I care about them dearly I’m sure they’re just getting up there, but I want them as comfortable as possible and wanted to make sure this wasn’t a sign of illness.
They haven’t changed their diet. They eat A LOT and always have. I did add old fashion rolled oats to their diet to help add some weight in them. Used to do the same thing when I raised rabbits too but I’m giving them a very limited amount. Almost like a fattening treat not a part of their meals.
Are my girls okay? Is there anything else I should prepare for as they get older?
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There's a difference between losing weight and age-related body shape changes. 5 is a little young for what you're describing, but not unheard of, especially if they're fancy-coated pigs.
Losing weight is a separate (and more serious) matter. Weigh regularly and if you're seeing actual weight loss, a cavy-knowledgeable vet trip is in order.
Do you have an exotics vet you have confidence in?
I want to say there is someone down there other board members have seen, Columbus or maybe near Newnan, but I can't remember who it is. Hopefully someone else does. If you are able to come up to metro Atlanta, we'll have a couple other recommendations for you.
All that said, don't panic (yet ). Do what you're doing, and weigh regularly.