Critical care mix-ins

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rshevin

Post   » Wed Aug 29, 2007 5:57 pm


I'm looking for some ideas to keep Smudgie interested in his critical care and/or pellet mush he gets at night. He is the strangest pig in the entire world and he doesn't have a sweet tooth so the things I used for Piggy like baby apples, peaches, etc are no good. I know, he's a very, very weird pig.

So now I'm looking for green vegetable baby foods but the thing is they're almost all mixed with some kind of starch. Since the actual consumed amount would be small, is this ok? I remember seeing today peas & rice and spinach & potato. The latter was the biggest concern for me. Is cooked potato the same no-no as raw potato which I know is toxic (it's toxic to humans too I believe).

I think I went to the only grocery store in town that doesn't carry Odwalla juices, but I'm going to try that green Superfood stuff as soon as I go back out. Do you folks mix that instead of water/Pedialyte or in addition to?

Just for completeness, his mix right now is: pellets, Pedialyte, pumpkin, and a pinch of plain old fashioned oats. He's being supplemented to keep weight on as he approaches his senior years.

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RavenShade
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Post   » Wed Aug 29, 2007 5:59 pm


Try sweet potato or just plain spinach. You can also mash up your own if you have a coffee grinder or similar.

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rshevin

Post   » Wed Aug 29, 2007 6:05 pm


I thought about sweet potato but am thinking it's too sweet? I saw some plain squash too but is that sweet? Been a long time since I was eating baby foods ya know. He's very strange. He'd rather eat hay than watermelon. I'm trying hard to find just plain spinach but it seems to be unpopular. I forgot some stuff at the store today so I need to go back and will pick a store with better selection.

Unfortunately I only have a big blender/foodprocessor so making my own is out until I move. I'm not buying anything else to schlep.

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Jaycey
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Post   » Wed Aug 29, 2007 6:39 pm


Hiya,

I know Peter Gurney wasn't the best at everything, but I remember reading something he wrote saying cooked potatos were ok for guinea pigs. He mentioned mixing it with bran. I've never tried it though, as I don't think my lot would like it.

cutemomomi
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Post   » Wed Aug 29, 2007 6:47 pm


I have used everything from pedialyte, apple juice, baby food and canned pumpkin.
The only mix-in I get a thumbs up all the time is chopped fresh wheatgrass. I cut them into tiny pieces with a pair of scissors, much easier then with a knife. Then throw in a little pedidalyte to the mix.

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rshevin

Post   » Wed Aug 29, 2007 6:55 pm


I did get some quick grow wheat grass from my secret santa. I've been saving it until after I move, but I guess I could break it out now.

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Katrina
For the love of pigs!

Post   » Wed Aug 29, 2007 6:58 pm


I find that Lennie likes it better if it's warm. I mix with pedialyte and microwave for about 10 seconds. I have tried a variety of other mix-ins and he hasn't been excited about any of them.

cutemomomi
Obey My Authority

Post   » Wed Aug 29, 2007 6:58 pm


I just started a new batch on carefresh instead of potting soil on Friday night. Today is day,..... 5!
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It is actually working better than potting soil for me at the moment, no mess!

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rshevin

Post   » Wed Aug 29, 2007 7:00 pm


Oh my gosh CAREFRESH! Why didn't I think of that? Momo is a GENIUS! Now I have to go find some Carefresh.

P.S. Momo, I want some Whoppers please.

cutemomomi
Obey My Authority

Post   » Wed Aug 29, 2007 7:03 pm


I was too lazy to run downstairs to the storage to get our potting soil, so I looked around and ,... *ding ding*

What about I keep the Whoppers on the left, you get the chopsticks on the right? :p

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rshevin

Post   » Wed Aug 29, 2007 7:05 pm


You've obviously never seen me try to eat with chopsticks. I have been told "if you ever go to China, you will be very hungry." Direct quote.

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micmik326

Post   » Wed Aug 29, 2007 7:22 pm


I don't know if they still make it but Gerber used to have plain creamed spinach. It was my daughter's favorite! Blehh, I used to gag while feeding her and she loved the stuff.

