How have you been? (the guinea pig, and other things)

Lily is about ready to go back to the main pig pen. She’s talking to me a lot more, and we’re discontinuing some of her medications this week. Yesterday was 1 week since her spay surgery and tomorrow will be 1 week since she came home. Hopefully I can clean the pig pen this evening (I’m still having back spasms) and get the “kitchen” modified with a lower rise on the front, so hopping in will be easier on her when she goes to hang out in the loose hay. She is, besides surgically modified, about 4 years old and has always had a lame leg since pregnancy.

I am road tripping in 1 week. I have a few more appointments this week, and scant appointments left over for Monday; but Tuesday I will be driving to Kansas City, Missouri for the BlogPaws 10th annual Conference for Pet Bloggers and micro bloggers, and Influencers. Networking and educating! Many, many sponsors are involved and even is on board. I have a breakfast in a smaller group with Comfort Zone that Thursday morning, instead of the general breakfast with Hill’s, and I hope to learn even more about the benefits of their products. I tried their products before but I don’t feel I was as well educated as I’d like to have been. We have issues with anxiety in our household and Comfort Zone products work for many families all over the country.

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Lily Momma’s Progress

She’s eating very small meals. I’m not hand feeding her much, but I am making sure she at least takes in an extra meal’s worth. I started giving her baby gasX, and I found out from the hand feeding that she’ll take her meds more easily if you place her in an elevated position. She doesn’t want to lay there and cooperate; you have to hold her upper body up with your free hand and relieve the pressure on her abdomen.

Dismal checked her surgical site and said it looks good. She’s staying over 900 grams, but for reference, the day I took her in my scale at home said 1030 grams.

I decided tonight to allow her to see Murphy. Murphy ended up talking to her a little, and ate all her leftover snacks she hasn’t finished in her hospital cage. Murphy tried to eat her hay, and Lily insisted she was going to eat some hay, and started pecking Murphy in the snout.

I’m happy to say that she’s still alive and hanging in there with me while we work through this. I’m going to try to get more small meals in her tomorrow as I finally do not have plans or errands for the day, and my back spasms I’ve had since Tuesday are finally beginning to alleviate.

Miss Lila Momma two days before she gave birth in 2015

My guinea pig came back from the vet

Lily Momma is back home, and when she heard her guinea pig, she came right out of her hidey sack and started to eat hay. I may not have to hand feed her. I gave her the meds this evening, but forgot to weigh her. I will get right on that in the morning.

It’s been an excruciating day. My back went into spasm yesterday and hasn’t let up. I had a ton of things to do today, including driving an hour to the vet’s office to pick up miss sweet face after her spay. Right now she’s in the hospital cage until I get the pig pen cleaned up and lower the lip on the box they hop into to eat their hay.

I got up, left my pajamas on, put on a lumbar support brace, stopped by the co-op for an obscene amount of bananas, put gas in the car, fetched my piggie next state over, dropped her off at the house and went to the grocery store, then the pet store to get the boys some raw cat food because even if I could muster the will to do it today, I didn’t get home until 2pm. I can’t start making the boys’ batch of food for the month that late in the day. Then I made dinner.

I’m done. My job is to keep everyone alive. S’all good.

Happy Easter

Tommy likes the people at the ER

He didn’t protest even once.
They took his blood and even injected subcutaneous fluids under his skin.

I had called his regular vet and they said to take him to the emergency room. My cat had been straining in the litter box, and then keeps vomiting under the strain.

ER says he’s likely not constipated or having any urethral obstructions, as his bladder was empty. With his bladder empty, there is no urine to culture. They’re treating him for a urinary infection. He’s on antibiotics, was given an injection for nausea, got his fluids, his blood comes back great for his age.

Then he comes out and finally gets a medium very firm stool out in the box. I can see why he was straining. But, we’re following doctor’s orders and treating a UTI. Better safe than sorry, and a little clavamox isn’t going to hurt him. If he starts getting diarrhea I have probiotics and fortiflora to give him. I thought maybe I still had the cosequin to try for his bladder health, but it’s either buried somewhere around the house in storage or ended up being donated.

He says his meds leave a weird taste in his mouth. He was having issue a few hours ago, but he’s about to have his final dinner of the day and I hope he manages to finish it on his own.

Brown’s Tropical Carnival Fruit & Nut Parrot Bird Treats #ChewyInfluencer

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Raisins, Dried Pineapple, Dried Papaya, Dried Banana, Peanuts, Pumpkin Seeds, Dried Apricots, Dried Mango, Dried Carrots, Almonds, Cashews, Dried Apples, Dried Coconut, Dried Sweet Potato, Brazil Nuts, Pecans and Sulfur Dioxide.

I received this item for free to run past my birds for their opinion. They really like it. If you have three little birds, you’ll know that sometimes it’s impossible to take the photos you need and you just end up with the snapshots they’ll give you.

