I've ask for help some time ago, and here I am again. This time, my cavy has "eaten" a label from her blanket. I know I should have taken it off, but I use it to make her bedding cage with a dishcloth and I put the blanket as it was a bed, putting the... edges? (don't know if that's the word, sorry - I'm Spanish) under the dishcloth, but she unmake it an ate it.
I know that I should give her something like mineral oil, which we use regulary because she suffers bloat a lot of times and that's what we use, but she is having soft drops today and I don't know if it's a good idea the mineral oil thing.
She swallowed the label in little pieces (some remained and it's all bitten), but I'm worried because I don't know if there could be complications.
Here it's midnight and I wouldn't like to phone my vet if it's not urgent, but I'm worried.
She is eating, pooping, drinking and active, but she groans more than usual if I touch her belly.
Should I call the vet? Is there something I can do to make her more comfortable?
Thank you very much.
It was a cloth label, and it has passed 12 hours already, but there's no label anywhere. I've called the vet and he told me to give her mineral oil to help but it isn't out in a couple of days I must take her to the vet because she may need surgery.
Now she's resting, she made some normal droppings a few hours ago and now they're soft again.
I have another doubt... Mizu eats everything I use as bedding (pellets, shavings... ) and now that label. I know they eat everything they can, but that much? Many of my friends are using pellets for the pee zone and their cavies don't eat it! I don't know if it's normal or she could be having a deficit of something.
- Supporting my GL Habit
In the past when my pigs have eaten something that they shouldn't have, if they're pooping and peeing fine 12 hours later, it has likely passed through their system.
Is she getting plenty of hay? Does she have a friend? It could be that she's eating at everything because she's bored.
Ditto Lynx on the mineral oil. Bad idea. Please don't give her that.
But the truth is you're scaring me. My vet has never given me a bad advice, and he's who has told me to give her the mineral oil.
We use it normally and we've had no problems with it. He said it'll help to expel the label...
Mizu is not pooping now, but her belly is fine, not bloated.
About not seeing the label, the truth is that I haven't seen anything, and it's quite logical what you say, she should have chewed it...
I don't know what to do :(
- Is she getting plenty of hay?
A lot, always. She has her home full of hay.
- Does she have a friend? It could be that she's eating at everything because she's bored.
I tried, I brought a friend for her, but the friend came very ill and she's now alone again. Now I'm afaid of bringing another one, because Mizu is very dependant of me, is very dominant and I don't know if it would be such a good idea. Her home is large, space's not a problem, I'm worried because of her personality. I don't know if she'll be jelaous or if it'll be better for her.
- Supporting my GL Habit
I never needed to give them anything to help them pass what they ate, and none of them ever had problems with it. Not even the girl with the glass, nor the one that ate the long pieces of string. Which is why I don't think your girl will have any problem with the label.
Its great she has hay. Since she's still the type to eat anything, I think its mostly because she's a taste-tester. It could be that she's uncomfortable? Vicky was most destructive when she wasn't feeling well. I would know she was feeling worse when she'd chew apart the bottom of her cuddle cup. It may be her uncomfortable belly that's driving her to chew things she wouldn't normally?
Does she have other things she can destroy, like a paper bag or cardboard toilet paper tube? She may take to them (which she should be able to ingest without problem) and leave stuff like the labels alone!
Her belly has been ok lately, no gases, no bloat, normal poops. It seems everything is fine, I haven't notice anything and she doesn't show any symptom. Maybe it's because she's bored.
Cardboard toilet paper tubes and paper towel tubes are staple boredome busters in my house. They will play with them forever. I even sometimes stuff them full of hay or veggies and bend the ends in so they have to work to get it out.
If you're worried about getting stuck, just cut a slit in it lengthwise. They can easilly push or pull it off when there is a seam to giveway.
- Remembering Nemo
Adopting from a rescue that works with you at pairing works wonders.
Good luck :)
On a different note, I have a piggie that I have tried housing on fleece but gave up because she just loves to eat the fleece. I've never seen actual fleece coming out. Just normal poop and pee output :)
The thing is, I live with my parents and I can't bring cavies just to try if they are compatible, I can't have two cages. I'm trying to adopt, asking people if their piggies are docile, maybe someday I found one! Wish me luck!
About the label thing, she's doing just fine. Her droppings are completely normal and she's eating a lot. Her pee is also normal. Actually, the only thing is that she's a little bloated but that's normal on her.
And yes, I didn't give her the oil, I saw her doing everything ok so she didn't need anything.
Thank you so much. This is a great forum.