Snak Shack

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Fluffy Cotton

Post   » Mon Dec 18, 2006 10:23 pm


Is the Snak Shack that is sold at PetSmart safe for the guinea pigs? It looks like it would be a lot of fun for the piggies, and says that it is 100% edible, but the ingredients say that it is make with pine shavings.

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rshevin

Post   » Mon Dec 18, 2006 10:31 pm


Nope. It's garbage.

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sef1268

Post   » Mon Dec 18, 2006 10:39 pm


Ditto that. It has alfalfa in it, too, if I remember correctly.

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Fluffy Cotton

Post   » Mon Dec 18, 2006 11:32 pm


Man, that is what I thought. Too bad, it's awefully cute. But, I thought occational alfalfa was a good thing. Like the alfalfa cubes to help their teeth. Just not too much for a piggie over a year old. Am I wrong about this?

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sus4rabbitsnpigs

Post   » Mon Dec 18, 2006 11:34 pm


Hay cubes aren't that great. They don't work their jaws like regular hay. My pigs ignore them and Petstupid stinks.

That thing is an expensive toy. Just get them some KM timothy hay and they will love it more.

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Fluffy Cotton

Post   » Mon Dec 18, 2006 11:46 pm


Oh, they definitely have a continuous supply of timothy hay, I just do the alpfalfa cubes as a treat, and they love them. They run up and snatch them out of my hands, but if they are not good for the piggies then I will stop giving it to them.

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sus4rabbitsnpigs

Post   » Tue Dec 19, 2006 12:17 am


They're fine as a treat I suppose, but some pigs are more prone to bladder sludge and stones, so you have to be careful.

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Mum
I GAVE, dammit!

Post   » Tue Dec 19, 2006 12:19 am


You can ask all your questions in one thread - it makes it easier for us to keep track of things!

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piggiemomma5372

Post   » Tue Dec 19, 2006 6:16 am


The snak shacks also contain honey if I remember correctly. I was thinking about getting them too a few months ago. I didn't see the pine shvaings but I think I remember honey being an ingrediant.

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sef1268

Post   » Tue Dec 19, 2006 8:26 am


Interestingly, a couple of companies I have spoken with (KV Vet is one; can't remember the other) stated they have contacted the manufacturer of that product about coming out with a timothy-based shack, but to no avail so far.

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rshevin

Post   » Tue Dec 19, 2006 9:48 am


Meh, even if it were timothy I wouldn't buy it. It's SO processed and while I'm not positive about seeing honey, there were definitely LOADS of sweeteners in there. And all that food coloring? If it doesn't make them sick, it'll make a mess at the very least. My pigs get so excited over a carrot for a treat, I no longer even consider store bought ones.

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sef1268

Post   » Tue Dec 19, 2006 2:48 pm


True. The only commercial treat mine ever get are Critter Berries from Oxbow, and they're so darn expensive that I don't buy them very often. They do go crazy over them, though.

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rshevin

Post   » Tue Dec 19, 2006 3:06 pm


I found out the techs at my vet feed CritterBerries when the animals board. That definitely explains why Piggy always gains weight!

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Fluffy Cotton

Post   » Tue Dec 19, 2006 4:18 pm


The other thing that I saw that looked cute was a baseball looking toy made out of vegetable something or another, that is supposed to be edible. But, when I looked it was tied together with thread. I wouldn't think that would be save!

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rshevin

Post   » Tue Dec 19, 2006 8:27 pm


If you aren't sure if it's safe, it probably isn't. The best toy for your pig is another pig.

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sef1268

Post   » Tue Dec 19, 2006 9:37 pm


Right. And safe stuff like a small paper lunch bag filled with hay; empty toilet paper rolls; small, clean cardboard boxes (no glue, tape, staples, ink, etc.). Our guys can entertain themselves for hours with something simple like that.

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rshevin

Post   » Tue Dec 19, 2006 9:48 pm


Yup. That's all I use sef. I gave up on store bought toys about a year ago. They're expensive, unsafe, and ignored.

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Fluffy Cotton

Post   » Tue Dec 19, 2006 10:59 pm


I know you guys are right, but I just look at a bag and think, how can a bag be fun, this cute toy looks so much better, but I know I am thinking from a human perspective not a piggy one.

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rshevin

Post   » Tue Dec 19, 2006 11:13 pm


Have you ever given them a bag? Try it tonight. I swear you won't be disapointed.

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Fluffy Cotton

Post   » Tue Dec 19, 2006 11:45 pm


Actually, I have tried a bag before, and they seemed somewhat scared of it. Maybe it was the noise it made. They did love it though when I cut a hole in a medium sized box and filled it with shreaded paper. All you could hear were happy noises and scurrying feet! I think I will try the bag again, maybe they will like it this time.

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