So. This couple had pigs years ago and have never heard of C&C or fleece. They "spoiled" their own pigs the way they had been told by the pet store. Which means ....not very spoiled by our standards! They never hesitated to take a pig to the vet and spent a lot of time and money on bladder stone surgery for their last boy. But they still thought pet store cages and small amounts of hay were OK because they didn't konw any better. Am I making sense here? Very uneducated but caring and dedicated people.
I'm not worried about them taking care of mine- they will follow whatever directions I give. They have made several comments about how they wish they had known about C&C cages. I"m going to build a temporary C&C house for the pigs over at the pet sitter's house.
SO. Any advice on what directions to tell these folks? They already asked for the vet's name and number and told me they would take the pigs if necessary and they don't mind paying for the vet and having me repay them when I return. Besides sending them over to GuineaLynx, That's as far as i've gotten.
What else should I tell them? Any advice on things you've noticed with pet sitters?
Some people bring veggies bagged up 1 day at a time. 10 days is a long time for veggies to last though, so you may need to leave an envelope with cash and a grocery list (and make sure they know what different kinds of lettuces are!).
- one pig at a time.
Are you planning on your petsitters keeping your piggies on fleece while you are away, or are you putting them on disposable bedding for that time?
So I think they will stay on the fleece. I'll put an extra layer of towels under it though. I'm not sure if they want to totally strip and wash the fleece and towels... I'll ask.
Good idea about the veggies. I'll make the salad and give it to them and then leave money to buy more. I won't get to complicated though- just tell them that green leaf lettuce (not iceburg) is ok.
And, ohh, Erin! I didn't know you were so close! That's lovely of you to offer! i'll keep it in mind since I'm gone for a longer time this summer. My parents happily take Lois but they are afraid that their dogs will eat the pigs. :(
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The grocery list is a great idea, but be sure to include quantities. If they were 'old school' piggy slaves, they might be tempted to give too many carrots or fruits.
They have enough space for a 2x7 cleared- 2 grids bigger than my current setup! Crazy.
I think that I'll make a menu for them because they really are "old school" slaves.
Thanks for your advice, guys.
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If they choose to sign up themselves, just make sure they identify themselves as your petsitter so we'll know.
They may be old school but they appear to be quite open-minded to learning new things.
They really had no idea about all this and I think they want to learn. They're still kind of hurting from loosing their last pig, but I think they want to see if they're ready for another.
I can give them the timothy hay for their chinchilla, right? They're refusing payment since they say they really want to have visiting piggies, so I'm finding sneaky ways to pay like leaving them a bunch of extra nice KM hay.