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What Can Guinea Pigs Eat?

What can guinea pigs eat?

Find out what foods guinea pigs can and cannot eat! If you're thinking of adopting a guinea pig and want to know what guinea pigs can eat, or if you already have a guinea pig and are wondering if a certain food is okay to feed them, this page is for you!


Topics included in this page are:

  • What can guinea pigs eat?

  • Are you feeding your guinea pig something that could make him sick?

  • Are there other foods you may have in your house that would be great to give your guinea pig?

  • If your guinea pig is picky and won't eat certain fruits or veggies, what other safe foods can your guinea pig eat?

  • Are you afraid you may have fed your guinea pig the wrong thing and need to find help?

Find the answers to these questions and more here. I've offered some suggestions for different foods and kibble and hay that will make your guinea pig happy based on my own experiences as well.

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Fruits and Vegetables Guinea Pigs Can Eat - A list of foods guinea pigs can eat

Guinea pigs looooove fruits and vegetables, which is great because fruits and vegetables are an important part of their diet and keep them happy and healthy!

Different guinea pigs have different preferences, but generally, they love to sample a variety of different fruits and veggies. With my guinea pigs, carrots, peppers and dark lettuces are a surefire hit. If you encounter a guinea pig that is picky and won't eat any fresh produce, talk with your veterinarian about your options for vitamin C fortified pellets to make sure you get the right nourishment into your little friend.

Here is a list of just some of the many fruits and vegetables that guinea pigs eat and that give them the best nutritional benefits. Fruits are high in sugar so it's best to view them more as treats, and avoid any sudden major changes in diet until you know how your guinea pig's tummy reacts to things:

  • Red Pepper (or green/yellow pepper. Red has the highest vitamin C concentration)
  • Carrots - both the root and the green tops are perfectly safe for your guinea pig.
  • Apples - just make sure they don't have any seeds.
  • Oranges
  • Leafy greens like red lettuce, romaine, Boston lettuce, (be sure to feed leafy vegetables in moderation to avoid diarrhea, and feed spinach a bit sparingly to avoid potential kidney problems.)
  • Cucumbers
  • Broccoli (in moderation since it can be gassy and cause a gas pain)
  • Green beans
  • Grapes
  • Bananas
  • Dandelion Greens
  • spinach (in moderation)
  • cherry tomatoes (in moderation)
  • cilantro
  • parsley - either curly or flat. They love it and it smells delicious when you're tearing some sprigs off the bunch to give it to them!

Foods to never feed your guinea pig - what not to feed your guinea pig, no matter how good it may taste to you.

While guinea pigs do enjoy a variety of flavors and types of fruits and vegetables, there are some foods that you shouldn't feed to your guinea pig. Some on this list aren't necessarily poisonous, but just good to avoid because they're either low in nutrients or produce gas and potential tummy troubles, and others are very serious and poisonous to your piggie.

As with the good foods list, this list is also not comprehensive, so if you're unsure, be sure to wait to feed your guinea pig the food in question until you've either talked to a vet or asked someone who might know (like me!).

The following is a list of food items your guinea pig should NOT eat.

  • Iceberg lettuce - this won't kill your guinea pig if you give him or her a little piece, but it has virtually no nutritional value, is quite fibrous and watery. It's been known to give guinea pigs diarrhea. With the great selection of other more leafy, dark lettuces available, just avoid this one and go with one of the others.
  • Any type of cabbage - like iceberg lettuce, a small piece is not likely to severely harm or kill your guinea pig, but it's very gassy and not good for their little systems. Stay away from it if you can.
  • Cauliflower - also very gas-producing. Again, not poisonous.
  • Potato peelings - not that this would be something you'd be likely to give your piggie anyway, but toxins can exist in potato skins, particularly if they've begun to turn green, and they can be poisonous. Just toss them in your garbage disposal or trash instead of your piggie.
  • Raw beans (this doesn't mean green beans. This means things like raw, hard kidney beans, split peas, pinto beans, etc.)
  • Shelled nuts or seeds, particularly things like sunflower seeds or 'bird seed' type mixes, pumpkin seeds, peanuts, etc.
  • Rhubarb - the leaves of the rhubarb plant are poisonous, and the stalks are very, very sour.
  • Any type of meat.
  • Dairy Products - while many stores will offer 'yogurt drops' and other 'treats', dairy is not healthy to feed your guinea pig and can actually cause problems. Feed natural treats like veggies instead of store brand treats. It's less expensive and your piggie will be much happier.
  • Chocolate, coffee or other caffeine-containing products.
  • Alcohol (this should go without saying!!)
  • hamster food, gerbil food, rabbit food, or any other non-guinea pig food.
  • corn kernels. Popcorn isn't a very good idea either. Guinea pigs choke easily and think of how easy it is for us humans to get popcorn kernels stuck in our mouths and throats!
  • sugary foods like donuts, candy, or soda
  • Ice cream.
  • Any processed or fried foods that you would eat, including potato chips/nachos or french fries.
  • Cheese
  • anything spicy. jalapeno peppers, anything with cinnamon, etc.

