A month with guinea pigs
A month with guinea pigs
It has been a month since the guinea pig came to our house. In the meantime, my piggies have slowly adapted to the new cage and new family. Now, even when they see us, they do not run away immediately and continue to do their own thing. They even ask for carrots. In the past, conscious of us, they slept in a rigid posture and did grooming, but now they sleep comfortably with their legs stretched out and groom slowly and without hesitation even when we are watching them.
My piggies love carrots. The crunchy sound sounds like there're eating the finest dessert in the world's most delicious five-Michelin restaurant. Even my daughter, who wasn't a big fan of carrots, now enjoys them.
My child brings carrots from school lunches like below after raising guinea pigs.
As soon as the child arrives home from school and opens the backpack, the piggies come to the door thinking they are giving them carrots.
Pinky, who eats well whenever he has time, has gained weight like this. And he loves to relax in my daughter's dollhouse.
And little by little Pinky came to like the playtime out of the cage. Squash is still afraid of going out.
Today is Squash's bathing day. Guinea pigs need to be very careful when bathing. That is, water should not get into their ears and nose. You have to be very careful as the water once entered cannot be brought out again. So, when taking a bath, you have to wash it by sprinkling it in shallow water.
While I was preparing the squash bath, my daughter prepared the bath toys he needed.
When raising guinea pigs, I make good use of toys that my child no longer plays with. As a bath mat to keep the bath water from splashing, I used a water doodle play mat that my daughter played with when she was a toddler.
Fill the basket with lukewarm water about one-third full and float the bath toys.
Prepare shampoo for guinea pigs, rabbits, and cats purchased from Amazon. You can also use baby shampoo.
Hold it tightly so that water does not get into his ears. Squash was already nervous.
While I'm holding the squash, my daughter is wiping his back with her little hands.
Gently wipe the palms and belly area as well. In fact, this part is the dirtiest part because it is the part most easily touched.
The squash was quietly cooperating and my daughter was very helpful, so I was able to finish bathing the guinea pig smoothly. Dry it well with a soft towel, dry it cleanly with a hair dryer, and put it in the cage in a dry state as the moisture is gone.
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Myungja Anna Koh