1) Should I adopt a piggy from a rescue for my only 4 month old male? Here is the website of the rescue =)
2)I am planning to adopt around the end of the month, Is that OK?
3) How long should I quarentine my new piggy?
4)Boars could go with boars right or is that a problem?
Please answer =) !
Most of the time a rescue would not put a piggie up for adoption without it being ready to be adopted. That being said, has your piggie had a vet visit and been treated for mites? if it is from a breeder or store it could have problems already.
There are many good threads here, read up on the feeding and health first, it will go a long way in making your piggies life and yours more enjoyable.
Since he's only 4 months he should get an alfalfa based pellet until he is 6 months. Then he should get a timothy based pellet. Since you're in Canada you should get Oxbow Cavy Performance until he's 6 months and then Cavy Cuisine because I don't know if you can get Kleenmama's there and it would cost too much.
They need at leas a cup of veggies a day and this includes: lettuces(not iceberg), red or green leaf, romaine, endive, escorole, bell peppers, cilantro. Also once or twice a week, kale, red or green swiss chard, mustard greens and so on. Once a week they can have a small amount of fruit.
Unlimited grass hay. Timothy, orchard are just two grass hays.
Guineadaddy- I am going to get a appointment as soon as I find a vet that acutually has great guinea pig expeirience =)
sus4rabbitsnpigs- What is the difference between a rescue and a shelter? I asked my sister and she said that place is both and by the way that is that closest shelter like place I know about =(. Is a 5X4 C&C cage enough for 2 boars?
Debs4Pigs- I read lots of forums that are on finding out the gender of your piggy and by what those forums say my piggy is a male =) My piggy is a four month old and the one up for adoption is a 2 year old so I dont think puberty will be a problem. My pigglet gets unlimited Oxbow Alfalfa. My young ladies man gets one full leaf of romaine lettuce, ( I kinda trained him to do tricks to get lettuce =) you could read more about it on his documentry http://www.guinealynx.info/forums/viewtopic.php?t=61427 ) one baby carrot, 1 out of 4 of a tomato, 1 out of 8 green bell pepper and some cucumber. Here are some pictures of him
- And got the T-shirt
A shelter may take in many kinds of animals, and may or may not euthanize animals if they are not considered adoptable, or if they get too many to handle. Many are run by various local governments, such as cities, townships, etc.
These definitions are not hard and fast -- you can find very good shelters who screen adopters and who give very good care to animals, and you can find rescues not worth the name.
The pet store cage can be kept as a travel cage, for short quarantine periods, and is great for cavies recovering from surgery who need to have activity limited until they recover.
It sounds like yours is better than most.
A rescue is typically a private, no-kill, not for profit or non-profit that selects what animals to take in. Like bp said, they screen adopters and tend to be more informed about their animals. They are usually fostered in private homes rather than in a facility.
Most of the humane society that I know of are associated with the spca. The Humane society in my town has a no kill policy and all animals are given housing, vet care and whatever they need and then are adopted.
I personally have had an issue with the humane society here because they keep animals that are not adoptable and I figure they could help more animals by letting the space be given to an animal that is adoptable.
I don't advocate euthenizing animals but I do believe in not letting them suffer or have no quality of life. I should get off this subject before I get upset.
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A shelter is usually a humane society or "pound." Very few are no-kill. They are usually required to take in any and all homeless or needy animals. Most are filled to the brim with dogs and cats, but accept other animals as well.
Because they rarely get in guinea pigs, and they are limited as to funds (especially smaller, rural shelters) many of them routinely euthanize small animals as soon as they come into the shelter. Others do try and place them into homes, but do not really know how to sex properly or how to care for them properly.
There is a really good chance of getting a pregnant pig from a shelter if it is female. Any guinea pig coming from this kind of shelter should be quarantined in a separate room from your present pigs and should be treated for mites. Ideally, they should also be seen by a vet. Be absolutely sure that you know what sex your own pig is before you go this route and be sure that you (or someone that goes with you) knows how to properly sex a guinea pig. You must not rely on the shelter staff for this because they get it wrong all the time. Adopting a pig from a shelter/humane society is riskier than adopting from a rescue, BUT know that if you do this, you may be truely saving that pigs life.
Edit: I feel SO helpless and small =(