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Psychobabbler

Post   » Sun Feb 17, 2019 3:30 pm


Hi! Although this is my first post, I've long been a reader of these forums, and your collective wisdom helped me provide good care to my most recent sow, who lived to the ripe old age of 7.5 years. After losing her, I adopted a baby boar from a rescue at 3 weeks old, when he had to be separated from his mom and sister. Pumbaa is beautiful and healthy and growing like a weed...but he's getting so big so quickly that I'm concerned. He will be 3 months old on Feb 20th, and this morning he weighed in at 760 grams! I've checked the archives and articles here about weight, and that's higher than the biggest male pig on the chart I saw here. I've always had sows before, so I know that a bigger male is likely to seem huge to me, but...

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.

bpatters
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Post   » Sun Feb 17, 2019 3:36 pm


No, don't scale back. A lot of those charts and scales are based on lab animals, not pets, and I'd like to see most, if not all, of them redacted!

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.

rjespicer

Post   » Sun Feb 17, 2019 3:46 pm


Our biggest girl Chunkita was 990g at the point we started weighing her, which was about 3 months after we got her. We were told she was 3 months old whe we got her so she would have been about 6 months then.

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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sef1268
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Post   » Sun Feb 17, 2019 4:09 pm


Just my $.02. I don't think that's fat, but I have never fed unlimited pellets (all of ours have been males over the years), even for our younger guys. Most of their diet is hay, with roughly 1/8 cup of pellets twice a day and maybe 1/2 cup of veggies twice a day. I also wouldn't feed alfalfa hay exclusively. It's good for baby guinea pigs, but around 3 months old I start introducing timothy.

Psychobabbler

Post   » Sun Feb 17, 2019 4:53 pm


Thanks to all for your quick reply! It helps to have other perspectives!

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sef1268
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Post   » Sun Feb 17, 2019 5:20 pm


It sounds like you're doing a great job with him. Don't forget to post a picture! We'd love to see him. :)

Psychobabbler

Post   » Sun Feb 17, 2019 6:13 pm


Thanks! How do I post a picture? I don't see any way to upload or attach one.

rjespicer

Post   » Sun Feb 17, 2019 6:14 pm


You have to host it on another site like Imgur and then copy the link they give you using the [img] tags

Psychobabbler

Post   » Sun Feb 17, 2019 6:18 pm


Ah...okay, I'll give it a try!


rjespicer

Post   » Sun Feb 17, 2019 7:02 pm


He's a cutie!

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sef1268
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Post   » Sun Feb 17, 2019 7:37 pm


Aww! Very cute indeed. I love his colors!

bpatters
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Post   » Sun Feb 17, 2019 7:51 pm


I can't see it.

Psychobabbler

Post   » Sun Feb 17, 2019 7:58 pm


Aw, thanks. I love his colors too - I'd never seen a tricolor that had agouti, and immediately fell in love.

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.

Psychobabbler

Post   » Sun Feb 17, 2019 8:05 pm


This is what happened when I tried using img:

https://imgur.com/a/ylqhYdF


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sef1268
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Post   » Sun Feb 17, 2019 8:26 pm


Not sure, either, as I'm able to see it without any problem. He looks to have lovely "eye liner" eyes, too. :)

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Lynx
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Post   » Sun Feb 17, 2019 10:56 pm


With imgur, you don't have to use image tags. in fact, if your link does not end in jpg or png or another extension indicating an image, the image tags will not work.

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".
www.guinealynx.info/weigh.html

Psychobabbler

Post   » Sun Feb 17, 2019 11:42 pm


Thank you!
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.

bpatters
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Post   » Mon Feb 18, 2019 12:41 am


Lynx, I can't see anything at all now, not even the image icon that you can usually see when a picture is missing.

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.

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pigjes
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Post   » Mon Feb 18, 2019 1:19 am


In 50 years that I had pigs, I have never seen an overweight one. Weight differs from breed to breed too. Also, I like that pigs are not skinny, as when they become ill, they loose weight so fast and afterwards, getting some back on is extremely hard to do.

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