The Best Hay to Feed Your Guinea PIg

hay: it's what's for dinner!...and lunch, and breakfast, and snack, and.....

Why do guinea pigs need hay in their diet? Guinea pigs have unique digestive systems that require a constant supply of fiber to help them digest their food and prevent impactions.

Their stomachs go through a double digestion process wherein they eat once, digest their food, create soft fecal matter in a pouch in their rump, eat those, and digest it again. I know that sounds gross, but this is an important part of your piggie's health!

Hay is a staple in a guinea pig's diet. You can honestly never have too much hay. When guinea pigs are babies, they can have some alfalfa hay, which has a different balance of nutrients than the timothy hay that adult guinea pigs eat, but by the time they're full-grown guinea pigs, they should have mostly timothy hay- and lots of it!

You can find western timothy hay in most pet stores, but you want to make sure that you find a bag that looks nice and fresh. Sometimes when I go to the pet store, I find bags of timothy hay that look more like straw. It pays to find a nice, fresh, green bag of hay. Your piggie will be so happy!

A great brand to go for is Oxbow. I discovered it online and then found that my vet used it, too, so it's definitely the cream of the guinea pig crop! Some of their products are carried in pet stores, and your vet may also carry these supplies, but it's very simple and affordable to order right through a website like Amazon. I found some of the products and have listed them below for you!

Guinea pigs will eat it nonstop, but you don't have to worry because it will not make them fat. No amount of hay will put weight on a piggie because it's not actually fully digested into their body, it's used by their digestive system to "move things along". In addition to Western Timothy hay, there are other varieties of hay with different nutritional properties, textures and flavors.

Oxbow Hay to keep your guinea pig happy and healthy!

You can seriously smell the difference when you open the bag of Oxbow (hopefully you don't have hay allergies!)

Oxbow Animal Health Western Timothy Hay for Pets, 50-Pound
Oxbow Animal Health Western Timothy Hay for Pets, 50-Pound

This is a really big bag sure to last you awhile!

 
Oxbow Animal Health Western Timothy Hay for Pets, 9-Pound
Oxbow Animal Health Western Timothy Hay for Pets, 9-Pound

A large but manageable amount of hay to stock up for your piggies.

 

The Importance of Guinea Pig Pellets To A Guinea Pig Diet

what guinea pig pellets are best for your cavy.

It's completely possible to sustain your guinea pig solely on fruits and vegetables and hay, and skip the pellets altogether. But you want to make sure that you're feeding them enough of what they need as far as vitamins and minerals, and it's highly advisable not to do this unless you talk to your veterinarian first.

Assuming that you go the more traditional route of pellets combined with fresh vegetables and hay, here's what you need to know:

Don't feed your guinea pig anything with seeds. Even though there are 'treats' marketed to guinea pigs on the shelves of pet stores, it's best not to buy them. These are unnecessary to a pig's diet and guinea pigs are prone to choking, so if it looks like birdseed or hamster food, move along to the next choice.

Most pet stores will carry a variety of brands. Even if a bag of pellets says that it's fortified with vitamin C, do not take this as a replacement for vitamin-rich vegetables. We will cover vitamin C in the next sections.

Guinea pigs cannot eat hamster food, rabbit food, gerbil food, etc. You wouldn't pour a can of dog food on your plate for dinner, even if it looks similar to your mom's pot roast (eek!), and the same holds true for piggie food and other small animal cuisines. The nutritional balance isn't the same.

The best brand of pellets I've found so far is once again the Oxbow brand. My guinea pigs seem to like the taste the best, and this formula has a special type of vitamin C that is meant to last a long time. My veterinarian has said in this case with the Oxbow brand, you could technically omit the other vitamin supplements in vegetables and the guinea pigs would be fine. But you want to feed them those anyway because they love them so much!

In contrast to hay, too many pellets will make your guinea pig overweight.... Some piggies will pick at their food and others will clean their plate! If you notice your guinea pig gaining weight, there are a number of things you can do to make sure it doesn't get out of hand while still being able to keep your guinea pig from going hungry.

OxbowCavy Cuisine and Cavy Performance Pellets

If you have a baby guinea pig, the Cavy Performance pellets are the ones to go for, but for healthy young to adult guinea pigs, Cavy Cuisine is the one to buy. They're made out of some of the high quality hay that I talked about in the previous section, along with the right balances of vitamins and long-lasting vitamin C, unlike the other brands at the mega pet marts. In this case, convenience isn't a fair trade for quality.

