Ace (well, I am able, I'm just procrastinating b/c I dread dealing with my family, who are putting up so much resistance). Even if I found a new job, it would take a while to find an apartment and get myself set up in a new place (I don't have a car, and that would be a problem too). It all seems very hopeless. I was going to get the pig anyway and let my fam deal until I am able to move out, but I'd have to quarantine in the same room, and given how tiny my room is, this would be difficult.
A new pig would never replace Baozi, but I feel that as a human I'm just not the same thing for Ace as another piggy. And frankly, I miss having two little piggies and watching them interact. I still miss Baozi very much and don't think I'll ever stop, but I also think that since I have the capacity, both emotional and physical, to provide a happy home for a homeless pig that might get pts (our humane society is a kill shelter), it's the right thing to do. In the meantime, I am trying to do everything I can for my little old lady Ace. If she can't have a piggy companion, at least she can get have of love and cuddles from her human.
I have noticed that Ace tends to have bouts when she seems super squeaky and needy. She's quiet for a few weeks, and then she's very talkative. She squeaks loudly and repeatedly when I'm outside the room in the evenings and doesn't stop till I talk to her and give her a treat. She is also more affectionate than usual and purrs and vibrates when I pet her. I wonder if this behavior coincides with heat?
She never used to behave this way when Baozi was around, so I hope it's not loneliness. :/
Poor little Ace. :( Hopefully she can have a new piggy friend soon.
Ace pig checking out a new CD I bought
She loves her cilantro
She seems a lot more active and squeaky lately, and the other night she was running laps around the cage again! She hasn't run laps in a while so I was really pleased to see it. She must be doing better on the metacam.
Yesterday she had her Christmas photo shoot. I posted some photos in the random piggy pictures thread here: http://www.guinealynx.info/forums/viewtopic.php?p=2137039#2137039
There are also some cute outtakes:
BOOTY BOOTY BOOTY BOOTY ROCKIN' EVERYWHERE
Things have been quiet here lately and my life has been quite stressful. Ace is living as a lone piggy right now, though I try to spend extra time with her. She is doing well aside from an issue I described in more detail on her medical thread. She's had some problems with redness and irritation on her belly and especially the right nipple area, and I noticed a small pustule/zit-like lump there. Our regular vet was out of town, so I brought her to a different vet who gave us antiseptic cream for the pustule. I've been using that and warm compresses for the past few days but so far there hasn't been a change. Ace has been a good patient, however--she'll sit through the compresses and medication as long as she has a treat to munch on. I'm hoping it clears up soon.
Otherwise, she seems fine. She's very active and squeaky, much more outgoing and affectionate. She occasionally runs laps around the cage or just hops around making little squeaky sounds. She's the most mellow, relaxed pig (once you get her out of the cage) that I've seen. I've never seen a guinea pig that loved to lie around and get cuddles so much. She's also gained weight! Hoping it's muscle from increased exercise. She was 977g when I brought her to the vet on Friday.
It's just not the same around here without Baozi, and I still miss her so much. But life goes on for Ace and I, and I'm trying to be Ace's human friend for now. I'm going to concentrate on resolving Ace's health issues and finding a new job before I consider getting a new friend for her.
Anyway, concluding this long rambling post with some pictures.
Fat Ace and me on New Year's Eve
Ace wondering who this imposter is
Ace in the sunlight after her bum bath
For the fans of piggy lips! (Also lol at how our facial expressions match)
Putting her best side forward
Indulging in her third-favorite pastime (after eating and sleeping): enjoying cuddles
And some gratuitous cute photos