Number one, I despise flying.
Number two, I'm so worried about my animals that I can't sleep. I'm having all sorts of horrible dreams and worrying myself sick.
I know that it's silly to obsess so much and everything will be fine, but I can't help it.
Yesterday morning I woke up after another horrible plane crash dream and although deep down I know my plane won't crash, I kept thinking, "What if my plane really did crash? Who would look after my animals?"
My dogs would be o.k. I called my friend yesterday after said dream and asked her to look after my dogs and to make sure they stayed together if something were to ever happen to me. She promised she would.
I then asked her to come to this site(if I croaked) to find someone on here, who knows guinea pigs well, to look after my three girls.
I would not want them to be separated and there's no one I know in my "real" life with cavy knowledge or who would be prepared to take in three guinea pigs.
So, if I croak guys, will someone please keep my girls together and either adopt them or find them a home with someone who will love them and know how to care for them?
Please don't laugh at me. I'm really a fairly well adjusted human being and I know it's pretty crazy to be thinking this way. I just love them so much and it just kills me to think of them being unhappy, and it's this little niggling worry that I can't get out of my mind.
So there you have it.
- one pig at a time.
If for whatever reason, something were to happen to you (which it is NOT), and no one else offers to take the girls from this forum, I PROMISE I will go up there and rescue them. They will not go to a shelter, or not have no one to love them, or properly take care of them, they will become part of the WEAVER's. I really do mean this, I will go get them. So please, try and relax, and have fun on this vacation. Your girls are going to be fine and are going to be looking forward to their mommy coming back home.
Whittibo, I can totally imagine how you were feeling after that dream. I actually woke up from one of mine crying, which I haven't done in forever.
Weaver, I feel so so much better hearing you say that. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I couldn't think of a better home for my girls. Plus, I know there'd be some really great photos of them! :D
I know my fears are somewhat irrational. I know we will fly to Florida and have a nice vacation. I know the chances of the plane crashing are slim to none. And I know that once I actually arrive there, I'll have a nice time.
I'm just such a homebody and am the sole provider and caretaker of my animals, and then after my bad dreams, the "what ifs"struck me and I couldn't help picturing the worst. And worrying. And I needed reassurance, which I got.
You guys are the best.
Breathing and chanting....ommm.....ommm....
I had planned on sticking with the fleece as usual(hadn't even considered carefresh) on the main first floor, with lots of fleece pads that the petsitter can replace once a day in the evening. I've kind of been experimenting with this and it seems to be o.k. for a week this way. Then I had planned on doing carefresh up in the loft, where they poop and peep the most, and she would change and replace that once every other day.
Now I'm wondering if I should just go the carefresh route for the whole cage? If so, I should probably do some carefresh practice runs, yes?
- one pig at a time.
Under the carefresh do you just do newspapers? Anything else under the carefresh? I'd be nervous to use puppy pads as they might chew those. No blankies in the hideys?? No cozysaks or cuddlecups??
My poor poor girls.
- one pig at a time.
I know it sounds mean seeing we have them so spoiled with all of their blankies, cups, and such, but with shavings or Carefresh that stuff sticks to the beds and makes them stay wet and become dirty quickly. They are going to be more comfortable in the long run with houses. They will be fine, you will be fine *patting your back*, all is going to be ok.
A couple years ago we used towels and had a sitter, it was hard for her. She had to change the towels every other day and wash them too. Last year we switched to Carefresh, it only had to be changed once in the 12 days we were gone.
Now I have each piggy in their own cage and I only have to change the carefresh every two weeks. Makes it MUCH EASIER!
- Obey My Authority
It is all going to be alright, don’t worry, think positive thoughts and we are all here.
I second with what Weaver and Whittibo say about disposable bedding while you are away.
As you can see from our chronicles, we always house them Carefesh while we are away.
As much as they LOVE fleece, I dread the idea coming home to piled up pig laundry when there are other things piled up in the house that needs attention too.
So I give myself a break by using disposable bedding that can be rolled up and thrown away.
Here is what I do.
I always house them on fleece the day before I leave.
This gives you the chance to wash their fleece - clean fleece to come home to.
Remember, the whole point is to make your life easier when you return safely, and you WILL!
This also gives your pigs a day in advance to get used to idea to Carefresh! McMac needs a day to adjust to any new changes in the cages.
