Guinea Pig Diet 2019

guinea pig diet

With a bit of common sense, you should know that you can’t just give your Guinea Pig any kind of food.  This is where this Guinea Pig diet sheet guide comes in.

In general, we are talking about the likes of salad foods, hay, specialized nuggets or pellets and muesli mixes and so on.

This is our guinea pig fruit and veg list (and so much more!)

We are not talking processed foods we might eat.

Now lets look at the foods.  Guinea pigs cannot store Vitamin C in their bodies so they need to get it from foods.  The following list of Guinea pig foods will help you decide on what to give them.

As you look below you can see that fruits in general are not the healthiest although they do love a lot of them so only feed these sparingly.

The general mix should be mainly salad items, along with fresh hay and unlimited water each day.

TypeExcellentGoodAverage
SaladIceberg Lettuce (low nutritional value), but ok a few times a week. Instead go for Green leafy varieties
SaladAsparagus
Salad (They love this food!)Baby Spinach
SaladBroccolli (high in vitamin C)
SaladBrussell Sprouts (high in vitamin C)
SaladCabbage (don't over feed as it can cause their stomachs to bloat)
SaladCapsicum (high in vitamin C)
Salad (They love this food!)Carrots
SaladCauliflower (high in vitamin C)
Salad (They love this food!)Celery
SaladChoko (high in vitamin C)
Salad (they love this food!)Corn (includes husks)
Salad (they love this food)Cucumber
SaladGreen beans
SaladKale
SaladKolrabi
Salad (they love this food!)Kos lettuce
SaladPak Choy (high in vitamin C)
SaladParsnip
SaladSilverbeet
SaladSweet potatoes (NOT normal potatoes as these are toxic to them)
SaladTomatoe
SaladTurnip (HIGH IN SUGAR)
SaladWombok
SaladZucchini
FruitApple (HIGH IN SUGAR)
FruitBanana (Including the leaves)
FruitBlackberries
FruitBlueberries
FruitCherries
FruitDried Apricot (HIGH IN SUGAR)
FruitFigs (HIGH IN SUGAR)
FruitGooseberries
FruitGrapes
FruitGrapefruit (high in Vitamin C)
Fruit (they love this food!)Honeydew Melon (HIGH IN SUGAR)
FruitKiwi fruit (high in vitamin C)
FruitMango (HIGH IN SUGAR)
FruitOrange (high in vitamin C BUT HIGH IN SUGAR)
FruitPawpaw (high in vitamin C0
FruitPear (HIGH IN SUGAR)
FruitPineapple (HIGH IN SUGAR)
FruitPumpkin
Fruit (they love this food!)Rockmelon (High in vitamin C BUT HIGH IN SUGAR)
FruitSquash
Fruit (they love this food!)Strawberries (high in vitamin C)
Fruit (they love this food!)Watermelon
HerbsAnise
Herbs (they love this food!)Basil
HerbsChamomile
HerbsChickory
HerbsChickweed
HerbsCleavers
Herbs (they love this food!)Clover
HerbsComfrey
HerbsCoriander
Herbs (they love this food!)Dandelion (high in vitamin C)
HerbsDill
HerbsDock
Herbs (they love this food!)Endive
HerbsFennel
HerbsLemon balm
Herbs (they love this food!)Milk thistle
HerbsMint
Herbs (they love this food!)Oat grass
HerbsParsley (high in vitamin C)
HerbsRaspberry leaves
Herbs (they love this food!)Rocket
HerbsRosehips (high in vitamin C)
HerbsStinging nettle
HerbsThyme
HerbsWandering Jew
HerbsWatercress
HerbsYarrow

Vegetables:

Stick to just once or twice per week with veggies as it can lead to bloating and upset stomachs for them.

Guinea Pig feeding schedule

In general make sure they have water and hay available all day long.

Aside from this, an average of a cupful of additional foods from the above list per Guinea pig is sufficient

Try to stick to the mainly salad items, with fruits and herbs being more of a treat in small quantities

Looking for a suitable Guinea pig outdoor hutch?  We have that covered with our top 10 best – reviewed.

Guinea Pig Toys In 2019

Getting a good selection of Guinea Pig toys is essential to ensure a happy piggie.

