This is a sort of courtesy post. Someone in my town is looking to rehome two young pigs (assumed a few years old and female, will update once new information comes up). They were classroom pets at one of the local schools before new regulations kicked in and they have been bounced around from home to home ever since. I am thinking about taking them. My hesitation is that I have a senior pig battling cancer and the vet said that she probably won't make it another year. I am heartbroken but I want her to be pampered and be my center of attention for her final months.
If anyone is interested in these two, they are located in Wayland, MA for no fee (owners suggested a shelter donation after being warned of giving them away for free). This is the craigslist ad link - http://boston.craigslist.org/bmw/pet/5790293174.html
I am willing to transport them for the right home. If no one comes forward then I will reconsider taking them myself. Thank you
We have tried introducing her to younger pigs in the past but she always gets upset with them. She lost her best friend a few years ago and has since preferred to be an only pig with extra snuggles from me. Although she is sick we are lucky that she is very happy and not in any pain.
I thought I would let you know I intend to take these guineas in in about a week, assuming no one else expresses interest in them between now and then. I'm in the process of getting things moved around here so I can build an appropriate-sized CC cage and make the liners. It's actually why I'm on this site--I researched guinea pigs several years ago as potential pets but decided at the time I wasn't ready for them and now, I'm researching both to bone up on my information and to make sure I give the two (presumably) ladies the least-stressful move I can.
To the OP, if you don't mind my asking, is there a specific vet you can recommend? There are many vets in the area but I'm reluctant to "wait", so to speak, until the cavies need care to discover whether or not the vet is good/knowledgeable with cavies.
Mythic-- Oh dear, I may very well end up bugging you about mundane things concerning cavies when the girls first arrive! I'm new to cavies and previous experience with small animals have taught me the first week or two is generally spent with me checking every little thing to make sure it's normal (with the exception of feeding cavies fresh food, I feel like their care will be most similar to when I had a chinchilla years ago). I just spent an hour or so watching various videos of clipping guinea pig nails....and was considering whether or not to have the girls' first clippings be done by a vet or a local pet store that offer the service so I can see it in person.
I know he's been burned before--it was why I suggested that if someone wanted the cavies while I was prepping, he was more than welcomed to home with them instead. I texted him Thursday letting him know where I was prep-wise as we agreed to touch base later in the week and unfortunately, I did have to push back when I would be prepared for the cavies.
It's taking me longer to build/prepare than anticipated since the grids I already had, while sized correctly, were not enough (I forgot over the years, some had mysteriously disappeared and others had to be outright thrown out due to various crafting projects as I moved about), never mind the sheer amount of connectors I broke or lost. I was also planning on making liners but the sewing machine I thought I had in storage turned out to be one of those hand-held quick-fix machines only. I ended up just ordering some fleece liners that will tide over til Black Friday/the holiday season when I can purchase a good sewing machine. By then, I will (hopefully) also finally be able to get a washer/dryer installed as it was supposed to be installed last week but construction of the basement, which was supposed to be done early/mid-last week, is suddenly going longer even though up til then, it was making faster progress.
With the construction now continuing and learning (today actually) that the plan has now changed from just working on my basement to working on the attached home (I'm in a small "apartment" attached to the main house), I'm growing worried about whether or not I would be providing a good environment for the piggies right now. My parents own the property (I ended up moving in for health reasons--ironically because it was a quiet and out-of-the-ways neighborhood and I was told it was the only way they would let me get treatment and recover in peace) and it is extremely frustrating especially as they didn't even tell me about the planned basement remodel until two days before it began. They didn't tell me about the now planned construction to the main house (my brother did when we were trying to figure out some health things arising from the construction).
Ugh--but I'm ranting off-topic. Do you think, even with the construction now continuing on, the piggies would be able to settle in peacefully here? So long as they should settle in fine, I'm more than happy to bring them here (and would be thankful as the 10 lbs of KMS pellets and 15 or 20 lbs of hay I ordered--before remembering Sweet Meadows Farm and their hay is less than 20 minutes from me--would actually end up being used by me). If you think they would be better with you then I wouldn't be upset if they went with you since I know they'll be going to a good home.
