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.
- Supporter in 2019
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:
As a new owner, you may also find a lot of helpful info in the Guinea Lynx Care Guide:
As for your question on the water bottle usage...is it possible that you have the bottles hanging either too high or too low?
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.
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?
- Supporter in 2019
Do check out the DIet page:
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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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.
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!
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.