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Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Piggie-Proofing Your Palace

By Leah McNeil
Leah loves guinea pigs more than chocolate. Share in her adventures of guinea pig ownership.

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Princess Snowflake runs around in the free-range area Leah set up.

Hello Peoples & Piglets!

Whee all know how important it is to Piggie-Proof our guinea pigs' free-range areas, right? They love to get into things they shouldn't and chew up anything they can get their cute, little paws on. I'm sure you all know that Princess Snowflake has me completely trained. When we moved into our new apartment, I had no choice but to give her most of the downstairs. Yes, it's true. This pig has it made! She has practically taken over the entire dining room and her cage is kept in the living room. The kitchen is the only downstairs area that is “mine” (and I use that word loosely because her fruits and veggies take up 90 percent of the refrigerator). Plus my kitchen is really small, so the Princess has way more square footage than me. Go figure.

In my living room, I stuffed six large towels under the couch, because the Princess is so petite, she can actually fit under the couch. She's the first full-grown piggie that has owned me that can actually fit under there. Geeez. Before I put the towels down, she would create all kinds of havoc when she got under the couch. I thought that if I ignored her, she would stop. But, it's almost as if she's got this unexplainable “spidey sense” about her, because that pig knows just what to do to push my buttons. Clever little piggie.

I also have towels and one of those multi-colored gates blocking off all of the wiring from the entertainment center. Occasionally Princess Snowflake stands in front of the gate and stares at it, as if she really wants to get in there and do some damage. I then tell her that there's nothing back there that she wants and to move along. Then she’ll scurry about and move to her next destination.

I also have towels blocking off our treadmill. I definitely wouldn't want her getting to those wires, because surely they could cause some serious damage to a little piggie's teeth. And then I wouldn't be able to stay in shape and have Princess Snowflake Dance Parties after my workout. Remember, it's all about the pig!

In the dining room, I have a free-range area set up for her on towels where I keep her cuddle cup bed, wooden hidey place and pigloo. She also has a covered pet bed and two open travel carriers with lots of fresh timothy hay in them. I don't even have a real dining room table in there! I only have a small pub table. Oh, where is my dining room table, you ask? Well, you're not going to believe this, but I have to keep it upstairs in the computer room. What's up with that?

OK, I admit it, and I am not ashamed – that pig owns the place and I just pay rent. Oooh, the life of Princess Snowflake...

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I love Princess Snowflakes wooden hidey place, it sure is big and I am sure that she plays alot of games with you in it because she is such a character. It is good that you pig proof your house we all know that they can get into too much mischief. Get a good nights rest tonight before your wedding tomorrow...I am so excited to see pigtures.
Kate, Milwaukee, WI
Posted: 6/5/2008 9:12:18 AM
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