Friday, February 17, 2012

Holy Piggies for Adoption!

I can't believe how many piggies there are for adoption. Here is what we have:

2 girls- brownie and kaylie, they are pending right now, but oh so cute, and you can be on their waiting list.

2 little boys- they have deformed front paws, but are awesome, they are sam and david, and are available right now. They are over a year old and very small, they will stay small too.

1 crested white and beige male- year and a half old, very sweet and laid back

1 girl brown and orange, american short hair, named moose

1 pregnant mama, who will be delivering soon. she will be ready after 3 weeks from birth, and is absolutely gorgeous.

Babies on the way.

What's more? Another rescue has several as well.

A mama and her neice who is 3 weeks, must go together.
A male of 7 months, long hair.
A male of 3 weeks, so cute!

Email if you are interested in any of them.

Pics available at

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Guinea Pig Cages for Happy Cavies

Guinea Pig Cages Your Cavy Will Love

Midwest Habitat Guinea Pig Cages
One of the first things you'll need, when you get a guinea pig is a place for him to live. He needs a safe place to sleep, eat, and relax, so you'll need to look at guinea pig cages.

There are many guinea pig cages available on the market, so it might be overwhelming to decide which one is best. Based on budget, how much space there is, and how many guinea pigs you want, you may have different needs than another guinea pig owner.

Price of Guinea Pig Cages

Price is a concern for many people, but you don't have to spend a fortune on your guinea pig and cage. It's common to see starter packages with a cage included, but I wouldn't recommend this. These sets don't have the best supplies, and the cage is pretty small, even for one cavy.

Most guinea pig cages start at about $30 and can go up to over $100. My recommendation on the best one is right near the $50 mark, with the Midwest Guinea Pig Cages. They are beautiful cages that are the only ones that can grow with additional extension pieces. I recommend using Amazon to purchase these cages because they offer free shipping.

Guinea Pig Cages Space

You need to offer your guinea pig enough cage space to exercise, run around, and play with another guinea pig. Guinea pigs are best in pairs, so for the sake of their health, get two of them. I've found the Midwest guinea pig cages to offer more than enough room to start your guinea pigs off with. Purchase extra pieces when you can to extend their living area, they love to have lots of room to move around.

Guinea pigs need space to work off the food they are constantly eating. They quickly metabolize food, so it is important for them to eat often, though, without space to run around, they will become obese. You'll notice their personality come out more when they have space to exercise, and they will be even more fun to watch.

Materials Used in Guinea Pig Cages

Most guinea pig cages you buy have a wire framing to them for the actual cage part, and the bottom of the cage is made from hard plastic. Some people use aquariums, though these aren't recommended by professionals because they don't allow for good air circulation.

The Midwest guinea pig cages are great because they have the wire framing that is coated with plastic, and a canvas bottom, that is coated to make it easy to clean. Compared to the hard plastic, it is easier to keep clean, doesn't erode from urine like the plastic, and is easy to pack away because the fabric (canvas) can be folded. Speaking from experience, if you ever have to move, this is much easier to work with.

Availability of Guinea Pig Cages

While the pet store probably has something that could work for a cage right now. Using a brand like Midwest is better for the long run for your new pet. If you are thinking about getting guinea pigs, go ahead and order your new cage through Amazon, so that it is available when you find guinea pigs you want to home. The price is great, the space is roomy, and the options are many.

Check out Midwest Guinea Pig Cages and supplies on Amazon, your guinea pigs will love their new home.

Name Midwest Interactive Guinea Pig Cages Plus With Top Panel Midwest Expandable Guinea Pig Cages No Top Panel
Height 14 inch 14 inch
Length 47 inch 47 inch
Width 24 inch 24 inch
Weight 12.5 pound 8.8 pounds
Price 52.99 31.99
Brand Midwest Homes for Pets Midwest Homes for Pets
Color White/ Teal White/ Teal
Department Racks/Futons Racks/Futons
EAN 0027773010210 0027773010203
  • 9-Square feet of living space- recommended by veterinarians and breeders
  • Multi access folding top and dividing panel with hinged lock-in-place ramps separate play and care areas
  • Leak proof, washable durable PVC lined canvas bottom allows for easy care and maintenance- provides traction and helps protect guinea pigs sensitive feet
  • Lock- in-place doors double as ramps allows for passage in/ out and between habitats
  • Modular design allows for numerous configurations and unlimited expandability
  • 8 sq. ft. of play area
  • Care Area

