They aren't eating their pellets

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CuteGuineas

Post   » Thu Jun 27, 2019 11:41 pm


I am a new guinea pig owner of two sweet females (aged 2 and 1). They do not appear to be eating their pellets or have any interest in them. The pellets are Oxbow Garden Select for adult guinea pigs. Any idea why this could be or what I can do to get them to eat them?

They do munch their Timothy hay (though from what I am reading here, it sounds like a softer type would be better for them). They also love veggies like parsley and spinach and already beg and "wheek" for them when they hear the fridge.

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sef1268
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Post   » Fri Jun 28, 2019 6:01 am


If this is a few diet for them, it will take some time for them to get used to it. That said, none of my guys have ever had much interest in the Garden Select pellets by Oxbow (I feed the regular Oxbow adult formula), but every pig is different and yours may eventually warm up to them.

As far as veggies, parsley and spinach are very high in calcium. Both of your guinea pigs are adults, and it's best to feed high calcium foods in moderation to avoid bladder sludge and stones. Here is more good info on diet:
http://www.guinealynx.info/diet.html

As a new owner, you may also find a lot of helpful info in the Guinea Lynx Care Guide:
http://www.guinealynx.info/healthycavy.html

As for your question on the water bottle usage...is it possible that you have the bottles hanging either too high or too low?

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sef1268
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Post   » Fri Jun 28, 2019 6:26 am


Sorry, meant to say "new diet" (not "few diet").

IssaG

Post   » Fri Jun 28, 2019 3:40 pm


How long have you had them and do you know what their previous situation was like? I was talking to an owner a while back who said the previous owner didn't feed pellets so it took a while for the guineas to warm up to them. It could also be a phase. For the first year I owned my guineas they ate pellets but not much. Now they'll eat nothing but pellets if I let them. So just give them time and be sure to provide Vitamin C through veggies until they decide to eat them.

samim21

Post   » Fri Jun 28, 2019 4:59 pm


Mine won't eat the garden select pellets either. I would try the Oxbow Adult Guinea Pig formula instead if they continue to refuse to eat them.

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ItsaZoo

Post   » Fri Jun 28, 2019 5:25 pm


Mine liked the Garden Select at first because it was something new. Then she decided she was no longer a fan. I tried mixing them with the Adult and she ate the Adult and left the Garden Select.

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CuteGuineas

Post   » Fri Jun 28, 2019 10:05 pm


Good to know about too much parsley and spinach; I guess I will have to go on another veggie run to find them something else. I tried bell peppers; they won't eat them. Maybe I will have to try another pellet mix such as the other Oxbow adult mix you mentioned. *Sigh.* They are fussy little creatures; this is getting more expensive than I thought it would be.

In reply to Issa, I have only had them 3 days (feels like longer, haha). I got them from a shelter (where they had been transferred from a previous shelter) and don't know what their situations before that were like. Maybe I could ask the shelter if they have any more information.

Thanks everyone for the feedback.
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CuteGuineas

Post   » Fri Jun 28, 2019 10:11 pm


In reply to sef 1268, you asked: "As for your question on the water bottle usage...is it possible that you have the bottles hanging either too high or too low?"

I don't think so.(?) But now today, the water level suddenly went down a couple inches. So probably they are fine. Maybe this bottle had a different feel than the one they had at the shelter and it took them a couple of days to figure it out?

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sef1268
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Post   » Sat Jun 29, 2019 8:00 am


Most guinea pigs like and will eat a variety of lettuces: green leaf, red leaf, romaine, Boston lettuce. I make lettuce the basis of their salads, and then add small bits of carrot, green pepper, cilantro, celery (REMOVE STRINGS), zucchini. They'll occasionally get bits of "grape" tomato (it's a tomato smaller than cherry tomatoes that is supposedly less acidic), and corn husks when they're in season around here. You should pull off all of the outer husks to remove pesticides as much as possible. Very rarely and as a special treat, they'll sometimes get a small bit of orange, but I generally don't feed fruit because the natural sugars in most fruits can cause digestive upset.

Do check out the DIet page:
http://www.guinealynx.info/diet.html

Also:
http://www.guinealynx.info/fave.html

Good brands as far as pellets are either KMS Hayloft Timothy or Oxbow Adult. Both are available on Amazon.com or Chewy.com.

Do make sure that the bulk of their diet is comprised of good quality hay.

