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What if Your Guinea Pig Grew Up to Be Larger Than Your Refrigerator?

What if you went down to the pet shelter and picked up a cute little guinea pig pup and brought it home to live with you? And what if, as it began to grow, it began eating unusually large quantities of grass and hay and drinking enormous amounts of water – much more than its little guinea pig brothers and sisters? After a few days, you begin to notice that the floor of the cage is beginning to sag a little – but still the pudgy little pig continues to eat.

And as the weeks go on, your cute “little” guinea pig eventually outgrows its cage and you are forced to build a little corral to house it in another room. By now, it’s about the size of a real pig – a potbellied pig. But still it continues to eat. And it continues to grow. It has now become virtually impossible to pick up the “little” guy and put him on your lap to pet him anymore.

By the time it’s done growing, it is the size of a mid-size sedan. And still it continues to eat. Of course, now that it’s more than 1400 times as large as the other cavies in your house, you’ve moved it outside. The floor in your house is no longer able to support its weight – it now weighs in at over 1500 lbs (not to mention the smell).

No doubt about it: if you had such a pig, at more than nine-feet long, it would definitely be the biggest cavy in the neighborhood. But is it conceivable that you could you get actually get a pet like this? Surprisingly you could – but only if you could build a time machine.

Phoberomys pattersoni was such an animal – a 1500 lb. guinea pig (actually an early relative of our modern guinea pig that lived in northwestern Venezuela eight million years ago). Scientists speculate that the large rodent eventually became extinct because it was not able to escape its natural predators as easily as swifter, hoofed animals such as antelopes and gazelles. And it was unable to scurry away and hide from predators as do smaller rodents. It’s a good thing that it did become extinct because we certainly couldn’t afford to buy a cage for it.

Do you have a big pig? No. Not as big as a refrigerator. But, you know… BIG. If so, then you’re gonna need the economy BIG 96 oz. bag of Oxbow Western Timothy Hay:

Oxbow Western Timothy Hay

Help keep your small pet’s gastrointestinal tract functioning properly with Western Timothy grass hay. It has high-fiber, low-protein and low-calcium contents to help prevent obesity, maintain optimum urinary health and improve overall health. Feeding your small pet a high-fiber diet will also lower the incidence of soft stools, intestinal gas and bloating. Its fresh fragrance encourages consumption. Recommended for: Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Chinchillas and Prairie Dogs Ingredients: Timothy Grass Hay. Guaranteed Analysis: Crude Protein (min) 7.0% Crude Fat (min) 1.5% Crude Fiber (max) 32.0% Moisture (max) 15.0% Feeding Directions: Growing Animals : Unlimited amounts Mature Animals : Unlimited amounts Feeding Recommendations: Western Timothy hay can be fed free-choice to rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, prairie dogs and other herbivores as an alternative to oat hay, brome and orchard grass. Free-choice means that the feed is available at all times. If they finish what you give them, you need to give them more! Feeding animals free-choice hay promotes a natural chewing behavior and helps prevent molar spurs and other teeth problems so common in these small herbivores. How long will this 40 oz. bag last? Size of pet : Hay lasts 2 lbs.: 3 weeks 5 lbs.: 10 days 7 lbs.: 1 week Made in the USA.

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    Oxbow Cavy Cuisine Guinea Pig Diet - CLICK ON PHOTO to buy
    Cavy Cuisine is specifically formulated to meet the particular nutritional needs of adult guinea pigs. Its pellets are made with timothy grass meal which provides a lower level of protein, calories, and calcium than traditional alfalfa pellets. Cavy Cuisine's optimal calcium to phosphorus ratio also helps maintain a healthy urinary system. Cavy Cuisine contains a stabilized form of vitamin C, which guinea pigs require daily. Features & Benefits: Timothy Hay based pellet High in fiber to maintain digestive health Fortified with stabilized Vitamin C Balanced calcium-to-phosphorus ratio Recommended for: Adult Guinea Pigs Ingredients: Timothy Grass Meal, Soybean Hulls, Wheat Middlings, Soybean Meal, Cane Molasses, Salt, L-ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (Vitamin C), Limestone, Yeast Culture (Saccharomyces cerevisiae), Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement (tocopherol), Ascorbic Acid, Colloidal Silica, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Vitamin K), Riboflavin, Niacin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pantothenic Acid, Biotin, Thiamine, Choline Chloride, DL-Methionine, Pyrodoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Sodium Selenite, Magnesium Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Cobalt Carbonate, Manganese Oxide, Zinc Oxide, Zinc Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Mineral Oil, Calcium Idodate, Potassium Chloride. Guaranteed Analysis: Crude Protein (min) 14.0% Crude Fat (min) 1.5% Crude Fiber (min) 25.0% Crude Fiber (max) 28.0% Moisture (max) 10.0% Calcium (min) 0.35% Calcium (max) 0.85% Phosphorus (min) 0.25% Salt (min) 0.5%; (max) 1.0% Vitamin A - 20,000 IU/kg Ascorbic Acid (Vit C) - 400 mg/kg Vitamin D - 880 IU/kg Vitamin E - 140 IU/kg Copper - 20mg/kg
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