I saw online that you can make a scarecrow out of a paper towel tube, hay, and popsicle sticks and it was piggy friendly! I believe I saw it on Pinterest. I made one for my piggies and gave it to them after their salad that night. I turned the light out and crawled into bed.
To make things clear my piggies live in my room. We have a hunting dog so she can’t go into a community space and I spend most of my time in my room reading anyways.
So at about 3 at night I heard several loud banging noises. I ignored it at first thinking my dog was jumping on the furniture outside my room. Then I hear squeaking so I jumped up and checked on my piggies. Charlotte managed to wedge half of her body into the roll (with all the places she’s squeezed into I swear her grandfather was a hamster). I had to pick her up and carefully pull her out of the cardboard. With her freaking out and me scared of hitting her it turned into a 30 minutes process. Once she was out she acted perfectly fine and I gave her extra veggies.
Since then I always cut the cardboard tubes so they can’t get stuck.
About a month ago, I switched from Oxbow to Sherwood pellets. I was having major problems with calcium deposits and what looked like mild sludge. My piggies also occasionally had runny poos sometimes. I didn’t know what I could be doing wrong if I was following all the guidelines. I saw some guinea pig lovers were switching to Sherwood and I was like hey, why not just try it? It couldn’t hurt anything. I’d just have to monitor them and switch if necessary.
So I started the switch a month ago and I’ve has great results. No runny poos, less shedding, and no sludge. There still are calcium deposits, are not as often and they are much finer, almost powdery and they used to be sandy. They’ve had x rats last week and there was no sludge or stones.
I’ve also noticed them being more active. Instead of sleeping all the time they run around and play more. That may have no correlation though. I did get them and IKEA bed and they might just be happy to have a new toy.
Disclaimer: I’m not saying this works for everybody, from what I understand different pigs have different results with it and if you don’t like that, I respect your opinion just as I hope you have a respect for mine as well. This is just what I noticed with my pigs and I only put it in this thread since it seems to have had a major health impact that will benefit them in the long run.
I’m trying to do my piggies lifestory in order so there is still a little more to come. This has so far been there life for the past year. So much has happened, it seems my guinea pigs are more eventful than even my dogs! I love them so much though and can’t wait to see what other discoveries and funny situations we find ourselves in together (hopefully nothing bad!)