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What Should I Feed My Guinea Pig?

March 3rd, 2010

The first thing you should remember when it comes to feeding guinea pigs is such a huge requirement for vitamin C (ascorbic acid). If you don't feed them vitamin C enriched food, you have automatically sentenced your little pal to death. Feeding them fresh fruit and vegetables provides your pet with a happy life. Guinea pigs require approximately 30-40 mg of vitamin C daily, so varieties of foods such as oranges, grapes, lettuce, cauliflower leaves, carrots, celery, broccoli, oat, sweet grass and meadow grass can be plentiful sources of it. But remember, too much green food can cause them diarrhea. If your guinea pig soles are dry to touch and kind of wrinkled, that's a sign of lack of vitamin C. One more thing, try to avoid cabbage – it may cause them digestive disorder.

You can simply feed them fresh fruit in the morning, grass in the afternoon and small portion of vegetables in the evening. Pelleted food is also tasty and nice and should be a good treat to your guinea pig. Half of a cup daily should be enough. Make sure you remove the food that isn't consumed to prevent decay.

Pets are sly, whether you want to admit it or not. Guinea pigs practice coprophagia – consuming of their own feces – which supplies them with vitamin B.

Grass is such a wide concept, so when it comes to guinea pigs, they benefit from the hay that should be given in large amounts every day. Hay is also important for preventing dental problems. Alfalfa hay and other foods enriched with calcium and protein should be given occasionally due to a urinary tract disorder that it may cause.

The following part is a very important one so make sure you don't take it for granted – write it down or simply remember it. Any plant grown from a bulb is poisonous, just like the parts of the potato plant, tomato leaves, bracken, hemlock, butter cups, bryony, privet, lily of the valley, charlock, scarlet pimpernel and deadly nightshade.

To keep your pets healthy, you need to supply them with fresh water which has to be available at all times. If you decide to use a bowl, make sure it's a ceramic one that cannot be turned over. You can also use a bottle with a spout. Make sure you change the water every day, whether you use a bowl or a bottle. If you use a bottle, keep the spout clean – guinea pigs like to tuck the food in it.

To make a conclusion, fresh fruit, vegetables, hay and pelleted food should provide them enough of vitamin C. Fresh and clean water should keep them altogether healthy.