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FAQs About Guinea Pig Food

Guinea pigs are herbivores—which means they eat plants. A healthy guinea pig diet should include two daily servings of guinea pig pellets and unlimited fresh hay. The best guinea pig pellets will consist of all the minerals and vitamins your pet needs—including a dose of Vitamin C—which guinea pigs need. Lots of fresh hay is important to help keep your pet’s teeth healthy. Guinea pig teeth continuously grow, so they will often require plenty of wholesome and nutritious options to gnaw on to help keep those teeth worn down.

Are you the proud pet parent of a new guinea pig? Learn more about guinea pig care and facts.

While guinea pigs can eat a range of vegetables and fruits, it’s often best to feed them guinea pig pellets as their main source of nutrition. The best guinea pig pellets have been formulated to help give your pet all the nutrients they need. If you’d like, you can also supplement your guinea food with a small helping of vegetables. Just make sure vegetables represent no more than 10% of your pet’s daily food.

Vegetables that will often make good food for guinea pigs include:

  • Romaine lettuce—avoid iceberg lettuce
  • Carrots
  • Peas
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Broccoli
  • Green and red bell peppers
  • Tomatoes

Guinea pigs also love fruit but think of fruit as a dessert for your pet. A small amount goes a long way. Some great fruits for guinea pigs may include:

  • Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Pears
  • Peaches
  • Oranges
  • Blueberries

Interested in learning more about the best guinea pig food? Check out this article to learn more about what guinea pigs can eat.

Most guinea pigs are not particularly fussy when it comes to food. Many will likely gobble up anything you put into their bowl that falls into an herbivore’s diet. It’s up to you as a pet parent to choose the right food for your pet to give them a well-balanced guinea pig diet.

This diet should mainly include guinea pig pellets as well as fresh hay. The best guinea pig pellets should consist of all the nutrition your pet needs. Hay should be dry, sweet and not show any mold or rot. You can find hay in our section for hamster and gerbil food and hay.

If you’d like, you can also add a small portion of fresh veggies to your guinea pig’s diet. They will often enjoy many kinds of vegetables. And if you want to give your pet a treat, try a small amount of fruit. You can also find specially formulated guinea pig snack mixes and treats at Petco. Consider fruits and treats as a dessert that should be given sparingly