They’ve been gaining weight consistently for months now and while I am thankful that there’s nothing wrong with them I looked up the normal weight for a female guinea pig and it was 700-900g which my guinea pigs are way over.
They always have access to hay and pellets and whenever I go to see what they’re doing one of them will be eating. They also get quite a lot veggies twice a day and the occasional snack. Also if this is too much, what should I cut back on pellets or veggies?
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Guinea pigs are herbivores, and as such, are very rarely overweight. About the only way they can become overweight is if they're overfed on pellets, and/or they've got mobility issues so they can't move about much. It would be like you becoming obese eating nothing but salads. Not gonna happen.
Every guinea pig I've had except one routinely weighed about 1300 grams, give or take. The one that didn't hovered around 1250 grams, and she was smaller-boned than the others.
Adult guinea pigs should get about 1/8 cup of pellets per day, and about a cup or a little more of veggies. More veggies wouldn't hurt them, but they can come to prefer veggies over hay, and that's not good. Hay is what keeps their teeth ground down and their gut moving properly, so you don't want to interfere with that.
I usually just fill their bowls with oxbow pellets and let them eat as much as they need because one of them eats more than the other. I feel like if I restricted their pellets Bella wouldn’t be getting her share of them. As for veggies I give them veggies at least twice a day and whenever else they won’t stop squeaking for more (I am having a little trouble with getting them to quiet down once they hear the fridge door)
I guess I’ll just let them eat as they’ve been doing, I just thought they were overweight for their age. My other guinea pigs never got over 980g, but I guess they were smaller boned as well.
@Lynx thank you that’s really helpful!
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As for feeding them when they wheek, you're just teaching them to do that. Let them wheek. As long as you've got plenty of hay in the cage, they'll be fine. Hay is by far the most important part of a guinea pig's diet -- they can live perfectly well without veggies if they get a vitamin C supplement, but not without hay. If you put them on a feeding schedule, they'll adjust, and only wheek for food at those times.
I do let them to wheek when they wheek normally but sometimes they scream so loud and I live in an apartment building. I don’t want to get noise complaints from my neighbors, they’re my alarm clock there’s no sleeping past 6 in my house haha. However, I am trying to get them on a schedule of feeding them twice a day, but sometimes I give them snacks which probably throws the whole thing off.
While I am on the subject of food, I don’t know if I should start a new thread or not, but I just recently got some bell peppers from the farmers market and I gave some to my pigs. However, they didn’t eat much of it, after I tried it I discovered why. The bell pepper was a little spicy, should I be worried? I’ve never seen a spicy bell pepper before but I’ll be trying every bell pepper before giving it to my guinea pigs from now on.