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Vegetables & Fruit

What can guinea pigs eat? Our guide to what fruit and vegetables a guinea pig can eat and how much they can have.

VEGETABLES & FRUIT - Piggy Heaven - apply portion control!

To supplement a guinea pigs diet and provide them with important vitamins and minerals, it is great to feed your piggies vegetables and fruit. Like the human diet, some foods are better for them than others and it's important to know which foods a piggy can enjoy and how much they can have of each daily.

As a general rule, guinea pigs can have one cup full of vegetables a day. This is best split between two servings, one in the morning and one in the evening. Because of its sugar content, fruit is generally regarded as a treat and should be restricted to only one or two servings a week.

The HayPigs!® Food Craving Tamer - Food Bowl has been specially designed to fit approximately one cup of food in it. So if you have two guinea pigs, one level bowl full twice a day is sufficient. Don't overfill the bowl or you will soon have pigs that are overweight!

When preparing vegetables and fruit for your guinea pigs do as you would if you were eating them yourselves. Pick only fresh produce and wash with cold water, removing any pips, seeds or cores.

Below is a guide to help you select which vegetables and fruit to feed your pigs. When making a guinea pig meal, it's great to mix it up and provide them with variety. This is not only good for their diet, but it will also keep them excited about meal time (if indeed that is ever needed!!)

IMPORTANT WARNING: Not all vegetables and fruit are good for your piggies. For a list of those you should avoid, please scroll to the bottom of this page or click here.

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TOP TIP:

For a change, why not try using our HayPigs!® Piggy Weightlifter one dinner time instead of a bowl? Not only does this limit the amount of food and the speed at which the piggies can eat it, but it also provides them with a feeding challenge which is great stimulation for them.

 

Top nosh!

The following are great vegetables for guinea pigs and can be eaten

almost every day:

 

Butterhead Lettuce

Cos Lettuce

Radicchio (Italian chicory)

Red Leaf Lettuce

Romaine Lettuce

Zucchini (courgette)

Great grub!

The following will be very popular but should be limited to

2-4 times a week:

 

Arugula Lettuce (Rocket Salad)

Cabbage*

Carrots

Celery

Cress

Cucumber

Endive Lettuce

Peppers*

Spring Greens

Squash (only the flesh)

Tomatoes

super snack!

The following should only be given occasionally, so please limit to  

1-2 times a week:

 

Apple

Apricot

Asparagus*

Basil

Beetroot

Blackberries

Blueberries

Broccoli*

Brussel Sprouts*

Cauliflower

Cilantro (Coriander)

Corn on the cob

Cherries

Cranberries

Dill

Elderberries

Grapes

Green Beans

Kale**

Lavender

Mango

Melon

Mint

Orange

Papaya

Parsley

Parsnips

Peach

Pear

Pineapple

Plum

Raspberries

Spinach**

Strawberries

Thyme

Water Cress

Special treat!

The following are only for special occasions and should be limited to

only 1-2 times a month:

 

Banana

Beetroot Leaves

Carrot Tops

Fennel

Oregano

Peppermint

Pumpkin

Radishes

Spearmint

Sweet Potato

 

*May cause bloating and gas if too much is eaten. 

**High in phosphorus and calcium which can cause health problems if too much is eaten.


 

Absolute no no!

The following foods should be strictly avoided:

 

Avocado

Beans

Coconut

Garlic

Hot herbs and spices

Iceburg Lettuce

Mushrooms

Nuts

Olives

Onions

Potatoes (unless Sweet Potato)

Rhubarb

Seeds

Spring Onions

Tomato leaves and stalk