- I dissent.
- Heavily advocates going out and picking all kinds of herbs and flowers. I can see this being dangerous for anyone who can't identify plants (or doesn't have access to uncontaminated grasses and plants);
- Has many gassy veggies on her "safe" list, including kohl, broccoli, cauliflower, certain types of cabbage;
- Advocates sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, banana, grapes and a few other dubious things as "treats";
- States that butterhead (I assume bibb lettuce?) has too many nitrates---I have not been able to confirm this;
- Doesn't advocate the use of pellets;
- States that it's unnatural to use a water bottle, and advocates using a bowl instead.
Overall, the author tries to make a lot of points about how and what guinea pigs eat and behave "in the wild." Some of it may be quite valid, but I just don't think some of her recommendations are very practical for most owners.
I don't understand the eating leaves and branches. Grasses yes. Guinea pigs are right there on the ground, checking out the grass. Probably not foraging for their dinner in the trees ;-)
- Supporter in 2019
The example I always see is the comparison between dogs and wolves. There's a whole marketing industry pushing food for dogs that "get back to their wild nature." The foods are primarily grain-free, high in protein and low in carbs since wolves eat primarily meat. The truth is, domestic dogs evolved as companions to humans and their digestive systems evolved to match the types of food people ate. Carbs and grains became part of the domestic dog's diet, and their gut bacteria changed to become similar to ours. So unless they have a food sensitivity, carbs and grains are part of a healthy diet. Wolves on the other hand can't digest carbs well at all.