Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Tatti, short for Tattiana, was one of our guinea pigs. Both of our pigs lived past 5 years of age. They both developed ovarian cysts, which is very common in female guinea pigs around 5 or 6 years. Pigs can be spayed/neutered, but it is risky because of the anesthesia and there aren't many practicing exotic vets with lots of experience.
Anyway, our pigs had PPT everyday. (Piggy play time) when they were put on the floor in an enclosure with lots of fresh fruits and veggies and junk to play with, like boxes and empty sacks. They loved to chew up boxes, paper roll tubes, paper sacks, etc. What went in one end, immediately came out the other end as little green pellets.
Our pigs learned to squeal when we opened the refrigerator door. They knew that inside that door were scrumptious goodies. They can squeal REALLY LOUDLY. And their little ears flap back with each squeal.
At first they had free range of the kitchen, but we had to come up with an enclosure after they started ripping the wallpaper off the walls, chewing on the baseboards, and racing into the great room to hide under the dining room hutch and chew on it's base. Guinea pigs are little chewing machines.
The cats would jump into their enclosure with them to eat the fresh grass we would bring in from the yard. The pigs didn't mind, but if one of the cats started bugging them, Tatti would turn around and spray the cat in the face. That usually stopped the cat from bugging them anymore for that day!