This Little Pig Came Home: Part II

Puddin' and Parker

Puddin' and Parker

When I left off my story, I had managed to pass my pig-cleaning duties off to my husband, and tried to explain to the pigs that they were getting a little pink brother. I don’t think they were very happy about it, but they took it fairly well. As long as the lettuce kept coming, they seemed content.

Our son was born on a Sunday night, and that was the night that every thing turned topsy-turvy for us as well as our fuzzy children. I was in the hospital for five days and that left my husband in charge of the animals’ care. Each night he would come home and try to clean them up and feed them. They didn’t get much attention that week, but they were still clean and fed almost as well as usual. Even so, the pigs weren’t very happy.

I don’t know if it was the lack of attention or treats, but Puddin’ and Meisha were starting to stay hidden in their ‘loos, and weren’t even coming out for veggies. They wouldn’t eat certain vegetables, either. We thought they’d be okay, since my husband had been in charge of the feeding and cleaning for a couple of months; however, the girls just weren’t acting like themselves.

Once we brought our son home, the adjustments began for the pigs. Before the baby, our home was pretty quiet during the day. I was home with them, but there wasn’t much noise or traffic to disturb their tranquility. After the baby, the pigs learned that the little guy could cry like nobody’s business. At any time of the day or night, they might hear the cry of a hungry little baby, and then see one of us come down and make a bottle, and go back upstairs.

Puddin', Parker and Meisha2

Puddin', Parker and Meisha

Another big change for the pigs was learning that they had gotten knocked down a notch in the priority list. Begging, which used to get an almost immediate response, might not produce any veggies at all. The horror! Eventually we would bring them some snacks, but only after the baby had been satisfied.

Of course the biggest change has been the baby himself. At this point, 6 months in, the pigs have not had much interaction with their new brother. They’ve gotten to see him. He has held out snacks for them to take through the bars. We even tried taking pictures with the three of them. Unfortunately, sticky baby hands tug on fur a little, and Meisha didn’t like that. Puddin’ was a good sport, and didn’t mind the baby’s clumsy attempts at petting. In fact, I think Puddin’ even likes the baby. Don’t tell anybody though; it’ll ruin her image.

Don’t think it’s been all bad news for the pigs, despite what they’ll tell you. Our increased number of visits to the kitchen has resulted in an increase in the number of snacks the girls receive. They will sing to us whenever they see us in the kitchen. So long as they are patient and don’t chew on the bars, once the baby is happy we will bring them a leaf or a piece of a veggie.

Ultimately, there is no way to really prepare the pigs for the arrival of a baby human. You could try ignoring them in advance, but who would be that mean? Sitting them down and talking to them about the baby only results in two pigs looking at you as if you’ve gone ‘round the bend. You will need to prepare yourself, however, for the fact that the pigs really won’t get as much attention as they used to. There’s nothing wrong with that, as long as they are loved and cared for and still part of the family. Our pigs still live in a big cage right in the living room, so they are still a part of our lives each day.

They just can’t wait for the baby to go off to college.

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Julie, Writer, GPT

Julie is a stay-at-home mom, a volunteer for Metropolitan Guinea Pig Rescue, and a believer in eating dessert before dinner. She has two fuzzy guinea-children, one very active human little boy and frequently mistakes her son’s crib for a C&C cage.

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3 Responses to “This Little Pig Came Home: Part II”
  1. Amber says:

    those are the cutest pictures!

  2. Judi says:

    Love those pics. Thanks for the great story!

  3. Becky says:

    This is a great story! Being a big piggy owner I’ve often worried about what would happen if babies came along when we had the furries. I thought we’d have to wait til we have no piggies before any babies so this has put me at ease!

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