Food & Treats
Food for Guinea Pigs, Rabbits, Hamsters, and Other Small Animals
Small animals come in all shapes, and yet they all require different dietary attention. Guinea Pig food and Rabbit food have different nutritional properties to make them ideal for your particular pet. Quantities and qualities of small animal feed are as diverse as the animals themselves, so pet owners must take extra care to learn the dietary needs of their furry friends.
Makers of small pet food are helping to make your decision easier by clearly marking their products with the intended pet consumer. Food for rabbits is clearly labeled “rabbit food,” food for guinea pigs is called “guinea pig food” and so on. Because some small pet types have similar diets as others, a few pet food makers label their products with multiple pet types. For instance, a food labeled “food for hamsters & gerbils” is appropriate for both animals. As long as you shop for the food specific to your pet, you will be able to find what you are looking for.
Your little furry friends will love getting special fruits or nuts as a treat. However, treats should make up a very small portion of what your pet eats in total. Packaged rabbit and guinea pig pellets are designed to provide your pet with all their essential vitamins and nutrients. Anything extra should be given in strict moderation to avoid upsetting your pet’s tiny stomach. A healthy guinea pig or rabbit diet balances essential ingredients with the occasional treat. And remember: treats for people rarely make good treats for pets; be sure to research which foods your pet should not eat like chocolate and caffeine.