The Ever-Expanding Tale of Rost

Laura-Mae

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Meet Rost! Well...you may have already met him in his intro thread, but here he is for you to meet again!

I figured this would be the best place to post updates. I just so happen to love taking pics of my precious guy, so of course said updates will have pics (and sometimes videos) to go with them! Also I...apologize in advance for being rambly. 😅 I may tend to get carried away talking about my fur kiddos, but I'm sure you guys can relate!

When we brought Rost home, he came with a cozy little All Living Things cage, his carrier, his plastic pink hidey, some paper bedding, and some hay. And...well...he had a plastic roll-around ball too, but...we promptly retired it to say the least. Still, it was obvious to me that the folks who cared for him before really loved him, and who could blame them? So I knew I had to take extra good care of him! That being said, I knew he needed more space, so I decided to start giving him more floor time! But after the kind suggestion of a forum member (thanks again, @Siikibam!), I let him build up his confidence first~ And even though his place was pretty small, he clearly felt much more safe in there.

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Still, I knew he'd have to get an upgrade ASAP! And today, Rost's new cage finally came in! It took absolutely forever to get here, but it was worth the wait!~ Here's a good ol'-fashioned before and after!

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Even though he felt comfortable and confident in his "bachelor pad," he definitely deserved a lot more space! This MidWest is just the beginning of his territory expansion, though. Of course the next (easy) step will be getting a proper table to get him off the ground. I was careful to avoid drafty areas for his cage placement, but if he's better off high up, then high up he shall be! His final upgrade will happen when he meets and picks his cagemate. The rescue we'll be dating him at sells C&C cages that they make, so we'll be grabbing them a 2x6 to share~ Boy am I excited! Still, that's a short ways away.

Rost and I are still working on bonding and earning each other's trust. (Mainly just me earning his trust, of course). Next step I'd like would be for him to be comfortable enough for a bum trim, because my gosh does he need one! But I think the cage is a big step up for now. I'll be posting more updates as they happen -- hopefully sooner rather than later! Keeping in mind I don't want to stress my guy out or anything~

Until then, here's some obligatory "enjoying my new toys" goofball pics~

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Congratulations for the improvement, c&c cages my opinion is that are the greatest. Your little Creature will be vary happy !
 

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Good boy Rost. And well done to your owner for giving you what you need. That cage was not good - nowhere near enough space to run around without knocking into things. Now he’s the king of his castle 😁

A way for you to offer him floor time could be to set up a play pen around the cage. Then open one side where he can get in and out. Lots of hides in the floor area and see if he’ll come out. If not that’s okay 😍

As for trimming, I think a member gets their piggy in a tunnel with backside facing them and food at the other end to distract the piggy. I’ll link in the hair trimming guide for you.
An Illustrated Guide to Hair Cutting
 

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Aah Rost, you are beautiful 🥰
So pleased you’re giving him what he needs, definitely the more space the better and you’ll see him come more and more out of his shell, especially with a new friend! He sounds very lucky to have such a committed owner! Hope he enjoys his new cage! :Dx
 

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Well done you for giving Rost a happy new life with you! 👏❤ He must be so happy he has you now and a future partner to be with! 😍
 

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Gorgeous boy.
He will be so much happier in the larger cage and with your love and patience I doubt if it will take long for him to feel safe and confident in his surr
 

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Aw man -- I'm floored as always by y'all's kindness! I'm happy to say that Rost seems really happy with his new place. He did two big ol' popcorns this morning when I brought him breakfast! I've seen him do little ones before, but now that he has the space he really managed to get some air! He's an absolute goofball and I'm so blessed to have him! I'll see if I can sneak a video at dinnertime. 😜

@tepe - I agree about C&C cages! Definitely seems like the best option, and I love that they're so easy to customize!

@Siikibam - Thanks again for more great advice. I'll set that up for him today and see how it goes! For the trim, I think that's exactly what I'll do -- Rost is a bona fide lettuce lover. I think that'll do the trick for sure!

@Hbrown226 - I'm so glad to hear Blathers is dating -- that's such great news! Fingers crossed he will find his forever friend (and you'll have another guinea pig, which is definitely an added bonus)! I'm excited to see who he chooses! 🤩
 

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Well...I think I managed to get a little popcorn on film, but mostly some cute eating/foraging clips!~ Even though it's not really like...a super major update or anything, I hope no one minds me sharing! 💖 Also of course please excuse the aforementioned bum -- I'll be seeing if he'll let me get away with some trimming tomorrow morning or afternoon~

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Also a close-up of some lettuce crunchin'!~

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