Guinea Pig Care Books!

You know what they say - you can never have enough guinea pig knowledge!...oh, maybe it's just me saying that. Either way, here are some great books to get you started after you've read through these guinea pig lenses.

Also, don't forget to be on the lookout for The Guinea Pig Guide!

Millie the Guinea Pig. so super cute!
Millie the Guinea Pig. so super cute!

Guinea Pigs Need Food High in Vitamin C

Scurvy's not just for pirates anymore.

We've established that guinea pigs love fruits and veggies. This is a wonderful thing because guinea pigs, like humans, are one of the few species of animal whose bodies aren't able to generate vitamin C.

If we or guinea pigs don't get enough vitamin C in our diets, we can contract a condition known as scurvy. This can make a guinea pig very sick or even die, so it's important to get at least 10mg of vitamin C into their systems each day.

You or I might drink a glass of orange juice, eat a packet of fruit snacks, or take a multivitamin.

Guinea pigs can get their vitamin C needs through fresh vegetables. Sometimes you may find that you can crush up a small amount of a vitamin C pill into their water, but this isn't always advisable because vitamin C is incredibly light sensitive, meaning it will lose its potency quickly when exposed to light.

Red pepper is a vegetable with an immense amount of vitamin C. Since some guinea pigs won't really take fondly to an orange, they're almost always ravenous for peppers.

Pellets will often claim that they have "long-lasting vitamin C", but you have to be aware that the bags will have been sitting on a warehouse shelf and may not even get into your hands as a consumer until months have gone by, at which time the vitamin C has been exposed to enough light and has been sitting long enough to have been mostly if not completely depleted.

As a sidenote, isn't the guinea pig in this picture cute?? She's my sweet little guinea pig Millie! Look at that cute little piggie lip. *swoon*

Vitamin C and other guinea pig supplies

You can supplement your guinea pig's water with extra vitamin C. While I looked for that to link to here, I happened upon some other irresistible goodies. I'm not sure if I should be embarrassed to admit this - I have the Playmobil set. And it's adorable.

Other Guinea Pig Care Lenses in this Series

Questions about your guinea pig's health? Living conditions? Diet? Take a peek at the other lenses in this series about guinea pigs and become a cavy expert!

Did you find this information useful? Please feel free to let me know your thoughts or questions, or if you just want to say hi.

Tip: You can also submit your #1 guinea pig question to TheGuineaPigGuide.com when you sign up for the newsletter. I'll answer you personally and you (and your piggie(s)) will have the opportunity to be featured on the website once it's live!


 Last updated on October 6, 2013

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Reader Comments and Feedback 845 comments

Eeyore 6 years ago

Great Piggy info!


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southpaw23 6 years ago Hub Author

Thanks so much, Eeyore! I haven't done much to get the word out about these lenses yet, so I'm so excited that people have found their way to it already!


anonymous 6 years ago

DO GUINEA PIGS EAT ORANGE PEPPERS OR NOT!


anonymous 6 years ago

Yellow bell peppers have almost as much vitamin C as red bell peppers...


anonymous 6 years ago

Why is Cauliflower bad? Is it a gas issue? I gave mine a bit a few days ago before I noticed it is on the bad list....will they be OK? Thanks...


anonymous 6 years ago

i started to feed my guinea pig veggies and now he wont eat the pellets

is that ok?


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southpaw23 6 years ago Hub Author

Hi everyone!

Katelynn: yes guinea pigs love orange peppers!

Rebecca: I had seen it on a bad list online (prob. just for gas). You might want to avoid it from now on to be safe.

Amy: As long as they get enough vitamins it should be ok, but I'd check with the vet before you make any changes.


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southpaw23 6 years ago Hub Author

by the way I'm so sorry everyone that it took me so long to respond! I got the first alert about a message today and didn't get any before. I don't know what happened! I'll have to remember to check more often just in case. I hope this helps!


anonymous 6 years ago

Back again

Fun observation. My GP's are just like my kids. One day they love certain foods the next day they turn their little noses up at them....so funny....and they have TOTALLY different personalities...and I have a favourite....OK for GP's..bad for kids....HA


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southpaw23 6 years ago Hub Author

Haha I'm the same way! We joke that Gus is a momma's boy and Max is a daddy's boy. It's so funny you mention the food thing because I gave them a chunk of apple yesterday, then dropped a piece on the floor and said "oops guess you're getting some more" and they didn't want any more! So cute.


anonymous 6 years ago

i have a guinea pig and i don't know if its a good idea to feed it celery, my mom wanted me 2 check


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southpaw23 6 years ago Hub Author

Hi Bria! Celery is okay in tiny pieces, but generally I'd stay away from it. It doesn't really hold any nutritional value and it can cause diarrhea as well as choking if they get the stringy parts in their throats. I'd suggest trying a piece of pepper or a carrot instead!


anonymous 6 years ago

is it ok for guinea pigs to eat the seeds in the oranges?


