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Jo89532

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Hi
We have a guinea pig and she normally is a good eater and loves her veg. The last 48 hours she’s not eating any fruit or veg at all. We took her out yesterday and put her in a pen in the living room so she was with us and put some treats out with veg and she ate the lot! She seemed to to perk up and was quite happy running around the pen and watching tv!
last night I put her back in the hutch, she is housed indoors by the front door. This morning I came down and she hasn’t eaten anything again.
we’re wondering if she’s lonely and pining for some company? She did have a companion but she sadly died 2 months ago and has never shown any signs of distress of being on her own?
i have her booked in at the vets tomorrow afternoon for a health check as we noticed a bald patch on her back.
anyone think she’s lonely or is this a sign she’s not well? We’ve never own guinea pigs before and my little girl adores her. Can’t bear to lose another one!
 

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She needs to be eating hay as it makes up 80% of the daily food intake. Veg only makes up 15% of the daily food intake (fruit should not feature in the diet as anything more than an occasional treat). If your piggy is not eating hay then there is a problem and your piggy needs to see a vet. She needs to be weighed daily (switch from the normal weekly weighing to daily weighing when there is a health issue or food intake concern) to keep an eye on her weight. If she isn’t eating enough hay, then she will lose weight. If this happens, then she needs to be syringe fed frequently to keep her weight stable
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if she is alone, then yes, she is likely to be lonely. you must sort out any medical issues first though. When she is given the all clear health wise, then look to take her dating at a rescue centre so that she can choose her own character compatible friend.
 

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She has lots of hay available to her, I think it’s leave of mind for us really, we’ll take her to the vet tomorrow and then look at getting her a little friend. Thankyou
 

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she may have hay available but the only way to know she is eating enough of it is to weigh her regularly - weekly as part of routine care, but daily when you have health concerns. You can’t judge hay intake by eye. A lonely piggy may reduce the amount of hay they eat
 

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Thanks for your advice we will weigh her this morning
 

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Welcome to the forum.
Hope the vet trip goes well.
A companion will really make a difference to your girl. So sorry for the loss of your other piggy.
Keep us posted.
 
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