Day before family of ds's friend is going away we are casually asked if we'd mind looking after the two guinea pigs with "no personality" (as they were described to me) for a week. Although dog sitting and owner of two rabbits and 3 chickens I say yes and father turns up next afternoon with hutch and two fat guinea pigs.
Turns out that their nails are so long they have begun to curl in a spiral so I suggest that I'll take them for a few extra days and take them to a lady I know who does this very cheaply and donates proceeds to charity. So, I phone her today and book them in for tomorrow. Just been out to feed them their tea (not like they really need it they are like a couple of heifers) and change their water and find that the big fat brown one is lying rigour mortis in the bed compartment.
He has a big (huge) lump of crap hanging out of his bum hole and it is equivalent to a human having a football size lump of poo hanging from their backside. Is this normal when you die or is COD (Hi cod, never thought of you like that before ) likely to be constipation?
I feel I need a suitable explanation for owners who will probably be secretly glad that there is now one less personality-free guinea pig to care for.
I know but how do you handle this when owners are possibly slightly oblivious to neglect? You see, when I said "er, I'm not sure if you realised but your guinea pigs' toenails are rather long" they said "oh yeah, the fat brown one's are worst aren't they?" No comment regarding getting it sorted at all.
I wanted to take them in as soon as I saw them...put them on a diet and give them a nice run in our garden and some vegetables and the benefit of knowing the difference between hay and straw ! But, I can't - I don't have time to clean more animlas out I really don't
Watch the other one, I had two one died and the other wine pined for it and wasted away. Although if it is that fat I don't suppose it will hurt for it lose a little weight. If the owners let their nails get in such a state they obviousley don't care about the poor critters and deserve to be shot.
I've told the owners who were concerned their son might be upset but they then reported that "he doesn't seem to be". They offered me a tenner for my trouble which I refused and asked me if I'd given it greens while they were away (like it's my fault in the space of a few days ) and I said I had, blah, blah, and told them he was probably in pain from nails AND constipation which is very sad. Suggested rehoming remaining GP and they were pretty keen so here we are.
I'll take photos of Banana later. He is only a few weeks old and when we were there we saw another baby GP being born