What do Guinea Pigs like to eat?

  1. Vegetablestoxic
  2. Fruitstoxic
  3. Herbstoxic
  4. Branches & leavestoxic
  5. Diet plan

Hay, vegetables, fruits, branches, herbs and other plant. There is very much you can feed your Guinea Pigs. Cavies listen to their natural instinct and really like to eat what grows on ground – raw. Most of all feed hay! This has to be provided permanent. You do your best to your cavies if you provide fresh picked grass too (please no lawn cuttings!). That is way cheaper than any colorful package of junk food from the pet shop and much more healthy as well. Leave the pet shop food untouched (have a look to the dry food / pellets article)!

Fresh Grass is a great seasonal food for their diet from spring to fall but you have to pay attention if you start to feed grass each year. Start with short amount of it and increase every day a bit. This guarantees that cavies will be softly get into the way of it. At winter season you should replace grass with fresh vegetables to keep them healthy with a diet rich in vitamins. Fruits should be always handled like candy and should not be provided that much. Herbs can be provided fresh or dried permanent in any quantity.

A special highlight for Guinea Pigs are these pants who are outside their accessible area. Small branched from trees and leaves are really liked. But do not aimless cut branches from trees in the wood.

Vegetables for Guinea Pigs

Vegetables should be the main fresh food in their nutrition plan at the winter season if/and there is no way to get fresh grass. Of course vegetables does not replace hay. Fresh hay has to be provided permanent. All green marked vegetables can be used for proper diet.

Vegetable Hints / notes
Aubergine / eggplant Only the fit without the green.
Asparagus Highly diuretic, feed rarely.
Beetroot Feed carefully because of it oxialic acid. May take color on urine and feces. Can be provided with the green.
Broccoli High amount of vitamin C. Contains oxialic acid. Provide it increasing.
Carrot Rich in calories. Do not feed every da. Can be provided with the green. May take color on urine.
Celery Can be provided complete. Peel if it is root celery.
Chicory Not the outer leaves because of its high amount of oxialic acid.
Chinese cabbage
Corn Only the green!
Cucumber Very popular food for cavies.
Endive rich in vitamins and minerals / appetizing
Fennel rich in vitamins and minerals. Can take on color on urine. Helpful by digestive complaints
field salad Feed carefully in small amounts because of its nitrate (This can cause flatulence and diarrhea)
Green oats
iceberg lettuce Only small amounts because of its nitrate (This can cause flatulence and diarrhea)
Kohlrabi Provide it increasing and rarely
Lettuce Provide rarly because of its nitrate (can cause flatulence and diarrhea)
Lollo BiancoLollo BiondaLollo Rosso
Mangel / mangold Contains oxialic acid. Provide it rarely
Paprika Provide without stalk and oly ripe. Rich in vitamin C
parsley root
Pumpkin Decorative gourds are no food!
Radish Only feed the green!
red oak leaf lettuce
Rocket Feed rarely. Contains the ethereous mustard seed oil.
Rutabaga Very good food for winter season. Rich in vitamins.
Spinach Because of its oxialic acid you sould provide it rarely
Sunchoke Entire plant can be provided
Swede / rutabaga
Sweet potato / yam / kumera Rich in sugar and starch. Feed rarely. Can be provided with peel.
Tomato Contains acid. Feed rarely.
Turnip greens Rich in vitamin C
Zucchini / Courgette Not liked by all Guinea Pigs
Toxic vegetables for Guinea Pigs

  • Onion family / garlic family / bulbous plant
    Plant of the onion family (contains leek and chive too)  causes flatulence.
  • Cabbage in higher quantity
    Cabbage can cause flatulence and diarrhea
  • Leguminous plants / legume
  • Potato
    Starch of potato is stodgy for Guinea Pigs
  • Avocado

Fruits for Guinea Pigs

Fruits should be handled as sweets for cavies and not to be provided too much (may be once a week) because of its fructose and fruit acids.