  • 9-Square feet of living space- recommended by veterinarians and breeders
  • Multi access folding top and dividing panel with hinged lock-in-place ramps separate play and care areas
  • Leak proof, washable durable PVC lined canvas bottom allows for easy care and maintenance- provides traction and helps protect guinea pigs sensitive feet
  • Lock- in-place doors double as ramps allows for passage in/ out and between habitats
  • Modular design allows for numerous configurations and unlimited expandability
  • 8 sq. ft. of play area
  • Care Area
Label Midwest Homes for Pets Midwest Homes for Pets
Title Midwest Interactive Guinea Habitat Plus Midwest Expandable Guinea Habitat
UPC 027773010210 027773010203
Warranty Manufacturer's Defect Manufacturer's Defect
Reviews Read Guinea Pig Cages Reviews Read Guinea Pig Cages Reviews
Link Buy Guinea Pig Cages Now Buy Guinea Pig Cages Now

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Baby Piggies & Their Moma & Auntie

We have 2 baby boy piggies, and their mom and aunt who are ready to go to their forever homes. They are brown piggies, one is an absynnian and the other is an american short hair. They are really cute.

Here is Mama, her sister is an american short hair.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Goodbye Sweeney- We Lost A Piggie Today

Last year we purchased a guinea pig at the state fair. He was a cute peruvian (black and white), and a good cage mate for our piggies Logray and Vader. While he had been up in the piggie room for quite awhile with the other boys we finally got them down in the kitchen where we could see them more often.

They'd been out there for a couple of months now, and I have to say it's been nice to visit them more when passing by. Today I went to give everyone a slice of apple I had cut up for them. I do this once a week (veggies the rest of the time).

When I put his near him, he didn't move, so I touched him and nothing. Then I moved him and he was stiff, so I knew. I couldn't believe it. For the past couple of weeks he's been vocal, making squeaky noises, but they were just noise, nothing like he was in pain, just joyful little noises like he was getting a treat.

I'm really irritated because we only had him a year, and we got him as a baby. All I can think is something was internally wrong with him, possibly he was inbred at the breeder's we got him from? So, the kids were upset when we told them, and we will bury him tomorrow. The other guys in there seem fine, I'm just annoyed and sad of course.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Guinea Pigs & Mites

Over the last week I've been watching one of our rescues who has been losing hair. I thought at first it was mange because, well, I just thought maybe he didn't get enough vitamin c.

That said, I noticed he was itching A LOT!!!
So I looked it up online and read about mites and noticed he looked exactly like the others who had it. I knew it wasn't lice because we've had that before and just use advantage (the dog kind).

I read that ivermectin is the only way to take care of mites and I really didn't want to go that way without trying something more natural or home remedy(ish).

I found a website that talked about using bag balm (it comes in a green tin), but at the time Walmart was closed and I wanted to find something I could use NOW!!! to help him, poor baby was itching like crazy and had a few open sores :(

In my defense he is mostly black as is his skin so it took awhile to notice the issue. Now back to the issue. I also read on the site that petroleum jelly might help the itching and some people had only used that (vaseline) to cure the mites.

Let me be clear, I am no vet, so I don't technically know that he has mites. But after I used the petroleum jelly, and today used the bag balm, I don't believe he will be going to the vet.

The vaseline seemed to help some and within a few minutes he was moving around a lot better, but the next day (yesterday) I noticed he still wasn't back to normal, so I called walmart to see if they had bag balm, and they had to order it. So today my husband picked it up.

I massaged it into his skin tonight and while I was doing it, I noticed he didnt have any more open sores and wasn't nearly as scabby as he was the other night, so I think the vaseline helped. After putting the bag balm on tonight we kept him out for half an hour, to watch him. He never itched once, he was moving around and seemed much better.

In a few days I'll put more on him, and then in a few days after that as well, but I think we beat this one, without a big vet bill YEA!!!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

3 Months?! Still attached to them Piggies

It's been just under 3 months since I've posted and I still love the piggies. I was just on Craigslist and I absolutely melt at the thought of how these people treat their piggies.

One piggie is skiddish, and hasn't been played with, meaning it's been lonely and is scared to death when someone touches it, so sad.

Another picture had a female on a wire bottom cage- are you kidding me? That is awful for them, causes bumble foot and lots of pain, again so sad.

