Guinea Pig Diet

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

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