Best* Guinea Pig Food

You may be wondering what foods your guinea pig can eat daily. Providing your pet with a high-quality diet can be essential for their health and well-being—just as our diet is important for our health and wellness. At Petco, we’re here to help you maintain the quality of your guinea pig’s daily diet.

 
 

Pet parent faves

Petco strives to stock some of the best foods guinea pigs can eat daily, along with wholesome guinea pig treats. Here are some of the best-selling guinea pig foods chosen by Petco’s pet parent customers.

Higgins Sunburst Gourmet Guinea Pig

Higgins

Sunburst Gourmet Guinea Pig

If you’re looking for a nutritious food option for your guinea pig’s daily diet—but also highly palatable—look no further than Higgins Sunburst Gourmet Blend. This food is fortified with vitamins, minerals, probiotics, fatty acids and all the tasty ingredients your pet is sure to love. Fruits and vegetables, legumes and nuts are just some of the wholesome ingredients included in this food—however, you won’t find any artificial colors or preservatives. The variety of whole ingredients not only helps provide minerals and nutrients needed for your guinea to look and feel their best, but it will also keep your furry companion coming back for more with so many different flavors to choose from.

Features:
  • Enriched with digestive probiotics
  • Includes plant-based DHA-Omega 3
  • Contains tasty assorted fruits and veggies
  • Available in 3-lb. or 6-lb. bags

Oxbow Garden Select Fortified Food for Guinea Pigs

Oxbow

Garden Select Fortified Food for Guinea Pigs

For that fresh-from-the-garden taste and smell, the Oxbow Garden Select formula is a great choice for a good guinea pig diet. This uniform pellet formula may be good for the selective eater that chooses their favorite ingredients out of blends—leading to an unbalanced diet. A mix of select, fresh garden ingredients and hay help to ensure your pet is getting the variety and flavor they crave. While this food is not recommended for growing, pregnant or nursing guinea pigs, this fortified food can provide complete, balanced nutrition for adults.

Features:
  • Uniform pellets help prevent selective eating
  • No refined sugars, artificial colors or artificial preservatives
  • Includes three varieties of grass hay
  • Available in 4-lb. bags

Sunseed Vita Prima Guinea Pig Food

Sunseed

Vita Prima Guinea Pig Food

Providing your pet with a high-quality guinea pig diet can be essential for their health and well-being- just as our diet is important for our health and wellness. Sun Seed Vita Prima food includes all the vital ingredients your guinea pig needs. That includes vitamin-fortified timothy pellets and fruits and vegetables—as well as added vitamin C. With a taste your popcorning piggy will enjoy—mealtimes can quickly become one of their favorite parts of the day.

Features:
  • Fortified with vitamins A, C, D and E
  • Highly Digestible
  • Encourages natural chewing instincts
  • Available in 4-lb. or 8-lb. bags

White Mill Seed Mixture Papaya Peas Dry Guinea Pig Food

White Mill

Seed Mixture Papaya Peas Dry Guinea Pig Food

For the pet parent promoting a natural lifestyle for their pet, this guinea pig daily diet is a gourmet seed mix that does not contain any artificial fragrances, colors or flavors. This formula includes unique, special ingredients for sources of minerals and vitamins such as oyster shells for digestion and calcium. Added vitamin C and prebiotics round out this diet to make it an excellent choice for your guinea pig.

Features:
  • Crude fiber and prebiotics promote digestive health
  • Enriched with 1000 mg/kg of vitamin C
  • Contains oyster shells for calcium
  • Available in 5.5-lb. bags

Versele-Laga Nature Forage Blend Guinea Pig Food

Versele-Laga

Nature Forage Blend Guinea Pig Food

The Versele-Laga Nature Forage Blend is formulated to provide your pet with an excellent guinea pig diet while stimulating their natural behavior of foraging for food. This diet includes a mixture of loose Timothy hay, vegetables and high-fiber pellets. Your little pet may enjoy digging and rooting around their guinea pig habitat to find their favorite bits. This grain-free, non-GMO pellet food has no artificial flavors or preservatives, making it an excellent choice for the pet parent wanting a wholesome guinea pig daily diet for their companion.

Features:
  • Grain-free and non-GMO
  • No artificial preservatives or colors
  • Fortified with vitamin C
  • Nutritious blend of ingredients encourages foraging
  • Available in 3-lb. bags

Versele-Laga Complete All-in-one Guinea Pig Food

Versele-Laga

Complete All-in-one Guinea Pig Food

The Versele-Laga Complete Guinea Pig Food includes all the nutrients your guinea pig needs, compressed into a complete pellet form. That way, your clever guinea pig can’t pick around certain ingredients. This good guinea pig diet includes multiple types of hay, grasses and herbs, as well as green peas and cranberries for a taste that your pet may love—and nutrition that they need. With no added sugars, no artificial flavors or preservatives and non-GMO ingredients, this diet may provide everything your guinea needs—and nothing that they don’t.

Features:
  • Uniform pellets help prevent selective eating
  • Pellets are created with an extrusion cooking process
  • Formulated with seven different kinds of hays, grasses and herbs
  • Available in 3-lb. bags

Mazuri Timothy-Based Guinea Pig Food

Mazuri

Timothy-Based Guinea Pig Food

The Mazuri Timothy-based Guinea Pig Food is a high-fiber, nutritionally complete blend that may include everything your guinea pig needs in their diet. This food contains stabilized vitamin C that can be easily digested. This healthy food for guinea pigs has no added artificial colors or preservatives and is designed for all life stages.

Features:
  • Contains stabilized Vitamin C
  • Includes live probiotics for gastrointestinal support
  • Designed for all life stages
  • Available in 5-lb. bags

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Learn More About Guinea Pig Diets

What should guinea pigs eat? The answer can often depend on the unique nutritional needs of your pet. Many of these friendly pets also develop food preferences early in life and will only accept gradual changes to their diet. However, some of the best guinea pig food is fortified with vitamin C, as guinea pigs cannot naturally produce the nutrient—and it is vital for their health. Their food should also contain substantial amounts of fiber to support their digestive health—which can most easily come from Timothy hay or other low-calorie hays and grasses. Daily food for guinea pigs should also include fresh vegetables—and fruit in moderation. Once those needs are taken care of, the optimal diet for your guinea pig will likely be up to their individual preferences.

As mentioned above, strong preferences towards a specific guinea pig diet are developed early on in life, and they often stick with those meals rigidly. Some guinea pigs even refuse to eat if their diet is drastically and suddenly changed—if your pet is holed up in their bed or hideout and won’t go near their food, this can be a good sign they don’t like their new food. Their favorite foods will likely be those they willingly eat every day, but you can gradually change their diets in small increments. Try introducing fresh foods mixed in with their regular favorites, or find good food for guinea pigs that is very similar to their existing food. Remember to always consult your veterinarian before making changes to your guinea pig’s daily diet.

A typical guinea pig daily diet will mainly consist of food pellets, but fresh fruits and vegetables can be a good treat to diversify your pet’s mealtime. However, not all of these natural foods are safe for guinea pigs to eat. Consult your veterinarian to find out what fruits and vegetables are appropriate for your pet—especially before you feed your guinea pig something new.

Some foods are widely known to be off-limits when deciding what to feed guinea pigs. These include the following.

  • Chocolate
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Mushrooms
  • Iceberg lettuce
  • Avocados
  • Potatoes
  • Corn kernels
  • Peanut butter
  • Rhubarb
  • Cabbage
  • Bok choy
  • Dairy products
  • Bread
  • Meat

*Based on petco.com sales data.