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Guinea pig food


Guinea pig (pig / guinea pig) is a herbivorous mammal that is doing very well in its natural environment and is able to procure food easily favorite - stems, roots, green plants or dried leaves and seeds as well. Therefore, in captivity is very convenient to feed. However, the guinea piglet to be healthy, the way you feed must conform to some basic rules:

Guinea pigs drink water!
Guinea pigs should always toceasca his front teeth (incisors)
Guinea pigs need a sufficient amount of vitamin C
Guinea pigs need food variety
Water and guinea pigs

It is prevalent conception - all wrong - that guinea pigs, hamsters and other rodents do not need water, it is true that they can extract water needed in the diet, especially if it is composed of succulent plants, but it is advisable and necessary the water available to stay as such. For this purpose there is in commercial containers (cup) species, which is suspended from a wall of the cage and allowing water to drink Rating: habit. It goes without saying that fresh water should be filtered as much as possible (not boiling) and container must be kept clean.

Dulling the teeth (incisors)

As with all rodents, guinea pig incisors are growing - so he tends to chew throughout the day small amounts of food. If you have vegetables available are not sufficient to blunt teeth, guinea pig is willing to chew and inedible objects - so attention to the cage walls and various wooden objects placed inside - especially those requiring special attention, as coniferous wood from the guinea pig's is bad.

Warning: If incisors not wear down enough guinea pig may have problems in that they will stop to feed him properly, in this case to call the veterinarian for their shortness!

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is essential for health and even life guinea pig. Like humans, guinea pig does not synthesize this vitamin in the body and therefore needs a special intake of vitamin C in the daily diet. If this vitamin deficiencies initially see traces of blood in the urine, and bleeding becomes heavy and finally, if vitamin C is not given on time, pig dies.

A varied menu of guinea pig

Feeding these rodents is different from summer to winter and consists of a multitude of succulent vegetables, seeds, fodder and green table, etc..

In winter they are fed dry feed pigs, hay, alfalfa, clover, grain seeds, carrots, beets and green summer meal consists of dandelion, alfalfa leaves, carrots, clover, all these supplements with vitamin C ( which is contained in the abundance of fresh juice MACE) and fish oil to be mixed with feed and give small amounts of pet based on age. Hay (high quality) is very important and should not miss the daily menu, because, besides helping to blunting the teeth and ensure healthy digestion.

Administration is feeding three times a day and should be considered during the development of Rating: - Youth will have four meals a day. For guinea pig likes to eat often, do not let all of the food in the cage for a day but given fresh each time at room temperature.

It is also important not to give guinea pig food soon after I wash it (wet), as it ferments in the stomach and can cause digestive disorders. Thus, pig feed before, you should expect the water to dry completely washed vegetables.