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southpaw23 6 years ago Hub Author

Hi Kameryn!

I'd avoid the seeds if you could. Chances are they won't try to eat them anyway, but they do pose a choking hazard just in case. If you see any in the wedges, maybe just try to poke them out before you hand it to your piggie. Great question!


anonymous 6 years ago

ok my food inclodes corn and sunflowers stuff


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southpaw23 6 years ago Hub Author

Hi there! If the food you have includes corn and sunflower seeds, I'd say it'd be best to try to find a different brand that doesn't have any of those in it. I know Kaytee and Blue Seal both make regular pellet foods if you can't find Oxbow, or you can order the Oxboe online. Good luck!!


anonymous 6 years ago

thanks this site has helped alot particulaly the food because my guinea pigs eat alot especilly the female i think she is pregnant


anonymous 6 years ago

when i feed my guinea pigs i make sure that the grass i give is only grass, as i found out that a weed that grows in the grass which climes and has a wight flower can kill them. so im only giving advice to people that might not know that.


ThomasC 6 years ago

You have built a great squidoo lens! Great topic! I hope it does well for you! I am throwing a little angel dust on it to help you out!

ThomasC


anonymous 5 years ago

my guinea pig is pregnant! can i feed her brussel sprouts?


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southpaw23 5 years ago Hub Author

Hi theprez,

I'd steer clear of brussels sprouts for your guinea pig. They're a relative of the cabbage and cabbage is really bad for guinea pigs due to how gassy it makes them and how tough to digest it is. For a pregnant guinea pig, she'll probably need extra nutrients. I'd say to go to guinealynx.com or the guineapigcages.com messageboards to find out more about caring for a pregnant piggie.


anonymous 5 years ago

can guinnea pigs eat palmagratet?


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southpaw23 5 years ago Hub Author

Hi Samantha,

I'd say given that pomegranates have little seeds in them, I'd avoid it. It's always better to be safe than sorry!

- Lesley


anonymous 5 years ago

what happens if you give your guinea pig iceberg lettuce


anonymous 5 years ago

what happens if you give your guinea pig iceberg lettuce


anonymous 5 years ago

what happens if you give your guinea pig iceberg lettuce


anonymous 5 years ago

what happens if you give your guinea pig iceberg lettuce


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southpaw23 5 years ago Hub Author

[in reply to steven] If you give your guinea pig iceberg lettuce, they can get diarrhea and dehydrate very quickly. If you want to feed your guinea pig lettuce, be sure to give them a dark green leafy green and peel the leaves away from the more fibrous stem if possible - red leaf, green leaf, and romaine are good in small quantities. Hope this helps!


anonymous 5 years ago

how long can healthy and unhealthy guinea pigs live (mines are 5 so far) i have 2 guinea pigs.


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southpaw23 5 years ago Hub Author

[in reply to steven] Hi Steven. You know, I've seen a lot of variability on this topic. Some sources say 3-5 years, other's say 4-6, and even others will say 5-8

I think it really depends on the guinea pig and the level of care it receives. I have a feeling that sadly most guinea pigs aren't taken care of as well as they should be, so maybe the statistic of 3-5 years is the 'average' guinea pig, with average care standards.

I'd say that's wonderful that your piggies have lived to be 5! Mine are 3 right now and I get nervous, not knowing how long they'll live. I think as long as they're healthy you could expect at least 5 o4 6 years. However, when a guinea pig gets sick, it doesn't always show symptoms until it's too late, and they can regress very quickly. So it's important to know where your nearest guinea pig vet is, and to have them get check-ups regularly.


anonymous 5 years ago

Dont over feed them, they will get fat and plump. They will suffer!!!


anonymous 5 years ago

from experience and knowledge guinea pigs can live from 5 to 8 years. it very rare for a guinea to live 8 years.


anonymous 5 years ago

i ardently fed my guinea pigs iceburg : (


anonymous 5 years ago

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anonymous 5 years ago

CAN SOME PPLLEEAASSEE ANSWER THIS! Is it okay to feed a Guinea pig a HONEY NUT cheerio instead of a NON FLAVORED CHEERIO? I NEEEEEEED TO KNOW!!!!!!


anonymous 5 years ago

Yes Guinea Pigs CAN eat orange peppers. I've fed my Guinea Pig Orange peppers over the years and she's NINE YEARS OLD NOW!!!!!! IN FULL HEALTH!! They are WAY better than green peppers. Green peppers (beleive it or not) ARE a little spicy for a guinea pig. Orange peppers are (ONLY) sweet. And I've learned over the years that orange peppers expand a guinea pig's life in GREAT AMOUNTS.

