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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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Guinea Pig Supplies—Hey! Hay for Cavies Explained

PETCO 64 oz. Natural Premium Timothy Hay (64 oz.)

PETCO 64 oz. Natural Premium Timothy Hay (64 oz.)

PETCO Natural Premium Timothy hay is the healthy choice, providing your small animal with the proper nutrition.









When we got our first guinea pig, we knew that we also needed a few guinea pig supplies—especially food. We grabbed a bag of hay because we had heard that pigs liked hay. As we looked through the huge offering of guinea pig supplies at the pet store, we noticed that there were many varieties of hay. But the most popular seemed to be alfalfa hay—so we grabbed some of that and headed home—content, dumb and happy with our newest pet. But, we did some research later and found that we had unwittingly made a poor choice regarding our pig’s nutritional needs.

Alfalfa Hay

When we think of hay, we tend to think of grass or fibrous grass-like plants. However, alfalfa is not a grass hay. It is a legume hay. This means that it’s more closely related to peas, beans, lentils and peanuts than to your front lawn. As such, it’s much too rich in protein and calcium for your guinea pig.

Alfalfa hay may be given to guinea pigs with increased protein and calcium needs—young, growing guinea pigs (under six-months of age); convalescing animals and pregnant or nursing sows. However, it should not be given daily to mature guinea pigs as it may cause excess weight gain and may increase the likelihood of kidney stones.

Our exotic pet veterinarian likes to say that alfalfa hay is like a Snickers bar to your pet. It tastes great, they love it, but it’s simply too rich to be eaten very often. Much better to stick to the healthier grass hays like Timothy hay, orchard grass hay or oat hay.

Timothy Hay

In recent years, Timothy hay has become the standard hay for healthy guinea pigs. Unlike alfalfa, Timothy is a grass hay. As such it contains the long strand fibers that are so very vital for your cavy’s digestive processes. And with a much lower protein and calcium content that alfalfa hay, Timothy hay is well-equipped to meet your pig’s nutritional requirements.

Timothy hay is the hay most commonly recommended by veterinarians.

Orchard Grass Hay

As the name implies, Orchard grass hay is another grass hay. Because it is very similar in fiber, protein and calcium contents to Timothy hay, it is also a very healthy choice for your guinea pig.

Oat Hay

Oat hay is highly recommended because it is also a grass hay. It is comparable to Timothy and orchard grass hays in terms of fiber and protein content. It is also slightly lower in calcium content than the other two varieties.

Summary

In terms of nutritional value, Timothy hay, orchard grass hay and oat hay are virtually interchangeable as far as guinea pig health is concerned. All three should be given in unlimited quantities. That is, they should always be available to your guinea pig 24/7. Not only do they satisfy your cavy’s nutritional needs, but they also serve to grind down their teeth in order to keep them from growing out of control.

And while your pig can certainly thrive on any of these three hay types alone, we suggest that when choosing guinea pig supplies, you choose all three (as well as other grass hays). This will serve to add variety to your pet’s diet.

Kaytee Orchard Grass (16 oz.)

Kaytee Orchard Grass (16 oz.)

Our Kaytee(R) Orchard Grass provides a natural alternative source of fiber for chinchillas, rabbits, guinea pigs and other small animals. Orchard Grass is a sweet, fruity scented high fiber hay that aids in the digestive process of small pets. Feeding Orchard Grass will encourage natural foraging instincts. Because Orchard Grass is compressed, it’s easy to feed and creates less mess.








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Guinea Pig Supplies—The Top Seven Items You Will Need to Care for Your Cavy

If owning a guinea pig is new to you, the world of pet guinea pig supplies is probably also new to you. If this describes you, then this article will clear up much of the mystery behind selecting and purchasing the correct guinea pig supplies. If you are an experienced cavy owner, you may still pick up some important tips and details in the words that follow.

7. Pet Guinea Pig Food

When selecting hay for your pet guinea pig, you can’t go wrong with Timothy hay. Exotic animal veterinarians can’t say enough good things about Timothy hay. For some reason, alfalfa hay is very popular for small animals. Read the ingredients list and you will find that very many guinea pig pellets contain alfalfa or alfalfa meal as the primary ingredient. These foods are to be avoided. Small animal vets claim that alfalfa hay is “like a Snickers Bar to guinea pigs”. In other words, it is much too rich for their system. If contains far too much protein and calcium for daily use.

6. Feeder or feed bowl

You will need either a feeder or a feed bowl to dispense guinea pig pellet food to your pet. The advantage of a feeder is that holds a larger amount of food than a bowl so it does not have to be filled as often. It attaches to the side of the cage so that it will not tip over.

A food bowl holds smaller portions so food stays fresher.

5. Hay Rack

In addition to daily meals of Timothy hay-based food pellets, give your pigs unlimited access to Timothy hay in a hay rack. Timothy is nutritious for guinea pigs and is great for their digestive systems.

4. Water Bottle

You will need a good quality water bottle. Water dishes do not work well for guinea pigs as they tend to knock them over. A 16-ounce bottle is a good size for guinea pigs.

3. Vitamin C Supplementation

Guinea pigs, like humans, are unable to manufacture vitamin C in their bodies. Because of this, and because they are unable to store this vitamin in their body, they require vitamin C on a daily basis. The best method is to crush vitamin C tablets and sprinkle on their food.

Putting vitamin C in the water bottle is not recommended. If you change water daily, much of the vitamin C may be thrown away. In addition, guinea pigs sometimes will drink less water because they do not like the sour taste in their water.

2. Bedding or Fleece

If you choose to use bedding, choose a low-dust bedding. Bedding materials like pine chips or clay litter create a lot of dust and may cause respiratory issues in your guinea pigs. Fleece is gaining in popularity. It is more economical in the long run, but it does require frequent washing.

1. Guinea Pig Cage

Most pet store cages are too small for a full-grown cavy. Many guinea pig rescue organizations recommend the following minimum size standards for cages:

  • One guinea pig:                                6-7 sq. ft.
  • Two guinea pigs:              7.5 sq. ft.
  • Three guinea pigs:           10.5 sq. ft.
  • Four guinea pigs:              13 sq. ft.

 

Cages this large can be difficult or impossible to find in pets stores. A different style cage—C&C (Cubes and Coroplast) cages—have risen sharply in popularity over the past few years.  People often build them as homemade do-it-yourself cages, but you can also readily find them online in kit form. A good place to find a large selection of quality C&C guinea pig cage kits is http://BlueStoneCages.com.

Adopting a new pet into your home brings you not only fun, but also additional responsibility. With the correct choice of guinea pig supplies, you will be able to create a safe, happy and healthy environment for your new cavy friend.

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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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