Sunday, January 8, 2017

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Alcosa Cabbage?

Happy (belated) new years, loyal readers! Who's ready for another fun year of food and product reviews, and other guinea pig fun? Presumably you are, if you're still reading this, and we love that you are! Let's kick off 2017 with a new food review, shall we?

After doing the blog for so many years, it's been getting harder and harder to find foods that we haven't review yet that we know are okay for guinea pigs to eat. There were times we worried that we'd have to retire our food reviews because we've simply eaten everything we can in the produce section at the grocery store. Fortunately, the human are subscribed to Blue Apron, which sometimes provides unusual types of produce we've never heard of. (For example, see our review of Atlas Carrots.) Recently, the humans got an "Alcosa Cabbage" from them, which is another new one to us. We looked it up, and it turns out it's a type of savoy cabbage. This means we can have it 2-4 times per week, but only in small portions because it's a gassy food.

New food!

I'll take this row, and you take the other row. Deal?

Hey, who gets the middle row?
We couldn't reach an agreement on who got the middle row, and it turned out to be a free-for-all. It was a little chaotic, but we each got our fair share of cabbage in the end. Wish the humans would give us more, but we know we got a fairly generous portion as-is, and we can't eat too much cabbage at once. Oh well.

Alcosa Cabbage gets 5/5 stars!

Monday, December 26, 2016

Automatic Pet Feeder using Arduino

We've had several posts in the past talking about various issues related to humans needing to travel. Examples: Should you try to fly with your human? Should you take a car trip with your human? Should your human leave you at home and try to find someone to take care of you? For those humans who are only going on a short trip and have strong technical skills, we have another option to share with you involving using an Arduino to feed us.

For those who have never heard of it, Arduino is: "Open-source electronic prototyping platform enabling users to create interactive electronic objects." People have put them to use on cool projects such as security cameras, "smart canes" for the blindfingerprint scanning garage door openers, and hacking talking teddy bears to make them say what you want. It was only a matter of time before an enterprising guinea pig owner put this technology to work for us!

For more details, see here: "Arduino - Guinea Pig automatic food and water dispenser by Studvio."

Our humans have experimented a little with a similar device called a Raspberry Pi, but making something like this is a bit beyond them for now. If any of our readers actually have made something like this, let us know in the comments section!

(Again, we want to emphasize that this should only be used for very short trips. You wouldn't want to risk your guinea pig going without food for too long if the power goes out or the device malfunctions! In fact, we'd probably recommend that if you're going to rely on something like this, you may also want to set up a webcam to monitor the guinea pig cage for these sorts of emergencies.)

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to All Our Piggie Friends!

Happy holidays, everyone! Thank you for being loyal readers following all our piggie adventures, and sharing your adventures with us in the comments section.

We hope you and your families (both furry and human) enjoy the holiday season and have a fabulous 2017!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Cavy Savvy 500th Post Celebration!

Guess what, loyal readers? This post is our 500th Cavy Savvy post! That's a whole lot of food reviews, product reviews, questions answered, and other guinea pig information. We like to commemorate milestones like this, but it's a little bittersweet this time since the blog founders Lola (1) and Buffy aren't with us to celebrate this time around. But I'm sure they're still avidly reading our latest posts from the Rainbow Bridge, happy to see that what they built still endures.

Time to celebrate!

Looks like romaine lettuce, apple, and orange pepper!
I claim the orange pepper!
Hey Lola... We did it! 500 posts!
Here's to hundreds more!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Can guinea pigs eat red carrots?

Long-time readers of this blog may know that carrots come in colors other than just orange, including white and and purple. To get in the Christmas mood, we're reviewing a food that's Christmas-colored: red carrots. This particular variety is known as "nutri-red," and it is known to be very high in lycopene, an antioxidant found in tomatoes and known to have heath benefits for humans. Red carrots are originally from India and China.

Like all carrots, you can feed us the equivalent of one baby carrot per day.

They're not super red. More like a reddish-orange.
But they sure taste like carrots!
Mmm... Carrots!
We have yet to meet a carrot that we didn't love! Red carrots get 5/5 stars!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Product Review: Carefresh Colorful Creations, Orange

Hi there, loyal readers! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your humans. (If you're in the United States, anyway. I know we have international readers as well who might not celebrate.) Thanksgiving is a good time for guinea pigs. We aren't carnivores, so we have no interest in turkey, but there are lots of fruits and veggies that humans often cook that we can eat: butternut squash, green beans, cranberries, and  so on. Make sure you wheek as loud as you can if you your humans aren't giving you some food you're allowed to have! They mean well, but they sometimes get too wrapped up in their own business and need a little reminder that we love food, too!

After all that Thanksgiving feasting, you'll need a nice place to lounge around, digest, and eventually do your business. That's when you'll appreciate having quality bedding in your cage. Which brings us to today's product review: Orange Carefresh Colorful Creations.

It's so orange.

Looks inviting in the little cage. And I think it will match my patches of tan fur.

Here's the description for this product :
"Carefresh Colorful Creations Small Animal Bedding allows you to create a fun and vibrant living space for your small pet while keeping him comfortable and dry. This colorful bedding made from natural paper fibers can match your room decor, show your favorite team's colors, or allow you to come up with a creative design of your own. However you choose to use it, you will create a unique and aesthetically pleasing atmosphere for your small pet to live in."
We have reviewed several types of Carefresh bedding products before, including ones whose main selling point was their color. As with the other Carefresh colorful beddings, the bedding itself works great, and it looks fun:

Time to dive in and test it.
Also, it's quite comfortable to lounge around on. However, bright orange isn't a very good color for hiding the evidence of your Thanksgiving overindulgence, if you catch my drift.

We'll give Carefresh Colorful Creations, Orange 4.5/5 stars!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Honeynut Squash?

Why, hello there, fine Cavy Savvy readers! The humans were out of town for a bit, which meant we were also on vacation at the vet for boarding. The accommodations are nice, and it puts our minds at ease (in light of Broccoli's recent medical issues) to know that we have great veterinarians watching over us. Unfortunately, no one bothered to share the WiFi password with us there, so we weren't able to post anything.

We're back now! And, we have a new squash to review for you: Butternut Squash!
$1.50... Is that a lot of that money stuff or not? I don't know, but I think you should buy it!
If your human isn't already visiting their local farmer's market, you should encourage them to do so. They're a great source of new fruits and veggies to try!

So what is a Honeynut Squash anyway? We looked it up, and it turns out that Honeynut Squash is a variety of Butternut Squash that is crossed with buttercup squash. It turns out that a plant breeder at Cornell University created this new variety, which "fits in the palm of your hand and has about ten times the sweetness and squash flavor of the workaday butternut."

As with regular butternut squash, we can eat this 2-4 times per week, and shouldn't be fed the stalk, seeds or stem. Since this variety is bred to be sweeter than regular butternut squash, you should probably feed it to us less often (say, 2 times per week).

I'm willing to share, but please stay on your side of the plate, Broccoli!
Hey! This is clearly not respecting the boundaries I established! Food in my mouth is clearly not on your side of the plate!
After an initial feeding frenzy, Broccoli got bored for a bit and wandered off. But then he came back when he saw he was running out of time to eat more squash.

Walking onto the plate isn't very respectful of boundaries, either! You're really not good at following instructions. Please work on that!
I found Honeynut Squash to be a delightfully sweet variety of squash. Broccoli was a bit all over the map, however. First he wanted to eat it out of my mouth, then he was bored, and then he tries to take over the plate by sitting on it! I think our opinion of honeynut squash averages out to 4/5 stars!