- Catie Cavy
- Supporter 2011-2020
Since you said you were having trouble feeding her the critical care, I had good luck feeding a guinea pig baby food before I knew it wasn’t good for them since it doesn’t have fiber. The reason I’m suggesting it here is that it worked as an appetite stimulant for my GP. After a syringe or 2 of the baby food, she would start to eat her greens and pellets. I bought a baby food mix of three types of vegetables which included peas and carrots, I think. Don’t feed only baby food for more than 24 hours. I’m only suggesting it as an appetite stimulant. Non-cavy savvy vets will recommend it. GLers do not. A cavy savvy vet told me it was okay but for no more than 24 hours due to the lack of essential fiber (he was talking about an adult GP though).
Another suggestion I was given by a cavy savvy vet after one of my GPs had surgery was to feed her Ensure with fiber (unfortunately she passed away before I could try to feed her anything). I thought Ensure was milk-based but since a knowledgeable vet suggested it, I’m noting it here.
As I said, wait for other comments on this. It does sound like critical care is the best thing if there is any way you can get the baby to eat it.
Good luck and keep us posted!
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Unfortunately yes - a great deal of harm can be done in a short time with such tiny babies.It cant harm trying anything as an appetite stimulent in the short term can it?
Good news on the critical care (I didn't know you could get it in the UK?).
I hope the little one continues to do well.
I hope the babies make it. Don't give up trying with the critical care.
He seams to take it better when I just hold him in my hand but now he just pushes his head and mouth so far down onto my hand I find it impossible to get near his mouth without hurting him.
I have also tried sitting him on my lap and holding his mouth with one hand trying to open his mouth slightly, but that doesnt work either he has jaws like a vice.
The other babies are greedily taking food from a syringe I feel they will be ok.
He has a lot of will for a little baby if he doesnt want to do something.
I think he has lost the will to live, but I havent given up on him!
I know you are trying your best.
How can I keep them clean though? Ive read that it makes them miserable if they have sticky fur, but like I said before I dont want to make them too wet to give them a chill.
Its so frustrating when you to everything you can to save a little babies life and the dont seem to want to make the effort themselves. Ive hardly slept since they were born last wednesday!