Published on February 3, 2023 Author : Nancy (Admin)
We welcomed Choupette after a woman, at the end of her life, abandoned her because she was not allowed to take her along.
By the way, I'd like to digress for a moment. I find it unfair and heartbreaking to witness how many elderly individuals are forcibly separated from their pets due to circumstances, even though people like us would be willing to care for them wherever they go. Especially these small animals that don't take up much space. These individuals pay over $2,000 a month for subpar services and are isolated from everything they love. It's nothing short of elder abuse towards the end of their lives, even if they are not senile.
Now, let's get back to Choupette. It took me a while to write about her, the sadness of talking about her.
We lost her a few months ago; she was doing well just 10 minutes before, eating, playing with her friend Mini-Boulle, and 10 minutes later, she was on her back, likely experiencing a heart attack according to the vet.
She was quite old, I must say. She gave us a lot, taking care of many of our orphaned guinea pig pups that came to the shelter. She was a social guinea pig with the others as well as with us humans.
She provided us with wonderful moments in life, and I have no regrets about having her in our home.
I recently purchased the guinea pig food that I had been buying regularly for years. I noticed a change in texture. I started reading the ingredient list, they replaced timothy with alfalfa. No indication on the bag, no mention for young people, nothing, they just decided to change the composition without warning.
The problem with alfalfa and guinea pigs is that it can be suitable for a young guinea pig or a pregnant female because alfalfa is very rich in calcium, but in adults, it ends up causing urinary problems and even overweight.
The other problem is that I look at most of the mixes sold and they too have switched to alfalfa, I guess it's an "economic" choice of the companies.
But it's still dishonest not to mention it or the change. And without mentioning the company, I can certify, because I have an old bag, that the old one did not contain alfalfa.
I switched to a timothy mix from Oxbow for adult guinea pigs, the price is reasonable, they like it too, and I'm not risking urinary
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