I talked to Jen and she has some girls in Central Square that might need a place, I talked to Jason and he is ok with taking the 2 girls in, they may be pregnant, but we can always find homes for the babies. I'm kinda excited to be back in the rescue. I wish we had more room, but I guess we will deal with what we have :( otherwise I'd adopt everyone.

So be on the lookout for more piggies from us. We do have 2 male adoptables but I don't want them going alone and they do NOT get along. One actually lives with our female rabbit and while I know people say not to do that, you'd have to see them together to know you can't take them apart. They are adorable.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Then there were 2

Last week we had a family come visit that was looking for a guinea pig. Their's had passed away, and they thought they might like 2.

When they got here they fell in love with both pairs of boys we had left, and brought them both home YAY!!!

Now we have two left, Flower, and Oreo, 2 boys that are ready to make anyone a happy owner.

Once they are gone we will take a break for a bit, unless something emergent comes up, of course. We have given most of our cages away, to the point we don't have any extras left, to another rescue. It's been fun helping with animal rehoming, rescue, shelter or what not. I'm sure we will participate again. 

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Goodbye Aayla

The other night I went to check on our girls and found our senior piggie was not doing well. Lately she seemed to be losing weight a little bit, but was eating well and there didn't appear to be anything wrong with her. I figured it was old age.

So I went to pick her up and she was shaking a little, and ran away. I got her and immediately realized she was on her way out. She had lost a lot of weight in just a couple of days and wouldn't even try her favorite lettuce. I sat there holding her, and loving her, and praying that god would take her quickly. Within an hour she was gone, it was like she waited for us in order to slip away.

Just to clear things up I didn't really think anything was wrong before, she was losing a little hair and such but she wasn't acting any differently. And when I found her it was 11pm, I figured if she did make it to the morning we would take her to have her put to sleep.

She didn't seem to be in any pain, wasn't shaking, just breathing very shallowly. We got her about a year ago, she came in a tiny cage with cedar bedding, awful nails and dandruff, they said she was a boy named Gus, and she was 5 at the time. She was the best piggie and I balled all day yesterday while working because I miss her.

Her name was Aayla.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Cookie Dough is Adopted!

This morning a nice family came and picked up CookieDough. The new mommie is a college student who recently lost her 5 year old guinea pig and her sheltie dog. She seemed very excited, and his new grama loved him as well.

We are going to miss him, he was such a cutie but will love his new home. We still have 6 more guinea pig boys to go, before the baby comes (hopefully) so share this site please to help us find them homes.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Some New Pics of Piggies Available

We still have some piggies available, here are some of their pics:
This is flower, he looks like a skunk from Bambi, and his eyes are not red.

Joey and Daddy, must stay together, great guys, about 1 year old. 
Pip and Newton, great guys, Newton is awesome, lovable, sweetest guy.
Very lovable Cookie Dough doesn't usually run off and lets you pet him and pick him up.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

From Fleece to Kiln Dried Pine

We had our guinea pigs (and rescue piggies) on fleece for quite a few months. At first they seemed to love it and so didn't we, but after awhile I grew to miss something easier. The fleece was a bit of a pain as the poo would clump up a bit, there were a LOT of cages, and each change would take 10 minutes a cage, because we had to take and shake the fleece out.

This was all before the mess it could leave in the washer and dryer. Needless to say it added up and we needed a change. While we didn't want to go with pine shavings, we found some kiln dried pine shavings at the Tractor Supply Company that is considered safe for guinea pigs.

I was hoping the guinea pigs wouldn't have a big problem with it, and I was pleasantly surprised when we put them back in their cages. So many of them LOVED it. Our own girls just layed in it, chewing up some of it, but then popcorning around too. So cute!

I just wanted to share this experience as I know fleece is huge, but there are other options and when you have tons of piggies like we do, fleece may not be the best option.

Out biggest issue was the hay getting stuck in the fleece- GRRR!!!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Filled to Capacity!

Right now we are not able to take in anymore guinea pigs. We have 4 sets of males that are looking for homes, and are sending referrals for females out. We have had to cut back on our rescue caging and only have enough for 10 pigs total, and that is full. Hopefully we have someone coming to adopt this week and I will continue posting to find the others homes too. When a spot opens I will post about it.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

No More Girls

Last week we adopted out our last 3 ladies. They all went to one family, with 3 girls I believe. Gwyn, Shadow and Lee. Now we have 8 boys left, though one of them has a sore on his paw we are getting fixed up, it's looking great.