Getting a Guinea pig as a pet can be fun to watch and to hold however keeping them happy is very important.

They are very social animals and can become quite lonely when alone so in our experience it is highly recommended to have a minimum of two together.  It’s a herd mentality and they love nothing more than being part of a community.

white guinea pig in basket

Guinea pig boredom busters

While you or I go out several times a week and visit many different places, a Guinea pig has only the same space, day in day out so you do need to give your pig(s) something to do.  They can’t just pop the TV on.

You could opt to make homemade guinea pig toys or choose one of the many inexpensive toys already available online like Amazon.

Please use the arrows at the bottom of the ferris wheel below to scroll through the various Guinea pig toys

 

How about simple Guinea pig toys made from household items?

Homemade Guinea pig tunnels or places to hide.

These can be as simple as an old cardboard roll from leftover carpet tubes (the cardboard that comes inside a roll of new carpet).  Or you could simply get some stiff cardboard and sellotape it together.

How about a hat or cozy?

jackies guinea pigs
source: Jackies Guinea Piggies

 

Other ideas for home made Guinea pig fun – things you can throw in the cage to play with:

  • Ping pong balls
  • Empty toilet roll tubes
  • Cardboard box
  • Mirror
  • Corn on the cob hardened to nibble on (from a pet shop)
  • Paper bag to hide inside
  • Plastic bag
  • Rolled up ball of paper
  • Wooden sticks
  • Childrens toy trucks (Guinea pigs can sit in them if big enough)
  • A rope stretched from one side to the other with toys or treats threaded along it (circles of carrot for example with a hole in the middle (like a button))
  • Old socks
  • Hay
  • Rope

 

Now for some other ideas:

Fancy swinging around in this pet hammock swing??

Guinea pig hammock


 

When bored, your Guinea pig can happily nibble away at this Rosewood boredom breaker


What to Guinea Pigs like to do?

Well, Guinea pigs enjoy a variety of things.

Guinea pigs like to chew

Many things – a lot of the time, so be sure to put something in with them to help keep them active and busy.

They like to run.

They need a good amount of space to be able to hop around.  If you house tow or more you need to double or triple the amount of space they have.  We already have this covered.  Please look at our top 10 best guinea pig hutches available online here.

They like to forage

Taking them back to their basic animal instincts, foraging for food is something that every Guinea pig was born to do.  Why not make life interesting by hiding their treats inside a toy, or under some paper or straw.  This helps keep them active and interested.

They really want to feel protected

Because a Guinea pig is very small, out in the wild they are very much at the risk of birds of prey or other animals who feed on rodents and the like.  This in-built instinct within a Guinea pig means they should always havea special place they can go and hide.  A tube or under a rock works wonders.

Guinea pigs need toys

Yep, like many animals, a toy helps relieve boredom and I’m sure it makes them a little happier as a result.


cute guinea pigs pair

So what will you do to keep your piggies happy?

Browse a wide range of Guinea Pig toys by clicking here

 

What toys have you found to be of great fun?  let us know by leaving a comment below.

Best Outdoor Rabbit Hutch & Guinea Pig Hutch 2019

We tested and reviewed and found some of the best rabbit and guinea pig hutches

 

..  but….. did we spend a night in one of them?

Nope, when testing these, we didn’t sleep or spend time in a number of hutches ourselves –  but we did put them through their paces.  Rest assured 🙂

So… first of all, remember that Rabbits and Guinea pigs are very sociable animals.

It’s best if they can be paired up wherever possible to keep them happy.


best rabbit hutch and for guinea pigs

 


If you’re super busy, we wanted to let you know our number 1 (and 2) preferred rabbit hutch or guinea pig hutch that shone out was not one, but two hutches.

The Ferplast Grand Lodge and the Conny hutch.


Aren’t we cute!

cute guinea pigs pair

Most Guinea pigs get along with a fellow furry friend, so it’s usually a good idea to house two of them together.

Therefore look for the best guinea pig cage for two of them.

(Hint: bigger is always better!)

