How to Feed Your Guinea Pig

Guinea Pigs are herbivores, this means they only eat vegetable matter.

The main food in a guinea pigs diet should be guinea pig pellets. This particular food has almost everything a guinea pig needs. It is the best food and guinea pigs should always have it available to them. The best way to make sure of this is to use a feeding bowl and always keep it topped up with food, never letting it run empty. They will not over feed on the pellets. It is important to know guinea pigs cannot produce their own vitamin C.  Guinea Pig Pellets have added vitamin C to help them deal with that.

Your little guinea pig loves to chew on hay. It is a must have product. Hay isn’t just fun for your guinea pigs to eat, it also helps their digestive systems and wears down their constantly growing teeth.

If you love your guinea pigs, you can get them some treats. You could try some Gnawing Sticks or some of our other treats.

If you are going to feed your guinea pig something from the garden, you can feed them lettuce, carrots, dandelions, grass, parsley or clovers.

Do not feed them bluebells, buttercups, foxgloves, daisy’s, ivy, or poppies as these are poisonous. Other things can also be poisonous so if you are unsure about feeding them something, don’t give it to them at all.

Guinea pigs diet should be made up of guinea pig pellets, hay and greens such as cabbage or spinach.   Guinea Pigs are herbivores, and do not eat meat of any kind.  Chocolate is poisonous to them.

Other food ad treats should be fed sparingly as otherwise this can lead to the guinea pig becoming overweight or running into other health issues.  Also, if treats are fed too often it means your guinea pigs can wait for them and not eat the important pellets and hay.

The exact amount a guinea pig eats really depends on a lot of things, such as age and environment.  Guinea Pigs tend to not overeat when fed the right types of food (i.e non treats), but do keep an eye on your Guinea Pigs weight throughout the year.