Does anybody know if guinea pigs can eat HONEY NUT cheerios?


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southpaw23 5 years ago Hub Author

[in reply to Keeby1] Hi there! It would be okay to give your guinea pig just one piece as a super special treat, but not often and not a whole lot of it! Generally you should avoid feeding them anything sugary. I think I have given my guinea pigs one before. One will eat it, one couldn't be less interested.


anonymous 5 years ago

My pig doesn't seem to like the pellets and finds herself eating hay and treats way more then eating her pellet food. I don't know what to do to keep her healthy i've tried 4 different brands.

Is it safe for her to consume that much hay ( hay is about 85% of her diet )

AND she sneezes alot should i take her to the vet email me or just reply here meg218@live.com)


anonymous 5 years ago

i cant wait i am getting it to marrow and im surfing the net to take care of it


anonymous 5 years ago

i live in the philippines,where can i buy some hay?


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southpaw23 5 years ago Hub Author

[in reply to guineaphilippines] Hi guineaphilippines,

I'm not sure where you would find hay in the Philippines, but you can order online and see if any stores have international shipping. I believe Amazon usually ships internationally, and I just ran a quick search and found this seller who ships internaionally on eBay as well: http://cgi.ebay.com/15-lb-PREMIUM-1st-Cut-Timothy-...|66%3A2|65%3A12|39%3A1|240%3A1318|301%3A1|293%3A1|294%3A50


anonymous 5 years ago

hey i just got my 8 wk old babe girl today. would a piggy be unhappy with a younger piggy mabey around 4 wk old??


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southpaw23 5 years ago Hub Author

[in reply to ashtin] Hi Ashtin! Congratulations on your new piggie! At such a young age, you shouldn't try to take a guinea pig from its mom so young as 4 weeks, really. With females, they tend to get along better with other guinea pigs more consistently than males, though there are definitely exceptions to this rule. There are many happy male/male pairs out there. With females, I'm not sure that age is such a factor. With males, it's good to try an older male with a baby because the dominance roles are very clear, whereas when they're close in age they will often challenge each other to compete for dominance.

I would urge you to make an appointment with a local vet that works with exotic animals to talk these issues over with him or her, and to get your new piggie checked out to make sure she's healthy!


anonymous 5 years ago

hi you have such good thoughts about ur guinea pigs advice


anonymous 5 years ago

hi you have such good thoughts about ur guinea pigs advice


anonymous 5 years ago

so what juices can they drink


anonymous 5 years ago

aww so sweet i love those little piggies. hehehe i just cleaned my piggies cage he's so happy!


anonymous 5 years ago

aww so sweet i love those little piggies. hehehe i just cleaned my piggies cage he's so happy!


anonymous 5 years ago

I just went to make my piggys a little sald and i dont no if i should give them tomotoes ? do i ?


anonymous 5 years ago

Hey,

Yes, Guinea pigs can eat tomato. But not too much.


anonymous 5 years ago

i gave my piggie cabbage and they loved it


anonymous 5 years ago

i just got a guinea pig she is so cute her name is g-g she is white is she a american guinea pig


anonymous 5 years ago

Is there a reason that iceburg lettuce is on the NO list? We have always fed ours iceburg. The two we have now are 3 and a half and destroy a large iceburg between them in an hour. I didn't know about peppers so I will try that as they are cheaper than cucumber at the moment.


anonymous 5 years ago

Is there a reason that iceburg lettuce is on the NO list? We have always fed ours iceburg. The two we have now are 3 and a half and destroy a large iceburg between them in an hour. I didn't know about peppers so I will try that as they are cheaper than cucumber at the moment.


anonymous 5 years ago

[in reply to meg] Mine love wagg optimum, they sulk if I give them anything else.


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southpaw23 5 years ago Hub Author

[in reply to Rachel] Hi Rachel!

Iceburg lettuce just tends to be really watery and low in nutrients, and sometimes this can give guinea pigs diarrhea because it's so watery/fibrous. Usually things in moderation are okay, but we generally try to give them just the leafy part of romaine leaves (sometimes they eat around the thick part of the stem which is more like iceburg) and try not to give them too much.

I'm glad that your guinea pigs enjoy it though! As long as they aren't having tummy troubles.


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southpaw23 5 years ago Hub Author

[in reply to Rachel] Hi Rachel!