Fruit Hints / notes
Apple Do not feed if one of your cavies has lip grind.
Banana Rich in sugar. Do not feed if one of your cavies has Diabetes. Can cause constipation.
Grape Provide rarely and without nubs
Kiwi Fruit acids irritate mouth. Feed rarely.
Mandarin Fruit acids irritate mouth. Feed rarely.
Melon Rich in sugar.
Orange Fruit acids irritate mouth. Feed rarely.
Pear Rich in sugar. Do not feed if one of your cavies has Diabetes. Can cause diarrhea.
Rose hip Can be provided fresh or parched. Rich in vitamin C
Strawberry Can be provided with the green.
Toxic fruits for Guinea Pigs

  • Stone fruit (all kinds)
    Contains cyanide and is rich in sugar. Can cause diarrhea.
  • All kinds of exotic fruits like mango, papaya, pomegranate
    Causes serious indigestion and colics.
  • Rhubarb
    Rich in oxialic acid

Herbs for Guinea Pigs

Fresh herbs can be provided without limitation. Dry herbs might be provided only a handful once a week cause the cavies run in trouble clearing their water balance otherwise. All herbs can be provided fresh or dried.

Herb Hints / notes
Blackgrass / slender meadow foxtail
Aaron’s beard / rose of Sharon Helps against anorexia and wound healing.
Alfalfa Only fresh
Arnica / leopard’s bane
Balm Helps against digestive complaints
Basil / sweet / common
Bramble / blackberry bush
Broardleaf plantain / waybread
Buckhorn plaintain Can attenuate cold
Chamomile / camomile Helps against digestive complaints, anti-inflammatory.
Clary, sage, salvia Only provide small amounts
Coltsfoot / foalfoot / coughwort
Common borage
Coriander anticonvulsant, appetizing
Corn stalk without the grain
Currant bush
Curry plant Provide rarely and just a little
Dandelion / hawkbit diuretic & appetizing
Dill appetizing, diurectic, stimulate milkflow
Echinacea build up resistance, to feed only healthy cavies
Gallant soldier
Golliwog Potted plant which can be provided
Gowan / annual daisy / fleabane
Grass Provide only fresh picked. Can be provided massive
Holy thistle / milk thistle
Lamium / Dead-nettle
Lemon mint
Lovage anticonvulsant & diuretic
Marygold blossom
Melissa / balm anticonvulsant & diuretic
Mint / spearmint Not for breastfeed cavies.
Mugwort / wormwood
Nettle Provide dried only. Rich in vitamin C. Diurectic
Origan / majoram
Parsley not for breastfeed cavies. Only small amounts to pregnant Guinea Pigs. Take effekt on birth inducing
Peppermint anticonvulsant, Not for breastfeed cavies.
Raspberry bush / cane
Shepherd’s purse
Sunflower only the plant without the leaf and pits
Tarragon Appetizing
Thyme provide by respiratory infection
Valerian root
Yarrow / milfoil appetizing, helpful by cystitis or kidney disease
Toxic herbs for Guinea Pigs - Herbs black list

  • Acanthus
  • Agave
  • Arum
  • Autumn crocus
  • Belladonna
  • Boxwood
  • Broom
  • Buddleia
  • Buttercup
  • Christmas Rose
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodils
  • Datura
  • Elder
  • Ferns
  • Geraniums
  • Holly
  • Honeysuckle
  • Ivy
  • Juniper
  • Laburnum
  • Lily
  • Lily of the valley
  • Lupine
  • Monkshood
  • Oleander
  • Primrose
  • Snowdrop
  • Thimble
  • Tree of Life
  • Windflower
  • Yews

