Protect Your Capybaras and Guinea Pigs from Power Cords and Electric Cables. 電源コードと電気ケーブルからあなたのカピバラとモルモットを保護します。

These beautifully behaved capybaras would never dream of chewing on a cable or power cord. Don't they look so innocent...

These beautifully behaved capybaras would never dream of chewing on a cable or power cord.
Don’t they look so innocent…

If you haven’t managed to train your capybara, or guinea pig, not to chew power cords and electric cables, here are three ideas to protect your beloved animal.

1.  You can slit a hosepipe and hide the electric cable/power cord inside. If your capybara/guinea pig does decide to chew he won’t come into contact with the electric cable so he won’t be electrocuted. See photos below.

2. In some countries you can buy plastic tubing, to feed power cords through, which would provide some protection.

A hosepipe has been slit along its length, the cable, (electrical wire) has been placed inside.

A hosepipe has been slit along its length, the cable, (electrical wire) has been placed inside.

 

The cable to this computer has been put inside a hose so that inquisitive capybaras can't chew on it.

The cable to this computer has been put inside a hose so that inquisitive capybaras can’t chew on it.

 

3.  Smear neat washing-up liquid on the cables. This tastes horrible and when your beloved capybara/guinea pig starts trying to chew on the cable his saliva will dissolve the dried washing-up liquid and create a most unpleasant taste. Your capybara/guinea pig will stop chewing immediately (hopefully).   After a few unpleasant encounters with the dried washing-up liquid  most capybaras should cease to show any interest in the potentially life-threatening cables.

These two would never dream of chewing on a cable

These two would never dream of chewing on a cable

Of course you will have sensibly placed most of your power cords and electric cables out of reach of your capybara and guinea pig. And hidden those that need to remain at floor level.

You wouldn't want such an incredibly enchanting animal to be electrocuted!

You wouldn’t want such an incredibly enchanting animal to be electrocuted!

You can make life easier for yourself by providing your capybara with the right diet. Romeo and Tuff’n eat Grass, Hay, and Guinea Pig Food. All of these require lots of chewing so they are not inclined to chew cords, cables, furnishings etc.    If they want something to chew they can go to the Hay and Guinea Pig Food which is available 24/7. This diet is also very good for their teeth; capybaras teeth grow continuously and if they are not fed the right diet they may end up with very painful and costly teeth problems.

Eating Hay in the Dining Room. When ever Romeo or Tuff'n want to chew on something they have a choice of Hay or Guinea Pig Food; both require a lot of chewing

Eating Hay in the Dining Room. Whenever Romeo or Tuff’n want to chew on something they have a choice of Hay or Guinea Pig Food; both require a lot of chewing

(Information courtesy of Marvin and Elizabeth)

 

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Capybara Dreaming… カピバラドリーミング

Blissful Capybara, All Stretched Out

Blissful Capybara, All Stretched Out

The seat next to us on the flight from Los Angeles to London was empty. I couldn’t help but imagine Romeo sitting there, looking so, so cute. We had been upgraded to Business Class so he would have had a flatbed to sprawl out on when he wanted to sleep.

In Love!

In Love!

Romeo would never have understood that he had only been allocated one seat.   I can just imagine him setting off to explore, and jumping up on somebody else’s seat while they were away in the toilet… And snuggling under the duvet. I can visualise that person’s surprise on returning to their seat and finding this beautiful big lump hidden under the covers.

Who Disturbed Me?

Who Disturbed Me?

Being such a friendly capybara, he would have wandered around the cabin so that everyone had a chance to pet him and fall in love with him. I can just see him jumping up and landing on some sleeping body…

A First Class Flatbed Seat

A First Class Flatbed Seat

Then he would discover First Class…   Romeo hates barriers. When he goes to the park he always makes for the furthest extremities, and seems extremely frustrated when he comes to a fence impeding his progress in that direction. He would have been delighted to discover that all that separated him from First Class was a curtain.

I Love Those Eyes

I Love Those Eyes

Romeo would have had to order a “Special Meal” though, as BA doesn’t usually provide hay, grass and guinea pig food for its passengers.

I Could Sleep Anywhere

I Could Sleep Anywhere

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How Could You Not Fall in Love with Him

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