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CuteGuineas

Post   » Sat Jun 29, 2019 6:45 pm


Thanks for the ideas and links! I am going to go out and get them a couple of different lettuces tonight, and maybe a few grape tomatoes or baby carrots to mix in, too.

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CuteGuineas

Post   » Wed Jul 03, 2019 12:36 am


Well, they won't eat the grape tomatoes I bought them, either. I guess we will stick with a lettuce mix for now.

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sef1268
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Post   » Wed Jul 03, 2019 6:26 am


You have to be patient and offer new foods slowly and consistently, over time. Don't give up just because you tried a food and they turned their noses up at it.

As far as greens, do make sure you are not feeding iceberg lettuce. It has zero nutritional value.

bpatters
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samim21

Post   » Wed Jul 03, 2019 12:19 pm


I would recommend getting them some vitamin C in their diet. Bell peppers are great for pigs. It might take a week or two to get them to eat it, but it's important to get vitamin C in their diet so they don't get scurvy.

Mine don't like grape tomatoes either, but definitely don't give up after one try. If they won't eat it after like two weeks of offering it, that might be the time to give up. Though, it took one of my girls a month to eat bell peppers and now she loves them.

Maybe try some oxbow vitamin C treats or some bell pepper treats. They are good for your pigs and might get them used to the bell pepper flavor.

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CuteGuineas

Post   » Wed Jul 03, 2019 8:18 pm


Good suggestions; I am going to try wrapping little pieces of bell pepper in the lettuce to see if they will eat it that way. (No, I don't feed them iceberg lettuce.) 😊

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CuteGuineas

Post   » Wed Jul 03, 2019 8:39 pm


Well, that didn't work well. I tried several times and they managed to pull the leaf off and left the pepper. I am concerned about them getting enough vitamin C. They don't eat much of their pellets, and so far they will only eat greens: no bell peppers, no tomatoes.

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Lynx
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Post   » Wed Jul 03, 2019 10:38 pm


You can get an idea of how much vitamin C might be in their greens here.
www.guinealynx.info/chart.html

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Thu Jul 04, 2019 11:26 pm


I don't see where anyone asked, but did you try red, yellow or orange bell peppers? If she won't eat the green ones, she might eat one of the other colors. My 4 boars have different tastes in bell peppers. You could give her dandelion greens, but you have to watch with the calcium content. If all else fails you could get a vitamin c supplement and give her that if you are worried about her getting enough vitamin c through her diet.

samim21

Post   » Fri Jul 05, 2019 11:21 am


In the past, I have cut up vegetables they refuse to eat really REALLY small and sprinkled them over the things they definitely will eat. That might help get them used to the flavor. Definitely try other colors of pepper too.

Also, again, just keep trying over and over and over again. It takes some pigs a LONG time to get used to certain foods.

For my pickier girl, sometimes kinda (gently) shoving it in her face helps. She sometimes won't try something on her own so kinda (again gently) just smooshing it against her lips for sec sometimes gets her to bite it and then go "oh, wait this is actually pretty good!"

And again, get some of the oxbow bell pepper treats (or the vitamin C treats). They have a good bit of vitamin C in them and might help your pigs get used to the flavor.

Keep at it! They will come around eventually.

Edit: BTW you can get oxbow treats on chewy.com (they are way cheaper there than at a pet store.)

Also make sure you are feeding them good quality hay. I find my pigs are more willing to eat more things when they are also eating tons of hay. They got a little more adventurous when I switched from oxbow (which is fine but I kept getting kinda iffy batches) to rabbit hole hay

Edit 2: Sorry, just one more thought. Have they ever been to the vet? If not, bring them in for a check up. When my girls have been sick in the past, they have stopped eating pellets and refused any watery vegetables. They would eat lettuce but not any other veg and they drank less water. Might be worth bringing your girls in to the vet if you haven't yet. Guinea pigs need annual check ups anyway!

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CuteGuineas

Post   » Sat Jul 06, 2019 11:09 pm


Replying to Renonvsparky, you asked, "I don't see where anyone asked, but did you try red, yellow or orange bell peppers? If she won't eat the green ones, she might eat one of the other colors."

I initially tried the red and yellow, and they showed no interest in either. I am happy to update that I have finally gotten them to eat yellow peppers now, and they were even fighting over them today. 😊

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