Pig Day 2018 is on Thursday, March 1, 2018: why is the National Pig Day celebrated in New York?
Thursday, March 1, 2018 is Pig Day 2018. National Pig Day is an event held annually on March 1 in the United States to celebrate the pig. The holiday celebration was started in 1972 by sisters Ellen Stanley, a teacher in Lubbock, Texas, and Mary Lynne Rave of Beaufort, North Carolina.
National Pig Day is an event held annually on March 1 in the United States to celebrate the pig. The holiday celebration was started in 1972 by sisters Ellen Stanley, a teacher in Lubbock, Texas, and Mary Lynne Rave of Beaufort, North Carolina.
The Porker is a wholly underrated animal, so this big day was made in 1972 to try to raise recognition of the intellectual expertise, versatility and basic tastiness of the modest Porker.
Commemorate Pig Day by tying pink bows to trees to symbolize curly pink tails, and afterwards either provide the bad piggies a break in recognition of their service, or tuck into a wonderful bacon sarnie-- your choice.
NATIONAL PIG DAY.
The 1st of March is set aside especially for pigs. It was started by Texas art teacher Ellen Stanley in 1972 to honour and give thanks to our most intelligent domesticated creature.
On this day, remember the good things pigs have brought to us; remember that pigs are sociable, intelligent mammals. They are much like us in many ways, they have noticable personality traits and soaring emotions. You might want to visit a farm sometime in March for a day out (with the kids) and pay your respects to these marvelous animals.
Just got a Guinea pig 11 days ago?
- guinea pig's teeth grow 3 mm per month, therefore it is ideal they have toys, pelets and hay 24-7.
- unlimited pelets and mixed feed must be provided for the first year of your guinea pig's life, and after this it must be a limited amount.
- guinea pigs are social animals, so the more the merrier.
- lettuce can kill a guinea pig, therefore only feed them romaine lettuce if you wish to feed them lettuce.
- fruit and veggies are only okay as an occasional treat, and can not make up most, or all of, a guinea pigs diet.
- you must have one hiding place for every guinea pig in the cage, plus one more (eg: if you have 2 guinea pigs, 3 hiding places will be required.)
- a male guinea pig is called a boar, female is called a sow, but a baby i called a pup.
- the gestation period of a guinea pig is aprox 64-72 days.
- male guinea pigs CAN get along, although only if one is submissive and the other is dominant.
- female guinea pigs will hump eachother, and mae guinea pigs will hump eachother as a sign of dominance.
- if a female guinea pig humps another guinea pig, it is usually because she is on heat, although it is rare the non dominant guinea pig to hump the dominant one.
- guinea pigs are more responsive to names with a distinct 'ee' sound, and will learn their name quicker if it contains this sound (eg: squeaky, izzy) (one of my guinea pig's real name is Simba, but he knows and responds to Simbie)
- guinea pigs and rabbits are actually not related; rabbits are lagomaorphs, not rodents.
- another name for guinea pig is cavie.
- the scientiffic name for a guinea pig is cavia porcellus.
- male guinea pigs reach sexual maturity at about 4 weeks, and females at aprox 3-5.
- tomatoes are good for guinea pigs, as they contain plenty of vitamins.
- a guinea pig's cage should be cleaned properly about 3 times a week, and cleaned with cleaning sprays to remove stains etc about once per week.
- guinea pigs are naturally prey animals, there fore it is their natural instincts to run and hide, so do not take it personally if your guinea pigs run away when you approach their cage and try to catch them.
- it is important to hold your guinea pig every day, as well as let them have floor time inside, and a run around in a closed off area outside daily, if you wish to bond with it (and even if you dont.)
- it is essential to have your guinea pigs claws clipped about once a month,to ensure they dont grow so long that they curl around and pierce the piggies paw (my friend let her g. pig's claws grow that long, and one day i went over there and MADE her cut them. it was horrifieing, those poor g.pigs)
- do not support pet shops, as many of them neglect their animals, will accept sick and defected guinea pigs, and will accpet them from breeders who breed their animals in horrific conditions. Instead, adopt a guinea pig from a shelter, and give the poor thing a new chance of life (they have all been vet checked etc, so the animal will be healthy.)
- honey and peanut butter are alright to feed to your guinea pigs, but only occasionally and in small proportions (maybe 1 lvl teaspoon per 3-4 weeks or sumthig similar.)
