We have two guinea pigs that had been abandoned outside a PetSmart. The mama and baby (who was much bigger than we thought...) were very welcome after our last piggie passed away. These piggies have needed a lot of slow, gentle socialization, but they're much happier and less skittish now.
I can't figure out what kind of feeding bowl to use! They scatter their food. They use their food bowl for a toilet. :o We've tried different ceramic bowls. But, if it's deep enough for them to not scatter, then it's too deep for them to eat. We didn't have this issue with our last piggie, and are looking for suggestions.
And...by way of introduction...here are Daisy (the black and white baby) and Dream enjoying some supervised time outside:
They MAY stop using the food bowl for a bathroom if they have plenty of space to run around. They get hay as well as pellets, yes? Most pigs will poo and pee in their hay as they hang out there while eating.
I had a pig that liked to dump his bowl of pellets. I just got a heavier, low to the ground ceramic bowl and that stopped.
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They get hay, pellets and fresh veggies/fruit daily. They LOVE hay, like their pellets, and are pretty disinterested in the fresh veggies. Our last piggie LOVED fresh veggies! I'm hoping they come around and keep offering it.
That is a cage top that we use for outside time. (And, that's not the whole cage top in the photo. The long side is as long as the wading pool.) The smaller space makes it easier for us to collect them when it's time to go in as they are still being socialized. They have a bigger inside cage.
Thanks all! :)
They can't tip the bowl over. The curved shape makes it impossible for them to "dig" the pellets out. The pellets stay in the bowl. The only pellets I find outside the bowl now are the ones my little guy, Oliver, spits out (he has some tooth issues). I also find many fewer poops in these bowls than any of the other ones I've tried. I imagine the size and shape of the bowl makes them pretty uncomfortable for them to sit in. They're easy to clean and come in a few different colors. I've also dropped them a couple times on the hard kitchen floor and they haven't broken. love these bowls so much.
I've tried the Stay Bowls, too, and they're okay. For me, I find the plastic was hard to clean and they would literally lay and take a nap in them so they were always filthy... the recessed lettering on the outside "rim" was such a pain in the butt to scrub clean and the footprint of them is huge. Granted, they were impossible for the pigs to flip but they were hard to clean and took up such a big footprint that the one benefit they gave wasn't worth it to me.