Meet Buddy Bunchkins
How old are you?
I will be the 3 years in March.
Where did your name come from?
I was so friendly that they say I is the Buddy, and the Bunchkins just came to Lil Momma.
How did you come to be with your family?
I was just the baby and Lil Momma was having the tough times in the life…she needed me and I needed her. We was the lucky to finds each others.
Do you have any cagemates or fursiblings you share the house with?
I has my homes to myself but I gets lots of free times where I runs likes the crazy arounds the house. I has the sidekick..his name is Tiki and he a good boy for the parakeet.
What is your favorite snack?
My favorites snack is the kale. The normal day for me is the love, cuddles, eatings and poopings. I loves to poop. I also love the attentions and playings.
Do you get to go outside when it’s warm?
I loves to lay in Lil Momma lap when it warm outsides. I does not likes it if it too hots – it can be the deadly for us piggies!
What is your favorite thing to do?
My favorite thing to do is the photo shoots with Lil Momma. I loves the camera. I also love to eat. It the way to my heart!
Do you have any advice for someone considering getting a guinea pig as a pet?
Yes, advice to gives the world is we piggies are the special. We are the sensitive, lovings, and loaded with the personality. We loves the attention from our Lil Mommas and Big Poppas in the life. We needs the good care and food so please treats us with lots of the loves, respects and gentles. We only wants to loves you and makes you happy! ….. Thank you for the interviews! I hopes I did the goods job. Sharing is the caring so YAH you can use the photos of me! I hopes we can be the fur-ends!! WHEEEK!!
Types of guinea pigs
(Taken From: http://www.cavymadness.com/care/index.html)
The humble guinea pig comes in a wonderful array of textures and colours in its coat. The wild cavy would have a short coat with an agouti coloring, meaning that it would light and dark bands of colour on each hair (much like our Titania at the top of the page). Breeding has wrought a whole assortment of beautiful coats – the guinea pig at right is a Satin, which means a shiny coat.
- Abyssinian – One of the oldest breeds; a “bedhead” piggy with rosettes, which are cowlick-like hair patterns that radiate from a center point. Breed standards require the rosettes to be in a specific formation; winnie, our model Abyssinian, is not likely a “proper” Abby. The variations of the Abyssian coat can be pretty to downright hilarious.
- American – The most common breed, and usually what comes to mind when someone mentions guinea pigs. The smooth coat lies flat against the body. The colouring on the coat can be solid or patterned; a white stripe around the middle is a common pattern, and is often referred to as a Dutch coat. Nutmeg (the American, at right) shows an imperfect white band, and you can also see the Agouti colouring in her coat, which is a solid colour with black ticking among the hairs.
- Peruvian, Silkie, and Texel. – Peruvians often remind Star Trek geeks of Tribbles, for their hair grows forward from the face, often obscuring it to the point where front and back are not easily identifiable. The hair grows from a center part down the back, and requires extensive grooming (and trimming, for comfort). Peruvians’ hair can grow long enough to drape several inches from their body; show-quality Peruvians often spend their days in hair rollers! Silkies (also known as Shelties) are often confused with Peruvians, but their hair only grows back from the neck, and have softer hair. Texels (pictured below) appear to be a Silkie with a perm; their long hair grows in coarse ringlets.
- Teddy they are result of a mutation, and has a dense, coarse coat that can be either soft (often referred to as a plush coat), or rough, often with kinks in the short hairs. Show-quality Teddies are rubbed from back to front to keep their hair poufy. Titania, our Teddy model at right, has a silver agouti pattern, which is the coat of wild guinea pigs.
- Baldwins and Skinny Pigs have no coat, save for patches of hair on Skinny Pigs (Baldwins have no hair whatsoever). Their loose, thick skin needs additional care from sun and irritation. Despite their somewhat prehistoric appearance, their temperament is still docile and cuddly.
The white crested is a difficult breed, because the rosette of a Crested guinea pig must be centered between the ears, and no other rosettes can be present. Many guinea pigs will end up with a rosette on top of their head, which gives them this distinctive “stern” look.
Easy checks for a healthy guinea pig
Thankfully, guinea pigs are very hardy creatures, and if kept clean and fed well they rarely become sick. There are, however, some daily checks you should make, to ensure that your guinea pig stays well, it also helps you to notice any change very quickly, and visit your vet at the first sign of illness.
- Eyes- The eyes should be clear and bright, with no sign of cloudiness or discharge. An eye that suddenly goes cloudy may mean that the guinea pig has got an ulcer as a result of a piece of hay in its eye. Any eye problems require urgent veterinary attention. Guinea pigs do normally secrete a milky discharge from their eyes, which precedes grooming, as they use it on their paws to groom themselves, if you see this you do not need to worry about it.
- Nose –The nose should be clean, and as with the eyes, shouldn’t be runny. Any discharge or sneezing may suggest that your guinea pig has a cold.
- The coat- The fur should be dense and clean. Any patches of hair loss or areas where the skin is red and sore may suggest that your guinea pig has mites. Watch him closely, is he scratching more than usual? Mites burrow under the skin and cause a distressing condition called mange, and the sooner you spot any problem, the sooner you can get it treated, something your guinea pig will certainly thank you for. Sometimes you may see little tiny nits walking on your guinea pigs fur, these are hay mites, which are harmless and a simple shampoo will get rid of them for you.
- The feet –Check the nails, and never let them get too long. Guinea pigs have no fur on the bottom of their feet, so check the bottom of their feet regularly for any sign of soreness. If their feet are sore their bedding wants to be as soft as possible, wood shavings and soft meadow hay is best.
- The bottom –Yes, this bit needs checking too… The whole area should be clean and dry. If the guinea pig is wet and smelly between its legs it may have a urine infection. Old boys may also get a problem where their poo gets stuck, and they are no longer able to eat the sticky caecotrophs as they should. Your vet will be able to show you how to help them.
(Taken from: http://www.mchumane.org/GuineaPigCare.shtml)
- Give as much timothy hay as they want. This provides necessary fiber and keeps their teeth ground down. Avoid alfalfa hay because it is too rich.
- Commercial guinea pig pellets—give about 1/3 cup per day and leave out so they can graze. Pellet mixes should contain vitamin C and not be too loaded with “treats.” Check the expiration date—the vitamin C breaks down if you keep the pellets too long.
- Fresh veggies and maybe a little fruit every day. Avoid iceberg lettuce; all other lettuce is fine. So are carrots, parsley, broccoli, collard greens, turnips and parsnip. Give fruits in moderation such as apples, cantaloupe, raisins, grapes and bananas You can buy treats, but give sparingly. Avoid the ones with high sugar or fat content such as yogurt drops.
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