An outdoor guinea pig cage will always suit your furry Rabbits too, so try to imagine them having a bit of room to run around, and you’ll have far happier pets.


best rabbit guinea pig hutch


Where do we begin?

 

We had a lot to think about.  You would have assumed that hutches are pretty much the same.

But they’re not.

In fact we had to take into account things such as:

  • Size of hutch to allow for play space and sleep space
  • How long it will withstand the elements (if at all!)
  • Do we want indoor cages or outdoor cages?
  • Would it fit our space?
  • Is it easy to clean / is there a slide out tray ?

.. and so on.

So we eventually filtered out everything that didn’t meet these expectations and here is our top 10 list.

Enjoy!

It’s Snow joke..

This handy tip will give you a few pointers on keeping your house pets including rabbits and piggies safe with the snow over winter


Our Best Rabbit Hutch (and Guinea Pigs Too)

Our Best Rabbit Hutch / Guinea Pig Hutch Recommendation:

After weeding out the poor hutches, the not so well made hutches and the strange ones, we narrowed down these 10 best hutches.

They are all “really” good however two of them edged out for us and we couldn’t choose between them.

The Ferplast Grand Lodge and the Conny hutch.

Ferplast Grand Lodge 120 Green RS 200

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Rabbit hutch CONNY TIMBO door open 200

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The above outdoor guinea pig cages are our current favourites.  Very well made, great pricing and great construction.

Remember that outdoor guinea pig hutches need to be safe, strong and warm.  Your piggies and rabbits need to be protected from a variety of things, such as them venturing out into a neighbours property, into the road, or beging taken by a predator such as a large bird or fox for example.

Take any of the above outdoor guinea pig hutch designs and they won’t let you down.  This is why they get our current highest recommendations!


Cute Spot:

There is an island in Japan where countless rabbits roam wild.  You can feed them and visit the island.  Take a look here:


Here is a breakdown of the top 10 best rabbit hutches and guinea pig hutches.

 Rabbit HutchCommentsClick To View Current Best Price
1: Bunny Ark Hutch
Handsome well made hutch. Pull out tray for easy cleaningprice-check
2: Hide House & Run (2 items)Fantastic value for moneyprice-check
3: Huge 6 Foot Chartwell HutchSuperb space, very well madeprice-check
4: Confidence pet 4 foot deluxe hutchPull out tray for easy cleaning. Superb build qualityprice-check
5: BTM 2 tier hutch for rabbits or guinea pigsWell made and easy to clean. Very good value for moneyprice-check
6: Timbo rabbit hutchMade from wood from sustainable forestsprice-check
7: Ferplast Grand Lodge
Our Choice!
Clean, tough plastic construction and pleasing on the eyeprice-check
8: Trixie Natura Premium HutchWe LOVE this. Plenty of room and even storage space in the roof.price-check
9: Timbo Conny Hutch
Our Choice!
Well made, metal lined pull out tray for easy cleaningprice-check
10: Charles Bentley A frame hutchGreat fair weather place to enjoy the outdoorsprice-check

1: BUNNY ARK – Hybrid – Double Tier Outdoor Rabbit Hutch Guinea Pig House Cage Pen Home (RH10) Review

A stunning outdoor rabbit hutch!

This is one brilliant deluxe rabbit hutch you are going to immediately fall in love with. It’s completely modern and stylish and ever so easy to clean – thanks to the pull out galvanized tray. Pull out, tap and wipe clean and all done!

feelgood uk bunny ark

Like this one?  Click here to get it on Amazon Uk

 

It’s a metre and a half wide, a metre high and 66cm deep.

Rabbit and Guinea pig cage bottom ideas

Think that the main enclosed bit is for them to sleep in or rest and the rest is for play and exploration.

So in the bottom of the cage you want things such as tunnels, tubes, balls to play with and so on. Here’s a number of toys for rabbits and for guinea pigs

This is equally as good in use as an outdoor rabbit hutch or for indoor use.

Features:

  • Double height hutch.
  • 2 access doors.
  • Includes slide out galvanised tray for easy cleaning.
  • Plastic and wood construction throughout.
  • Extension run available

 

The good bits:

  • Ever so easy to put together
  • Made using strong wood and plastic
  • Easy to clean with the pull out tray

The not so good bits:

Overall this has found it’s way into our top 10 list for a reason. It is an excellent hutch. There are literally hundreds that haven’t made it to this stage.

