Nutritionally complete guinea pig pellets that are commercially made should make up most of your pet’s diet, they are available at your local pet supply stores, and are created from veggies, seeds, and plants. It is recommended by the ASPCA that small amounts of vegetables and fresh fruit be added to your guinea pigs diet each day. Guinea pig food should consist of cucumbers, grapes, peas, corn, pears, and carrots.
A single slice of fresh fruit and half a handful of veggies for each guinea pig will be plenty. However, you should always make sure that you clean up any fresh food that is leftover before it spoils. You should also make that grass hay is accessible by your guinea pig at all times. Grass hay is excellent for the guinea pig’s digestive system, and it will also satisfy the need your pet has to gnaw.
Guinea pigs, unlike other animals can’t manufacture the vitamin C that is why you will need to make sure that your pet is receiving adequate amounts of vitamin C on a daily basis. Even though one quarter of an orange will do, you should also include some veggies and fruits that have high levels of vitamin C to their daily serving of fresh foods, like dandelion greens, kale, and strawberries. For green apples first check with a specialist can guinea pigs eat green apples.
At all times, clean fresh water needs to be made available. You may use of an inverted bottle that includes a drinking tube and then change the water on a daily basis. The water bottles have a tendency to become clogged and contaminated as the guinea pig continues chewing on the end of the water tub and backwashes food particles up into the tube.
In order to prevent the guinea pig food from being tipped over during the time that the cavy is eating; it is highly recommended that you always serve the food within a heavy ceramic bowl. The sides of the bowl should be elevated high enough so that it holds back the fecal pellets and bedding. It is also strongly advised that you wash the bowl after each meal and that you make absolutely sure that the bowl has been dried well before you add fresh food.
As you are monitoring the amount of guinea pig food your guinea pig has been eating, and your guinea pig’s weight, if you notice that the cavy is gaining quiet a bit of weight, this may be the result of consuming way too many pellets, either completely out of boredom or because they are lacking in the exercise department, you should decrease the quantity of food preferably, because a guinea pig may fill up on their daily vegetables and their hay.
These guinea pig foods aren’t fattening, they are extremely healthy. Overall, you should make sure that you weigh your guinea pig daily and keep a written record of the guinea pig’s weight.