Iceburg lettuce just tends to be really watery and low in nutrients, and sometimes this can give guinea pigs diarrhea because it's so watery/fibrous. Usually things in moderation are okay, but we generally try to give them just the leafy part of romaine leaves (sometimes they eat around the thick part of the stem which is more like iceburg) and try not to give them too much.

I'm glad that your guinea pigs enjoy it though! As long as they aren't having tummy troubles.


anonymous 5 years ago

what i've noticed is if you give your guinea pig a sweet treat and then a savoury treat they tend to exspect more sweet treats and food soo what i tend to do is leave the sweet stuff nearer too the bottom of the food bowel so they have more of a balenced diet.


anonymous 5 years ago

what i've noticed is if you give your guinea pig a sweet treat and then a savoury treat they tend to exspect more sweet treats and food soo what i tend to do is leave the sweet stuff nearer too the bottom of the food bowel so they have more of a balenced diet.


anonymous 5 years ago

Ive bin giving my guinea pig savoy cabbage for 2 years now and he has had no problems as yet. And i have bin giving him steraw and hay and he seems to like the variety. Is there any cheap vegetables that i can give to him that he will like? I say cheap because of the recession and everything.

Thank you.


anonymous 5 years ago

[in reply to samantha ]

i love the tip ill have to try it some time. I have 3 guinea pigs so i thing i mite try it!


anonymous 5 years ago

[in reply to samantha ]

i love the tip ill have to try it some time. I have 3 guinea pigs so i thing i mite try it!


anonymous 5 years ago

I didn't know Guinea Pigs can't eat Popcorn. I'm so glad that I know now :).


anonymous 5 years ago

I didn't know Guinea Pigs can't eat Popcorn. I'm so glad that I know now :).


anonymous 5 years ago

I I just bought a big bag of guinea pig food that contains seeds, corn etc. It says it's for guinea's. My guinea loves them. It's like they pick out the seeds and leave the rest. How does the seeds harm them anyway?

Thx


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southpaw23 5 years ago Hub Author

[in reply to Another girl name Sarah] Hi Sarah,

It's good the guinea pigs pick around the seeds. The reason that they shouldn't have them is because guinea pigs are often prone to choking. Even my piggies sometimes get a little kibble down the wrong way or a piece of hay caught sideways haha. So generally for their digestive health and for their safety, anything like sunflower seeds, corn, etc. isn't advised.

If possible, try to find a bag of guinea pig food that is just pellets. Guinea pigs can be picky so you may have to try a couple different kinds but that's definitely the safest way to ensure they won't choke.


anonymous 5 years ago

i love guinea pigsuinea pigs they are so cute


anonymous 5 years ago

Why is cauliflower bad?I have given my GP cauliflower befor and he loved it.Will he be OK?


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southpaw23 5 years ago Hub Author

[in reply to Bailey] Hi Bailey,

No worries! A little bite here and there won't kill your piggie. It just tends to be gassy so it's good not to give them a ton of it. Cauliflower is in the cabbage family believe it or not, so it's the type of food that's okay as a small treat but if they were to eat it all the time they may get bloated and get a stomach ache.


anonymous 5 years ago

No, unless they get in their eyes.


anonymous 5 years ago

Can I give my GP celery? I always cut it into small pieces so he doesn't choke.


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southpaw23 5 years ago Hub Author

[in reply to Bailey] Hi Bailey,

It's best to stay away from celery, just because there are so many other great veggies that are just as easy to purchase. If you give your guinea pig celery, you're definitely doing the right thing by cutting it into as small pieces as you can, but overall celery is too fibrous and doesn't really have any nutrients that are beneficial to a guinea pig.

Try a baby carrot or some pepper instead! : )


anonymous 5 years ago

I am about to get a guniea pig 8-) is their any toys or things i should get for him?? I really need to know and fast!! Thx soo...... MUCH!!!!


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southpaw23 5 years ago Hub Author

[in reply to ashley #9] Hi Ashley,

Guinea pigs aren't quite like dogs and cats in regard to toys. They definitely love to chew on things, though! There are a lot of 'toys' for guinea pigs in big pet stores but they're kind of hit or miss.

I can offer you advice from what my guinea pigs like -- we have those 'woodland hideaway' houses for them instead of plastic 'pigloos' because they enjoy gnawing on it. One of our guinea pigs chews on his all the time and the other doesn't bother much with it. We also have 'chubes' for them (you can find these things in any major pet store and many small pet stores), and the opposite guinea pig loves to chew his. I got them a few small straw balls with jingle bells in them but they haven't bothered much.

I'd say just make sure they have plenty of time to play with you, and give them fun things to chew on and that will be a great start!


anonymous 5 years ago

[in reply to southpaw23] Thx so much!! That helped a lot I was wondering though for the bedding can i put a towel or blanket on the bottom then cover it with grass, hay, and wood shavings?? Or is it better without?? Thx again!! 8-)


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southpaw23 5 years ago Hub Author

[in reply to ashley #9] Hi again Ashley. I'm glad I could help!

