Fresh foods for Guinea Pigs
Provide a variety of different types of vegetables and fruits daily.
Along with a constant supply of good quality feeding hay or grass (this should make up at least 80% of their food) and commercial guinea pig pellets (not muesli-style food mixes ideally, as these encourage selective eating and an unbalanced diet), guinea pigs should each be fed a teacup sized amount of fresh greens per day.
Fresh greens are a great source of Vitamin C which is important for guinea pigs as they do not produce this vitamin themselves, so need to have it supplied in their diet each day. The average, non-breeding, healthy guinea pig will need 25mg/kg of Vitamin C each day. Breeding or unwell animals should be given 50mg/kg.
Try to give your guinea pigs a different mix of fresh veg each day, however, new foods should be introduced to your guinea pigs gradually, as any sudden changes to their diet could upset their stomachs.
- Brussel Sprouts
- Carrots and carrot tops (as a rare treat – they are high in sugar)
- Cauliflower leaves and stalks
- Dandelion (only small amounts - it can make them go to the toilet more often)
- Red cabbage
- Romaine lettuce
- Salad peppers
- Savoy cabbage
- Potato and potato tops
- Rhubarb (including the leaves)
- Tomato leaves
Don’t forget to also always provide your guinea pigs access to fresh, clean drinking water from a water bottle or bowl. The water should be replaced daily and checked regularly in cold weather to ensure that the water has not frozen.