- Supporter in '14
It's been a little over 24 hours and I've noticed three things: 1) much more hay eaten, 2) fewer poops in the cage, and 3) more water consumption. I guess I expected the hay thing, but I'm not sure why there are fewer poops-it seems if they are eating more hay the opposite would be true. Not sure what to think about the water thing, but I figure its a good thing. Any advice/suggestions welcome and appreciated. Thanks!
- I gave AGAIN, dammit!
I can't say for sure that no pellets will help your pigs, but it really seemed to help Zoe. Before she had blood and grit in her urine almost all the time, and she was passing small clots too. Now she has an episode every few months or so, but even then I never see clots.
- Little Jo Wheek
I am glad to hear that some cavies are living this way :)
Spike is 2 1/2 and I read LOTS when i first got him. I feed him fresh food twice per day and he has constant timothy hay supply and water. I refresh his 1/8-1/4 cup of pellets every day to ensure his Vit C levels but he rarely ever eats a pellet in his whole life.
I used to give Oxbow C tabs 1ce per day as he would not take the highly praised drops in the water, but now he refuses them so I stopped giving them.
The vet seems pleased with his health and weight (he is 3 pounds) and said based on what I feed him he should be OK without the added C.
Where can I find info about how much and the variations to cut out the pellets entirely?
Do you think 150g in less than 5 months is cause for concern?
If so, is there anything else I could do?
She has a large cage and is allowed to free-range for about 3-5 hours a day, so I think she gets enough excercise. I just don't know why she is getting so fat.
She should be ok for vitamin C (I give her chewable tablets), but are there any other nutrients I should be especially concerned about?
Currently I give her 1 tbsp pellets/day.
She could certainly stand to lose some weight. She's up to 3 lb 2 oz now and is very round looking. She also has continuing problems with sludge and has had stones in the past.
I feed a limited amount of Oxbow pellets every day (which they don't even finish every day, and sometimes they'll go a day or two without any pellets at all), but push the unlimited hay and tons of greens and other fresh stuff every day. All of my pigs seem to love all kinds of food equally, so while they don't dislike the pellets I doubt they'd miss them a whole lot if I took them away...
But what are the pros and cons to piggies being pellet-free?
I understand that many of you have taken pellets away due to urinary problems or weight control issues... but all of my pigs are at a healthy weight and have not had any urinary problems to date (I've had them all for about two years)... so should I take away the pellets completely or just keep it to a limited amount like I have been?
I can get a ton of fresh organic greens at my Whole Foods, but I'm in an apartment so I can't grow my own fresh grass, but I feed unlimited Oxbow timothy hay.
Thanks for the advice and interesting reading.
- Supporter in '14