Branches and leaves

Tree / brances Hints / notes
Alder Provide in small amounts only
Apple Can be provided in lage amounts
Beech, european beech Provide in small amounts only. Rich in oxialic acid
Birch Rich in tannic acid. Provide rarely
Currant Can be provided in lage amounts
Fir Provide rarely. Not really liked by all Guinea Pigs.
Hazelnut Can be provided in lage amounts
Maple Feed rarely
Pear Can be provided in lage amounts
Pine Provide rarely. Not really liked by all Guinea Pigs.
Spruce Provide rarely. Not really liked by all Guinea Pigs.
Willow, corkscrew willow
Incompatible or toxic branches, foliage, plant leaves for Guinea Pigs - black list

  • Yew and thuja
  • Oak
    poisoning. Can cause diarrhea, colics and anorexia

Feeding planner / Scheduler for Guinea Pigs

time Notes
in the morning large amount of hey, provide first fresh food
at noon provide the second meal of fresh food
at afternoon provide the third meal of fresh food / may be some fruits
in the evening provide the last meal of fresh food
Fresh hay has to be provided all time. Water has to be filled up from time to time. Only use clear and fresh water. There is no reason to provide special “rodent-water” from the pet shop if you take care about the food for your Guinea Pigs. Fresh food are always undried vegetables or fresh picked grass which is natural rich in water. You should provide at least 10% fresh food of its Cavys own weight each day. Fruits should only be provided once a week due to its fruit acids and fructose.

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171 Comments für Guinea Pig food list

  • hanae furugaki says:
    November 18, 2015 at 12:17 am | » Reply

    Can guinea pigs eat green foxtail?

  • This is really helpful, was not sure how to remember what to feed them and what not to but now I know thank you ?

  • Can they eat berries?

    • GuineaPigAdvisor says:
      January 20, 2016 at 11:54 am | » Reply

      Yes, they can and will like berries. But provide only a few as a snack rarely.

      (Sorry for my late answer due to some problems with the spam detection)

  • Can I give my guinea pig dried beetroot?

    How often can I give my guinea pig beetroot?

    • GuineaPigAdvisor says:
      February 2, 2016 at 12:31 am | » Reply

      Of course you can, and your pigs will really like it. Take notice that the mouth and / or fur will be colored red like blood and also the urine will be colored. There is no problem with that.
      Don’t feed it more than once per week – also the dried one.

  • How old can a guinea pig start eating vegetables?

    • GuineaPigAdvisor says:
      February 9, 2016 at 5:28 am | » Reply

      After 24 hours. Guinea Pigs lose their deciduous teeth at womb and will be born with a complete set of teeth.

  • I grow fodder of wheat. Can Guinea pigs eat fodder? can they eat other seeds and grains that are sprouted using a fodder system?

    • GuineaPigAdvisor says:
      February 12, 2016 at 11:09 pm | » Reply

      Wheat is generally not suitable for Guinea Pigs. Wheat may cause flatulence. Be careful with all other seeds too and feed it not too much. It is just the same and fattening also.

  • Yes it was very helpful for my son and me to now the different kinds of food we could feed it he his 11years and this is all new for my son so thank you for helping us out with this

  • Brian Wang says:
    February 21, 2016 at 3:37 pm | » Reply

    So my guinea pig is getting pretty fat, and that’s because i just refill his food whenever it gets empty so i think that he is just stuffing himself, should I take away his food and only feed him during certain times of day to make him skinnier? or what should i do?

  • why can’t Guinea pigs eat mango. And is there a vegetable that I can feed my Guinea pigs daily?

    • GuineaPigAdvisor says:
      February 22, 2016 at 10:20 pm | » Reply

      As already described: Mango may cause serious indigestion and colics. And like the humans recommend, a cavy also like a balanced and diversified diet to keep it healthy.

  • My guinea pig doesn’t want to eat new things, she only likes carrots. Is there something wrong with her?

    • GuineaPigAdvisor says:
      March 12, 2016 at 12:33 pm | » Reply

      New food has to be provided as a alternative first. Gradually it will accept the new food. Have you tried salad and cucumber so far? Most cavys like it very much.

  • Can my guinea pigs eat peaches and nectarines?

