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GuineaPiggiez
01-13-13, 12:15 pm
Ok, so I just cleaned my girls' cage yesterday, and today I noticed these weird white poops around their cage and weird white crusty spots. I don't know which one is doing this or if both of them are. They are both 3 year old females. They both seemed to be doing fine and acting normal yesterday and today, and they've had enough timothy hay pellets, timothy hay, water, and veggies. Please help I don't know what's wrong with them! Here are some pics:

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Thanks, GuineaPiggiez

madelineelaine
01-13-13, 12:42 pm
I would think it's from calcium, I'm not sure. What are you feeding?

GuineaPiggiez
01-13-13, 01:01 pm
I would think it's from calcium, I'm not sure. What are you feeding?I feed them unlimited timothy hay, 1/4 cup (1/8 for each pig) of Oxbow Cavy Cuisine, and a small piece of a big carrot each everyday along with orange slices, celery, or bell pepper, etc. depending on what I have in the fridge that day. Today I fed them carrots, (a small amount of) celery, and parsley.

RodentCuddles
01-13-13, 01:03 pm
I know the carrots and parsley are both rather high in calcium..I try not to feed veggies that high in calcium together, I spread them out. (:

GuineaPiggiez
01-13-13, 01:11 pm
I know the carrots and parsley are both rather high in calcium..I try not to feed veggies that high in calcium together, I spread them out. (: Oh, ok. I used to give them the same small amount of carrot before, though, but they never had freaky poop. So is this just a weird random thing then?

bpatters
01-13-13, 01:25 pm
I'd totally cut out the parsley, and switch from Oxbow to KMS pellets if you can. Orange should be only an occasional treat -- it has too much sugar to be fed often. They need more leafy greens rather than so much carrot, but avoid romaine as you already have possible calcium problems.

Switch the fleece to something of a solid color, and see if the spots improve. If not, completely cut out the pellets for several days and see if that does the trick. If it does, your issue is excess calcium, and you need to modify their diets to get rid of it.

BernieAndBert
01-13-13, 01:32 pm
If you haven't seen this nutrition chart yet, I have found it very helpful:

http://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/diet-nutrition/22156-read-me-cavy-nutrition-charts-poisonous-plants-list.html

I think it's probably best to really try to only make things classfied as "almost daily" the real staples. Hope your girls feel better soon!

GuineaPiggiez
01-13-13, 02:58 pm
I'd totally cut out the parsley, and switch from Oxbow to KMS pellets if you can. Orange should be only an occasional treat -- it has too much sugar to be fed often. They need more leafy greens rather than so much carrot, but avoid romaine as you already have possible calcium problems.

Switch the fleece to something of a solid color, and see if the spots improve. If not, completely cut out the pellets for several days and see if that does the trick. If it does, your issue is excess calcium, and you need to modify their diets to get rid of it. Ok, I'll cut out the parsley. I only ever give them an orange wedge each once a week or every other week. Ok, I'll give them more leafy greens. I don't have any solid fleece, I'll just look carefully, and they're actually pretty easy to see (in person). Thanks.

GuineaPiggiez
01-13-13, 03:02 pm
If you haven't seen this nutrition chart yet, I have found it very helpful:

http://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/diet-nutrition/22156-read-me-cavy-nutrition-charts-poisonous-plants-list.html

I think it's probably best to really try to only make things classfied as "almost daily" the real staples. Hope your girls feel better soon! Thank you! The chart is very helpful. They seem to be getting better; there are no more white poops or spots.