For bedding, what we do for our guinea pigs is we put towels down, then a fleece blanket on top. What that does is when they pee, it wicks the moisture through the fleece and it goes into the towel, keeping the fleece dry. Then you can put hay for them to eat on the fleece, and their kibble in a bowl.

For shavings, we used to use newspaper underneath with aspen shavings on top. But I think you'll find you go through a LOT of shavings, and I figure if I was a guinea pig I'd be more comfy on fleece haha.

Then when it's time to change the bedding, take the fleece off, bunch it up and shake it outside if you have a compost pile, or into a trash bag, then throw the towels and fleece in the wash and you're all set to do it again!


anonymous 5 years ago

[in reply to southpaw23] Ok thx so...... much!!! This will help a lot. I was thinking if it was ok I would put on one half the blanket and on the other half put wood chips and grass and hay!! So if he doesnt want to use the bathroom on the soft stuff he can go on the kind of out dorsey stuf!! But im not shure!


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Christine Cameron 5 years ago

Excellent guinea pig lens! I highlighted this lens for guinea pig diets on my small animal lens hereCaring For Small Pets

Thanks for all the great pet info.

Christine


anonymous 5 years ago

[in reply to southpaw23] Ok i finally got my new guinea pig!! Yeah :) Well i decided to put on the first floor the fleece thing you talked about! Then on the second floor I did wood chips and grass and outdoorsy stuff!! Well now i need to know what do I put his hay in and what do i put his veggies in or on?? Right now im just using half of a paper plate!!! Ahhhh HELP!!! :)


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southpaw23 5 years ago Hub Author

[in reply to ashley #9] Hi Ashley! Congratulations! That's so exciting.

For the cage, did you build your own two-floor cage? I've seen some of those on www.cavycages.com and they're pretty impressive! If you have a cage from the pet store with two floors, it is likely too small and may be dangerous for the guinea pig if he climbs up a ramp that he could slip from. Just the overprotective guinea pig mommy in me voicing concern! haha

But to answer your question about the food and hay, we usually put a handful of hay right on the blanket for our guinea pigs to eat. Trying to contain it in a dish or trough is tricky sometimes, though you could try.

For kibble, get a small bowl from the pet store, usually they're ceramic. For veggies, you can put them right on the floor of the cage too. The guinea pigs snatch them up so quickly they don't mind if it's on a plate or not haha.

Good luck and feel free to ask any other questions!


anonymous 5 years ago

[in reply to southpaw23] Well good thing i din't buy a two story from the pet store!! :) I actually built it myself it is very big, and Marty (the new guinea pig) loves it. He runs around like crazy up and down the ramp and everything!! Thx so much for helping me with everything! :) I have a lot more questions to ask... haha!!


anonymous 5 years ago

can they eat cherry red tomatoes?


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southpaw23 5 years ago Hub Author

[in reply to txtcrazy] Hi txtcrazy,

You know, that's a good question. I haven't fed mine tomatoes, but after a bit of searching for you, I've found some answers. It looks like the consensus is that a small bit of tomato is okay, but always be sure to remove any leaves or green parts from the top since those are poisonous for them. Also, remove the seeds as you would with a pepper. Since tomatoes are a bit acidic and so watery, it wouldn't be good to give very much.

You may find it easier (and more healthy for the guinea pig) to try to stick with a red or green pepper, or you could even offer them a small slice of a clementine. They can be fickle about citrus but the vitamin C is great for them!


anonymous 5 years ago

hey my name is sarah and i have had guinea pigs all my life ive got 6 at the moment and ive got one that ive had for 13 years. I was only 8 when i got that one. In the winter i put my guinea pigs veggies in a plastic bowl and in the summer i just put it on the floor for them to eat. To put my piggies hay in i have a hay rack you can buy them from a pet store they are cheap they are only about £2.80p. Anyway i hope you have learnt somthing from this bye xxxxxxxxx


anonymous 5 years ago

I am getting a guinea pig after the summer and I want to know everything I should about when I get it and all that really important stuff. Help my in my search for knowledge on Guinea pigs! Lol, please. =]


anonymous 5 years ago

can they eat peppers,tomatoes,mushrooms plz can any 1 send a list of what they can eat and what they can't?x

thank u

emma x


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southpaw23 5 years ago Hub Author

[in reply to emma] Hi Emma,

If you scroll up you will see two sections of this page toward the top that specifically outline different foods that guinea pigs can and can't eat. Thanks for stopping by!


