Aw but she's allowed, she was like Cinderella crossed with the Ugly Duckling in her past life... and she's actually really pretty in a pink eyed crested way, she has the most expressive snuffly whiskers and the most kissable ears which I shouldnt kiss in case I get ringworm but sometimes I cant resist then I have to rub F10 hand gel on my face
My lot must have had a partaaaaaay in the hutch last night! When I went to give them breakfast this morning, the plastic pipe was part of the way down the ramp, the pigloo was turned over, the hay cube was on top of the hay tray and the bowls were turned upside down! They must have had fun, fun, fun in there last night!
The only bad thing was shy little Meg had a strand of hay in her eye that was over an inch long (ouch!). I took her to the vet and Meg kept on trying to leap off the table as she didn't like the nice (nasty to Meg) vet lady prodding and poking her eye about. The nice vet lady also gave her a thorough check and pronounced her nice and healthy. Luckily I had eyedrops, corneal repair gel and Metacam still in date from where Christian had hay poke. They eye drops run out date wise next Tuesday and Meg only needs them for 5 days so loads of money saved there! Still cost me around 40 quid though for the consultation and the special dye that goes in the eye to show up any potential ulcers (Meg has 2 of them).
I have taken 2 days to clean the hutch this weekend. The bottom of the hutch wasn't dry enough yesterday before it got dark to put let the piggies back down last night so they were camped upstairs for 24 hours. They weren't very happy and couldn't understand why they couldn't go downstairs on their recently carpeted posh ramp . They did try to get through the shut trap door a number of times hoping it would be open but it wasn't. This morning when I had put the puppy pads (2nd time of using my new washable ones - very pleased with them. Thanks @PigglePuggle for the recommendation) and the hay down stairs I opened the trap door, put the ramp back and stood and watched. Betsy and Christian just stood and looked (or sniffed the fresh hay in Betsy's case as she is nearly blind with cataracts) for a bit wondering if they could actually go down there, Betsy (being the intrepid explorer) went down first and was enjoying the tasty fresh green organic hay so much she munched on it on her own for about 5 minutes before going up the posh ramp to tell the others. They all eventually got the message and went downstairs to munch on hay. Then I cleaned out the top bit of the hutch, left it to dry for a bit and then put a fresh puppy pad and hay in the "sleeping" part and left the rest just bare wood as I had to have lunch. After lunch Velvet was in the sleeping bit on her own (she NEVER used to go up ramp before the posh carpet was put on it) I had to creatively cut the other puppy pads (disposable in the top as it is odd shapes) to fit around the gap where the trap door is then I put in the new hay at the top. I now have happy piggies as they have got the whole hutch to use once more and it is all fresh and lovely.
Glad your piggies are happy and their cage is clean and fresh and the washable puppy pads work! Winter cage cleans are a pain even indoors as our house is over 100 years old and damp and drafty and the central heating can't really make up for it...
Just got my order from Ziggy's Piggy's. Managed to get it in before she closed the books for Christmas! My piggies are going to be nice and warm with this addition to their already massive pile of snuggle tubes, snuggle sacks, fluffy beds, snuggle safes, fluffy cushions .....
She was given the all clear on Tuesday and was discharged.
My fave vet Rachel was there too for the day to help out and gave Christian a lovely cuddle and he was cuddling into her neck and everything. She was surprised he remembered her. She did save his life so I'm not at all surprised.
That's lovely everyone's piggies got an all clear @Betsy and @Merab's Slave ! Jezzy got an all clear from the vet yesterday too after her baytril weight loss, she's gained all her floofy bum fur and chubbiness back