Adopted Barry Jenkins today. He's a sweet boy. Took to us immediately. His previous owner obviously handled him a lot because he doesn't mind being picked up at all. Doesn't run from us either. No biting or struggling when I hold him. He had been there so long that the staff at the humane society cheered for him when I left with him. They estimate his age at 3-4 years old. He looks very healthy and cared for. Looks like they kept up with trimming his nails too. He's noticeably larger than any of the other boys. Let the legend of Barry Jenkins begin!
I wonder if he can sense Scruffy or smell his scent in that cage. I scrubbed it with bleach water and rinsed it thoroughly after Scruffy passed away, plus it's been wrapped in plastic sheeting in the storage shed since that day. His bowl and water bottle are both brand new so I know it's not that. I'm going to give him a few hours to get acclimated and then I'll spend some time holding him and letting him run around some.
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He's going to be ok. He loves to snuggle! I couldn't be happier.
You couldn't be happier? Barry looks like he has died and gone to heaven! Living in the lap of luxury! Soft beds, good food, warm bodies to nestled against. What more could a piggy want? He's even smiling! I want to tickle that foot! Gorgeous boy!
I put a hammock in his cage to see if he'll get in it. I have a sneaky suspicion that he might because of the way he burrows into the holding blanket and curls up when I hold him. So far he's gone under it but not in it. Either way it's another thing of interest to him and a place for him to hide if he gets scared.
That gave me the idea to put one in his house. That turned out to be a great thing. He loves it and wasted no time in making it comfortable for himself. He still spends a lot of his time laying in his house, but he lets me reach in and pick him up. He also comes out to sniff my hand and nibble my finger. I have yet to weigh him. I've been letting him get use to his new home before subjecting him to that. I have a feeling that he's overweight and out of shape. A couple days more and floor time starts.
I saw a tv clip this evening about a hugely overweight dog that could barely walk. What they did was water therapy for perhaps a year to take the pressure from his legs and get him exercise. That and cutting foods dropped his weight substantially and he is a new dog!
I don't believe we have run across a guinea pig that is so heavy that it has difficulty moving (except for a pregnant female). I have always thought exercise works wonders for good health.
As for evaluating weight, there are some great guidelines written by a vet on this page: