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Guinea Pig Today http://www.guineapigtoday.com A Contemporary View of Life with Cavies Wed, 08 Jul 2015 17:47:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.1 Oxbow Harvest Stacks – How do they fit in to your guinea pig’s life? http://www.guineapigtoday.com/2015/07/08/oxbow-harvest-stacks-how-do-they-fit-in-to-your-guinea-pigs-life/ http://www.guineapigtoday.com/2015/07/08/oxbow-harvest-stacks-how-do-they-fit-in-to-your-guinea-pigs-life/#respond Wed, 08 Jul 2015 17:43:39 +0000 http://www.guineapigtoday.com/?p=8950
Seven Oxbow Harvest StacksBecky W

Oxbow Harvest Stacks. What does your guinea pig think?

Guinea Pig Today was recently approached to review the Oxbow Harvest Stacks. We had been aware of them for quite some time, and have even used them occasionally ourselves. However, we hadn’t really considered them as being one of the cornerstones of the guinea pig’s diet (hay, pellets, vitamin C, and fresh veggies). So it is a good time to really take a look at the product both in the context of its importance to the guinea pig and its convenience to the guinea pig owner.

Guinea pigs need hay, lots of hay. Many authorities believe that 75% of a guinea pig’s diet should be hay. So obviously you need to have a lot of it on hand to meet their needs. Good hay should be green and fresh. This can be difficult if you don’t have enough guinea pigs to buy hay in bulk. Sadly, most bagged hay is lacking that nice rich green color and gets a bit sticky and hard by the time it gets to you.

Oxbow’s process of compressing the hay seems to practically stop the hay from aging. The stacks are good for two years after the date stamped on the package. We all know how bagged hay would look after two years, and it’s not nice. So the stacks have a very good shelf life. Not that your guinea pig is going to leave any hay around for two years.

The next thing that I personally find really exciting about the Harvest Stacks is the fact that they eliminate so much dust. They have 80% less dust than loose hay. This may not mean a lot to most people, but it can be everything for those that are allergic to hay dust. It’s not just humans that are allergic to hay dust there are guinea pigs that have hay allergies too. This certainly could be a product to look into for those pets.

With many people living in apartments and condominiums, Harvest Stacks are so space efficient. You would need to bring home many bags of loose hay to equal one small box.
The guinea pig owner that travels with their pet will really appreciate both the compact size and not having their car smell overwhelmingly of hay. Another good travel point is to just break off a chunk and put it in the carrier without fluffing it. This gives the guinea pig something to really chew on and pass the anxiety provoking travel time more quickly.
Did I mention how much the guinea pigs love this hay? They really do adore it. So if you prefer for them to have loose hay for their main source, it’s a great occasional treat – a pig-friendly, healthy one.

The last thing we needed to do was to see if it really fluffs up the way Oxbow says it will. It looks pretty good to me and I’d say it looks like Seven sure does approve.

So I find I like this product in just about every way. If I owned one pair of guinea pigs, I could certainly see it becoming a very big part of my pet’s diet.

Well, I do own just one pair but I foster about 6 to 10 guinea pigs most of the time. So for cost sake it remains the 40 pound boxes for me. However, going forward I see this becoming a constant in my guinea pig pantry.

A quick Google search shows they are widely available in a few different flavors, timothy carrot, timothy chamomile, and plain timothy. Prices start at about $11.69 a box.


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Popcorn Prints: New Features, Continued Support for Rescues http://www.guineapigtoday.com/2014/06/04/popcorn-prints-new-features-continued-support-rescues/ http://www.guineapigtoday.com/2014/06/04/popcorn-prints-new-features-continued-support-rescues/#respond Wed, 04 Jun 2014 04:32:57 +0000 http://www.guineapigtoday.com/?p=8766
Popcorn Prints WebsiteCopyright © 2011 - 2013 Popcorn Prints

Popcorn Prints Website

Popcorn Prints is excited to announce the launch of a brand new website and online shop offering a huge range of gifts, clothing and home accessories, all inspired by guinea pigs (and a few rabbits).

Customers can now choose from a much larger range, with more gifts and smaller items like greetings cards, fridge magnets, bumper stickers, mugs, keyrings as well as our popular range of clothing. We now have something for everyone, with any budget. Worldwide shipping is now available from our website at www.popcornprints.co.uk

We still have a strong emphasis on fundraising and currently stock ranges for Glynneath Guinea Pig Rescue, Piggy Bank UK and Potty for Piggies with plans to launch more very soon. You can read all about the fantastic rescues and charities we support at www.popcornprints.co.uk/charity.html

Every item in our shop can also now be customised by clicking the blue ‘customise it’ button. This means you can create your own completely unique, one-off item. All background colours can be changed to match your home. You can also add your own text, perhaps your guinea pigs name, a funny slogan or your business or rescue name.

To keep up to date with our new designs, special offers and for money-off coupons, join us over at Facebook.

Don’t worry if you don’t find exactly what you’re look for though. There is a wide range of products we are able to print on which might not be in the shop. Examples of other products we can print on are smartphone cases, bags, necklaces, purses, caps and much more. Don’t hesitate to contact us at louise@popcornprints.co.uk if you want to chat about anything!


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What Guinea Pig Moms Want for Mother’s Day http://www.guineapigtoday.com/2014/05/10/guinea-pig-moms-want-mothers-day/ http://www.guineapigtoday.com/2014/05/10/guinea-pig-moms-want-mothers-day/#respond Sat, 10 May 2014 21:57:40 +0000 http://www.guineapigtoday.com/?p=8452
guinea pig momGuinea Pig Today

Treat the special Guinea Pig Mom in your life to a relaxing day by taking care of the piggies and giving her some quiet time with her favorite pets.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the guinea pig Moms out there! If you know a guinea pig Mom, treat her right on her special day with one or more of these guinea pig themed suggestions. Both Mom and the guinea pigs can benefit. Enjoy!

Someone to Clean the Guinea Pig Cage
And by clean the cage, we mean clean it the way SHE would clean it. Don’t be upset if she wants to direct from the couch. After all, it needs to be done right or else it will be that much harder next time it is cleaned.

Someone to Prepare the Guinea Pig Diets
The lettuce needs to be washed. The vegetables need to be cut. Perhaps the fridge needs to be cleaned and stocked. A run to the store for fresh vegetables would be nice too but be sure you know what you’re buying. Guinea pigs have particular tastes and complex diets.

Quiet Time with the Guinea Pigs
A quiet, relaxing snuggle is always welcome. Give Mom some alone time and hand her a piggy in a cuddle cup. Check back to make sure she doesn’t fall asleep and if she looks like she may, offer to put the piggies safely back in their cage.

Wash the Laundry and Organize the Goods
Guinea pigs have a lot of dirty laundry and it needs to be folded and put away afterwards. If Mom struggles to find a place for all the guinea pig blankets, cuddle cups, mats, and tunnels, consider organizing the guinea pig items in clean, dry, well vented storage boxes with labels.

A Donation to her Favorite Guinea Pig Rescue or Shelter
If your Guinea Pig Mom lives far away, consider making a donation to her favorite guinea pig charity. Ask for a card to be sent to her so she knows the donation was received. Many rescues offer cards or certificates.

Do you have ideas for what to get guinea pig Moms for Mother’s Day? Add your ideas in the comments below and enjoy your Sunday!


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Guinea Pig Hay Storage http://www.calicavycollective.com/2012/04/guinea-pig-hay-storage.html http://www.calicavycollective.com/2012/04/guinea-pig-hay-storage.html#respond Tue, 01 Apr 2014 23:02:00 +0000 http://www.guineapigtoday.com/?guid=c84809ff9b7356bbf2032deec94056f3 Guinea pig hay storage - wicker laundry bin

Chances are that as a guinea pig owner, you are undoubtedly familiar with the sight of hay being scattered all over the place. (Unlikely locations I have discovered hay: my handbag, the shower, the vegetable drawer of the fridge, an airplane seat, and between the pages of a book.) This holds true especially if you buy hay in large quantities such as flakes or bales, as people with several cavies are likely to do.
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Guinea pig hay storage - wicker laundry bin

Chances are that as a guinea pig owner, you are undoubtedly familiar with the sight of hay being scattered all over the place. (Unlikely locations I have discovered hay: my handbag, the shower, the vegetable drawer of the fridge, an airplane seat, and between the pages of a book.) This holds true especially if you buy hay in large quantities such as flakes or bales, as people with several cavies are likely to do.
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Ginger from Small Animal Rescue Society of British Columbia http://sponsoraguineapig.blogspot.com/2013/09/septembers-guinea-pig-of-month-ginger.html http://sponsoraguineapig.blogspot.com/2013/09/septembers-guinea-pig-of-month-ginger.html#respond Wed, 04 Sep 2013 15:36:00 +0000 http://www.guineapigtoday.com/?guid=42db5d5e2cedf1dc6f60bdf45201a08b We have raised $535 out of our $450 goal! Keep forwarding Ginger's story, and consider donating!

Meet Ginger 
from BC, Canada Rescue


Ginger is a lovely five year old girl with a large cyst on her back, which needs to be surgically removed. We are trying to fund raise $450 ($300 for the surgery, another $150 for a cushion in case there are complications) to have this happen as soon as possible, to avoid needing an unnecessarily large incision as the cyst grows.

As only our second Canadian piggy to be featured, Ginger would greatly appreciate your support! Please click the donate button below, and pass along Ginger's story! Thank you so much!


To donate in US dollars:

To donate in Canadian Dollars (the image may be broken, but the button isn't!):


*To avoid Paypal fees you can also log in to your paypal account, select "Send Money," and type "info@smallanimalrescue.org" in to the "to field." Then select "personal" at the top tab. The default status should be "gift." Leave this as-is. Then enter your gift amount. Small Animal Rescue thanks you for going to this extra trouble!

To send a check:
Small Animal Rescue
PO Box 54564
7155 Kingsway
Burnaby, BC V5E 4J6
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Mosby From RescuedGuineaPigs.com http://sponsoraguineapig.blogspot.com/2013/08/augusts-guinea-pig-of-month-mosby.html http://sponsoraguineapig.blogspot.com/2013/08/augusts-guinea-pig-of-month-mosby.html#respond Fri, 02 Aug 2013 17:21:00 +0000 http://www.guineapigtoday.com/?guid=5e1d79d75f9e9d110312b4357a663e28
We've raised $566 so far, of our $566 goal! 
Please continue to forward Mosby's story, and donate!

Meet Mosby
from IN rescue


Mosby is an adorable two year old piggy with a close resemblance to a caterpillar. He has been with Crystal's rescue, RescuedGuineaPigs.com, for about a year, and is presently living in a foster home. 

Six months ago Mosby started to lose weight and walk as though it gave him difficulty, so he was off to the vet! The vet determined that Mosby has large points on his molars, as well as arthritis. (Worried your pig might have teeth issues? Visit the teeth page on GuineaLynx!)

As a result, Mosby has to go to the vet every six weeks to get his teeth trimmed. He also needs pain medicine to help his little joints feel better as he toddles around his cage.

Six months worth of care for Mosby costs $466. Because Crystal also recently took in another special needs guinea pig who had been severely abused, I am going to add a $100 cushion for her rescue. 

Our fundraising goal is $566!


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Spike from Orange County Cavy Haven http://sponsoraguineapig.blogspot.com/2013/03/meet-spike-from-ca-rescue-orange-county.html http://sponsoraguineapig.blogspot.com/2013/03/meet-spike-from-ca-rescue-orange-county.html#respond Tue, 19 Mar 2013 21:14:00 +0000 http://www.guineapigtoday.com/?guid=bee3f8a2106314ef2ec416c595353902 $236.66 raised so far! WE MET OUR GOAL!
Please keep sharing Spike's story, and consider donating!

Meet SPIKE

from CA rescue 

Orange County Cavy Haven!

Because we did such a great job fundraising for Junebug, and there are a number of days left in March, we are going to try to fundraise for a second piggy--Spike!



Spike came into the rescue from an LA shelter in June, 2011.  We were unable to place him due to several ongoing medical issues that took time to resolve.  He had teeth issues, a bad case of fungus that took time to deal with, and an abscess that kept filling up and had to be drained several times.  Finally, we were able to get his medical issues under control and he enjoyed several months of comfort.  


 Now, however, he has started to cry when he urinates and he has to go back in to be evaluated for a possible bladder stone.  Based on his past medical issues, we are going to have him fully evaluated.  The anticipated cost for his visit is $200 (if, as we hope, he does not need surgery).




 Spike is a real trooper and, in spite of all of his medical issues, he continues to adore his foster mom and enjoys his life.  He is a real character and a very special boy.  We are committed to doing our part to make sure he can live as long and happily as possible!



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Orange County Cavy Haven

2900 Madison Ave., Unit D19
Fullerton, CA  92831

with the memo "Junebug" or "SAGP"

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Mr. Chance from Arizona Piggie Poo Rescue http://sponsoraguineapig.blogspot.com/2013/02/februarys-guinea-pig-of-month-mr-chance.html http://sponsoraguineapig.blogspot.com/2013/02/februarys-guinea-pig-of-month-mr-chance.html#respond Mon, 04 Feb 2013 22:52:00 +0000 http://www.guineapigtoday.com/?guid=dd4253dc474acfd6a66d59910212999e $410 raised so far, independent of the match! That's $610 total--we met our goal! Please consider donating or sharing Mr. Chance's story.

UPDATE: We have an anonymous donor willing to match up to $200! Please take advantage of this opportunity and donate any amount. MATCH REACHED!







Meet Mr. Chance
 
from AZ Rescue

ARIZONA PIGGIE POO RESCUE!

 
 
Mr. Chance, along with his pals Cash, Claus, and Cosmo came to Piggie Poo Rescue from a hoarder in Peoria, who when investigated by Peoria Animal Care & Control, chose to voluntarily surrender these four piggies. Mr. Chance has a terrible case of conjunctivitis and all have upper respiratory infections and are expected to be on meds for up to 4 weeks and in foster care for an additional month or more. Expected cost to the Rescue for all (4) piggies, including Vet cost is approximately $300.
 
 
I'd like to get the rescue a bit of a cushion, though, so we are going to fundraise for $400.
 
 
 




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Rapunzel from North Jersey Guinea Pig and Hamster Rescue http://sponsoraguineapig.blogspot.com/2013/01/meet-rapunzel-from-north-jersey-guinea.html http://sponsoraguineapig.blogspot.com/2013/01/meet-rapunzel-from-north-jersey-guinea.html#respond Wed, 02 Jan 2013 00:05:00 +0000 http://www.guineapigtoday.com/?guid=94d8c761fb3db101f3bdba425ce3f3e4 $487.01 raised so far for Rapunzel--WE MET OUR GOAL!! Please donate and forward!

Meet Rapunzel from

North Jersey Guinea Pig and Hamster Rescue!




This 8 month old peruvian girl came into the rescue from a hoarder.  When she arrived, she was active and would eat, but not enough to maintain her weight.  We fed her with critical care for several weeks when it became obvious she was pregnant.  On Thanksgiving day, she delivered two stillborn pups.



She still was not eating as much as she should.  The vet took x-rays and did blood work. He checked her teeth and filed down some small points, but nothing significant.  He found nothing obviously wrong.  He wants to do exploratory surgery and possibly a spay but does not want to risk the surgery until she has gained some more weight.  We are continuing the supplemental feedings and she is beginning to gain weight.



We are asking for contributions to reimburse us for the anesthesia/tooth filing, blood work and x-rays and anything that is left over, if any, will be applied to her future surgery. Our fundraising goal is $365.

Thank you SAGP for this opportunity to help her.  She is a very sweet girl and we want to do the best we can for her.  We are grateful for all assistance.





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The Stories of Bertie the Guinea Pig: Keeping it Real! http://www.guineapigtoday.com/2012/12/22/the-stories-of-bertie-the-guinea-pig-keeping-it-real/ http://www.guineapigtoday.com/2012/12/22/the-stories-of-bertie-the-guinea-pig-keeping-it-real/#respond Sun, 23 Dec 2012 03:43:51 +0000 http://www.guineapigtoday.com/?p=8405
Bertie's Christmas CarrotThe Story Mouse | Helen J. Aitken.

An image from “Bertie’s Christmas Carrot.” The story can be downloaded from the App Store.

Where do you begin when you start telling a story about guinea pigs? Cavies are so misunderstood, sometimes even labelled as ‘dull’ or ‘boring’! When I started writing, I really wanted to show people how amazing guinea pigs can be, granted they don’t actually talk in real-life, and perhaps some of the Bertie stories stretch reality a little – but at their heart, they’re anecdotes about my own guinea pig family and the little personalities who have made such a huge impact on my life and continue to provide inspiration every day!

The first time I told my little girl about Bertie, I told her about his best friend, Jenny – who really did have no squeak. Of course in a children’s story it’s important to have a happy ending so when I came to put pen to paper, Bertie helped Jenny find her lost squeak. The story became the first tale http://bertieguineapig.com/stories/bertie-and-the-big-squeak/. In real life, Bertie helped Jenny in a different way; becoming her soul mate and helping her overcome her grief from losing her sister.

While I was wondering where to go next with the Bertie tales I kept hearing about my friend’s hen, Roberta, who was always breaking out of her enclosure and stealing the guinea pigs’ food! Her antics stuck in my mind as I wrote Bertie and the Cheeky Chicken.

Bertie and the New Baby is based on reality too. When I fell pregnant a few years ago, my guinea pigs would sit on my tummy and give me the strangest looks when the baby kicked! And I remember how life changed for them when the baby came along; I think we all got a shock at how noisy babies could be! It must be hard for pets when a new family member arrives and takes over the house. I thought some of Bertie’s young readers may have a new baby arriving in their family at some point too and might relate to Bertie’s feelings. We had four guinea pigs at the time my little girl was born and they were very tolerant, but I do recall them being very happy to be outside in the garden and away from the noise of the house! In the story, when Bertie’s ‘favourite big person’ has a baby, Jenny returns to keep Bertie company – and brings her own baby with her. I imagined if the real Bertie and Jenny had had babies then they might have looked a bit like Amy!

My little girl has grown up with guinea pigs – they are part of our family. I’ve always tried to instill in her a sense of respect for animals and re-iterate again and again that they are not toys to be ‘played with’ but little creatures who need love and affection. She’s learning to recognise their body language now and loves to see them exploring during floor time. One day our youngest pig, Amy, crawled into my little girl’s backpack and enjoyed a good sniff inside. It gave me the idea of sending Bertie and Jenny’s baby (Amy) on an Incredible Adventure of her own.

When it came to writing Bertie Visits the Vet, I had quite a few memories to draw on, but it was Bertie’s own experiences with the vet that formed the backbone for the story. He was never keen to go, but used to be putty in her hands if she called him ‘handsome’! Bertie had teeth trouble and he saw our regular vet and a local rodentologist (recommended by the UK’s Cambridge Cavy Trust.) The rodentologist really did give him a sticker when he’d had his teeth trimmed; if you look closely in the photo you can see it on his hutch! Meanwhile the vet needed only to tickle him under his chin and he virtually opened his mouth and said ‘ahh’ for her! In the story, Bertie gets a splinter in his paw – something I thought the children reading the stories might relate to.

The latest tale, Bertie’s Christmas Carrot was inspired by my own forgetfulness. When our daughter was a baby I remember leaving out the mince pie for Santa and realizing the next day that I’d forgotten the all important carrot! I joked with the guinea pigs that they must have helped Rudolph out and I’m sure I saw one of them wink at me – or maybe that was just my imagination

The Stories of Bertie the Guinea Pig app is available to download from the App Store. There are 6 virtual books, each complete with real guinea pig squeaking, munching and rustling! The first tale, Bertie and the Big Squeak is absolutely free! For more information visit http://bertieguineapig.com. You can also now connect with Bertie on Facebook or find his author Helen on Twitter.

App images courtesy of The Story Mouse. All photos copyright Helen J. Aitken.


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