Feeding Your Piggy
Guinea pigs eat around 16 hours a day so it is vital that they are eating the right things! A good diet is very important for a piggies health and wellbeing. The guinea pigs natural habit is to roam amongst wild vegetation where all their dietary and many medical needs are met. The key to feeding fresh food is variety! If you feed your guinea pig too much of the same thing too often you may come accross imbalance of vitamins and minerals or a build up of gas. Guinea pigs cannot be sick, so problems in the gut can result in bloat which is painful and sometimes fatal for the guinea pig.
Guinea pigs basically need a constant access to hay, a good quality dried food and a good variety of fresh fruit and vegetables every day. Guinea pigs cannot make their own vitamin c so the fresh food is essential, a diet of just dried food can cause kidney stones if fed in excess. The hay should be good quality and sweet smelling, damp or mouldy hay will just make the guinea pig ill. Fresh food should be clean and anything left over removed before it goes stale. Grass clippings from the mower should not be fed as it will make the guinea pig very ill.
There is very little benefit to feeding guinea pigs shop bought treats, fresh herbs or branches of apple, pear or hazel trees are much more nutritious and will be far more appreciated by your pet.
Fresh, clean water should be available at all times in a water bottle. The bottle will need to be cleaned out every day- especially the spout!
1 cup of mixed fruit and vegetables a day
Celery leaves and stalks
Corn On The Cob
Peas In Pod
Spinach (in moderation)
From The Garden
Apple tree branches
Pear Tree Branches
Apple (in moderation)
Grapes (in moderation)
Tomato (NOT leaves)
Do Not Feed
Anything from the garden you are unsure about
Guinea pigs should never be without it.