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Powdery Pee?

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I was just cleaning the pigs cage out (I have fleece) and noticed a few dots of white/cream "paste" is the only word I can use to describe it. I used my finger to see what it was, it was a very powdery consistency so I'm thinking maybe too much calcium in their diet?

I can't think how..
They get pets at home nuggets
And for regular veg they get chard, green beans, coriander, parsley, carrot(just a couple slices) green/red pepper, cucumber...

Then less often they get sweetcorn, pak choi, apple, blueberries, celery leaves and even less often they get kale and spinach.

Does any of that sound like it could be causes issues?

And what do I do about the powdery pee? Is it urgent? And I'm thinking I should stop their veggies for a while?

I'm worried about kidney stones..
 

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Powdery wee is normal, as long as it doesn't start feely sandy/gritty you don't particularly need to worry. :)
 

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Powdery wee is normal, as long as it doesn't start feely sandy/gritty you don't particularly need to worry. :)
It wasn't gritty it was very fine powder and disappeared when I rubbed it between my fingers.

I'm just panicking because it's never happened before and I was worried it could be kidney stones:(
 

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I feed my piggies the Ic diet which consists of green pepper, coriander, celery, cucumber, spring greens.

Not everyone feeds this diet, you'll be fine to feed low calcium staples (from above) but add higher calcium veg as the second choice, as a treat. Here is a calcium table of veg :)
Guinea Lynx :: Nutrition Charts
 

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I feed my piggies the Ic diet which consists of green pepper, coriander, celery, cucumber, spring greens.

Not everyone feeds this diet, you'll be fine to feed low calcium staples (from above) but add higher calcium veg as the second choice, as a treat. Here is a calcium table of veg :)
Guinea Lynx :: Nutrition Charts
Thank you so much:nod:
 

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It wasn't gritty it was very fine powder and disappeared when I rubbed it between my fingers.

I'm just panicking because it's never happened before and I was worried it could be kidney stones:(

Hey, the occasional calcium pee is nothing to worry about and is totally normal! Only if you have them on a near daily basis would I recommend to look at changes in the diet. ;)
 

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All sounds fine @Beans&Toast. Please don't stop stop feeding veggies as guinea pigs can't produce their own vitamin c so need the fresh veggies. Some White powdery deposit is entirely normal. You are doing a great job with your piggies.
 

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Thanks everyone, really appreciate the advice.

I tend to overreact with my pigs because I know they can be ill and show no signs, I worry easily:soz:

This forum is a massive help though for advice:D
 

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You are just a very caring owner and your piggies are lucky to have their home with you. It's natural at first to worry about all sorts of things that become second nature in time. It's always better to ask and be reassured. None of us mind.
 

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I'm posting here again because since the last time I've noticed a few more powdery pee spots... about 3 this morning and a couple yesterday.

Now getting a bit worried because up until I first posted this thread they had none for almost a year since I've had them and now it's getting regular...

Food I give them every day is;
Chard, red/green
Green/red pepper
Coriander
Bit of cucumber
Parsley

Food they get a few times a week;
Baby sweetcorn
Green beans
Carrots
Celery leaves

Food they get couple times a month;
Red gem lettuce (rarely)
Pak choi
Spinach
Kale
Banana skins
Apple
Blueberries

They get Pets at Home nuggets, roughly 20-30g per piggy a day.

They get unlimited hay, a mix of medow and timothy.

They get fresh water daily, I live in a soft water area so it doesn't get filtered or anything, but we do have good water here.

Once every couple months or so they get a pets at home guinea pig fruit stick treat, but that's rare and they only get a little bit not a full one.

Does anything sound like it could be causing issues? :soz:
 
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