 

 


2: Outdoor small hide house + 1 x Large VivaPet Outdoor Octagon 55-inch Run / Cage / Playpen / Enclosure for Rabbit Puppy Chicken Duck Hen Guinea Pig, with Sun Protection Net Cover review.

Although not technically a “hutch” per-se.. we absolutely love what is on offer. A complete fair weather setup that will perform just as good for most of the year too.

Small hide house and Octagon play section with sun cover

It’s a mini hideaway with an integrated playpen area with safety net cover too making to great to be left out all year other than deep winter when you may want something a bit more heavy duty, or even take your piggies or rabbits indoors.

The hideaway is around 50cm wide, 43 cm deep and 46.2cm high.

The net is part see through to provide space to hide from the sun, and to help your pet from jumping out or even birds or cats taking “too much of an interest”!

The good bits:

  • The playpen is galvanized with a Zinc coating making it withstand rust
  • The hideaway has a lockable front flap that comes down as a ramp
  • The roof opens to allow easy access for cleaning etc.

The not so good bits:

  • Would be brilliant if the hideaway was bigger or more of a hutch, but we are just being picky!

 

 


3: 6ft Chartwell Double Luxury Outdoor Rabbit Hutch Review

The best rabbit hutch for 2 rabbits

Deeper and higher than other cages, this 6 foot “luxury” Rabbit hutch provides superb living accommodation for your furry friends! It is premium in price and generally premium in quality too, however there are a few misgivings to consider firstly!

6ft Chartwell Double Luxury Rabbit Hutch doors open

 

This hutch features:

  • Deeper and Higher than other Rabbit Hutches on the market
  • Double rabbit hutch – super deep!
  • Robust 10mm timber side panel construction
  • Cosy arched divided bedding area
  • 1″x ½” galvanised wire mesh doors
  • Aluminium barrel bolts
  • Wooden rabbit hutch

Dimensions:

1,804 x 650 x 1,300 cm

The good bits:

  • We love the brilliant space that you get. Your guinea pigs or rabbits will really enjoy this.
  • The main construction is very well made with plenty of access
  • Superb as an indoor hutch with plenty of room

The not so good bits:

  • The dividing wood appears a little thin, and we wondered how long it would last especially with multiple toilet breaks soaking into the wood (although the flooring is coated with a waterproof layer). That said it withheld our testing (based on two grumpy guinea pigs!)
  • The floor sections and back panel appear to be made of a thinner wood, so if this is to be used in Winter you might want to consider a quality waterproof hutch cover.

 

 


4: Confidence Pet 4ft Deluxe Outdoor Rabbit Hutch review

Makes A Great Deluxe Rabbit Hutch Or A 2 Storey Guinea Pig Hutch

Your typical up and downstairs type of hutch. Great as a fun rabbit house or guinea pig getaway, or for ferrets etc. We feel the confidence pet 4 foot deluxe outdoor hutch is a lovely size for either 2 guinea pigs or 2 smaller rabbits. The manufacturer claims up to 5 or 6 rabbits but I’m not so sure if that is wise. A pair normally works best and this allows for room to play also.

This is one of the best rabbit hutch for 2 rabbits that are not too big

Confidence Pet 4ft Deluxe Rabbit Hutch door down

With plenty of access points, viewing areas and room, it’s an interesting space for your furry friends to play around in.

The hutch is made from quality wood with an antifungal finish to it.

