Pumbaa gets unlimited Oxbow Essentials Young Guinea Pig food and unlimited Oxbow Alfalfa hay, as well as bell pepper chunks and various greens daily, with the occasional apple slice or baby carrot as an extra treat. He popcorns and makes zoomies in his cage frequently, and he gets 45 min. to an hour of floor time most days. My plan for the near future is to spring for a cage that's big enough for 2 and adopt him a friend.
Thoughts on whether I should be scaling back on any of his food? Thanks in advance.
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It's VERY hard for a guinea pig to be overweight, not least because they're herbivores. Usually the ones that are overweight are fed unlimited pellets as adults, or have some sort of mobility problems. I've only ever had one guinea pig that was less than three pounds as a adult, and none of them were overweight.
Nala, the next biggest, was 675g at the age of about 4-5 months.
Not that I am any sort of expert but given that Boars are heavier than Sows that doesn't look too excessive to me but those with more knowledge than me will be able to give you better info.
For what it is worth Chunkita was up to 1186g at one point but since we have been letting them out to run more (all day pretty much) she has dropped to 1136g. So more exercise/run time may help.
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bpatters, it took me a few tries to get the picture posted from Imgur; using [img] didn't work for me for some reason, but when I went into the editor I saw a pics command and tried that. I don't know if that might be causing the problem.
I removed the tags and just left the link. Somehow it ends up displayed and if not, one can click on the link.
Do read over this page and note the description a veterinarian provided me on how to check to see if your guinea pig is underweight, overweight, or "just right".
So I did the "spine test"...and I'm not feeling much in the way of bumps until I get towards the tail end.
He does love his pellets - definitely more so than my previous guinea pigs, who would devour their hay before the pellet bowl was empty.
Since he is so young, I am wondering if limiting pellets and continuing to feel alfalfa hay would provide sufficient protein and calcium to support his growth.
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Please don't limit your pig's diet at this point. Guinea pigs are like people -- they come in different shapes and sizes, and you might possibly have one that's part cuy and will turn out to be bigger. I promise you that a three-month-old guinea pig does NOT need to have limited food as long as you're feeding a good quality pellet.