Vegetables & Fruit
A 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.
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.
The following are great vegetables for guinea pigs and can be eaten
almost every day:
Radicchio (Italian chicory)
Red Leaf Lettuce
The following will be very popular but should be limited to
2-4 times a week:
Arugula Lettuce (Rocket Salad)
Squash (only the flesh)
The following should only be given occasionally, so please limit to
1-2 times a week:
Corn on the cob
The following are only for special occasions and should be limited to
only 1-2 times a month:
*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:
Hot herbs and spices
Potatoes (unless Sweet Potato)
Tomato leaves and stalk