I switched her diet to Oxbow Cavy Cuisine, unlimited timothy hay, leave lettuce, and apple from time to time. Her water that I give her comes from bottled water instead of tap.
From reading what you guys posted maybe the Oxbow is creating the stones after all. I give her about 1/4 cup each day and she eats her whole bowl!
Should I take the pellets out of her diet?
And my happy news - Henry was eating real pellets tonight. I am wondering if the vitamin C is kicking in and taking away some discomfort, which maybe made it less comfortable for him to eat hard pellets?
- Sewing for a Cause
I've also have used different waters when I went to Michigan and again moving last year, it does have a impact, how much depends on the degrees of change with foods fed. I believe each town/city is required to send out what the water breakdowns are, you can call the township offices to get it. Well waters you'll have to get a sample and send it out. There is kits for it with where to send, though I don't remember where to buy them.
Kishes to Henry.
It's a small amount, it could be whether he has gone to the bathroom recently or not, but we're trying to be very cautious about his weight. He doesn't have a lot to lose.
I did a test-run with sweet potato tonight, and he LOVED that. At a 10:6 ratio with kale, that should give us a 1.6:1 Ca:P ratio for that combination of foods. Sweet potato has about a calorie of energy per gram, and kale has about a half calorie per gram.
We have discussed this with our vets, numerous times, to make sure that there is no significant calcium in either the peanuts or the sunflowers. The information on the peanuts was easy enough to find on the Internet, but not the sunflowers. Please note the vets believe it is okay, it isn't high in calcium, if only because caged birds feed diets that consist only of sunflower seed come to them with calcium deficiencies.
We have been doing this for a year and it has really helped keep his weight on.
Please note that our pig still has multiple tiny stones the vet was unable to remove during his last (4th) stone removal surgery. When he is unwell, he stops eating the pellets first.