Guinea pig won’t eat it pallets.

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The pallets are oxbow. I put them in a bowl they just look at it and sniff it then run always. They won’t eat treat too they do the same thing.
 

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They need hay, hay and more hay. Pellets are the least healthy and least important part of the diet. As long as they eat hay and each week their weight has gone up, then don’t worry about the pellets.

If I remember rightly you only got them recently - were they fed oxbow pellets up until now?

what treats were you giving them?
 

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That's fine. Pellets (and treats) aren't the most important part of their diet. Are they on the same type of pellet that they were eating before? If not you could buy a small bag of what they ate before and slowly change them over. Remember they're new and won't necessarily take things from your hand yet. And they may not have eaten it before so don't know it's 'safe'.
 

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Hi! I'm a new guinea pig owner so I'm not an expert. But mine won't eat any pellets either. I've bought a few different brands' mixed dry food with pellets and hay and stuff, she'll eat the other things but she will not touch the pellets. I'm a little worried because obviously they're fortified with vitamin C. But she loves her hay and a variety of fresh veggies, especially her leafy greens.
 

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Hi! I'm a new guinea pig owner so I'm not an expert. But mine won't eat any pellets either. I've bought a few different brands' mixed dry food with pellets and hay and stuff, she'll eat the other things but she will not touch the pellets. I'm a little worried because obviously they're fortified with vitamin C. But she loves her hay and a variety of fresh veggies, especially her leafy greens.
The most important part of a guinea pigs diet is hay so dont worry too much about her not eating pellets as long as she is eating hay. In regard to the vitamin c, carrots and leafy greens are quite high in vitamin c so she will still get some from there. Just make sure to weigh her regular to check she isn't losing weight and make sure she is eating hay and veggies!
 

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Hi! I'm a new guinea pig owner so I'm not an expert. But mine won't eat any pellets either. I've bought a few different brands' mixed dry food with pellets and hay and stuff, she'll eat the other things but she will not touch the pellets. I'm a little worried because obviously they're fortified with vitamin C. But she loves her hay and a variety of fresh veggies, especially her leafy greens.
Coriander and bell pepper are good sources of vitamin c. And so is grass and hay. Hay is the biggest part of their diet and you can give them fresh (dog pee and Fox per free) grass.

If giving them grass you have to introduce it slowly so their stomachs can get used to it. Pellets are more of a snack and they only get a tablespoon a day as well. So in the grand scheme of things it’s not much, only 5%.

does she have a friend she lives with? They’re very social and need companionship of their own kind.

Carrots may contain vitamin c but are high in sugar. As with all fruits and tomatoes, they shouldn’t be fed too often. Please note that @Sopia_Oreo108

@mikaldp have a read of the guides in the link(s) below. In particular the feeding guide.

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Carrots are actually on the low vitamin C grading but they do contain a lot of vitamin A which is said to be bad for piggies, plus they are high in sugar so carrots should not be given any more than one small amount once per week.

@mikaldp - vitamin c will come from hay, grass and veg items like bell pepper and coriander. The guide below details safe veg and where it falls in terms of vitamin c levels. Don’t be concerned about not eating pellets though - some members don’t feed their piggies pellets at all, mine only get half the recommended amount etc. They are not a main part of the diet so are not concerning if they don’t eat them.
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The pallets are oxbow. I put them in a bowl they just look at it and sniff it then run always. They won’t eat treat too they do the same thing.
What I did for them to eat their pellets is definetly put a few carrots in their pelle bowl, they will most likely accidently eat a pellet and think "I like food and pellet is food, so I eat pellets." Lol.
 

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What I did for them to eat their pellets is definetly put a few carrots in their pelle bowl, they will most likely accidently eat a pellet and think "I like food and pellet is food, so I eat pellets." Lol.
carrots shouldn’t be fed to piggies regularly, it’s like chocolate for us :)
 
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carrots shouldn’t be fed to piggies regularly, it’s like chocolate for us :)
no carrots are fine like 4 times a week don;t worry there is lots of benefits that out way the cons as long as you don't feed other sweet veggies/fruits at the same time.
 

