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BethRose

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I've read that a museli type food is bad for piggies and a nugget type food should be offered alongside hay and fresh veg.
I used to use a museli type food a few years ago so I'm confused if I should feed a nugget type or a mix?

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nuggets are best so they can't pick out their favourite bits, and they get enough vitamin c
 

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If possible it is better to feed a nugget type complete food.
As @loverdoll56 said, this prevents them being selective and not getting all of the nutrients they need.
Just remember that if you want to change their food it is better to do it slowly, by starting to add a few nuggets to their muesli.
What food are you currently feeding?
 

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Selective feeding isn't a problem in it's own right as a reason against muesli mixes. When feeding any animal, if they're able to pick and chose it means the total amount given is too high. However this balancing act is complicated with piggies by the fact that their dry food is only a small proportion of their daily intake compared to hay.

The way I see it, the main benefit with pelleted mixes is that you can buy a food which is more species-appropriate in terms of ingredients. The way muesli mixes work, a significant part of the ingredients will be grain or grain byproduct. While this is great for many other species of rodents, for guinea pigs their idea is the stalky and leafy parts of the plant. These stalky and leafy parts can be compressed into pellets, but physically cannot be present in high amounts in a muesli mix. Some mixes may increase their fibre content by having grassy or alfalfa pellets as well as grains present, or by having small amounts of loose forage, but these remain a small part of the mix overall.

So by feeding a pelleted diet, you are able to feed a food either low in grain/ grain byproducts, or one which is completely grain free. This is much more species appropriate, which is an aim to strive for :)

[Generally speaking, muesli mixes are more species appropriate (nutritionally and behaviourally) for omnivorous rodents kept as pets, while nuggets are more species appropriate for herbivorous rodents kept as pets. Piggies fall into the latter camp, but if you're used to the former than it can take a little while to readjust your head.]
 

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I've read that a museli type food is bad for piggies and a nugget type food should be offered alongside hay and fresh veg.
I used to use a museli type food a few years ago so I'm confused if I should feed a nugget type or a mix?

Thank you
Muesli is gradually getting phased out and replaced by nugget food. With muesli animals tend to pick out their favourite bits which can cause them to become overweight and not be receiving a balanced diet.
 

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Thank you everyone!
My current piggies are on a nutritional nugget type food, but while shopping for my newbies I came across this muesli stuff. Most ingredients were just cereals and things so not very nutritional but I just wondered if it's used if that makes sense?

Thank you all for your input I'll stick to what I know best (nugget food)
 
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