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Post   » Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:32 pm

bpatters, I will edit them to include a tagged link too.

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Post   » Mon Feb 18, 2019 9:29 pm

While I'm personally not a fan of unlimited pellets for adult pigs (mainly due to the fact that we have had so many issues with bladder stones and sludge over the years), I would agree that obesity isn't all that common in healthy, active guinea pigs on a good quality diet. Your guy is only 3 mos. and he's not fat. I would continue feeding as you have been for now, and start switching to timothy pellets once he reaches 6 months or so. At that point, you can decide whether or not to start cutting back on pellets. Again, I generally feed around 1/8 cup twice a day for adults, along with plenty of fresh veggies and unlimited hay, and none of our guys have been underweight. There is no hard and fast rule, though, and as others have said, mileage may vary.

If it were me, though, I would start cutting back on alfalfa hay now and start adding timothy hay to his diet.


Post   » Thu Feb 21, 2019 5:46 pm

Thank again, everyone. Bpatters, have Cuy made it out to the East Coast? I remember people were reporting many in California, but that was some years ago...

And got the T-shirt

Post   » Thu Feb 21, 2019 6:07 pm

No clue about cuy on East Coast. I live in south Texas.


Post   » Mon Mar 18, 2019 9:46 am

Update: Pumbaa turns 4 months old tomorrow and weighed in this morning at a whopping 930 grams (just over 2 pounds). I transitioned him from alfalfa hay to timothy hay over the last month since I posted, and continued with the unlimited pellets. He's gonna be one big pig! I continue to be intrigued by the possibility that he is part cuy - although he is pretty good about being picked up (he knows that it means he's getting veggies and lap or floor time), he is definitely more skittish than my previous guinea pigs (even freezes when he hears a bird outside!). He doesn't have any polydactyly, but his back feet do seem larger than my other piggies' (who were about the same size when full grown). Although he has agouti mixed in, the white and fawn Abyssinian fur looks like that of some cuyes mejoradoes linea Inka. I've found a few reports of cuy or part cuy making their way to the northeast U.S. Thanks again for all your advice.

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