As you know....all our piggies needs to be in tip top conditions. That means during our weekly grooming inspections, we make sure every inch of their bodies are in good shape! That includes the eyes, ears, nose, mouth, teeth, hair, skin and....footpads!!
Some of our piggies have very well hydrated foot pads. I have to say that the piggy with the softest pinkest footpad is actually...Buggy. Yes, our maley macho man has the softest paws, aww, see every guy has a soft side.
Snowy and Snoopy, like mother like daughter, both have a slightly drier footpad, with some occasional scabby and crusty bits. But that'll all get cleared up with Gorgeous Guinea's Perfect Paws ointment.
Here is our big balled baby getting ready for some foot pampering
He looks restrained, but he is actually quite comfy, stretched out on my arm, lol
and not to forget, never to forget our FAT girl. Look at all that dewlap!
Snowy was NOT happy with all the fuss, she retreated into a corner and gave me nothing but her fat butt the rest of the day......
and, to recall our Shylie's ghastly accident a few weeks ago, when she chipped off the ENTIRE nail of her right foot, on mesh grids!! It was chipped off from the root. I suspect she had a nail inside a mesh grid, and then perhaps something scared her and she made a mad dash, ripping her nails clean off!!
Here I'd like to warn people about mesh grids. Although they provide a stable footing, you MUST make sure you cover EVERY INCH OF IT WITH FLEECE. Do not leave ANY exposed mesh holes, they can be very very hazardous. Piggies' nails fit perfectly through those little holes, and they can easily chip one off as they walk across it............to be on the safe side, for ANY grids you use that the piggy have foot-access to, use square grids instead, the ones with the big squares!!
This is our Shylie's nails, which is gradually growing back....ouchy,
Some hamster updates
I took a picture of what our four hamster cages look like:
Sometimes when it is hot, I will turn the fan on low/moving so they get a breeze. Hamsters are solitary so it's a pity I can't put them altogether. I think it'll be pretty cool to buy a GIANT hamster cage and then put all four of them together.
anyway, here is Maisy. Her pink house matches her pink wheel, which matches her pink cage!
Here is Fuffy, she prefers a greater variety of colour combination.
and this is Goldy. She gets a green house. She is the fattest right now.
and not to forget Creamy, who is almost as fat as Goldy....
Creamy pops her head out for some air during her wheel-exercise
I also bought metal plates for each of them, this SHOULD keep them cooler in the heat, they are *supposed* to lie over it and the metal is very cooling. But so far all they do is...fling shavings all over it until it's completely buried
This is Goldy all snug in her safe home
Some more cute photos
Here are just some more photos or our babies.....
This is Shylie Puffy and Snowy enjoying a $20 McDonald salad. It would be a lot cheaper if I just went to the wet market and bought them a handful of parsley that'll only cost likr, $8. But I'm lazy...and with Mcdonald salads, you don't have to wash or rinse them, it's instant! I eat those beans, though.
This is the backview, lol. I found that they like cherry tomatoes better than I thought!!
and then later in the evening, they get a GIANT portion of Vitamin-C PACKED kale!!!! We all know that Kale is one of the veggies with the highest VC content. It is even better than parsley. I am delighted to see our pigs dove in enthusiastically. I've never liked kale too much, it's a little bitter
Here's the other trio
Healthy greens, mmm!
Puffy catching up on his nutrients. Hopefully, he'll gain some SIZE *cough* after this....
Shylie digs into some corn
and Snowy never misses out on anything yellow!
Here is Shirley, taking after her mama..
and after their fresh healthy juicy meal, Jiffy gets some one on one time with the lady of the house! He is very happy with himself indeed
Look at Shylie looking all gorgeous in her watermelon house. Puffy stands guard nearby...
Shirley learns the art of cross-legged sleeping, as coached by her mom
"Here, this is how you do it, dear"
Puffy is enjoying all the lady scent waffing through the air!!
Snowy wants the house! and Puffy wants Snowy
Puffy feels a little left out as Snowy and Shylie have n afternoon chat
now the girls abandoned him altogether................
"you can't find me!"
oh my! Sexy leg alert
see, this should go in the Guinea pig book of world records......under the :rare moments" section.
Shylie, yes, our paranoid terrified skittish jumpy refuse-to-go-upstairs-because-there's-a-MONSTER-up-there-Shylie........................with her eyes closed, fast asleep!!
and our beautiful Snowy..
oh oh oh I love this pic of Snoopy, she's resting under the quarter-circle-platform I just made them, and SEE how she's alllll stretched out, her little paws??? rise and shine fat girl!!!
Shirley loving her cavy haven
Lately I've been experimenting with some rehousing aruond the place. Currently we have 3 pigs living in a 3 by 4 and 3 pigs living in a 2 by 3. I was thinking it would be more fair if we had just 2 pigs living in a 2 x 3, and 4 pigs living in a 3 x 4.
So....I put Jiffy, Shirley and Snoopy into the big 3 x 4 cage, added Snowy to their brood. and then I transported Puffy and Shylie into the smaller 2 x 3 cage. here we are:
So Jiffy was VERy eager to check out these new doubly-long stairs, look at his hind legs kickin' off!
Meanwhile, Snowy is the only ORIGINAL resident of this place and she's pretty pissed with all these monkeys jumping around. Snoopy sidles up to her mom, although she probably forgot that litlte detail a looonng time ago. Nevertheless, look at her big bum, like her mama
Jiffy says hi to the big lady of the house
Snoopy stays a safe distance away from this *stranger*
Shirley taking cautious steps towards that giant white fluff!!
Here you can see how Snowy being pretty annoyed with a bunch of enthusiastic babies jumpin' about her place, exploring!!
.....and then Jiffy kicked her out of her bed!
Can you all tell she's PISSED?
Shirley thinks this pink platform with a matching cushion is just the right colour for her!
and she's not shy at all to check out the hanging hammock on the floor above!
wow! What a nice place to sleep! Shirley spreads her pretty paws out
"Mind if I join you, Shirley?"
Aww, what a sweet pair together.
....and then Shirley went downstairs to annoy her aunt Snowy again....what a bugger!
"What the *$)@*%^#*&$*#(@!!! Leave me alone!!
Meanwhile, Snoopy has taken over the comfy hammock hideout upstairs.......
Here are all four of them
"Hey ma! We like this big playground!"
Oh well, at least they are all united during VEGGIE TIME, yum yum, look at all that juicy lettuce! Jiffy is a bit *slow*. Guys...they're so clueless all the time.............the girls are already halfway through, and he JUST smelled it. Look at his pointy nose poppin' out!
So I think they are generally having a smashing time in a cage almost TWICE the size of their original one. Aisde from Snowy. She's being very tolerant today. But let's go see how our couple is doing in their new small home?
er....Shylie claimed the cuddle bed, and I see a puffy butt! I wonder who that is??
"Mom! This place is not big enough for me! I'm a lady, and a lady needs a big house to live in!"
er...so this is what a mighty mad piggy looks like......
And then Puffy moved to the green hidey house. Shylie feels a little lonely without her sister Snowy....not to mention a little scared of all the strange scents in this new place (Jiffy/Snoopy/Shirley's smell....). So she....
cozies up to Puffy for some reassurance!! Aww...........at least there's still someone here she knows.
This is the time I know they actually DO love eachother
Ooooh, I think Puffy is very proud of himself. His lady just gave him a kiss, a KISS! and he didn't even initiate it this time!
Look at him, all smug!
"Ma, she kissed me!!!!"
Here is something else Shylie is familiar with........Veggies.