Like Weaver said, in the long term, they will start to associate Crefresh with you being away.
The reason I ca't use shavings alone is because I came home to a houseful o shaving 2 summer ago...
Meimei and Mojo are my runners in the cage, and when they run, the shavings fly!
A thick layer of newspaper on the bottom, lay this throughout the entire cage.
I follow it up with a layer shaving, pack it down really good.
Then a layer of Carefresh.
I do this to cut the Carefreh cost into ½, and not have a houseful of shavings.
When I come home, I roll up the entire bedding by the newspaper on the bottom.
Spray and wipe down the entire cage with vinegar solution.
Then take your clean fleece and replace.
Kisses and hugs the pigs.
And run your errands that need to be taken of…
You will be fine Topaz, and I can’t wait to see your holiday pictures.
Have fun, be safe, and you piggies will be missing their mama. 
Remember, positive thoughts all the way - and enjoy your holiday. Focus on the fabulous day you'll have when you get back, spoiling those pigs rotten with extra hugs, floor time and veggies. And of course catching up here!
We have been fortunate with our current pet sitters. I came home to fresh fleece and they swept, vacumed and took the trash out. I paid them $100.00 for 5 days. In a few years they will leave for college, and I don't know who to ask.
We understand completely.
- I gave AGAIN, dammit!
- Catie Cavy
- Supporter 2011-2020
I know what you mean about taking care of your guinea pigs. My husband and I don’t have any children but my sister has 4 kids. She said she’s been telling them for years that they have to take care of me and my husband when we get old since we don’t have our own kids. I’m instead preparing them to take care of our pets. I tell them I don’t care about myself – just make sure whatever nursing home I’m in changes my diapers regularly – but please take good care of my cats and guinea pigs after I’m gone!
I ended up getting a fan and running it on low where they were, blocking off all the windows, leaving tiles in their cages to cool off.
But - they were all fine when I got home! If it wasn't for the heat wave and the A/C broken, I would have not been so worried. I remember sobbing right before we left. So, you are not the only one. Please try to have fun!
Now if I could just get over the stress of flying. Bloody Mary(s) or some other type of alcohol may help with this....
Since we'll be leaving early Thursday morning, I think I'll change the cage over and put the carefresh in the day before(or night), then I can see how they react to it. I'm going to have to buck up and pay for carefresh alone as early on when I used aspen shavings, they seemed to irritate Goldie's eyes.
I'll put a thick layer of newspaper down, then lots of carefresh, and only their hideys. The pet sitter is coming three times a day; 7:30 a.m, 2:00 p.m, then around 8:30 p.m.(and charging me a fortune but that's o.k.)
She'll be cleaning the cage up, refilling water bottles and water bowl, and giving fresh hay and pellets during the morning visit. Then they'll get their greens at the afternoon visit and a lookover(cage and pigs themselves). I'll have greens all ready and bagged up in the fridge. The evening visit will be fresh pellets and hay for the night.
I'll just have her fluff the carefresh each visit, and change the carefresh and newspaper in the loft every two-three days. Yes?
I've also told her not hold or handle them unless she absolutely has to. She doesn't have a whole lot of experience with guinea pigs(although she's been a professional pet sitter for years and has experience with many different animals. She's also got dogs, cats, and an alpaca farm and is an animal lover).
I'm sure she could handle it but I cringe thinking about the possibility of one of my girls getting scared and jumping out of her hands and getting hurt. I guess I feel there's really no need for her to be holding them unless something is wrong. Do you think this is odd? She seemed o.k. with it.
I'll leave my vet's phone number with her and will probably call every day initially, maybe for the whole week.
My mom and stepdad told me they'll stop by to hang out with the dogs and look at the pigs every now and then, as did my oldest daughter, as well as my best friend. I told them all to please make themselves at home, sleep over if they want, take a bath in my lovely deep tub, pick veggies from my garden, whatever they desire...just keep my animals company for as long as they can!
Sound about right? Am I forgetting something?
- one pig at a time.
Now I can tell my husband "Even Topaz does not like her piggies touched by other people".
- 4 the Good of all Pigs
I came home from a friends house the other night to find Murphy in the arms of a neighbor who stopped by. She was sitting in the kitchen with him and he was happy as a clam on her chest but I had to ask, "Did YOU pick him up?"
She said that Terry got him for her and I felt a little better but still, he's no expert on picking them up either. GAH!