Features:

  • Suitable for rabbit, guinea pigs or ferrets. Pet friendly furniture grade wood with a waterproof antifungal finish – provides a safe and durable home for your pets. 4 lockable doors with wooden latches to keep hutch secure. Bottom: 2 lockable wooden latch doors – 1 cage wiring, 1 wooden ramp door Top: 2 lockable wooden latch doors – 1 cage wiring with feeding area, 1 wooden
  • Double level hutch with ramp for rest and play. Ramp from top to bottom hutch. Top door with feeding compartment. Ramp door design for pets to exit for play. Hinged roof made from waterproof asphalt and furniture grade wood
  • High quality fox proof cage wire. Top and bottom level pull out plastic tray with wooden edges – easy cleaning . Removable plastic tray. Elevated ground clearance with 4 rubber wooden legs – support on hard floors
  • Weight: 19.01KG Overall Dimensions: 122 x 50 x 101cm. Bottom: (L) 113 x (W) 41.2 cm. Top: (L) 122 x (W) 50cm
  • Ground clearance: 112mm. Thickness of front/side/back panels from 10-20mm
  • (source amazon)
  • 4 foot rabbit hutch – great for specific areas

What we like about this hutch:

What we are not so keen on:

  • The heart shaped latches seem a little flimsy, easy to remedy with some blocks of wood if this gives you any concerns.

 

 


5: BTM 2-Tier Double Decker outdoor Rabbit/ Guinea Pig Hutch House review with Sliding Tray

One of the best outside rabbit hutches for smaller Rabbits (or Guinea Pigs).

A more compact hutch, perfect for 1 or 2 smaller rabbits or guinea pigs that even comes with a slide out tray for easy cleaning! Better suited to smaller areas.

This hutch measures 91cm wide x 45 cm deep x 92cm high (and that includes the overhang at the top so remember just for smaller animals and you’ll be fine).

BTM 2 Tier Double Decker Rabbit Guinea Pig hutch front slide tray

As you can see the top opens on a locking hinge making clean outs super easy, especially with the added advantage of the pull out tray (whoever invented this needs a pat on the back!).

What we liked about this hutch:

  • The wood is treated using a water based anti fungicidal animal and environment friendly stain
  • Access for cleaning is a doddle!

What we weren’t too keen on:

  • Part of us wishes it was a bit bigger for the same money

 

 


6: TIMBO outdoor rabbit hutch review

Made from wood from sustainable forests, this is a lovely cute hutch if you care about the environment. A fairly typical standard size (roughly 100cm wide, 100cm high and 50cm deep) it’s a cute design with pitched roof that opens out from the centre.

TIMBO rabbit guinea pig hutch top open

So, while researching and testing this hutch we noted that the English language was not native in the product description on Amazon, however from the tone displayed in the writing it was easy to see the good vibes and positivity around this hutch, and taking that into consideration.

What we like about this hutch

  • Made from sustainable forestry efforts – great for environmentally aware people.
  • Bitumen roof for weatherproofing
  • Anti fungal coating

What we didn’t really like about this hutch

  • Sadly it’s not ideal for 2 or more larger rabbits
  • The ramp is fairly steep, so if your piggies struggle, try laying some sandpaper down on the ramp and use glue to hold it in place.

 

 


7: Ferplast outdoor Grand Lodge Guinea pig and rabbit hutch 120 review, Green

This is one of our favourite hutches.

Clean lines, contemporary clean feel, and with it being tough plastic, it’s not going to rot down from bad weather or pet wee!

Ferplast are a trusted Italian company who have been into “all things pets” for more than 50 years (they started out with a simple bird cage and things grew from there)

Featuring

A full hinged roof – for quick and easy access

Slide out tray for super easy cleaning (and it’s easy wipe plastic too!)

Measurements:

115.5 x 110 x 73 cm

 

What we like about this hutch

  • It’s different, and that uniqueness is captured so well in the solid plastic design that is clean, tough and welcoming.
  • It comes with a handsome array for extra’s such as:
  • Feeder, Feeding bowl, drinking bottle, 2 x wooden ladders.
  • Performs well if you want to add on a rabbit run to allow for movement through the day.

What we didn’t like:

  • Could have been a touch bigger for a friendlier size for larger pets

 

 


8: Trixie Natura Small Animal Hutch with Outdoor Run, 199 x 146 x 93 cm, Brown

A perfect guinea pig hutch and run!

This is just way too cute.  It’s one of the best hutches for rabbits due to the grand size of it.  It pretty much summarizes what a hutch should be. A nice quiet space off the ground and plenty of room down below for fun and games.

Oh and also the fact is it is a superb amount of space at almost 2 metres wide, 1 and a half metres deep and almost a metre high. Your rabbits or piggies will love their own “castle!”

