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Hello got my piggys out (female) and notice their wee is white like milky is this normal please sorry if I sound silly thank you
 

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The odd one can be normal as excess calcium is excreted in the urine. However, if it is happening a lot and/or when the urine dries it feels gritty, then that can be a sign that they are getting too much calcium. Too much calcium can lead to the formation of bladder stones, some piggies are more prone than others. It would be worth having a vet check done if you are noticing a lot of calcium pees/any grittiness

You cant, nor should you, completely cut calcium from their diet, but there is a lot of calcium in pellets and unfiltered drinking water. Even the low calcium pellets contains more calcium than the highest calcium veg. So, ensure you feed a limited amount of pellets only (just one tablespoon per pig per day), ensure you filter their drinking water and only feed high calcium veg in small quantities once per week only. Also by ensuring they have a reasonably wet diet (hay is obviously the most important part of their diet) as that can help keep the system flushed through.

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As long as it’s not grainy they’re fine. That’s how they excrete excess calcium. Do you filter their water, limit pellets as recommended and don’t give high calcium veg too often?
 

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As long as it’s not grainy they’re fine. That’s how they excrete excess calcium. Do you filter their water, limit pellets as recommended and don’t give high calcium veg too often?
Thank you what veg should they be having every day I’m so confused on all this and want the best for them they are 8 weeks old they have been having Roman lettuce kale each day with the odd treat of either carrot, celery or apple
 

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The odd one can be normal as excess calcium is excreted in the urine. However, if it is happening a lot and/or when the urine dries it feels gritty, then that can be a sign that they are getting too much calcium. Too much calcium can lead to the formation of bladder stones, some piggies are more prone than others. It would be worth having a vet check done if you are noticing a lot of calcium pees/any grittiness

You cant, nor should you, completely cut calcium from their diet, but there is a lot of calcium in pellets and unfiltered drinking water. Even the low calcium pellets contains more calcium than the highest calcium veg. So, ensure you feed a limited amount of pellets only (just one tablespoon per pig per day), ensure you filter their drinking water and only feed high calcium veg in small quantities once per week only. Also by ensuring they have a reasonably wet diet (hay is obviously the most important part of their diet) as that can help keep the system flushed through.

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Thank you so much for the advice what sort of hay should they be having? Do I need to buy Timothy hay?
The odd one can be normal as excess calcium is excreted in the urine. However, if it is happening a lot and/or when the urine dries it feels gritty, then that can be a sign that they are getting too much calcium. Too much calcium can lead to the formation of bladder stones, some piggies are more prone than others. It would be worth having a vet check done if you are noticing a lot of calcium pees/any grittiness

You cant, nor should you, completely cut calcium from their diet, but there is a lot of calcium in pellets and unfiltered drinking water. Even the low calcium pellets contains more calcium than the highest calcium veg. So, ensure you feed a limited amount of pellets only (just one tablespoon per pig per day), ensure you filter their drinking water and only feed high calcium veg in small quantities once per week only. Also by ensuring they have a reasonably wet diet (hay is obviously the most important part of their diet) as that can help keep the system flushed through.

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What sort of food should the be fed every day I think I’m over feeding them and now I feel really guilty they are 8 weeks old I always have a full bowl of pellets and should I buy Timothy hay? Sorry for the questions just want what’s best for them
 

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Any grass hay is fine for them (timothy or meadow is most commonly fed). What type are you feeding them now?
Hay needs to be available in large amounts all the time

A full bowl of pellets is far too much. They need just one tablespoon each per day only and once their portion is gone, then no more until the next day. Pellets are the least healthy and least important part of the diet.
I personally prefer to scatter feed. My piggies actually only get half a tablespoon each and I also don’t give them pellets every day (it is fine to though), but I throw the pellets just into the cage loose, so they have to forage amongst the hay for it. It encourages natural behaviours and gets then moving about. It also means the dominant piggy can’t hog any food.

Please don’t feed kale every day. Kale, and all other high calcium veg such as parsley and spinach, should only be fed as one small amount once per week only. Kale is the highest of the calcium containing veggies so isn’t suitable for daily use.
Carrot and apple are high in sugar and are considered treats - one small amount no more than once per week.

The feeding guide I linked in the previous replies detail what things can be fed safely, but I’ll add a link to it again below . There is a sample plate in the guide. Daily, my piggies get lettuce, coriander, bell pepper and cucumber. They can have one cup of veg per day.

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is Timothy hay good or too high in calcium? because my guinea pig peed white so I’m trying to change her diet and give her less calcium
 

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is Timothy hay good or too high in calcium? because my guinea pig peed white so I’m trying to change her diet and give her less calcium
Ive commented on your own post which you have made about the subject.

Hay is not the issue - its pellets and unfiltered drinking water, along with high calcium which introduces most calcium into the diet. Timothy hay is absolutely fine to feed.
 
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