What do guinea pigs eat?

By | July 12, 2018

Guinea pigs are so cute and apart from the cuteness factor, they are always chewing or eating something. If you have a guinea pig as a pet, then it is vital that you have a good idea of what they eat and what you can feed them safely so that your guinea pig does not fall sick. Guinea pigs seem as if they were made to eat and generally eat pretty much anything – from grass, greens to small fruits. The challenge though is in ensuring that they are able to get the right amount of nutrition from the food you serve them. The first thing though is that you need to ensure that your guinea pig has ready access to fresh water 24*7. Guinea pigs tend to overheat rather quickly so you may have to replenish the water supply regularly, and the water bottles, trays should be cleaned and washed every day.

what do guinea pigs eat

Guinea pig food list: These are some of the food items that a guinea pig eats often

Grass/hay: A guinea pig would always make a beeline towards any grass or hay and would love nothing more than to chomp on it. So make sure that your guinea pig cage comes with a regular supply of high-quality grass hay. The hay contains fiber which is essential for your guinea pig as it helps to speed up its digestive process and enable it to digest various items rather quickly. Without this essential food item, a guinea pigs digestive system can even shut down completely. So make sure that your guinea pig has a regular supply of premium hay at all times. Additionally, the hay also keeps the guinea pigs teeth in check and prevents them from growing long. The one way to find out if the hay you have purchased is of good quality is to check it out, if it has green pliable stems then it is of good quality.

Pellets: You can feed your guinea pig with pellets but the hay is more important to a guinea pigs diet than pellets. You can feed your guinea pig with a 1/4th or 1/8th cup of pellets. You can feed it plainly, corn and seed free pellets each day; these pellets will ensure that your guinea pig gets its daily dose of vitamins, minerals, and various nutrients. You can also get your pellets fortified in Vitamin C but even so, hay assumes priority over pellets.

Vegetables: You can feed your guinea pig with various vegetables; their daily quotient is 240 ml of vegetables or about one cup. Just because your guinea pig can consume 1 cup of vegetables, it does not mean that they should. Just feed them some and no more than that’s essential. Please remember that your guinea pig does NOT eat all the vegetables, while some are okay, some are a no-no; please look it up online.

These are some of the food items that you can feed a guinea pig; with this article, you should be able to take better care of your guinea pig.

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