One of the Guelph Humane Society‘s most talked about animals in 2021, Peter Potamus, looks warm, cozy, and happy with his new family.
The little guy created a buzz online when the team posted a photo of him in November. The skinny pig was only about six months old when he was brought to GHS. “His former owner couldn’t take care of him anymore,” said Natalie Thomas of the Guelph Humane Society.
It didn’t take long for the team to find a new family for Peter. Peter was the only skinny pig they have had so far at GHS since they moved into their new building in March 2021. A GHS volunteer decided to make Peter a family member eight days after his birth. arrival.
“He looked like a little hippo and we fell in love with him at first sight,” said Jennifer Holman, Peter’s new mom. Jennifer and her husband Chris adopted Peter before Christmas. “My husband’s favorite Christmas song is ‘I want a hippo for Christmas’ and the timing was perfect and I felt it was fate.”
The little guy had a wonderful family vacation. “Peter greeted his vacation adoptive brother Clooney (a bunny) with a long welcome chat upon his arrival,” she explained. He also enjoyed the company of a companion named Wynona, another guinea pig the family feeds. Peter has “chatted” with her all day. “He’s a very talkative pig that we love,” said Holman.
“We are very happy with our decision to adopt Peter and love having him in our family.”
What is a skinny pig and how do you pick one (or two)?
Peter is a skinny pig or skinny pig, a type of hairless guinea pig. They have the same care requirements as any other guinea pig, the biggest difference being their skin, explained Certified Veterinary Technician (RVT) Sonia Maiorano in an interview with the Guelph Mercury Tribune.
Since lean pigs are hairless and their skin is exposed, those who care for them should keep an eye on their skin. “Watch out for things like black heads,” she said.
You would also have to change their bedding more often. “While you should always change your guinea pig’s litter often, it should be even more often with lean pigs because you want to protect their exposed skin from moisture (urine or feces),” he said. -she adds.
Like other guinea pigs, they also need a lot of hay in their diet to keep their teeth chiseled and vitamin C supplements, otherwise they can get scurvy. The latter is a type of vitamin C deficiency that can cause blood clotting and joint problems in guinea pigs.
They are also known to overeat, so it’s important to visit the vet every year to make sure your little boy isn’t gaining too much weight, which could lead to heart problems, Maiorano explained.
“And finally, never forget that guinea pigs (including skinny pigs) are social. You can’t leave them alone in a cage. They do much better together!