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no carrots are fine like 4 times a week don;t worry there is lots of benefits that out way the cons as long as you don't feed other sweet veggies/fruits at the same time.
that’s entirely incorrect. Carrots should not feature highly in their diet, they can be given one tiny amount once per week only. They are far too high in sugar to feature regularly in their diet. They are also high in vitamin a which isn’t good for them in large quantitles.

Encouraging a piggy to eat something like pellets by which can be relatively unhealthy for them by encouraging them to eat something else relatively unhealthy like carrots isn’t a good idea.
 
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that’s entirely incorrect. Carrots shoud only be one tiny amount once per week only. They are far too high in sugar to feature regularly in their diet
Much research says other wise, but to be safe I will read upon it more and think about what you said. But remember some carrots have more sugar than others.
 

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Much research says other wise, but to be safe I will read upon it more and think about what you said. But remember some carrots have more sugar than others.
all root vegetables contain a lot of sugars, plus the vitamin A issue with carrots. We don’t ever recommend feeding them more than once per week in very small quantities on this forum. The guides below explain

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that’s entirely incorrect. Carrots should not feature highly in their diet, they can be given one tiny amount once per week only. They are far too high in sugar to feature regularly in their diet. They are also high in vitamin a which isn’t good for them in large quantitles.

Encouraging a piggy to eat something like pellets by which can be relatively unhealthy for them by encouraging them to eat something else relatively unhealthy like carrots isn’t a good idea.
I have always thought that you could only feed piggies carrot once a week. When I researched it it told me that you can feed them carrots 4 times a week although I'm still not sure if I believe it!?
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I have always thought that you could only feed piggies carrot once a week. When I researched it it told me that you can feed them carrots 4 times a week although I'm still not sure if I believe it!?
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There is a lot of misinformation on the internet and on this forum we strive to keep things as accurate as possible.

4 times a week is far far too much. Too much vitamin A can potentially cause liver problems.

Its not sufficient to say I’ve always done it and never had any problems.
The choice is entirely yours, but we will never recommend fruit (due to sugars and acidity), including tomatoes, carrots (and root veg in general) be fed more than in very tiny proportions and no more than once per week. One small round cut off of a carrot once per week is enough
 

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There is a lot of misinformation on the internet and on this forum we strive to keep things as accurate as possible.

4 times a week is far far too much. Too much vitamin A can potentially cause liver problems.

Its not sufficient to say I’ve always done it and never had any problems.
The choice is entirely yours, but we will never recommend fruit (due to sugars and acidity), including tomatoes, carrots (and root veg in general) be fed more than in very tiny proportions and no more than once per week. One small round cut off of a carrot once per week is enough
Thank you! That's exactly what I thought!
 
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I understand what the forum says, but how do you guys come to this conclusion when so much research says otherwise? This is not being rude, I really trying to understand how some people come up with extreme limits for foods when research says its okay. do what you want, but 1 carrot a week my gosh. I think we all want the best for our piggies, but I think sometimes people go to far in my opinion. Please don't think I am trying to be rude, this is a genuine question of mine that I have. I would like to come to the forum for info, but I also have to look at the vast majority or research online and if it says otherwise I might have to go with it. Again this is no disrespect to the forum or anyone, just thought maybe sometimes these limitations are way to strict that some ppl have. But please continue to do what you think is best for your guinea pigs!
 

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Nobody thinks you’re being rude at all, it’s always good to have such discussions.

My own research and experience of 30 years of keeping small animals including discussions with my vet, ive only ever seen and been advised that it’s fine to give the occasional small piece of carrot or fruit but it should never be in high quantities as such high sugar content foods don’t form part of their diet and high sugar can cause gut imbalances along with other health issues such as unhealthy weight gain - which is exactly what we are saying here.
I genuinely find it interesting that you’ve seen multiple sources saying high sugar content items can be fed frequently - this has certainly not been my experience - everything I’ve seen (and literally just now - animal welfare charities etc) all say small amounts, only very occasionally but no more than once per week .
 
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