Puffy’s guide to Guinea Pigs To Eat or Not to Eat!

If you are fortunate to own one of these lovable little creatures (Guinea Pigs), then you will know that they can eat quite alot of variety due to being very small. Pictured are Puffy Penguins Guinea Pigs Called Doobey (thats the Jaffa cake Colour), and Dursley (hes the Brown & White one) as owners I am always checking what they can and cannot eat on the web, so I thought they why not create a blog for all the Guinea Pig lovers, you can then use us as a reference and make sure that your feeding your Pigs the right stuff, we will delve into the foods that:-

1) They simply cannot eat – Avoid these.

2) They can eat Plentiful – Yum, Yum for Piggies Tum!

3) They can eat in Moderation – Little & Often

4) Possible Feeding Routine (unless yours works already!)

With these 3 Food Groups you will know what you can feed your little Guinea Pig on and have the reassurance they can eat it without worrying over them.

If you didnt’ know already (although I’m sure as an owner, you will know that they need plenty of the following);

  • Hay
  • Water
  • Guinea Pig Food (we use Wagg personally)
  • Extra Treats / Foods (Explained below)

So lets kick this off with Number (yes we can count)

  1. Foods Guinea Pigs to AVOID:
  • Onion family / garlic family / bulbous plant
    Plant of the onion family (contains leek and chive too) causes flatulence.
  • Cabbage in higher quantity
    Cabbage can cause flatulence and diarrhea
  • Leguminous plants / legume
  • Potato
    Starch of potato is stodgy for Guinea Pigs
  • Avocado
  • Stone fruit (all kinds)
    Contains cyanide and is rich in sugar. Can cause diarrhea.
  • All kinds of exotic fruits like mango, papaya, pomegranate
    Causes serious indigestion and colics.
  • Rhubarb
    Rich in oxialic acid
  • Acanthus
  • Agave
  • Arum
  • Autumn crocus
  • Belladonna
  • Boxwood
  • Broom
  • Buddleia
  • Buttercup
  • Christmas Rose
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodils
  • Datura
  • Elder
  • Ferns
  • Geraniums
  • Holly
  • Honeysuckle
  • Ivy
  • Juniper
  • Laburnum
  • Lily
  • Lily of the valley
  • Lupine
  • Monkshood
  • Oleander
  • Primrose
  • Snowdrop
  • Thimble
  • Tree of Life
  • Windflower
  • Yews
  • Yew and thuja
  • Oak
    poisoning. Can cause diarrhea, colics and anorexia

2. Foods Guinea Pigs can Eat Lots Of:

  • Cucumber
  • Carrot
  • Beetroot – not the leaves or the stalks
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage – red & green
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Corn-on-the-cob – the whole cob
  • Cucumber
  • Kale
  • Peas
  • Spinach
  • Sprout tops
  • Sugar snaps
  • Swede
  • Salad peppers
  • Spinach
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Leafy greens like parsley and kale

3. Foods Guinea Pigs can eat in Moderation:

  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Grapefruit
  • Grapes (Seedless)
  • Strawberries
  • Gooseberries
  • Kiwi fruit
  • Mango
  • Melon – all types
  • Orange
  • Pear
  • Tangerine
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoe

4. Sample Guinea Pig Feeding Routine:

time Notes
in the morning large amount of hey, provide first fresh food
at noon provide the second meal of fresh food
at afternoon provide the third meal of fresh food / may be some fruits
in the evening provide the last meal of fresh food
Fresh hay has to be provided all time. Water has to be filled up from time to time. Only use clear and fresh water. There is no reason to provide special “rodent-water” from the pet shop if you take care about the food for your Guinea Pigs. Fresh food are always undried vegetables or fresh picked grass which is natural rich in water. You should provide at least 10% fresh food of its Cavys own weight each day. Fruits should only be provided once a week due to its fruit acids and fructose.

We hope this blog helped you in some way, and educated you in making better choices for feeding your little guinea pigs.

-Puffy

 

 

 

 

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