If you've ever brought home a new guinea pig I'm sure you've wondered what it is safe to feed them! Today we're talking about safe foods for guinea pigs and answering that #1 question: what can guinea pigs eat? 
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What Can Guinea Pigs Eat?

If you’ve ever brought home a new guinea pig I’m sure you’ve wondered what it is safe to feed them! Today we’re talking about safe foods for guinea pigs and answering that #1 question: what can guinea pigs eat?

If you've ever brought home a new guinea pig I'm sure you've wondered what it is safe to feed them! Today we're talking about safe foods for guinea pigs and answering that #1 question: what can guinea pigs eat? 

What Can Guinea Pigs Eat?

Sometimes we don’t think about what is safe for animals to eat. We assume that if it doesn’t hurt us, as people, it won’t hurt them. That’s not always true. When trying to decide what to feed your guinea pig you’ll need to consider what is safe for guinea pigs to eat.

How does this list of foods safe for guinea pigs work?

I’m going to break things down in a nice simple way. It’s great to use this list to know what is safe for guinea pigs to eat and then also how often you should be feeding these items to your piggies! When you are figuring out what can your guinea pigs eat, you’ll need to plan accordingly for some items which should only be given on occasion!

If you've ever brought home a new guinea pig I'm sure you've wondered what it is safe to feed them! Today we're talking about safe foods for guinea pigs and answering that #1 question: what can guinea pigs eat? 

Foods Safe For Guinea Pigs To Eat Daily:

  • Lettuce (romaine, red / green leaf, butter, bibb, cos)
  • Radicchio
  • Raspberry Leaves
  • Swiss Chard
  • Zucchini
  • Arugula
  • Bell Peppers
  • Blueberries



  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Cherries
  • Cranberries
  • Cucumber with peels
  • Grapes
  • Green Beans
  • Parsnips
  • Peas
  • Raspberries
  • Squash

If you've ever brought home a new guinea pig I'm sure you've wondered what it is safe to feed them! Today we're talking about safe foods for guinea pigs and answering that #1 question: what can guinea pigs eat? 

Foods That Are Safe For Occasional Feedings:

These are foods that your Guinea Pigs will probably want to eat a lot of…the thing is, they have a lot of sugar or calcium. You need to make sure these types of items are only fed a few times per week or in balance with the other foods that you are selecting for your piggies!

  • Watermelon
  • Wheatgrass
  • Strawberries
  • Spinach
  • Pineapples
  • Pears
  • Kale
  • Honeydew
  • Mangoes
  • Mint



  • Oranges
  • Grapefruit
  • Cilantro
  • Corn
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Apple
  • Basil

If you've ever brought home a new guinea pig I'm sure you've wondered what it is safe to feed them! Today we're talking about safe foods for guinea pigs and answering that #1 question: what can guinea pigs eat? 

Foods Safe For Guinea Pigs To Eat Sparingly:

  • Banana
  • Eggplant
  • Beets
  • Mandarines
  • Oregano
  • Peppermint
  • Pumpkin (leaves are safe too)
  • Tomatoes
  • Sweet Potatoes

How much hay should my guinea pig eat?

Guinea pigs should always have unlimited access to a quality timothy hay. It should makeup about 75% of their daily diet. This not only helps them keep their teeth healthy and worn down, it also provides them with vital nutrients and dietary fiber.



Can my guinea pig eat unlimited pellets?

No! Your guinea pig should not eat more than about 1/4 cup of pellets per day. If they are eating a high quality timothy based pellet they should be good without about 1/8 cup per day in combination with the proper hay and fresh fruits and veggies.

How much fruits and vegetables should I feed my guinea pig?

You should work with whatever is best for your guinea pig…they’re all different after all! General rule of thumb is that they should have about 1 cup of fresh vegetables per day and 1/3 – 1/4 cup of fresh fruits / fruit leaves. If you have more than one piggies remember to adjust these figures to include the number of animals so everyone gets the right amounts!



Do you have more posts about guinea pigs?

I sure do! Here are some of my favorite posts about guinea pigs you should check out!

What foods are NOT safe for my guinea pig?

  • Cereals
  • Grains
  • Nuts / Seeds
  • Beans
  • Breads
  • Sugar
  • Chocolate
  • Garden Shrubs
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Onion grass
  • Onions
  • Potato Tops
  • Raw beans
  • Pickled foods
  • Meat

Do you have a great free printable with all this info?

You know I do! I got you covered! You can print this gorgeous printable list with all the info right here. I like to keep it on the fridge just to remind me what my piggies should and shouldn’t have. It’s also a great reminder for our pet sitters!

If you've ever brought home a new guinea pig I'm sure you've wondered what it is safe to feed them! Today we're talking about safe foods for guinea pigs and answering that #1 question: what can guinea pigs eat? 



How do I decide what to feed my Guinea Pigs each day?

You will have to choose what works best for you. Sometimes things my piggies like aren’t in season or available in my area, other times I know that they need more veggies versus fruit, etc. At the end of the day we all have to make a decision to do what is best for our pets. I can give suggestions but it’s up to YOU to make the decisions on what to feed your pet.

As always, I’m not a veterinarian, I’m just a pet enthusiast who is trying to do her best to share information that others may find useful and helpful on their journey!

Hi! I'm Meagen. I'm a pet fanatic, dog mom, rabbit mom, duck mom, okay you get it. I'm doing a little bit of everything over here! My world is always better when there's something furry leaving hair on all my black pants!

6 Comments

  • Ian Red Redmond

    Hi Meagan, just looking through your great Pig info and noted peas on the good AND bad foods list. Can you please take a minute to clarify as we’re new to Pig keeping.
    Thanks
    The Redmond’s from England

    • Meagen

      Yes! I didn’t even notice that I didn’t clarify. So peas in the pod I consider food that they can have pretty regularly! Here we sometimes call them snow peas or sugar snap peas. The ones to avoid are the shelled canned or frozen variety which are mostly mush…hopefully that helps explain the difference!

    • Meagen

      Hi! Sorry for the confusion, Guinea Pigs should not have cooked vegetables so they should have baby corn, corn husks and silk, and raw corn but not cooked corn! I usually don’t feed them much corn. I feed them the husks and silk from corn! This way I don’t have to worry about them eating too much sugar and I don’t have to worry about the cobs!

  • Ciji

    Hi! I noticed corn on th occasional and never feed list. Just curious about this. I love that you have this list though! Thanks so much for taking time to do this for newbies to the guinea pig world like myself 🙂

    • Meagen

      Hi! Sorry for the confusion, Guinea Pigs should not have cooked vegetables so they should have baby corn, corn husks and silk, and raw corn but not cooked corn! I usually don’t feed them corn. I feed them the husks and silk. This way I don’t have to worry about them eating too much sugar and I don’t have to worry about the cobs!

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