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Help! My Cavy Stopped Eating

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RodneyRaspberry

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Here's the gist, my Cavy is refusing to eat his pellets or his hay but he will gladly accept fruits and veggies and his treats. He is kind of large (always has been since I adopted him) and this is unlike him to refuse to eat his pellets or hay. He is always the first one to his food bowl to munch down new pellets and fresh hay but he hasn't for the past week. I've tried scrubbing out his food bowl and water bowl to make sure they are clean and this didn't change. He seems to only want to eat fruits and veggies. Have I spoiled him too much? Should I cut down on giving him fruits and veggies until he starts eating his hay/pellets again? Should I take him to the vet?

He is still drinking his water and pooping and he is very much active and vocal, not lethargic at all, I think he's just being stubborn but I don't know what to do about it....

Any advice is appreciated!
 

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It is best to weigh a pig at the same time every day as a full bladder or belly can change the results by upto 50g.
 

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Any change in behaviour is a worrying sign with piggies. Have you changed his pellets from one type to another or has the recipe changed?

Often when piggies become selective feeders there is an underlying health or dental issue requiring veterinary treatment.

Please could you add your location to your profile as it will help us make tailored rcommendations for you.
 

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Taking him to the vet wouldn't harm, as it could be an underlying medical problem stopping him from eating, or putting him off.

Is he losing weight?
He doesn't seem to be loosing any weight and his hair all feels perfectly normal and in place and there are no lumps on his body. this is a new bag of hay but I'm finishing up an old bag of pellets and he had been eating this pellets perfectly fine...
 

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I am suspecting a dental problem here, they often go off hay and harder foods at first. He is probably uncomfortable in his mouth or jaw. Best get him checked before he starts to lose weight and become unwell
 
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