Pinni and Noli recently stayed a few days with their favorite pigsitter. When we returned on Tuesday, the first thing she exclaimed was: where does all of the poo come from?!? The last time she pigsat, I was still using shavings, and so she had been blissfully unaware of their ample output.
|A day's worth of poo.|
Right now, all of my non-guinea pig readers are going "Ewww..."
Those of us who have dealt with a sick guinea pig know the joy and relief at seeing a hill of beans. Their digestive tract can shut down if they stop eating for a long period of time. From what I understand, if that happens, there's not much hope in getting it going again. Some of the happiest posts on the guinea pig medical forums announce a sick pig is finally pooping. Laughable, but true!
So, yes - my guinea pigs are poopy. It keeps my compost pile full of preprocessed hay and veggies. It's the sign of happy, healthy and well fed guinea pigs. That's a good thing... now hand me the dustpan and broom.