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So What IS the Best Food

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I have read the nutrition pages and different forums about pellets but what is the best. I haven't found a list of good pellets and was wondering because I wanted to adopt and wanted the best for them. Help! Thanks in advance.
 

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iluvcavies said:
I have read the nutrition pages and different forums about pellets but what is the best. I haven't found a list of good pellets and was wondering because I wanted to adopt and wanted the best for them. Help! Thanks in advance.
"Cavy Cuisine"
 

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The best pellets that I have seen recommended over and over again are:


  • Oxbow Cavy Cuisine - timothy based pellets
  • Oxbow Cavy Peformance - alfalfa based pellets
I use Performance since all of my girls are under a year old and one is expecting. You can find some petstores that sell them or online, I have heard good things about The Ferret Store. I get mine from PetFoodDirect.com Here is a link to a listing of various pellets that are available and how to choose a good one. https://www.guinealynx.com/nutrition.html#pellets
 

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Any others?

I've heard about oxbow but I don't think any one around here sells it )= ( Colorado Springs ) Is there any other good kind? What kinds should I asolutly avoid? Is kaytee forti-diet okay? Thanx again!
 

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You can order all of the Oxbow products online at (broken link removed).

The shipping may get a little expensive but it is worth it.
 

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thanx

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You can order all of the Oxbow products online at (broken link removed).

The shipping may get a little expensive but it is worth it.
Not sure my parents would go for the shipping and I'm on a tight budget but thanx anyway! How much does it cost in stores anyway?
 

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Actually, it costs more in the stores by me than it would if I just ordered it, which I may do in the near future. It's great stuff!
 

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pellets

iluvcavies said:
I have read the nutrition pages and different forums about pellets but what is the best. I haven't found a list of good pellets and was wondering because I wanted to adopt and wanted the best for them. Help! Thanks in advance.
Cavy Cuisine is my pigs favorite. Recommended by Vets.
 

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iluvcavies said:
Not sure my parents would go for the shipping and I'm on a tight budget but thanx anyway! How much does it cost in stores anyway?
Sorry. I got a 10lb. bag of Cavy Cuisine for only $13.15 at a farm supply store but you can get at regular pet stores too.
 

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Any word on Nutraphase guinea pig formula food?
 

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Kaytee

Thanx for the prices. Is Kaytee fortidiet okay? It says it is a seed and grain based diet but I've heard good things about it? Any other good ones?
 

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iluvcavies said:
Thanx for the prices. Is Kaytee fortidiet okay? It says it is a seed and grain based diet but I've heard good things about it? Any other good ones?
I also thought that Kaytee wasn't the best food to buy, but they recently came out with a new timothy hay based pellet food. It makes it a little better to give to the pigs since it doesn't have any Alfalfa in it. Although it is a little more expensive.
 

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I used to use Nutriphase alfalfa based but now I can't get that and I don't have a lot of good pellets to choose from where I live (I got Nutriphase from Petsmart and I dont have a petsmart where I live now) I get mine at Walmart and it is 2.87 (something like that) for 5 pounds. I forgot what it is called but it lookes like just pellets. It's alfalfa based. It was the only kind of food that looked like just pellets and nothing else.
 

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How much?

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I also thought that Kaytee wasn't the best food to buy, but they recently came out with a new timothy hay based pellet food. It makes it a little better to give to the pigs since it doesn't have any Alfalfa in it. Although it is a little more expensive.
How much is it? Does it still have a lot of corn?
 

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iluvcavies said:
How much is it? Does it still have a lot of corn?
At a store in my town it is $7.59 for 5 pounds.
Here is what I found about it on a website



KAYTEE® Timothy Complete™ for Guinea Pigs

KAYTEE® Timothy Complete is a pelleted daily diet made with nutritious sun-cured Timothy Hay combined with other essential ingredients necessary for your Guinea Pig. Timothy Hay aids the natural digestive process of Guinea Pigs by providing fiber. Because Timothy Hay is lower in calcium than other grasses, it may decrease the likelihood of urinary tract problems and other health issues relative to Guinea Pigs.

* Timothy Hay based diet
* High fiber for better gastro intestinal health
* Complete nutrition for Guinea Pigs
* Pelleted for easy feeding and optimal animal acceptance
* Lower protein and calcium levels than alfalfa based diets
* Packed with long-lasting Vitamin C

Ingredients
Sun-cured Timothy Grass Hay, Wheat Middlings, Ground Wheat, Oat Hulls, Dehulled Soybean Meal, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Dried Cane Molasses, Salt, Dicalcium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), DL-Methionine, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Vitamin A Supplement, Choline Chloride, Ferrous Carbonate, Riboflavin Supplement, Manganous Oxide, Zinc Oxide, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Ethoxyquin (a preservative), Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of vitamin K activity), Copper Oxide, Cholecalciferol (source of vitamin D3), Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Biotin, Folic Acid, Calcium Iodate, Dried A. oryzae Fermentation Extract (source of protease), Dried Bacillus coagulans Fermentation Product, Dried Bacillus licheniformis Fermentation Product, Dried Bacillus subtilis Fermentation Product, Cobalt Carbonate, Sodium Selenite
 

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American Pet Diner

I was also reading about American pet diner timothy based pellets and they sounded good. Are they ok?
 

