Just a very quick update to let you know that the girls are still away on Christmas vacation! We are hoping to bring them home over the weekend, and they will probably take turns writing blog posts and tweets following that. So you can expect to see blog posts starting next Wednesday, and tweets sometime this weekend!
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A few months after that last post, we brought home the girls, Sgt Pepper and Aby. They are quite comfortable in the 2×4 C&C cage, very fluffy, pudgy, happy, healthy girls. They’re now about two years old. Sgt Pepper is a Peruvian, and Aby is an Abyssinian.
This past Monday, Squeak passed away. Over the few days prior, he had gradually stopped eating his veggies and pellets, and was only interested in his bell pepper and his Vitamin C hay tab. He was six years old and I am frankly surprised he lasted this long.
The girls are deciding whether or not they want to blog; if not, I will try to keep you updated on their antics. For now, I can tell you that Aby chirps and Sgt Pepper hates being touched at all, for any reason.
A while ago George went away and did not come back. He wasn’t feeling good and he lay down on the floor and I talked to him, and he said good-bye. That One took him out of the cage and never brought him back so he is gone now. That One put me in a smaller cage all by myself. She says I have gained lots of weight since I have been living alone, so that is good since she is happy. I feel tired more now, I am five and a half years old and That One says that is very old. She says George was six years old and that is very old too. Maybe I will share a pigture next week.
I can’t decide if I like Squeak or not. Slave is pretty nice though. I have discovered carrots, they are the best!
Well, the piggers are down to two: Squeak and George are hanging out in the 2×4 C&C cage that George and Luther arrived with.
Luther died suddenly a couple of weeks ago. George was very confused for a while after we removed Luther, and kept running around the cage calling his brother. Finally I was able to move George into the big side of the big cage, with Squeak.
Shortly after that, Bubble stopped eating lettuce and that was his favourite food so I knew something was wrong.
A vet visit determined that at the very least his incisors were too long, so those were trimmed and I started feeding him Critical Care as trimming usually results in too-short incisors. Bubble was also growing a peg tooth on the bottom, something that is common in rabbits but a possible sign of heart problems in guinea pigs. He was started on enalapril, a heart medication.
Bubble continued to have difficulty eating vegetables, even when cut into matchsticks, so he returned to the vet and they did a dental float, meaning that they used gas to anaesthetize him and then trimmed his molars. One of them had grown all the way across his mouth, no wonder he couldn’t eat!
About a week after that, something happened to his left hind leg and he was having a lot of trouble getting around his cage. I was still cutting his veggies into matchsticks. Back to the vet, she wasn’t sure what he’d done but since he was getting around a bit and still eating we went with Metacam for any pain.
This past weekend was Canadian Thanksgiving, and we took Bubble with us when we went to my parents’, so I could continue to give him his medication. On Monday morning his right hind leg was also useless — moreso than his left had been.
We returned home with plans to call the vet Tuesday morning, but overnight the difficult decisions were taken from us as Bubble passed away.
We are very hopeful that Squeak and George will be with us for another year at least; both are over five years old now, and George is older than Squeak, but they both seem very healthy and strong and like having a companion in the cage so that will likely help keep them that way.
I have breathing problems and skin problems, and a lipoma (well, that’s what Slave thinks it is) on my neck. But I am a happy guinea pig and I like hanging out with George in our cage. We have a toy tiger that we play with sometimes, too. Slave thinks it is strange that we don’t like carrots. We really like apples though!
I am sorry to have to report that Batman, that lovable fuzzbutt, crossed the Rainbow Bridge on January 26, 2015. It was a very sudden illness with little to no warning. He is greatly missed.
Bubble and Squeak each have half of the large cage and I might try them sharing it sometime soon as we need to reorganize the guinea pig room so it would be a good time to change things up for them.
I have taken in two rescues. They are brothers named George and Luther, and they’re about the same age as Bubble and Squeak. The boys have not met yet. George and Luther share a 2×4 C&C cage and get along very well. Luther has some health problems that seem to be getting a little better but could flare up anytime given the nature of them.
I had a baby on March 5. He has not yet met the guinea pigs either; I think we will wait for that until he understands the word “gentle” and has stopped trying to pull the cat’s ears off when he’s petting her!
Speaking of the cat, Roy disappeared in June of 2014 and has not been seen since. In February 2015 we brought home Flame, who is the same age as Roy but is much smaller. She has a sad history and we are glad to be able to provide her with a safe home.
This blog will hopefully continue with weekly postings now. Most of the entries will be from Bubble and Squeak, with the occasional guest post by George and/or Luther.
And that is that.