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    Fighting: Re: My guinea pigs are fighting - AGAIN.

    My first question would be "how old are your boys?" If they are going through puberty, this behavior is likely to continue for several months. My little boys are almost four months old and their...
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    Pellets: Re: KMS Pellets and COVID-19

    No hay and pellets as yet.
  3. Diet: Re: How much bell pepper should a guinea pig have a day?

    I've had cavies go on strike and not eat their peppers. At that point, out comes the liquid Vit. C until they change their minds again.

    Currently, my new little boys are absolutely MAD for peppers...
  4. Thread: Fur on veggies

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    Fresh Food: Re: Fur on veggies

    Think about it, Artista. How do they clean/groom themselves? Because they have little dexterity with their front paws, EVERYTHING in a cavy's world is explored with the mouth. If there was a problem...
  5. Thread: Kleenmama

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    Chat Re: Kleenmama

    Yes, thanks for posting the link. You can really get a sense of who she was by reading an obit written by those who were closest to her. We should all go when surrounded by those we love and who love...
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    Lethargy: Re: Guinea Pig not eating and lethargic

    Be VERY with cavies and heat. We lost a boy to heat stroke a few years ago and it wasn't a pleasant experience. When their core temperature rises too high, the heat begins to denature the proteins in...
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    Pellets: Re: KMS Pellets and COVID-19

    Sure.....happy to! I haven't ordered from KMS since before the new ownership and have been using orchard grass first from Sierra Valley Hay (no longer online sales) and subsequently from SPS. I...
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    Fighting: Re: my bonded first pair started fighting

    @Smileandnod...great advice!

    I'm a big advocate of an upper floor/loft on a cage. The loft has duplicates of everything on the main level and is like a penthouse apartment. I don't have room for...
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    Pellets: Re: KMS Pellets and COVID-19

    I ordered both pellets and hay and they were shipped within two days. The shipping update says that they are due to be delivered on June 27. Since it is now after 8pm, I expect that i'll see them...
  10. Nails/Nail Trimming: Re: Guinea Pig Broke Her Nail In Half, It is hanging on by the quick.

    Cut it off! It will cause more damage and pain if she catches it on something and tears it off. If you don't have styptic power available, have some cornstarch or even flour to help stop any...
  11. Coroplast: Re: Guinea pig eating coroplast AND binder plastic

    Never heard of them. Perhaps they are unique to your area? Can you post a pic?
  12. Coroplast: Re: Guinea pig eating coroplast AND binder plastic

    Binder strips come in different weight plastic. The softer kind like those used on reports are usually subject to being chewed. I use those that are such hard plastic that I have never had a cavy who...
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    Conditions: Re: Abby's Medical Thread Part Two

    What a great story......and storyteller!

    I had a similar situation with my cavies in the past (my avatar). Chester's brother died and he was an only piggy for a year. He was quite bonded to us,...
  14. Nails/Nail Trimming: Re: Cut too far on nail today, is styptic powder okay?

    I don't think it will cause her any harm since it was such a minute amount. As an FYI you can use cornstarch or even flour in a pinch. Good old-fashion sustained pressure will also work.
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    Sexing: Re: Is this a boy or a girl?

    You apparently can't take a joke......sorry. Regarding not being able to put them on their backs, that's simply not true. It is HOW you put them on their back.......and that would be unsupported and...
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    Sexing: Re: Is this a boy or a girl?

    Let's see.......you are probably at least a 110lb human dealing with a 2+ lb. guinea pig and you say "she wouldn't let me"? Then perhaps you need to recruit another 110lb human to help you wrestle...
  17. Thread: Wet bottom

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    Sick: Re: Update

    No, that's not what I said. The goal is to syringe copious amounts of fluid through her to flush out the urinary tract. The electrolytes serve to keep her hydrated and support the kidney function....
  18. Thread: Wet bottom

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    Sick: Re: Update

    I will share a personal experience regarding sludge in the bladder. I had a sow who had a stone that we could see in her urethra and the Vet assumed that she was in the process of passing it. She...
  19. Thread: Vet care

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    Vet Costs: Re: Vet care

    No, cavies do not require vaccinations, and yes they will need vet checkups at varying points in their lives. Only with experience will you learn what requires immediate attention, and that with...
  20. Thread: Kleenmama

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    Chat Re: Kleenmama

    So sorry to learn of her passing. Yes, she was important to the cavy community and did a service for many of us by starting the KMS business. I don't know how we would have survived our early years...
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    Diet: Re: Wanting to switch over to KMS Hayloft

    Thank you for the feedback!
  22. Diet: Re: How much calcium for a guinea pig of unknown age?

    You may want to suggest to her that she should weigh the cavy weekly, same day, same time. For instance, I weigh my boys on Sunday morning BEFORE they have had any substantial food or water intake...
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    Diet: Re: Wanting to switch over to KMS Hayloft

    Ahhh.....consider me corrected. :p I was just trying to save you money. I find it interesting that you say this person is "allergic to all hays"? My husband is wildly allergic to timothy to the point...
  24. Diet: Re: How much calcium for a guinea pig of unknown age?

    Do we know if this is a boar or sow? I know you are curious about the cavy's age, but it really doesn't matter very much insofar as what to feed it. If the diet consists of good quality pellets, hay,...
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    Diet: Re: Wanting to switch over to KMS Hayloft

    Why are you buying 10# boxes? I buy 40 lbs. at a time and it is very cost-effective.

    If you are thinking that the hay will be more fresh in small batches, think again. In most cases, hay is...
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