What can Guinea Pigs eat?

The number 1 question in everyone’s mind when bringing home a guinea pig is: What can I feed him?

Let’s take a look what’s safe for guinea pigs to eat and what’s not.

A perfect well balanced diet for guinea pigs consists of: hay, pellets, vegetables, fruit and water.

What are the essentials that your guinea pigs need?

1. Hay

There should always be unlimited hay in the cage available for the guinea pigs to eat. Hay should make up about 80% of your guinea pig’s diet and they should never run out.

We refill our piggies’ hay twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening.

2. Pellets

Guinea pigs should have a quarter cup of pellets a day.

3. Fresh Vegetables

You can feed your guinea pig one cup of vegetables a day.

4. Fruit

Fruit can be served as a treat, but veggies should be part of their daily diet.

5. Water

Guinea pigs should always have an unlimited supply of fresh water.

List of safe foods that your guinea pigs can eat:

Apple
Bananas
Basil
Bell Peppers (red, yellow and green)
Blueberries
Broccoli
Carrots
Cauliflower leaves (not the flower)
Celery
Cherries
Cranberries
Cucumber
Grapes (without seeds)
Grass
Green beans
Kale
Kiwi
Lettuce (Romaine and Red/Green leaf)
Mandarines
Mangoes (not skin)
Mint
Oranges
Papayas
Parsley
Parsnips
Pear
Peas
Pineapple
Radicchio
Raspberries (and raspberry leaves)
Red Tomatoes
Spinach
Strawberries
Swiss Chard
Watermelon
Wheatgrass
Zucchini

This is what your guinea pigs can’t eat:

Avacado
Beans
Bread
Cereals
Chocolate
Coconut
Dairy
Garlic
Grains
Iceberg Lettuce
Meat
Mushrooms
Nuts, Seeds and Pips
Onion
Onion grass
Parsnips
Peanuts
Pickled foods
Popcorn
Potatoes
Raisins
Sugar
Sunflower seeds
Tomato leaves or stalks

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