    • GuineaPigAdvisor says:
      March 12, 2016 at 12:31 pm | » Reply

      Stone fruits like peaches or nectarines contains (for cavy organism) much hydrogen cyanide and should not be provided.

  • Dheeraj says:
    March 5, 2016 at 4:22 am | » Reply

    Can they eat gladiole leaves ?

  • Alison Jagger says:
    March 18, 2016 at 8:39 pm | » Reply

    Hi This is super helpful to read, could I ask if they can eat raw red, yellow or green bell peppers – the salad ones not hot ones? Thanks 😀

    • GuineaPigAdvisor says:
      March 19, 2016 at 12:49 pm | » Reply

      Thanks. Oh yes they could and would like bell peppers at their menu. It is rich in vitamins. But cut the stalk before and remove unripe spots.

  • Can my piggy eat branches from my orange tree? It seems like it would be fine if an apple tree is.

  • How old does my guinea pig have to be before I give them fruits and vegetables

  • CARMEN BATES says:
    March 21, 2016 at 3:29 pm | » Reply

    What is the best way for my piggies to get vitamin C? I have seen several places to not buy the ones to put in the water. How much do they need, and how do I measure it in fresh food? Thanks so much!

    • GuineaPigAdvisor says:
      March 22, 2016 at 8:48 am | » Reply

      Don’t worry about it. The best way is the normal way: A well balanced diet with all the variety of vegetables and (less) fruits contains all vitamins they need and keep them healthy. Additional vitamin c is only needed if one of your cavies is sick and/or can not eat regularly for some reason. How much vitamin c they need depends on many things (age, kind of keeping, health status, pregnant or not, male or female). The average is about 10-15mg / day, pregnant or sick pigs up to 25mg.

  • Tracey Winders says:
    March 26, 2016 at 5:56 am | » Reply

    Can my guinea pig eat the stalks and leaves of the cauliflower.

  • Red or orange bell peppers are very high in vitamin C. Green ones are fairly high. I try to make sure my Guinea Pigs get some several times a week.

  • Laurie says:
    April 5, 2016 at 2:15 pm | » Reply

    My Guinea pig is abou 3 1/2 months old, when do I start giving her 1 cup of veggies a day? She seems so small to be giving her hay, pellets and veggies a day.


  • Elizabeth says:
    April 10, 2016 at 2:56 pm | » Reply

    Can my guinea pig eat daisy’s?

  • Can cavies eat brunches from a tulip poplar tree? As long as it’s kept to a minimum.

  • Thank you for this site, it has been so helpful.

  • Sorry one more question. When feeding cavies grass, what should I do with the grass before giving it to them? Such as washing it off first, or should I go as far as boiling it just to make sure that it’s safe for them to eat. I don’t treat my lawn with anything and all the animals are keeps in a separate part of the yard. Or is it OK to just give it to them freshly picked? Thanks again for all the helpful tips!

    • GuineaPigAdvisor says:
      April 13, 2016 at 8:17 am | » Reply

      You can provide fresh picked grass directly. It does not need to be washed or anything. But take care that you took grass always fresh (it begins to ferment shortly) which is not contaminated by urine from dogs (this is sensible for your hands too 🙂 ) or anything similar. And of course it must not contain harmful plant and should be dry (Not picking after a shower).

  • While cutting flowers for a vase, my Guinea Pig began begging. I took a stem to her and she gobbled it down. She loves the stems, leaves and flowers. Now I have read that Alstroemeria is toxic. How toxic? What symptoms should I watch for if she is ill from it?

    • GuineaPigAdvisor says:
      April 18, 2016 at 7:50 am | » Reply

      Alstroemeria may cause serious problems and is highly toxic. At best case your pig was only druggy. If it began to tremble or shows some kind of spastic or numbness you have to immediately contact a vet. And of course make sure it never eat it again!

  • My “Piglet” absolutely loves cilantro! What are your thoughts?

