Fresh food

Fresh food should be the main source of food for guinea pigs, because it contains all the vital vitamins and minerals. A guinea pig needs about 100g – 300g of fresh food every day, no matter whether it is grass, fruits or vegetables.

Grass

Grass is an ideal food for guinea pigs but it should always be freshly picked, because otherwise it can ferment, which will cause diarrhoea for the guinea pig. Most herbs like camomile and flowers like daisies or dandelions, that grow among the grass are a welcome change and should be fed as well.

For getting enough fresh food guinea pigs can be kept outside on a lawn. In this case no additional fresh food is needed but it should always be enough hay available.

Other herbs that are healthy for guinea pigs are for example:This is an image of a guinea pig eating grass

  • Coltsfoot
  • Parsley
  • Peppermint
  • Plantain
  • Thyme

 

Fruit

Fruit should be fed once a week at the most, because it contains fructose, which fattens the guinea pigs.

Among the digestible fruit are for example:This is an image of different kinds of fruit

  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Strawberries
  • Grapes
  • Kiwis
  • Pineapples

 

Vegetables

Vegetables should be the main source of fresh food for guinea pigs. A lot of different vegetables are available and guinea pigs love most of them.

The most popular vegetables for guinea pigs are:This is an image of different kinds of vegetables

  • Carrots
  • Lettuce (especially iceberg lettuce)
  • Cucumber
  • Sweet pepper
  • Kohlrabi
  • Tomatoes (the stem is poisonous, so remove it first)
  • Radishes
  • Arugula

Avocados should never be fed to them because they are poisonous for guinea pigs.

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