Published on February 3, 2023 Author : Nancy (Admin)
We received Choupette after she was abandoned by a woman at the end of her life who was not allowed to take her with her.
By the way, I'm going to make a little parenthesis. I find it unfair and heartbreaking to see how many elderly people are separated from their pets by force of circumstance, 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 people pay over $2,000 a month for lousy services and are isolated from everything they love. This is nothing less than the abuse of elderly people at the end of their lives, although not senile.
Now 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 fine 10 minutes before, eating, playing with her friend Mini-Boulle and 10 minutes later on her back, probably a heart attack according to the vet.
She was very old I must say. She gave us a lot, she took care of many of our motherless puppies that came to the shelter. She was a social guinea pig with the other guinea pigs as well as with us humans.
She gave us wonderful moments in life and I do not regret 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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