 

Features we love!

  • Made from solid glazed pine.
  • The meshing is closely knitted so you can use this easily to rear young pets
  • There is a pull out plastic drawer for easy cleaning
  • space in the roof for storage of pet essentials – bedding, food etc.

Negatives / drawbacks

  • The bolts to close the door appear a tad on the small size. Adequate for 99% of situations however if you live where there are foxes you might want to purchase one or two extra bolts from your local DIY shop for extra strength.
  • Although very much a premium top quality product, we would liked to have seen this a touch cheaper.

To complement this hutch, here is the correct winter rain cover that allows access to doors. It fits around the hutch brilliantly, fitting snugly under the roof.

 

 


9: Rabbit hutch CONNY made of solid fir wood with outdoor enclosure, 140x65x120 cm, rabbit hutch, cage for small animals, rabbit hutch for summer & winter – TIMBO rabbit hutch & hutch for small animals

The best guinea pig cage for 2

Made from eco-sustainable forests, the 140 x 65 x 120 cm Apex hutch has neat modern features that will provide great living conditions for your furry friends.

Rabbit hutch guinea pig hutch CONNY TIMBO main

Features of this modern rabbit hutch:

Metal lined pull out tray that resists staining unlike wood or plastic ones

Ideal for one rabbit or two or more guinea pigs.

 

What we liked about this hutch:

  • We liked the fact that the construction is extremely good.
  • All joints are morticed for strength
  • The roof is covered with a weatherproof Bitumen felt to keep the weather out.

What we didn’t like about this hutch:

  • Nothing!

We really did like this one.  In fact it was a firm favourite among 6 of our 10 warriors.  One of our best rabbit hutches on review.  A top quality rabbit hutch (also for Guinea pigs!)

 

 


10: Charles Bentley Pets A-Frame Wooden Outdoor Portable Rabbit Hutch Guinea Pig Run (optional protective cover)

So… let’s start out by stating that this isn’t a hutch, so to speak, but it made it into our top 10 list. We feel this Charles Bentley a-framed hutch would suffice for pretty much all year round. You can of course bring your rabbits or guinea pigs indoors in Winter if you prefer.

Note… this is best suited to a single small rabbit or 2 small guinea pigs at best.

Charles Bentley Wooden Outdoor Portable Rabbit Hutch Guinea Pig Run 1

So, for a start, with it being an “on the ground” hutch, over time the wood would eventually become susceptible to the damp.

As a spring, summer and autumn hutch it’s good, however if you are considering using this during winter you might want to incorporate a bit of DIY to extend it’s lifespan. Our view would be to attach a piece of ply board to the bottom and then raise the entire thing off the ground with bricks during wet or wintry weather.  It helps air flow underneath, stopping dampness from getting to the wood.

Bear in mind if purchasing this, that the walls are made from thin wood, so extra bedding or heat pads would help during winter. Better still pop it indoors in a spare room!

Why we included this in our list:

  • Very cost effective
  • handy for use most of the year
  • Extremely well made
  • Light weight so can be moved around through the year

What we didn’t like:

  • Not really suitable to attach a water bottle, so a small bowl would be needed
  • Not entirely ideal for Winter (thin construction, sits on floor (cold!))
  • A little small, so really 1 or 2 small pets at very most

Guinea Pig Toys From Household Items

There are dozens and dozens of things you could use from home to make toys for your Guinea Pigs.  The video below will help get you started, and there are lots of related videos on there that will give you a head start too!

As a brief summary, think about things they can nibble on or chew.

  • Cardboard toilet rolls are great (it helps them nibble to keep their teeth down and stop them growing too much.
  • Doggy chews work just as well, as long as they are chewable
  • Soft cuddly toys – yes piggies love them, just keep an eye closely in case they decide to eat some of the inner fluff.

Toys for Rabbits made from household items

Rabbits have similar obsessions as Guinea Pigs and enjoy simialr toys, but can also get into slightly tougher items such as Wicker baskets, paper bags etc.  All good for their interest and helping to keep their teeth nice.

Here’s a video showing a few home made rabbit toy ideas (again there are plenty more videos after this one if you get engrossed in them).


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