The Relationship Between Pigs and Other Animals

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Post   » Tue Jan 08, 2002 3:56 pm

My new piggy, Wuzzy, and my cat, Lucy, seem to really enjoy each other´s company. Lucy sleeps by Wuzzy´s cage, meows at him, and watches him play. Wuzzy, in turn, wheeks at her and noses her through his cage. I think Wuzzy thinks Lucy is a big guinea pig! By far the funniest activity they engage in though is a game that is similar to hide and seek. When Wuzzy has floor time, he runs around the room and then hides. Lucy goes over to where he is hiding, and Wuzzy then popcorns and runs out from his hiding place as if to say, "You found me." He then chases Lucy across the room, and she will go behind something and hide. It is insanely funny to see a guinea pig chasing a cat!

Do any of your pigs engage in such antics or have a special relationship with your cats or other pets?
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Post   » Tue Jan 08, 2002 4:29 pm

Such a cute photo with the cat. That is quite a herd you have there.

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Post   » Tue Jan 08, 2002 5:40 pm

Stacy, I love your pig story. It would be great to have a cat and guinea pig have such fun together.

From what I gather, Pinta´s cat has an altogether different relationship with the pigs and can be a real pain (though not all the time). Didn´t you say something about Cheddar (?) blocking the doorway and batting at the little pigs? Was this something he picked up from you?


Post   » Tue Jan 08, 2002 6:29 pm

His claws are in.

Cheddar´s preferred sleeping place is anywhere the pigs have slept. If a pig towel is left on the floor - Cheddar will curl up on it. He´ll sleep on their newspaper while they are gathered around him, munching snacks. If there is a pig in your lap, Cheddar will clamber aboard demanding equal time. And we´re constantly having to pitch him out of the travel basket when we need to take the pigs to the vets.

I think Cheddar´s attraction to the pigs does go back to kittenhood. Being brought up with pigs - he actually thought he was one, shredding newspaper and trying to eat Romaine. In fact, we adopted Solomon - a big black and white "Tuxedo" cat from the SPCA, just to get Cheddar some tutelage on how to be a cat.

Deep down, though, he still thinks he´s all pig.
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Post   » Wed Jan 09, 2002 1:27 am

You´re pigs are adorable Pinta. How on earth you can keep up with so many of them is beyond me! I am especially taken with Nougat. He´s beautiful! Or is it a she?

As for Chedder and Lucy, I think its great that you guys have cats that get along so well with the pigs. I want a cat and when I do eventually get one, I just hope it loves the piggies as much as your cats do. Pinta, how is Tuxedo with the pigs?


Post   » Wed Jan 09, 2002 7:33 am

Unfortunately a few of the herd pictured are now gone, Nougat included. She died of heart disease at 18 months old. We had thought it was a URI but when she died within 12 hours of showing symptoms, we had an autopsy done. On the results of the autopsy and the fact that one of her sisters had keeled over at 3 months of a presumed heart attack the vet examined her surviving brother and sister and mother and put the mom, Quinn, and the brother, Apatche, on blood pressure meds. The sister´s, Soot, heart sounded fine. They´re still with us in good ahspe ec xcept for Soot who has bad arthritis. Incidentally, this is the family who all drool when they are relaxed.

Gone are Miranda, Willie, Leo, Lennard, Latte and Samantha. Not pictured and "new" to the herd are Dot, Sasha, Fanny, Nigel, Beatrix, Brindelle, Shiraz and Beaches.

Solomon the tuxedo cat regards the pigs as a responsibility. He guards them when they´re outside. We took a basket of pigs to "interview" cats at the SPCA and he was the only cat who didn´t swish his tail and was totally uninterested in them. So we took him straight to the vet to be neutered and home. The pigs can run right by him, including babies and he is fine. Although with babies you can see him mentally going "must not eat pigs, must not eat pigs, must not eat pigs". So far he has resisted temptation, even when a pig tests his tail to see if it´s edible.

They are so used to cats they don´t mind the clinic vet cat joining them in their basket in the waiting room. (The vet clinic cat is a little bit "not all there".) They also have a tendency to frighten neighbourhood cats when they´re outside by running up to them. I´ve seen these cats backing away in shock and turning tail and running with 3 or 4 pigs waddling after them. I think the cats don´t know what to do when they are about to stalk, and suddenly get stalked themselves. Solomon seems to know which neighbourhood cats are harmless and just there for a ringside seat and which ones present a risk. Mango from across the lane has been coming to pig watch for about 4 years, since he was a kitten. Totally harmless. His owners always know where to find him on a sunny day.

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Post   » Wed Jan 09, 2002 7:51 am

I like your cat stories. Sorry if I got the wrong impression of Cheddar. He sure does sound like he thinks he´s a pig.


