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Basic Guinea Pig Diet And Treats

Do you know the basics of a guinea pig’s diet?

By Audrey Pavia

Your guinea pig’s main diet should consist of commercial timothy-based pellets made specifically for guinea pigs. These pellets contain added vitamin C,  which is crucial to your guinea pig’s health. Guinea pigs cannot manufacture this vitamin on their own like most other mammals, so they must obtain all they need from their diet. Guinea pigs also need unlimited timothy hay and fresh, green vegetables each day.

Healthy treats for guinea pigs include carrots and fruit, such as berries, apples, pears and tomatoes. Give sweet treats only on occasion because they contain natural sugars that can cause diarrhea.

Guinea pigs also enjoy gnawing on dried, aged twigs from fruit trees. Be sure the tree was not sprayed with insect or fungicide before you offer this to your guinea pig. Make certain you dry and age the twigs before you feed them since fresh twigs can be poisonous.

Posted: April 2, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT


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My piggy loves tomatoes! also anything green and some fruits. Mostly veggies.Alfalfa cubes are a favorite trea too.Timothy hay and the pellets are a staple. Fresh water always.
Charlotte, Aberdeen, NC
Posted: 9/1/2012 5:06:58 PM
Whenever my little guy heard the food container open he would let a squeal, so cute! He also was a carrot and orange freak :)
Kate, Savannah, GA
Posted: 4/1/2011 11:20:47 AM
Great info! I've had my guinea pig "Blaster" for almost a month now, that my little guy can EAT!! He always cleans his pellet and vegetables bowls, nibbles on hay, and gives an enthusiastic tweek for a piece of orange!
Jada, Grayson, GA
Posted: 1/28/2011 9:33:19 AM
My pigs LOVE kaytee nibblers the timothy blocks with fruit or vegies in them...I always give them fresh veggies but they all like such different things it's hard to keep everything in the fridge!
robin, lewes, DE
Posted: 9/29/2010 4:19:03 PM
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