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iluvcavies said:
I was also reading about American pet diner timothy based pellets and they sounded good. Are they ok?
This is what I found online about it.

TIMMY C GUINEA PIG AND CHINCHILLA complete pellet ration

"The Timothy Only Ration"
BenefitsGuaranteed AnalysisMaintain and control weight
Provides complete daily nutrition

Increase fiber intake

Reduce protein intake
Yucca extract for order control

Reduce calcium intake
Yucca extract prevents respiratory problems

Increase micro-flora activity
Great taste for increased palatability

Help to move hair balls
Small 1/8 inch pellet for ease of eating

Aid in urinary track problems

Improves fiber digestion
Special Yeast Culture stabilizes micro flora

Stabilized Vitamin C for increased health and prevention dental problems

Crude Protein (min)
Crude Fat (min)
Crude Fiber (min)
Crude Fiber (max)
Ash (max)
Calcium (min)
Calcium (max)
Phosphorus (min)
Sodium (max)
Vitamin C (min)15.00%
2.00%
18.00%
25.00%
11.00%
0.50%
0.80%
0.45%
0.55%
93 mg/lbINGREDIENTS:

Sun cured Timothy Meal, Dehulled Soybean Meal, Molasses Dried Beet Pulp, Ground Wheat, Salt, Monocalcium & Dicalcium Phosphate, Calcium Lignosulphonate, Yeast Culture (Diamond V "XP"), Calcium Carbonate, Yeast Cell Wall Extract, L-Ascorbic Acid Phosphate (Stabilized Vitamin C), Mold Inhibitor (Propionic Acid, Acetic Acid, Sorbic Acid, Benzoic Acid, Ammonium Hydroxide), Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Methionine, Copper Lysine, Manganese Methionine, Cobalt Glucoheptonate, Flavoring, Chromium Picolinate, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Mixed Tocopherols, Rosemary Extract, Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Lecithin, Silicon Dioxide (carrier for liquid antioxidants), Folic Acid, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite (source of Vitamin K activity), Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Choline Chloride, Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, D-Biotin, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Zinc Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Ethylene Diamine Dihydroiodide, Sodium Selenite.

FEEDING DIRECTIONS:


  • Feed APD Timmy Pellet Ration at 2 ounces daily depending on size of animal. Consult your veterinarian for feeding amounts.
  • This ration is designed for the animal that is overweight or on a maintenance diet or needs a higher fiber and lower calcium diet.
  • For young, growing and lactating animals feed other ALFFY pellet ration.
  • Provide American Pet Diner hay free choice along with this pellet ration to help satisfy your animals daily fiber needs.
  • Keep fresh water available at all times.
  • This pellet recommended for the following animals: Guinea Pig, Chinchilla, Hamster, Gerbil, Rat and Mouse.
  • Available in a 24 ounce, 4 pound, 10 pound and 25 pound size.
 

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Kaytee

cinn&sprinslave said:
At a store in my town it is $7.59 for 5 pounds.
Here is what I found about it on a website



KAYTEE® Timothy Complete™ for Guinea Pigs

KAYTEE® Timothy Complete is a pelleted daily diet made with nutritious sun-cured Timothy Hay combined with other essential ingredients necessary for your Guinea Pig. Timothy Hay aids the natural digestive process of Guinea Pigs by providing fiber. Because Timothy Hay is lower in calcium than other grasses, it may decrease the likelihood of urinary tract problems and other health issues relative to Guinea Pigs.
Does that sound okay? It's hard to understand.
 

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Kaytee timothy complete

Kaytee timothy complete
Ingredients
Sun-cured Timothy Grass Hay, Wheat Middlings, Ground Wheat, Oat Hulls, Dehulled Soybean Meal, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Dried Cane Molasses, Salt, Dicalcium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), DL-Methionine, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Vitamin A Supplement, Choline Chloride, Ferrous Carbonate, Riboflavin Supplement, Manganous Oxide, Zinc Oxide, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Ethoxyquin (a preservative), Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of vitamin K activity), Copper Oxide, Cholecalciferol (source of vitamin D3), Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Biotin, Folic Acid, Calcium Iodate, Dried A. oryzae Fermentation Extract (source of protease), Dried Bacillus coagulans Fermentation Product, Dried Bacillus licheniformis Fermentation Product, Dried Bacillus subtilis Fermentation Product, Cobalt Carbonate, Sodium Selenite.

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein (min.)...............14.0%
Crude Fat (min.)......................2.0%
Crude Fiber (max.).................22.0%
Moisture (max.).....................12.0%
Ascorbic Acid (min.)……....…100mg/lb


This is bad, right?
 
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