Koi, Jak, and Idris loved their Brown’s Tropical Carnival mix

They mark it as not for human consumption because of regulations, but I ate it too. Not a handful, because it doesn’t belong to me, but I tried the dried fruits. I have a sensitivity to sulfur, and they use this in their preservation process, but the amounts seem to be so low that I’m groovy, so off to the birbs it went.

Stella & Chewy’s Freeze Dried Cat Food for #ChewyInfluencer

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Duck Duck Goose

I always tell you I’m brutally honest with you over cat foods. Chewy lets me choose an item for free, and I put it to the tests. Just because my fussy girls take to it one way or the other, I will tell you that my beloved Tommy Gargoyle will eat this fantastic food.

Made from sustainably-sourced ingredients and raw protein, this recipe starts with 98% farm-raised duck and goose, organs, and bone plus 100% certified-organic fruits and vegetables—offering the benefits of raw food nutrition with the convenience of freeze-dried preparation. And to ensure the highest quality, each batch is made with care in the USA in Stella & Chewy’s own kitchen.

I love feeding raw because of the benefits, and I love that this is convenient. It doesn’t take the freezer space of hydrated raw, and the Duck Duck Goose formula I tried has Duck (Ground With Bone), Turkey, Turkey Liver, Goose, Turkey Gizzard as the first FIVE ingredients. I won’t comment on the smell because I only eat my duck medium, but one of my ladies tried this.

Amalie did accept that this was a food by licking it until it was dry, but she did not eat it. Yue had such high disregard for S&C that she decided to wait for me to refill the kibble that is in the split dish. She’ll primarily eat food from the wet compartment throughout the day. Poor Yue. My girls concede that they only like the cooked foods.

It might take a little getting used to the color difference, because this is a raw dehydrated food, rehydrating.

When you’re done, wash your hands. The directions are to use 1/2 cup water to 1 cup nuggets. I used 1/8 cup water to 1/4 cup nuggets and got that amount featured above.

If you’d like to give it a try, they offer a very affordable 3.5 oz bag on . Just add a resealable bag to your regular pet supply “run” and get free 1-2 day shipping with any order $49 or more.

I already have April’s first update planned


Lily does need a full spay. Vet confirmed. We went over options, had 1 I hadn’t had recommended to me in the past: THEY HAVE AN IMPLANT

We discussed Lupron, which is still $100 per injection and not a hundred percent effective. An implant, which is more long-lasting than the injection but again, not one hundred percent effective. Then the two options for spay, and only one of them she qualifies for. The simple one where you do a small slit over each flank and remove the ovaries would have been great if I had taken her in last year. Only now, she needs the whole shebang. In through her abdomen and remove the affected ovaries and uterus. A huge reason the vet would like to go this way is that there was the very faint pink tinge in her urine, and she likely thinks her uterus is also being affected.

There ya go. Surgery is April 2nd.

This is how Chai was healing after her spay

#Basepaws DNA Catkit update #4

They will get to you! Please be patient as we await to find out more about our feline companions.
In January I received an update that they had received Tommy Gargoyle’s Catkit. We actually submitted two, as there were two types of Catkits at the time: One that was a hair collection only, and one that was hair PLUS a cheek swab that that you can see in our initial post.

I am pleased to present that Princess Yue Pants is now received and awaiting processing.
I had wondered if it was lost in post, but apparently it was a backlog.

Congratulations! It’s a cat!

We’re going to the vet again

Lily’s appointment is on Wednesday in Virginia. She’s my 4(ish) year old guinea pig that gave birth to a bunch of pups a few years ago. She’s never been to the doctor since she moved in with me, and I found out this weekend that she’d chewed the hair off her lower side.
This is a suspicious location because with previous guinea pigs that have had issues with cysts, it’s right there. Whether it was with ovarian cysts or the cyst on Chai’s kidney – same location.
She’s at that age where this may be what we’re looking at, but if this is currently the case, it doesn’t seem to be causing too much pain as she’s still a hefty 1030 grams. I noticed maybe two months ago that she’s having a little harder time hopping into the box where they hang out and eat hay, and this could all be old age, or just correlation.
I’ve been checking out options online, and if we’re looking at cysts it would really be up to the facility on how they want to treat it. You could do injections of Lupron to reduce and prevent cysts, you could simply remove the ovaries over the flanks, or you go in through the abdomen and have to move the digestive tract around and get the problematic reproductive system out.
I have done the last two with guinea pigs Mu-Xi and Chai. We didn’t try the Lupron injections on Coco because it was a newer treatment that didn’t seem definitive and they were $90 per shot, years ago.

We will see. I could be totally off and that is what trained professionals and modern medicine is for. Lily is bright and plucky. She was on one side of the pen today eating hay with her daughter, Murphy. I walked over for a split second and walked away, and then watched her from the kitchen door. She looked over towards her dish, put her nose in the air, toddled over, found a slice of tomato, and carried it onto her cushion to go lay down and nom the tomato.

Her daughter didn’t notice a thing.