The rest are:
Pip & Newton- pip does get urinary tract infections so we give him cranberry juice a couple of times a week.
Joey & Daddy- Both about 1.5 years old.
Harvey & Buster
Oreo & Cookie Dough- Oreo has the sore foot but should be ready to go next week.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Harvey and Buster's Upcoming Adoption

Today I heard from a very interested couple in Blossvale that would like to take Harvey and Buster. Just as I was starting to fall for Buster (he's a crested cavy). They have asked that we hold them until Sunday because they would like to come on Saturday. They had lots of questions and seem very excited.

I love meeting people like this, who just love the guinea pigs before they even get them. We still have several males available but hopefully our ads will generate more interest for all of them, in that case we could even take on a couple more. We have been pretty full and haven't been able to take more.

So, here's hoping Saturday goes off without a hitch, and Harvey and Buster love their new home.

Friday, March 25, 2011

An Adoption- 2 Females

Today we had a man and his two daughters come to pick out a set of girls. They chose Daisy and Brownie. They had lots of questions and seem to be very excited about their new pets.

Additionally our Available page has been updated to include Tico, Harvey & Buster, Joey, and Oreo, some of our boys, the girls pics are all up, but some have changed with the new shots I have gotten. Check it out!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

What's New?

We haven't any new piggies lately and I haven't posted some pics, but I thought I would tell a story about one of our males. His name is Cookie Dough, and a week after we got him, he was in the boys' cage and his eye was all white and gooey. YIKES!

We took him to the vet and they said it was so infected that we needed to have it removed. Needless to say I wasn't exactly sure it did need to be removed but I thought they know best, right? I did read online that sometimes with a lot of treatment it might be ok.

We didn't have the money to get his eye removed just yet, and they gave us antibiotics to help the infection but said to come back in a few days.

After a few days we saw that his eye was getting better and guess what, now two weeks later just after he ran out of antibiotics he can SEE! His eye is great, its beautiful just like the other one and he is awesome.

I love this guinea pig. He sits right at his cage waiting to get pet through the cage without sniffing and nibbling my finger. He is such a sweetie and I'm so glad he came to us. Unfortunately he will have to find a home, but the new owners will love him, I promise. Check him out- Cookie Dough!

Monday, March 14, 2011

100th Post & March is Adopt A Guine Pig Month

Seems like we just got started (back in August) and so far we have adopted out 54 piggies, though 3 have come back. Not a bad percentage in my mind though.

So I thought I would post some updates for the 100th post. We have taken in around 60 guinea pigs, a couple didn't make it, many babies did not due to the stress on their moms, and we have done some vet trips. We have traveled to Fort Drum, Cortland (and further south), Oneonta and Albany. The only place I haven't gone is up north on the other side of the state.

We are cutting back because in July we are expecting our 3rd child. Our apartment is small and we need some space, though we will continue doing rescue. So far our worst cases were very skinny pigs, and another who lived on cedar her whole life with horribly long nails. These are besides the cases where guinea pigs have died.

We have gotten a lot of help and even some donations when people are adopting. It's been fun and it was sad to watch some of the cutest, or unique ones go.

Adopt a guinea pig month. This month (march) is adopt a guinea pig month and I encourage anyone who is interested to contact a local rescue/shelter to get a guinea pig. If you have friends or relatives I would be happy to help them find a local place where they won't get sick, unsexed cavies. (Those darn pet stores).

Tyson & Fudge Adopted

I don't think I ever posted a picture of Tyson but he came to us with Gwyn and they had a litter together. Yesterday a family came to adopt a pair and chose Tyson and his baby boy Fudge. They went with a cage, hidey, some food and water bottle. The kids seemed to love them and mom asked a lot of questions about taking care of them. I'm always glad when I can keep pairs together like that, I am sure they will do well in their new home.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Female Guinea Pigs Need Homes

I received an email from another adoption person of guinea pigs who just found out she can not keep all of her guinea pigs. She has 6 females up for adoption because of this and as we are trying to cut back a bit, I am hoping someone can help.

She has put together an amazing offer for them, as you will get a great cage (big) the bedding, all the accessories they need and a pair of guinea pigs for just $40. You can't beat that in any store.

Without further adieu let's meet the ladies:

I'm not going to lie, these girls are so cute and I WANT Miley and Bella sooo bad, but we have a lot of females and I can't bring myself to tell my husband I want more :( Please take them home with you. Email me at

Special Notice:

Guinea Pigs are very social animals. If you are considering adopting one, please consider having more than one for improved health and personality.