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rshevin

Post   » Wed Aug 29, 2007 7:51 pm


That plain creamed spinach was exactly what I was looking for. It's listed on the Gerber website but not at my grocery store. Yes, I'm searching baby foods online now. I only have 2 groceries in my neighborhood and they're both tiny. They have pitiful selections of baby foods. I feel really sorry for people with actual babies who NEED this stuff ASAP. I'm going to hit some bigger stores either tonight or tomorrow.

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pax
I GAVE, dammit!

Post   » Wed Aug 29, 2007 7:59 pm


Beechnut stringbeans. Kirby thinks it's to die for. I mix it with his crit care and he wolfs it down! I also tried everything with no success. And it must be Beechnut, not Gerber or Earth's Harvest. Spoiled piggie boy!

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rshevin

Post   » Wed Aug 29, 2007 8:04 pm


Oh my lord, if I have to factor brands into this whole debacle, there will be billions of choices to figure out! I hope he likes something I've already bought. Last night was apples (no go), tonight will be carrots and then gerber organic green beans (all they had). I can grow some wheatgrass and I just thought about lettuce. He already LOVES lettuce. I bought cilantro too so I think I have a few permutations but I really wanted that darned spinach!

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salana
GL is Just Peachy

Post   » Wed Aug 29, 2007 8:52 pm


If you have a blender or food processor, you can chop up some veggies. Sometimes I would mix up kale, lettuce, parsley, etc. and process them into teensy tiny shreds to mix in to Einy's mash.

Einy had a sweet tooth (or sweet gums?) and was not a big fan of the veggies. My pig Ippie, who had kidney failure, loved green beans and peas. But that was several years ago and I'm not sure how easy it is to find veggie-only foods now. A small amount of starch might give him a little more gas, but so would sugary fruity baby foods, so I wouldn't be worried about spinach and potato. If you're worried about his starch, you could cut down on his oatmeal.

You can also put in a customer request at your grocery store. Depending on what warehouse chain they're affiliated with they probably have a wider selection of baby foods they can get, they just only stock what's really popular and moves quickly, not something that will take up shelf space without generating much retail every week.

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rshevin

Post   » Wed Aug 29, 2007 8:55 pm


Thanks salana. He gets very little oatmeal, mostly it's a new experiment to see if I can chunk him up. I'm NOT a fan of it personally but he's had a small pinch for several nights and seems ok. I don't know why it's so hard to find veggie only foods these days. I think it's just my local markets.

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salana
GL is Just Peachy

Post   » Wed Aug 29, 2007 8:57 pm


Also, check your local Freecycle. Sometimes parents give away baby food that their kid doesn't like ("We bought 12 jars on sale and she projectile vomited it on the wall"), is allergic to, or outgrew. All you have to do is check the expiration date and make sure the lid isn't popped.

My Stop & Shop quit carrying Einy's favorite, Beech-Nut Mango Dessert, but at least they waited until after he died.

The Odwalla Superfood is about the consistency of Critical Care, so you would want to blend it with water, juice, or Pedialyte, and then the Critical Care powder.

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momof911kids
I GAVE, dammit!

Post   » Wed Aug 29, 2007 9:09 pm


Rshevin, I used oatmeal for 3-4 months when I first got Rayna because she was severely underweight. I just used to mix in 2 tablespoons to a bowlful of pellets. It helped Rayna put on and maintain the weight gain instead of losing it. I definitely wouldn't use it for long term weight gain but for short term weight gain/maintenance it worked well.

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mmercedesmom
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Post   » Wed Aug 29, 2007 9:24 pm


Baby food squash was one that worked well here. I know I had to look harder for the PLAIN level 1 baby foods. They all have mixes that appeal to parents, I just wanted plain.

Pears, carrots, applesauce worked too. I also changed Pedialyte flavors too. Sometimes plain, sometimes apple, fruit flavor or grape. My store had a house brand that had different flavors. Warming it helped too, at least for variety.

I will keep green beans in mind to try next time I need to supplement one of them.

I used oats for a few weeks on some really underweight nursing mamas. They came into rescue hugely pregnant and both delivered large litters. They both were soooo hollow afterward and all those pups were just sucking everything out of them. One of them really LOVED her oats and would eat them plain out of my hand.

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