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Sophie060
02-16-13, 08:57 am
Hi me and my piggie are new to the site! I joined because I am Becoming worried with my Guinea pig, Theo's, weight. He is only 5 months but very very round.

Cavy Treenie
02-16-13, 08:59 am
Hello welcome to the forum, are you sure he is a he and not a she? Often times petstores missex their piggies, if you got he/she from a pet store, then she (if she IS a she) could very well be pregnant. Do you know how to sex your pig. If not here is a great site for sexing piggies. http://www.guinealynx.info/sexing.html
Also, could we see pigtures?

Sophie060
02-16-13, 09:04 am
We took him to the vet and comfirmed that Theo really is a male, but if he IS a she he (or she) has not been around other piggies since we first got him (or her) 4 months ago.

Carissa6729
02-16-13, 09:11 am
Welcome!

Can you post a picture so we can see what your little guy...or girl lol looks like? Might be able to judge if it's a "normal" roundness, possibly overweight or maybe if something else is going on and possibly steer you in the right direction for help.

deardulcie
02-16-13, 09:23 am
Welcome...and pigtures, please....

Sophie060
02-16-13, 09:29 am
This is Theo (Sorry for it being upside down! I acidently took it like this and he won't let me take a new photo) I am not sure if he is over weight or not. Like i said he is only 5 months
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Cavy Treenie
02-16-13, 09:34 am
He looks alright, but I haven't had boars, so I'll just leave this to someone who knows more about boars and their weight. One more thing, are you going to make a C&C for him? I don't want to go all GET A C&C CAGE on you because I don't know your intentions yet. :optimist:

Sophie060
02-16-13, 09:38 am
I'm very new on the site so i haven't gotten it all figured out yet

spudsthepiget
02-16-13, 09:54 am
Hi! Always nice to see new guinea pig lovers.

Theo doesn't look overweight to me, it might be that he's still growing and hasn't finished puberty yet. Or it could be he's just big. My guinea pig Marybell is bigger than both of my males, but she's healthy.

Sophie060
02-16-13, 10:35 am
Thank you all for commenting! I was also wondering how many times a day should I feed Theo? I've been doing it once a day lately.....Is that to much?

bguardguy
02-16-13, 11:02 am
There is a handy dandy nutrition thread that is fantastic on how much and how often to feed a pig his veggies, pellets, and hay. I really recommend giving it a glance. However, the size cage you have for it, is basically like the size its litter box should be. I really recommend looking at how to make a C&C cage or thinking of saving up to buy one. He will not be able to get exercise in that size cage at all. They need room to run laps, and the cage you have does not really offer that, so I suggest giving him lots of floor time to run until you get him a bigger cage. Also, dont think that wheels or the balls are going to exercise your piggie. They actually are terrible for pigs. So just a heads up about that! Hope you are doing good!

Carissa6729
02-16-13, 11:17 am
http://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/diet-nutrition/22156-read-me-cavy-nutrition-charts-poisonous-plants-list.html <- Handy dandy nutrition guide!

Little One
02-16-13, 07:56 pm
Hello and welcome!
1 pig generally needs 1/8 cup of pellets per day, 1 cup of veggies per day and unlimited amounts of timothy or grass mix hay. The chart that Carissa6729 sent you in that link is great too!

Theo is adorable! And I don't think he looks overweight. I have two boars but both mine were older and full grown when I got them so I don't know much about how quickly they grow or put on weight when they're young. You should also get a small kitchen scale and weigh him weekly, that way you can watch for any changes in his weight. If a pig is ill they will hide it for as long as possible (prey animal instinct), so the best way to see if something is going on is to watch his weight.

Carissa6729
02-16-13, 08:04 pm
Thank you all for commenting! I was also wondering how many times a day should I feed Theo? I've been doing it once a day lately.....Is that to much?

He should be fed ideally twice a day (or more if you are around) because guinea pigs are foragers and will enjoy eating over the course of the day. However, they will do just fine eating once a day. They do however HAVE to eat daily, so no, it's definitely not to much. If you decide to feed more often, then split how much you would feed into that many servings; many of us do 1/2 cup veggies twice a day while serving pellets in morning or at night (unlimited if they are under 6 months, 1/8 cup if over) and unlimited amounts of hay at all times and of course unlimited fresh water.

asnnbrg
02-16-13, 08:23 pm
He's a pretty boy! I don't think he looks overweight at all. He might benefit from a bit more exercise -- if you don't give him floor time, that would be a great way to get more activity in his day until you can get him a bigger cage. I feed mine a few times a day just because they really seem to enjoy munching off and on throughout the day.

Oh, and welcome!

Sophie060
02-17-13, 07:24 am
Wow this is all really good advice! Theo's been eating his veggies very well! The only thing is we are getting low on veggies in my house and all we have left is lettuce, at the store we got him at the lady said he can't have lettuce because it hurts his digestive system....is this true?

asnnbrg
02-17-13, 07:38 am
Wow this is all really good advice! Theo's been eating his veggies very well! The only thing is we are getting low on veggies in my house and all we have left is lettuce, at the store we got him at the lady said he can't have lettuce because it hurts his digestive system....is this true?


Iceberg lettuce is basically devoid of nutrients, but I don't know that it hurts them. I wouldn't feed it to mine, though. I give them lots of other types of lettuces. What do you have? Mine get red leaf lettuce, arugula, frisee, green leaf lettuce, lamb's lettuce, escarole, mesclun mixes -- actually, they particularly love the organic spring mix from the grocery.

Sophie060
02-17-13, 11:40 am
I do understand that balls and wheels are not good for piggies but why aren't they?

Razzle
02-17-13, 11:48 am
Welcome. He is very handsome. Does he get unlimited hay? Very important for his health.

bibliocavy
02-17-13, 12:04 pm
I do understand that balls and wheels are not good for piggies but why aren't they?

They can damage their backs; unlike hamsters, their backs are not designed to bend back. They are less flexible than hamsters, mice and gerbils.

bibliocavy
02-17-13, 12:08 pm
Welcome Theo! My buddy Oliver says Wheek Wheek! He also says that Theo looks great and he should get unlimited hay, one cup of veggies, and 1/8 cup of pellets a day. He would also like an unlimited supply of lettuce, but don't listen to him! Oliver gets lettuce carrots and green pepper every day, measured into one cup.

Carissa6729
02-17-13, 12:10 pm
I do understand that balls and wheels are not good for piggies but why aren't they?

Their bodies are not designed to bend backwards like many rodents, their spine can easily get damaged from it being forced in unnatural ways. They can also hurt or possibly break a leg/foot by getting caught in the holes/openings of either.

Sophie060
02-17-13, 12:37 pm
Welcome. He is very handsome. Does he get unlimited hay? Very important for his health.
Yep! He's very spoiled!

Razzle
02-17-13, 05:57 pm
Wonderful. Great piggie mommy!