Guinea Pigs/Spinach?

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I first got my guinea pig about a year ago.  She would NOT eat ANYTHING! (Greens wise) I tried everything. Celery ,Cilantro ,Parsley ,Red Leaf Lettuce and Spinach. She only ate the spinach. That's all the green i fed her for a whole year. She's been fine with checkups. but now that i know that spinach causes kidney stones what do i do? i tried taking her off but she doesn't eat ANYTHING else!!!! Nothing accept apples which we only give her twice a week. and when she doesn't have spinach she takes her bowl in her teeth and clanks it on her hay dish. :( Please help thanks in advance!

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Animals will not starve themselves. If you just put a dish of pellets in her cage she will eat them. Don't give her anything else but pellets and hay. When she gets hungry she will eat.

Parents often tell that about their toddlers, that they won't eat anything but junk food. I usually ask if the child has his/her own car and money to go to the store to buy it! Of course not.  Even a baby, when they are hungry they will eat what's available. It may take some retraining on the parents part, but the child will eat what is served.  

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Raised and shown cavies for many years, having aquired my first cavies in the early 1970's as pets. My caviary currently handles 65 + animals in two different breeds and several varieties. Having been in the health care industry as a licensed nurse for 35 years I have hands on experience with care and needs in both humans and cavies. Member of American Rabbit Breeders Association and American Cavy Breeders Association.

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Awarded Lifetime Membership in of one of the oldest cavy clubs in the United States, on whose Board I served as Sec/Treas for six years and currently serving as President. Also editor/publisher of the club's quarterly newsletter. We are strong supporters of our youth exhibitors, most of whom are 4H members who are working on cavy projects. Through these projects they become good responsible citizens. We deal with all aspects of showing, breeding, caring for and sharing experiences in the fancy. The cavy fancy is not a new one but in some areas is still relatively unknown. Our goal is to inspire interest in high quality, responsible breeding to improve the species, not just the reproduction of guinea pigs. Our job is to educate owners to help them make the right decisions and choices in the care of their cavies.

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Graduate in nursing. Certified in emergency medicine.

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