Originally Posted by lmk1
Uhhhh, I guess there are different kinds? I have no idea. These guinea pigs were supposed to be very easy to take care of....they are such picky eaters too. I'm supposed to feed them fresh veggies for them to get vit C, and they will NOT eat anything except apples and carrots. This is worse than my kids!
We adopted two piggies a year ago - we were not looking for piggies but they really needed a home. They have been a lot of work and expense - more work than our dogs! We will keep them but will most likely not get more.
This site http://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/forum.php has been very helpful for me.
Regarding food...I believe our piggies had been given only pellets for years so when they came to our house it took them a while to get used to a proper diet. Their main food should be hay...they should have access to hay 24/7. They should also get fresh veggies daily - we give them twice a day. We also provide pellets - we use Oxbow, I've read it is a quality food. Our piggies preferred carrot, cilantro and leafy greens and we give them those items daily. We also give them green peppers daily since they need the vitamins but they will only eat them when everything else is gone. We have been adding other foods and some they eventually started eating. There is a great food listing of what they can eat and how often on the site I referenced above.
Regarding bedding...You might find the bedding costs to be quite a bit. We started with Carefresh and switched to Cell-Sorb because it was less expensive and controlled the odor better. I am very sensitive to smells...I think they stink. We have males...I've read they poop more. I cannot believe so much comes out of these little guys. The bedding was costing us a fortune!
We've also had a couple of vet visits but it turned out they were fine - I was over concerned and not familiar with guinea pigs. I've since learned how to trim their nails, watch for signs of illness, etc. I also found out most vets, even those who say they care for exotic small animals, know little about them. I was lucky to find someone (after first paying a clueless vet) who is knowledgeable.
Good luck with your piggies. They are really cute but are a lot of work. They are so defenseless and vulnerable...they sort of break my heart. Most people do not care for them properly...it is a shame.
p.s. Where do they get the mites? I do not even want to think of that!
eta...I now purchase our hay from http://www.kmshayloft.com/hay/. After spending way too much on small bags of dried up hay, I realized it was actually less expensive and more convenient to order in bulk from this site. They eat a lot of hay!