Guinea Pigs: What To Feed Your Furry Friends

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Kassandra Smith

Senior Editor • Backyard Chicken Coops

Last Updated: 12 September 2014

guinea pigs need to eat a balanced diet to keep a healthy coat

Like every animal, your guinea pigs need a balanced diet of good foods and fresh water to keep them healthy and happy.  Here’s what to feed your glorious guinea pigs, and how much of their favourite foods to give them.

  • Water

Seems like a no brainer, but your guinea pigs need fresh, clean water available to them all the time.

  • Grass Hay

Grass hay is the staple of a guinea pigs diet, and should be constantly available to them- just as water should be. It’s a good idea to keep the grass hay in a specially made feeder or rack, as leaving it on the ground might contaminate it and make your little pigs sick!

Great types of grass to feed to your guinea pigs include:

- Lucerne

- Timothy

- Wheaten

- Blue Grass

- Meadow

  • Pellets

Guinea pig pellets should only make up a small part of your pet’s diet - around 1/8th of a cup per day is plenty. Also, the kind of pellets you feed your guinea pigs must be tried and tested brands, as the wrong combination of ingredients can upset your little one’s stomach quite badly. Any artificial ingredients should be avoided at all costs.

  • Fruit and Veggies

The general rule of thumb with the amount of fruit and veg to feed your guinea pigs is:

Vegetables = 1 cup per day

Fruit = 1-2 times per week

Some wonderful options your guinea pigs will love include:

- Capsicum

- Leafy greens like lettuce and kale

- Capsicum

- Mint

- Berries (blue, black, mixed)

- Orange

- Melons

It is recommended that you don’t feed your guinea pigs any produce that’s spoiled or off - if it’s good enough for you,it’s good enough for your furry friends!

Luckily, guinea pigs are pretty easy animals to cater for. Lots of grass hay, a few fruits and veggies here and there, some pellets and of course fresh water, will keep them purring and squeaking with joy!

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