Diet

Food and water bowls or bottles must be washed daily. Use a (very) small amount of dish washing liquid and rinse well. Water must be changed daily.

Hay (and grasses) must be the majority of your guinea pigs’ diet. They must always have a constant supply of fresh hay. It is very important to keep the hay dry, and free of mould. Hay can be kept in a air tight container in a cool area, or in a hession sack. We recommend timothy hay as it is tough and low in sugar.

A small serving of high quality pellets must be supplied daily.

Guinea pigs cannot product their own vitamin C so must receive it by consuming fresh vegetables (and occasional fruits). Without vitamin C they can become very ill. Fresh vegetables should be provided twice a day (morning and night). All foods must be washed first. Here is a dietary list to guide you:

High vitamin C vegetables 

Grass, Bok Choy, Cucumber, Parsley, Basil, Coriander, Mint, Dill, Chinese Broccoli, Kiwi Skin, Corn Husk, Carrot Green Tops, Spinach, Banana Leaf, Rocket, Cos Lettuce, Baby Spinach, Mulberry Leaf, Dandelion, Green/Red/Yellow Capsicum, Watermelon Skin, Endive, Broccoli, Kale, Strawberry/Strawberry Tops, Celery, Asparagus, Raspberry Leaf.

Very occasional foods (sweet fruits or gassy foods)

Carrot, Kiwi, Banana, Apple, Strawberry, Tomato, Cherry, Rockmelon, Honeydew Melon, Watermelon, Grape, Pear, Pineapple, Grapefruit, Orange, Paw Paw, Choko, Cabbage, Green Beans, Clover, Blueberry, Raspberry.

Toxic foods

Avocado, Onion, Shallot, Chilli, Fig, Wild Mushroom, Foxglove, Hemlock, Morning Glory, Onion Weed, Azalea, Garden Shrubs, Iceberg Lettuce, Bird of Paradise, Grass cut with Mower (risk of chemical contamination), Ivy, Wisteria, Buttercup, Deadly Nightshade, Oxalis, Bulb Plants, Rhubarb/Rhubarb Leaf, Holly, St Johns Wort.

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