- Contributor in 2014
- Two Time Supporter
I totally agree with Pinkrufus, you want her to keep eating on her own to use her molars and keep them warn down so supplementing a couple times a day will likely help, makes it more like a treat then anything.
I wouldn't personally feed any food that high in fat to a guinea pig, they shouldn't have a lot of fat or sugar for that matter.
Oatmeal and sunflower seeds have a nice fat content. My herds always love eating those, and I've also fed them to underweight piggies to help them out. If you're going to give your pigs sunflower seeds though, make sure that they are SHELLED, UNPROCESSED, and UNSALTED. I'm talking absolutely pristine seeds here: shelled but otherwise untouched. You might be able to find such seeds in stores like Trader Joe's and maybe Whole Foods, I'm willing to bet that you'd find such seeds in any earthy woo-woo ish grocery store.
Carbohydrates breakdown quickly into sugars in the digestive tract. Too much sugar will disrupt the bacteria in the gut, which can lead to pigs not wanting to eat because they feel bad.
I'd just stick to feeding the normal diet plus a little bit of CC.
I've been struggling to put weight on a piggy, too -- please keep us posted if you find something that works!