  • Can I feed my guinea pigs sweet potato leaves and banana leaves?

  • Crystal Lyons says:
    April 17, 2016 at 8:08 pm | » Reply

    What can cure a respiratory infection?

  • kavin pravin says:
    April 22, 2016 at 2:35 pm | » Reply

    when the guinea will start breeding?

  • Theresa says:
    April 25, 2016 at 9:28 pm | » Reply

    should I give my pig a bath?

  • Emma Elizabeth says:
    April 27, 2016 at 6:05 pm | » Reply

    Can my guinea pig have orange peels?

  • chochi says:
    May 3, 2016 at 11:18 am | » Reply

    Hi I am wondering why Holly is not considered ok for g.pigs I find mine love it and it’s considered a great tonic for rabbits?

    • GuineaPigAdvisor says:
      May 16, 2016 at 5:35 pm | » Reply

      Holly may cause some serious problems with digestion and not at least with its nervous system.

  • my guinea pig likes cucumbers so much,but nothing else.i heard that they need a bell pepper ‘couse it has the C vitamin in it but my guinea pig doesn’t eat it.also today i gave her a little piece of beetroot,is this a problem?

    • GuineaPigAdvisor says:
      May 16, 2016 at 5:28 pm | » Reply

      Beetroot in small amount is no problem. And just offer some other food to get its diet more versatile. Starting with the green of carrot may be a good start (most of them really like it like cucumber).

  • Marty Clare says:
    May 19, 2016 at 6:57 am | » Reply

    Can guinea pigs have any kind of nut? If so what kind or kinds?

  • Danielle says:
    May 19, 2016 at 7:03 am | » Reply

    My guinea pigs have “free range” of my garden. So alongside daily servings of veg they can also munch on the grass as often as they like. However, they also go for a roam in my borders (despite being raised sleeper beds) and have a munch on the plants. I’m curious really that they will eat some things but not others. Mine will eat a few leaves of ivy and nibble on the fronds of my tree fern. They have in the past eaten maple and weeping birch leaves. I’m not feeding these to my pigs, they’re choosing to eat it. Do the pigs instinctively know what they can and can’t eat?

    • GuineaPigAdvisor says:
      May 24, 2016 at 10:36 am | » Reply

      It is a popular myth that our domesticated Guinea Pigs has still an instinct of what they can eat or not because they are not in the wild for generations and see only food we gave them. It is quite possible that they lost their instinct too much or completly. And this is what we see again and again: They eat what is provided. And they eat poisonous houseplant if they can too.

      The fact that they eat one plant rather than another is a result of its preference.

  • Can we give our guinea pigs forsythia leaves?

    • GuineaPigAdvisor says:
      May 24, 2016 at 10:20 am | » Reply

      Oh no please do not! Forsythia is poisonous for guinea pigs and may cause serious problems!

  • Tracey Brookshire says:
    May 24, 2016 at 1:36 pm | » Reply

    Can my guinea pig eat oat grass, I grow in small pots because my cats like it, And would like to give to the piggies when it starts to drop?

    • GuineaPigAdvisor says:
      July 3, 2016 at 12:46 pm | » Reply

      Oat isn’t satiable and will swell at stomach. It could be harmful in higher dosage so feed careful!

  • When you say Guinea pigs can eat branches, is it of a tree…? It seems so strange to me. Can they eat the bark?

    • GuineaPigAdvisor says:
      May 30, 2016 at 6:42 pm | » Reply

      Hmm “eat”… They really like to nibble branches of trees, but of course they wont eat a whole tree for sure. 😉

  • Kishore says:
    June 13, 2016 at 11:49 am | » Reply

    I am beginner so plz help me. …
    Can my cavy eat boiled rice with milk

  • kishore says:
    June 17, 2016 at 3:21 pm | » Reply

    Can i give soya chunks to my cavy
    I was giving this to my hamster can cavy have soya chunks? ???????