Somewhat undercutting the "being okay if they went with you" thing (please don't mistaken--so long as I know they are going to a good home, I'm happy)....they are currently on Sunseed Vita Prima Sunscription and will be transitioned to KMS here. With the hamsters I took in, and the gerbil, I made a cold switch but they were all (presumed) to be young/young adults. Since these piggies are older (3 or 4), I wondered if I should do a gradual transition instead (I've read here that cold switches have been done successfully but am unsure of the cavies' ages and if that affects success or not)
I would say the main concern for pigs is any sort of dust from construction. Since pigs are very prone to getting URI's (upper respiratory infections). Noise is second just because you want the pigs to be comfortable. I am more than happy to house them temporarily but because I have 7 pigs of my own I dont know that I could take on any more pigs for the long term. If you have more of a timeline for construction I could house them and get them to you once it is done. I have plenty of cages and lots of experience building c&c cages so I am happy to help. I do have some spare regular cages with plastic bottoms that you can fill with carefresh or another pig safe bedding until your cage is ready. I also do have some spare grids if you need a few. As for food, I feed all of my pigs oxbow cavy adult food and when getting new pigs I provide them with just that and they like it enough that they take to it right away. I don't have experience with the KMS pellet so I am not sure if it will be tasty enough. The diet they are on currently is quite unhealthy but very tasty so you want to make sure they get something they are willing to eat. If you would like I am happy to get the girls this weekend and you can DM me and we can talk via email/text when the best time you are ready for them is.
Thank you so much for the offer. I actually just texted Ed and am waiting to hear back from him--the delay in picking up wasn't because of not having the materials for building the CC cage (although I ended up not having enough grids, a day or so of searching led to learning the Bed Bath Beyond in Framingham has the correct grids in stock so I reserved two boxes and picked it up the following day) but rather, because I ended up ordering fleece lining instead of making them by hand as I originally intended due to learning I didn't have an actual sewing machine on hand. I was told the liner would arrive this coming Tuesday which was why I asked if we could do the pick up on Wednesday--but lo and behold, as I was leaving the house to run some errands today, I opened my front door and saw the package! Though it was raining, everything was well packaged and the fleece was bagged in another plastic bag and nice and dry. Which was more than I could say for my Amazon delivery that also came today even though that delivery was in my mailbox. Go figure. Since the fleece was the reason for the hold up, I just texted Ed before seeing your offer to pick up the piggies and asked if we could do pick up on Monday.
I'm not worried about the dust from construction--the health concerns was more with the noise level and disruptions to resting. The basement is downstairs and the construction is taking place in the basement, the back porch and the main house--my room, where the piggies will be, is away from it (the biggest issue with construction I had was losing my garden on the back porch and the noise while they were in the basement--well, that and the shaking/vibrations. I'm told they're almost completely done with the basement though we shall see. Either way, they are done with all the shaking/vibrations making) My concern with the construction was really just the noise as, so long as I pick up the piggies in the evening, they wouldn't be exposed to any flying dust from the car to my room.
Thank you so much for the offer, both of holding onto the piggies and the supplies/help. I am good with supplies...well, mostly--the KMS was delayed, apparently by a truck getting in late according to the delivery service's site (it was supposed to arrive yesterday) but I expect it will arrive Monday. If not, I already ran out and bought a small bag of Oxbow pellets and have some Oxbow and Sweet Meadow Hay here already so even if it doesn't come by Monday, I have food for the piggies and will just end up giving them a mix of Oxbow and KMS pellets until the Oxbow runs out. If it turns out they prefer Oxbow over KMS, then I'll probably just donate the KMS to a rescue. I'm glad you've had luck with cold switches--I prefer to do them since the animals I take in have usually been on a bad diet (my chinchilla, Bruce, was the exception but that was because he was originally meant to be a breeder and show chin and the breeder actually cared about her little brood) but didn't want to do so if it might negatively affect the guineas. I'll make a cold switch since I don't want to give them the option of ignoring the healthier food for junk. I'll keep their old food on hand just in case the cold switch ends up negatively affecting their GI tract though. I know they get either fresh apples, baby carrots, or romaine lettuce as well (not all at the same time) on alternate days so I'm not concerned about having to introduce them to fresh veggies though I'll probably ask about how much they usually get a day. Again, thank you so much!
I am glad you were able to work things out! So sorry that you didnt get these piggies :( you seemed like a great home for them. If you still want a pair there are plenty of great pig rescues in the area and you can always keep your eyes open on craigslist (although you have to be careful with that). Im more than happy still to provide any service or advice I can. You seem like you've really done your homework. Again, sorry someone else took them but at least they got a new home. Feel free to DM me anytime!
Lynx-- I'm not planning on feeding any cavies I may have fruit (well, except that great pretender, the tomato)
daveandtiff-- thank you--I will be going through the names you gave me as well.
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