Hey Cliff! I'm really glad you're feeling better and taking care of yourself :) and I was hoping you could give me some cavy advise. I might be adopting a pig whose current owner has been feeding it lettuce and carrots for a year, and I don't think she's been getting any hay. Is she going to be okay, having been on this diet for so long? Are carrots enough roughage?
I am not a cavy expert, but from what I understand:
That’s enough roughage, but too much sugar in the carrots and not enough nutrients in the diet, and just not enough… food. (Imagine if you had to live off nothing but lettuce and carrots!) The main staple of a guinea pig’s diet should be timothy-hay based pellets (get ones labeled specifically for guinea pigs; they have added vitamins that are specific to cavies), with some loose hay for added roughage, and vegetables just for variety/treats.
She’ll probably be okay, but I would definitely start giving her way more pellets and hay and way less vegetables. There’s way more details on guinea pig diet here.
Enjoy your new little piggy! :) I think she’s going to a better home.
Actually your giving someone really bad advice, timothy hay should make up the majority of their diets, as their teeth grow throughout their entire life and it’s grazing on hay constantly that keeps them worn down. They should also get about 1/8th a cup of timothy based pellets per day, give or take depending on their size and appetite. On top of this they need veggies daily because they are vitamin c deficient, the “added vitamins c” in pellets does not cut it. Guinea pigs should get a cup of vitamin c rich veggies every day, not as a “treat”, but as a staple in their diet.
It’s strange that you posted a link to guinea lynx, aka one of the BEST guinea pig sites out there, yet are giving this anon information that contradicts the majority of the care/diet guide found there…
With all due respect, If you have guinea pigs I highly suggest you do a bit more research on how to properly provide for them, and maybe hold off on giving advice until you are a little bit better informed!