  • does anyone know if you can give them Camu berries?

  • I buy something called Sun Salad. My GP loves it. He especially loves the dried bay leaves. Can I just buy dried bay leaves at the market or are those different? He loves them.

  • My piggies will mainly eat cucumber, carrot, and lettuce + also occasionally Guinea pig food and they always have Timothy Hay. I want to expand their diet because I want them to be as healthy as possible. What would be a good extension of my girl’s diet?

    • GuineaPigAdvisor says:
      July 3, 2016 at 12:35 pm | » Reply

      Well – everything shown in the green list above without hints could be a good start! Tastes differ so try and find out.

  • My new guinea pig is sneezing is there something I can give him for this and he has a bulging lump on his or near his backside it doesn’t seem painful to him but I’m concerned as to what it could be

  • This is really helpful. I was just wondering if guinea pigs can eat clovers and daisy’s

  • Leya LaRai says:
    July 3, 2016 at 9:09 am | » Reply

    Can my Guinea pig eat mint leaves?

  • Thomas says:
    July 8, 2016 at 1:36 pm | » Reply

    How much oregano is alright to feed my pigs and is there any health benefits with it? Thank you so much!

  • sherri mariano says:
    July 10, 2016 at 3:31 am | » Reply

    This website has been extremely helpful..I was just wondering if guinea pigs could eat mushrooms?

  • Ligia and Angelica says:
    July 12, 2016 at 8:35 pm | » Reply

    Hi, can guinea pigs eat natural wheat kernels?


  • ImysAnimals says:
    July 30, 2016 at 7:01 pm | » Reply

    Can they naw on Lilac wood?

  • Krissty Reich says:
    August 1, 2016 at 2:41 pm | » Reply

    Why can’t Guinea pigs have corn?

    • GuineaPigAdvisor says:
      January 13, 2017 at 2:38 pm | » Reply

      We should differ “corn”. “Zea mays” as biolocial name / indian corn can be provided. Grain / cereal should not be provieded regularly because it’s fattening.

  • Krissty Reich says:
    August 1, 2016 at 2:42 pm | » Reply

    I gave them a little the other day will it hurt?

  • Lord Cannon says:
    August 6, 2016 at 1:48 pm | » Reply

    This is gold! The best website I’ve found for my guinea pigs diet!

  • Mary Appleton says:
    August 7, 2016 at 5:50 pm | » Reply

    Hi! So I was wondering if it would be okay to feed my Guinea pig grass in our lawn, but I’m worried because the grass is treated with fertilizer. Would it be okay to give my Guinea pig the grass or not?

    • GuineaPigAdvisor says:
      August 15, 2016 at 10:54 pm | » Reply

      Oh please no! I’ve got no idea what fertilizer you use but if you want to feel save please don’t let them eat it!

  • David eykans says:
    August 10, 2016 at 7:25 am | » Reply

    Can gps eat bean sprouts?

  • From what i have read so far cherry Branches and leaves cannot be fed to guinea pigs. I saw that in your list is in the safe place.
    Cherry/Peach/Plum and other pitted fruit tree leaves and limbs/twigs contain Cyanide https://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/threads/22156-READ-ME-Cavy-Nutrition-Charts-amp-Poisonous-Plants-List

    • GuineaPigAdvisor says:
      August 15, 2016 at 10:50 pm | » Reply

      Opinions differ. The “fact” that you should not provide any leaves of stone fruit like cherry oder peach because of its cyanide is only published by websites or books for animal owners.
      In our optinion it has become a meme / urban legend. If you read scientific statements or ask an botanist or toxicologist (over the time we do both) you’ll get the answer that cyanide can be only found in pip and seeds. So there is no problem to feed the leaves – and this is exactly our experience. It has never been a problem to feed cherry branches.

  • Ann Bissell says:
    August 17, 2016 at 11:24 pm | » Reply

    What a wonderful site. I am about to assume ownership of 2 three year old sisters. I now know how best to keep them healthy!

