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Old 07-19-2014, 04:12 PM   #1
Scrubby
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Default Old Scrub needs a soft food diet

Scrub is now very old, over 2 years old and she has started to go off solid food. She just pouches it and empties it in her cage.
I want to introduce her to the soft food diet but need some advice.
What foods should I give her?
How often?
Should I mush up her everyday food?
How?
etc.
Any advice would be appreciated.
I'm already feeding her baby food though she's dropped quite a bit of weight and am starting to worry.
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Old 07-20-2014, 12:10 AM   #2
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Default Re: Old Scrub needs a soft food diet

A great soft food is oxbows Critical Care. I have to constantly give it to my guinea pig, since he has dental problems and has trouble keeping his weight sustained. Of course, I would probably ask your vet to be safe, but it is a really great supplemental feeding, with all the nutrients. My guinea especially loves when I blend up cucumber or pumpkin, and sometimes both, to add to the critical care! Its available on amazon in two flavors, plain or strawberry banana.

ETA: he also enjoys when babyfood is mixed with it, just to add some variety in flavor every once in a while. So, since you already have some.....
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Old 07-20-2014, 10:30 AM   #3
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Default Re: Old Scrub needs a soft food diet

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A great soft food is oxbows Critical Care. I have to constantly give it to my guinea pig, since he has dental problems and has trouble keeping his weight sustained. Of course, I would probably ask your vet to be safe, but it is a really great supplemental feeding, with all the nutrients. My guinea especially loves when I blend up cucumber or pumpkin, and sometimes both, to add to the critical care! Its available on amazon in two flavors, plain or strawberry banana.

ETA: he also enjoys when babyfood is mixed with it, just to add some variety in flavor every once in a while. So, since you already have some.....
Thanks for the advice though considering I have about 10 bags of Harry Hamster, I was wondering if I could do anything to mash that up.
the cucumber/pumpkin is a good idea though
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Old 07-21-2014, 11:12 PM   #4
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Default Re: Old Scrub needs a soft food diet

Hello Scrubby. You can mash Scrubby's food up nice and fine along with the babyfood. Soak it for a while first to let it soften. It is actually better to use her mix since it has the nutrients she really needs. I would take out shelled seeds and remove the shells though. You don't want her eating those. The small seeds are probably better for her. If you didn't have so much of the Harry hamster I would have recommended Ecotrition because of the smaller seeds. Or better yet, Harlan Teclad block food softened and mixed with babyfood. But the Harry hamster should work as long as you remove any seed shells. I hope Scrubby likes the food mash.
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