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!
Foods Safe For Guinea Pigs To Eat Daily:
- Lettuce (romaine, red / green leaf, butter, bibb, cos)
- Raspberry Leaves
- Swiss Chard
- Bell Peppers
- Cucumber with peels
- Green Beans
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!
- Brussels Sprouts
Foods Safe For Guinea Pigs To Eat Sparingly:
- Pumpkin (leaves are safe too)
- 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!
- Quick Tips For Guinea Pig Care
- 5 Reasons To Rescue Guinea Pigs
- Tips For Setting Up Midwest Guinea Pig Cages
- Tips For Cleaning Fleece Bedding
- The Easiest Way To Do Fleece Bedding
What foods are NOT safe for my guinea pig?
- Nuts / Seeds
- Garden Shrubs
- Lily of the Valley
- Onion grass
- Potato Tops
- Raw beans
- Pickled foods
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!
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!