  • Geannie-Marie Chaney says:
    August 19, 2016 at 8:47 pm | » Reply

    Thank you so much I am pet sitting and I have no clue about guinea pigs, had one as a kid but you know that was moms job so thank you this was straight to the point . and very help full…

  • This is a very helpful list thank you! But I was wondering can Guinea pigs have branches from a lemon tree?

    • GuineaPigAdvisor says:
      January 13, 2017 at 2:42 pm | » Reply

      There are not much information out there about the chemical substance of lemon trees so at this point I can not give you a clear answer, sorry!

  • piggielover says:
    August 25, 2016 at 6:02 am | » Reply

    Can piggies eat rosemary?

  • It’s helpful but it doesn’t mention how often to feed them it, has their are some negatives from certain foods e.g. Kale – good because contains vitamin c which they can’t make themselves but it contains a lot of calcium so it shouldn’t be fed daily.

  • patricia martin says:
    September 3, 2016 at 7:29 pm | » Reply

    This site has been very helpful. I have two genuia pigs, fun to watch. One thing what kind of crackes, won’t the salt hurt them

  • Can Guinea pigs eat corn on the cob ?

  • Hi,

    I’ve read on this page that they can eat hazelnut (branches, leaves) in large quantities. Is it ok to give them this on daily basis, at least when it grows in the forest?

    Thanks for your answer!

  • we just gave my son a cavie for his bday and he is so happy with her and feeds her from his mouth.Is that dangerous? Also sticking to cucumber , yellow and green pepper as well as the hay that i buy from the pet shop. I,ve heard that cold veggies and wood shaving are not good.The shavings i buy from the pet shop and the veggies i cut and keep in the fridge. What is best?

    • GuineaPigAdvisor says:
      January 13, 2017 at 3:07 pm | » Reply

      May be not dangerous but do you really think the cavy liked it to get food that way?
      You should put the veggies out of the fridge about 30 minutes before you give it to your cavy.

  • mazdafama says:
    October 18, 2016 at 5:02 am | » Reply

    can a a guinea pig eat rhubarb

  • Hi can guinea pigs eat grapes or bread ??this was so helpful ??

  • how old do guinea eat fruits and vegetables

  • Can Guinea pigs eat the leave’s of the green pepper plant ?

  • Can the guinea pig eat kale ???

  • Shania Rushlow says:
    December 1, 2016 at 4:29 am | » Reply

    How do I bathe my guinea pig?

  • Hi there! First I’d like to say this website has helped in my research and I am pretty educated on different parts of care, but I am not too confident in some info I’ve received for other owners and websites on what is the safest lotion/ moisturizer for skinny pigs, seeing that I am going to be an owner of one soon!


  • Can a guinea pig eat pandan leaves ?

  • Susan Berkowicz says:
    December 7, 2016 at 5:50 am | » Reply

    My piggy seems to have a cold. She is sneezing a lot. What foods would be best to give her? I was wondering about giving her foods high in Vitamin C.

  • Hi there when you say corn, is that cooked or raw and still on the cob. Thank you

  • Charlotte says:
    December 18, 2016 at 4:03 am | » Reply

    Can Guinea Pigs eat lettuce like the one you get from Coles in a pack?

  • BlueCloud says:
    December 22, 2016 at 2:06 am | » Reply

    When I had GP I fed them twice with just store bought guinea food and always provided hay a nd water with a quater of Vit C tab in it. Then every weekend we’d lay out a ‘guinea pignic’ of peppers, tomatos, little bit of lettcue, cucumber, sometimes apple and sometimes strawberry. They would as a weekly treat sometimes get a carrot and I have fed my pigs half of a brussell sprout which only one likes. Grass and dandilion leaves they got in the Summer when they could graze outside.
    Do you think this diet is okay? Both my pigs lived until they were 7 which I’ve been told is an incrediable age. I want more in the future but this list scares me and I find it overwhelming. Should I just do what I know?