Post   » Thu Jan 10, 2002 5:27 am

Sorry to hear about Nougat. She was beautiful. Time to update your picture Pinta! I´ll have to remember to interview a cat before I bring it home! Pigs stalking cats? Hilarious!


Post   » Thu Jan 10, 2002 7:14 am

Haven´t got a clue how to get a pic on the internet. That site wasn´t Mac accessible so Jackie(sp?)(think I got the person right) put them up for me.

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Post   » Thu Jan 10, 2002 7:27 am

Pinta, I have space and Heather taught me how to FTP files so if you wanted to email pictures to me I could put them up for you.

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Post   » Thu Jan 10, 2002 7:32 am

Pinta, would you like an avatar of any particular pig? We could do one up for you.


Post   » Thu Jan 10, 2002 7:38 am

Ladyveg - when I get a chance I´ll go thru my pics.....if I can find them in the 1000s of layers in my living room....

Lynx - that would require thinking and making decisions, activities I try not to dabble in. Maybe if inspiration hits me......

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Post   » Thu Jan 10, 2002 11:21 am


I like your picture of PNE. She is a cutie. What does her name mean/stand for?


Post   » Thu Jan 10, 2002 3:34 pm

She´s named for the Pacific National Exhibition, an "agricultural" fair held yearly in Vancouver where we got her. Peony/PNE. She spent her first evening with us in a box wrapped in jackets(to muffle the sounds) strolling the Midway. Came "this" close to riding on the roller coaster.


Post   » Thu Jan 10, 2002 3:45 pm

A piggie on a coaster! I can see it now - To much!


Post   » Thu Jan 10, 2002 9:22 pm

My parent´s cat, Trixie, is terrified/intrigued by the presence of piggies. When Trixie was still kittenish she had a run in with our first pig, Samantha. Trixie was stretched out by the cage gazing at what she was hoping would be lunch. Samantha noticed that some strange creature was staring at her and ran over to the side to investigate. Once Samantha was convinced that this new creature was nothing to be excited over she popcorned and then ran away. Apparently a popcorning pig is not something that cats are used to dealing with... Trixie´s eyes got wide, she jolted up with her hair standing on end, and ran as far away from Samantha as she could get.

Trixie has adjusted since then. My brother´s girls are not at all interesting to her, she can´t even be bothered to peak in on them. My boys are a bit more exciting since they are rarely around. She likes to snuggle on my lap with them.

I think full grown guinea pigs are too large to be easy prey. She doesn´t seem to connect them with a possible food item once they are about two months old. Hamsters are another story...

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Post   » Fri Jan 11, 2002 10:31 am

Guinea pigs bite back.

One of my favorite stories about Max was the Christmas my mother got Smokey. Smokey was just a puffball then. My mother warned me to watch the kitten as I unpacked. I watched the kitten alright - watched the moron poke his paw at Max. Max chattered. The older cat sat on the sofa and just watched, pretending to be bored. He knew better. I warned the kitten not to do that. and he ignored me. So Max bit him. Never seen a cat fly so far so fast in my life. It was hysterical.

He left guinea pigs alone after that.

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Post   » Fri Jan 11, 2002 11:22 am

My cats are outdoor cats (we live on a small farm, you know). Only one wants to get into the house, and he did once, and our house rabbit thumped and warned everyone of his presence. He would eat whatever he could catch--he brings home full sized wild rabbits and disects them on the front lawn or the aisle way of the barn.

My rabbit (Dust Bunny) doesn´t really care about the guinea pigs. He will occasionally share some lettuce with Artoo, our only boar, who has floor time all by himself. But when the girls are out he disappears. Queen Amidala attacked him once, jumped on him and bit and kicked, and he ran off, terrified. So we either shut him in his cage or shoo him to another room when the girls have floor time.

My budgies, especially Dynomite, likes to visit the pigs in their cages. She got to know them when she was our only bird. She eats their hay and even their pellets, and tries to eat their hair. She pecks them if they bug her, and they are a little nervous about her, but have never challenged her in any way. Dynomite used to make their same vocalizations (at least as close as a budgie can), until we got Skyrocket, our other budgie. She gets insulted if I pass by her perch when I am passing out greens, and has been known to steal some parsley from the pigs.
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Post   » Fri Jan 11, 2002 2:48 pm

When I was first constructing my pigs´ cage, I was all concerned about my 18-pound feline behemoth, Neko. So I made a "cat proof" cage with a top & fully securable door, the whole nine yards. After this effort, Neko proved to be the biggest weenie around. He was curious about the pigs, as any cat would be; but if either of the pigs walks up to give him a sniff or a wheek, he recoils and runs away. If the pigs are out on floor time, then Blurkie will charge after Neko to see what he´s about, and Neko will once again scoot out of the room. Apparently the hunting instincts skipped a branch on his family tree.

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