Got a few questions
I know that guinea pigs can have apple sticks, but can they have CRAB apple sticks? I don't believe there's a difference, if any?
People have been giving their piggies pine cones, as well, for chew toys. Is it okay to give mine some too?
And, last, but not least, raspberry leaves. I know my hammy loved them (only gave her one or two every couple of weeks, she was a robo and VERY tiny) but I don't know if Nico can have them...
Btw, I know to bake the sticks (just to be safe) and the pine cones (sap and stuff) at 200 degrees, 20-30 minutes IF they can have them. I won't bother if he can't. :c
I really need to get him some chew sticks, but I figured "why spend money on it if he can have these" and I don't necessarily trust the pet store dyes, ESPECIALLY the AllLivingThings brand... the only thing I'd buy from them is a water bottle IF I WAS DESPERATE. That's how much I dislike the brand...
Re: Got a few questions
I am not sure if pine cones, crab apples sticks, or raspberry leaves are safe, but I wouldn't risk it until someone who knows about these can answer.
My guinea pigs love carrots, apples, and bananas, so I give them a little bit of those every now and then as special treats. Guinea pigs should get about 1 cup of fresh vegetables daily too. Check out this page for information on fresh vegetables: http://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/...ants-list.html. Mine also love fresh grass. (Just make sure the grass has not been treated with anything, and that it is away from roads and animal feces.)
When I tried giving my guinea pigs some apple wood chew sticks, they didn't chew them. I've given up on chew sticks. The most important thing in a guinea pig's diet is to always have hay available to them. The hay is crucial for their digestive system, and it also keeps their teeth worn down to an appropriate length. So be sure to give them plenty of green, fresh-smelling, soft grass hay (like Timothy or Orchard Grass hay) if you don't already.
Hope this helps a little!
Re: Got a few questions
They can have baked pine cones. I usually take wire cutters and nip the sharp points off before giving them to the pigs, however.
Why do you "really need" to get him chew sticks? Some pigs chew, some don't. Mine wouldn't chew a stick if their lives depended on it. I wouldn't think there's any difference between apple sticks and crab apples sticks, but really don't know for sure.