First, we have Butters. When I was there, I immediately fell in love with her. She looked lanky and thin. She had dry skin around her ears. She had this curly fur that I was curious about. The guy told me she's a skinny gene carrier, which I found to be called Lakeland guinea pig later on. I didn't care much about the breed, but when I carried her she was calm and inquisitive and she licked my fingers and I thought okay she's the one. My girlfriend liked her instantly too.
Anyway, this was the picture the guy sent to me afterwards. Look at her curls. :)
This was her first day at home with me and my girlfriend, already eating out from our hands! I also brought her to the vet to get her dry skin checked.
A month after, she had totally lost her curls, her hair became wiry and and more fluffy but not like a Teddy or Rex, but smoother. She loves tomatoes and red bell peppers. She's quite choosy on her food, she refuses to eat junk food sometimes. :)
This is her melting onto the fleece. She's become quite comfortable outside her hide and always welcome getting pet or handled.
The next little girl is Pepper. She's slightly younger than Butters and has a snubby, kissable nose. She's so thin and small among her cage buddies (in the same cage as Butters and 10 others). She was skittish and had the crazy huge eye balls whenever I handled her but my girlfriend seemed to be able to calm her down. I figured she might get bullied being the smallest there. There were a few that looked almost a year old in the same cage.
This was her when I was there (yes, they were kept outdoors in those bunny cages). Look at her flappy ears!
She also went to the vet for a check. The vet gave them some ivermectin for the parasites. When she's home, I figured she's cold and she was really calm covered in her fleece blanket.
Her favorite food are carrots, lettuce and just about anything. She loves some grapes as snacks but I don't feed her too much. I'm so glad that she's a glutton during handfeed session. It's a joy looking at her eat.
After a month, she's now a fatty pig. :)
She's getting calmer when handled as well. Here's a proof.
I would love to hear more about Lakeland guinea pigs if anyone has more info. I couldn't find much about them online. Do they have sensitive skin like a skinny pig? It's always summer here in southeast Asia. Do they lose their hair over time? Do they mature slower than the usual guinea pig? Any special care for Lakelands?
If you want to evaluate their body condition, you can read over the guidelines on this page and follow the advice of the vet who wrote me:
A question, I am trying so hard to fatten these girls up. Pepper is 3 months old now and weigh 400 grams while Butters is 3.5 months old and weigh 500 grams. Are they underweight? I give them unlimited alfalfa hay and a bit of alfalfa pellets for now until they are older. I give them lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes and capsicum twice in the am and pm, about a handful per serving. My friend's piggies on full pellets and hay diet weigh 550 grams at 2 months old!
- And got the T-shirt
Don't overdo the veggies -- they're far less important to the diet than the hay and the pellets. And pigs can come to prefer veggies to hay, leading to overgrown teeth and expensive dental problems.