They are acclimating very nicely to our home and our Guinea Pig routine. Their 3X4 foot enclosure should arrive on Thursday or Friday, so we are nearly done with the back and forth between the day pen and the night cage. It is a bit of an inconvenience, but it has its benefits too. Sammy still runs from me unless I approach him slowly, but Dean lets me pick him up every time.
Their initial exam and nail trim is on Wednesday. I can't wait! That Sammy has some really sharp nails and he scratches when I first pick him up. It takes a few seconds to get him calmed down and he can leave some marks in that time. Dean holds pretty still and seems to enjoy being petted. That's cool with me because his nails are sharp too and I really don't want both of them scratching me up.
I don't think they got their nails trimmed while they were in rescue. They were there for 81 days and their nails do reflect that. Well, all of that is behind them now. They are going to get spoiled with the best care I can give them.
I used to work underground utilities many moons ago and I thought that maybe a foot long piece of 6 or 8 inch PVC pipe might do nicely. It's plenty big enough to avoid them getting stuck. They like to lay in the tunnel together, so the pipe might work well for that too. Plus it's thick enough to be durable, it's safe enough for them to chew on and it's very easy to clean. I thought they might even enjoy it.
Turns out I was right. I got a two foot length of the 6" PVC sewer pipe from Lowe's and cut it in half for them. A once over with a file and sandpaper to smooth out the burrs and rough spots and it was ready to go. I put both halves in with them so they could each have one or whatever they wanted to do with it. It took a few minutes of sniffing and nibbling to figure out what they were and what they wanted to do with them, but once that was all done with, they took right to running through them and laying down inside. They both can fit in one of the pipes. I'll post pictures when they go back into the day pen tomorrow morning.
Guinea Habitat Plus Guinea Pig Cage by MidWest w/ Top Panel, 47L x 24W x 14H Inches
I think they're going to like it. It's supposed to be easy to clean and maintain too. It's expandable which is always a plus. I'm going to switch to fleece bedding because it is better suited for this cage. Sammy and Dean don't do their bathroom business all over the place like Mr Bubbles and Scruffy do. When they are in the day pen they each pick out a place and do it there. That will make things easier. I can't wait!
- Supporter in 2019
Got the new digs set up. They really like it. I went ahead and put the divider in for now because the ramp provides a good way for them to get some exercise. So far they seem to be happy running over it. Sammy likes the fleece bedding. Dean hasn't tried it yet but I think he'll like it too.
- Supporter in 2019
I wish I could love fleece, but the years of brushing off poops and hay outside in the heat of summer and cold of winter soured it for me (made too much of a mess when I did it indoors). :\
ETA: Sammy has such a cute face!