    • GuineaPigAdvisor says:
      January 13, 2017 at 3:02 pm | » Reply

      Your diet plan is quite good as it is. Just take this list as an offer to vary or expand your diet plan. Seven years is a good age. May be not incrediable but really nice! Time for them to become old and wise. 😉 Do not change too much.

  • Lorrie Garza says:
    December 24, 2016 at 1:38 am | » Reply

    My piggy LOVES broccoli, she will eat as much as I put down, is there a limit to the amount she should or shouldn’t have?

    • GuineaPigAdvisor says:
      January 13, 2017 at 1:52 pm | » Reply

      Just have an eye on it! If your cavy gets indigestion it was too much and you should provide less. Collard in any kind may cause indigestion / flatulence.

  • Lori Costante says:
    December 24, 2016 at 2:13 pm | » Reply

    We are new guinea pig owner j have head lettuce also bananas I have to get her pellets(can the pellets for my stove work) I want to give her some treats can you please help me?

  • We just adopted two young adult cavies from a guinea pig rescue. Their foster parent recommended feeding them kale and they love it. I don’t see it on your list. Is there any problem with feeding them kale?

  • I have a question… how can you provide attention for your guinea pig ? My reasson of asking is because my uncle works and his guinea pig stays alone on his house and the piggie dosen’t get that much attention

  • Liz morgan says:
    January 13, 2017 at 7:04 am | » Reply

    Thank you for the info. What do u mean “provide it rising?” For broccoli? It’s been raining lots here but u said they can’t eat wet grass. Can I use a paper towel to get up moisture? All her veggies r washed and are wet when given so I’m confused.

    • GuineaPigAdvisor says:
      January 13, 2017 at 1:41 pm | » Reply

      Uh – a terrible translation mistake, sorry. It means you should increase the amount and start carefully.

  • My piggy loves romaine lettuce I feed it to her
    Daily in high amounts is that ok

  • Victoria says:
    January 19, 2017 at 8:47 pm | » Reply

    Does any one else’s little piggie beg for food that’s being cooked? I’m constantly telling pig she can’t eat meat. Is this normal? Also can she have ivy leaves? Or are they poison?

  • Hi, love your site. Could you give me a list of vegetables and herbs that are suitable for everyday feeding. I feed my two guinea pigs and varied diet but struggle with veg that can be fed on a daily basis. Thank

    • GuineaPigAdvisor says:
      February 2, 2017 at 11:36 pm | » Reply

      You can provide just everything on the green list daily but you may vary a bit. Every day lettuce is as boring as every day pizza, right?

  • Fantastic BIG HELP to my family in providing a Healthy life for our Pigs…..

  • Hi There

    thank you for the info, was very helpful, as my girls have 3 guinea pigs and it’s their first time having pets at home.

  • very helpful site,

  • Thank you for this great website–think of how many guinea pigs (and their humans) you’ve helped! My family has a long history with guinea pigs, yet there’s always more to learn. This list of safe and unsafe foods is particularly useful, and I’m going to put a copy up on my fridge so we can be sure we’re feeding our little guys the right things.

    Can’t find an email address for the site leader, so I’ll toss out a little suggestion here: perhaps these and other key charts could be put on the page as individual (thus printable) images, or somehow put them onto a downloadable PDF? As it is right now, people can’t take a screenshot or otherwise correctly capture the charts for printing. I know printing is old-fashioned, but in some cases it’s really handy…

    Okay, off to explore more of this awesome site! Thanks again for this wonderful resource. 🙂

    • GuineaPigAdvisor says:
      February 9, 2018 at 11:33 pm | » Reply

      Thank you Meagan! Well I’m a little bit ashamed because most of the content is still a result of auto translation and we know about the horrible grammar. It is a great challenge to build up a international site and keep the german version up to date as well. We’ve already got a detailed list in german and we will translate and provide it “some day”.

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