- to keep your guinea pigs warmer in winter, do the following (if it is an outside guinea pig) :
> Provide plenty of timothy hay, and shredded paper (try shredded news paper for extra softness although ensure it has as little ink as possible.
> Place a covered hot water bottle in cage.
> Fill up several plastic water bottles with warm water, and place in cage.
> Add extra hiding places in cage.
> Cover cage in towels/blankets, but remove if gets wet.
> Ensure the cage is enclosed, or relocate onto a veranda.
> If possible, move your guinea pig inside, or into a garage. Do not put it in a car garage, as car fumes can prove fatal in minutes.
- to keep your guinea pig cool in summer, do the following (for outside guinea pigs) :
> Place a brick in the cage, and pour cool water onto it.
> fill up a water bottle with cold water.
> dampen a towel, and put in on a wire bit of a cage, so when the wind blows onto it, it will make the air cooler in the cage.
> change the water several times a day, and ensure it is not in a sunny spot.
> enusre they ALWAYS have shade and water.
> give them some cool watery treats, such as water melon or straw berries.
- guinea pigs are best kept inside, because their coats are short and they feel the temperature like humans. you can tell if it too hot or cold for them by how you feel. if it it too hot for you, it is too hot for them, and if it is too cold for you, it is too cold for them.
- Guinea pigs suffer easily from heat stress, which is another reason why it is important to allow them to live inside.
- it is important to towel dry your guinea pig, and sometimes blow dry it on low heat, with your hand in between the dryer and guinea pig. never place your guinea pig outisde in the weather if it is still wet or damp.
How many times a day should i feed my guinea pig?
Your guinea pig should have a constant supply of fresh hay and cold water. It is best to keep the hay in a manger so it is off the floor, and separate from what they sleep in. Guinea pigs will eat the same hay that they sleep in, but my pig prefers to have 'timothy hay' in his hay manger. You can buy Timothy hay from most pet shops. It's designed specially for them to eat. And remember to keep it topped up all the time.
As for their nuggets, it is best to weigh your pig and follow the instructions on the back of the packet. Personally I keep my pigs nuggets filled up all the time, but a lot of people would disagree with that. The reason I do it is because I have done all the rationing etc and I find my pig doesn't eat more than his daily allowance of pellets, because he always has hay, and gets veg.
As for the veg, this is the most fun part :) I love veg time. It's great to get to know what your pig likes and dislikes. I give veg at lunch time, and at dinner time. Once a day of veg isn't enough. Veg is healthy for your pig and there's no reason to not feed it more often. I also give my pig extras if he's very good, like a little bit of parsley when he's being overly cute, which is fine.
Make sure your pig gets leafy green veg every day, this does them good. For example, broccoli and cabbage (pack choi, or is it pak choi, is a nice leafy green one you can get from the supermarket) and lettuce (but NOT iceberg as this is said to be bad for their digestion)
Also, your pig can have other things if they enjoy them. My piggy gets cucumber often, carrots are another favourite. He likes cauliflower sometimes. Parsley is a big hit! There are probably more I can't remember right now. I hope all this helps! My guinea pig is lovely and healthy with a beautiful shiny coat. A lot of people say veg once a day but most vets I have been to agree that more than once is beneficial, and I can see that it has been for my pig. He is weighed regularly and is perfect weight!
Another thing I do for my pig is give him vitamin tablets every couple of days. I get them from the pet shop, they're called 'small animal vitamins' or something to that effect. I crush them up in a small dish, dip his cucumber into them to coat the cucumber, and then he just gobbles up the cucumber with all the vitamins on it, and he seems to like it just the same. I don't know if this is necessary with the rest of his diet, but I know it doesn't do any harm. Any vitamins that are not needed would just be excreted by the body.
Anyway, happy feeding!!
EDIT: to avoid further confusion... 'nuggets' is what a lot of people call the guinea pig pellets that you buy from pet shops! (including me!)
nuggets are better than the mixed food as they are a complete mix, and this means your piggy cant pick out which bits they like, and leave the others. Because this might mean they're missing out on some viamins/minerals.
Also, I would like to add that whatever you decide to do, try and keep your piggys diet as steady as possible, and introduce new things one at a time. Any upset in a piggys diet can make them sad, because lets face it, a lot of their time centres around eating or thinking about their next meal. Listening for the fridge to open hehe
Sorry that this is a lot to read, but nothing is too much effort in getting your piggy a nice healthy diet is it?! :)