anonymous 5 years ago

i have a guinea pig that doesn't like fruits and veggies and she bites me alot.wat do i do!!???


anonymous 5 years ago

ok i have looked on like so many websites, but they keep changing the answer, but anyway what i need to know is what is the best bedding to use for my piggie. someone plz help me im desperate!


anonymous 5 years ago

[in reply to private] Hey private, it might be that your guinea pig has tooth ache or gum problems, are you giving her anything to knaw on? and have you considered getting her teeth checked at a vet?


anonymous 5 years ago

Can guinea pigs eat buc choy? how many orange slices can they eat a day?

i need help!


anonymous 5 years ago

i need help with my guinea pig!


anonymous 5 years ago

I Don't kmow what to do , but stay calm.


anonymous 5 years ago

I just wish everyone thinking about getting a guinea pig would read this lens. You have just been Blessed by an Angel.


anonymous 5 years ago

I just wish everyone thinking about getting a guinea pig would read this lens. You have just been Blessed by an Angel.


anonymous 5 years ago

i got my guinea pig today and its shy and im scared.

what do i do?


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southpaw23 5 years ago Hub Author

[in reply to Lisa] [in reply to Lisa] Hi Lisa!

Aww don't be scared! It is completely natural for your guinea pig to be scared at first. Particularly if you got your piggie from a petstore and if it's a baby, it's going to take some time to help your guinea pig to feel comfortable around you.

Guinea pigs, along with any pet, require what's called 'socialization', which is just a fancy way of saying that you'll need to make sure you take time to gently approach your guinea pig and play with it, hold it, pet it, help it to get used to hearing your voice and feeling your touch.

It can seem scary if the guinea pig doesn't warm up to you right away, but it takes a lot of patience and be sure to go slowly. It's even best to leave your guinea pig alone for its first couple days as it gets acclimated to its new environment. Then you can begin hand-feeding vegetables to it to get it to come up to you and try to very gently pet your piggie starting at its neck and down its back. more in a sec!


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southpaw23 5 years ago Hub Author

[in reply to Lisa] Hi again, Lisa. I exceeded the character limit on my first answer haha. Anyway! I was just going to finish up in saying not to put your hand right over your piggie's face at first because that can feel threatening and you'll feel a *bump* as he or she lifts his/her head up against your hand!

Really, what to remember is to just be very loving and gentle and I'm sure your piggie will get settled in in no time. Thanks for checking out the lens!


anonymous 5 years ago

Last night was horrible.I put my piggy back in his cage and then he jumped so high into his cage and hit his teeth so hard on it that when i was playing with him again i noticed that his mouth was bleeding.What should i do?


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southpaw23 5 years ago Hub Author

[in reply to marjorie ] Marjorie, definitely get your guinea pig to a vet ASAP. If you need help finding a vet that specializes in guinea pigs in your area, I made a lens on how to find a good guinea pig vet here: http://www.squidoo.com/guinea-pig-care-6 there are several links in it to different resources for finding an exotic pet specialist (but hopefully you have a vet already that sees your guinea pig for checkups!)

Particularly if bleeding is involved with a guinea pig, it's really important to get him or her to the vet as soon as you possibly can. They often have trouble clotting and are fragile so can get infections easily. You'll also want to make sure it's not a broken tooth or a cracked jaw or something.

I hope you're able to get help for your piggie and that your guinea pig is on the mend soon!


anonymous 5 years ago

what would happen if i were to feed my guinea pigs food that they are not ment to have?


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southpaw23 5 years ago Hub Author

[in reply to chantelle] Hi Chantelle,

Depending on the food and how much of it, it could make your guinea pig sick or even die. Particularly if you feed a guinea pig food that's meant for other animals like hamsters. Hopefully you're asking out of curiosity and not because that's what happened!

If you have any further questions, I'd say to consult a vet that specializes in exotic pet care.


anonymous 5 years ago

Excellent Lens. 5*

If you get a chance check out my Instant Stress Management lens.


anonymous 5 years ago

wow i read this website and it was help full i didn't know half of the stuff that guinea pigs worn t aloud.

Marjorie i hope that you guinea feels better. I am not a guinea expert but if your guinea doesn't fell better then i would tack it to the vet


anonymous 5 years ago

This website helped me alot with my 2 guinea pigs. It made them alot happier What I reccomend is that if you only have one guinea pig that u either keep him where everybody may keep him or her company. If you ignore them too much, then they will feel so sad. Play with them for a while and make your piggy happy. Just imagine if your guinea pig were you. Would he or she be suffering, be sad, or happy! Hope this helps and make a good choice. A guinea pig like us deserves to live, and have an awesome life like yours. Also, they can eat apples, bananas, strawberries(don't go over board with strawberries. It may cause diarria. Same thing with celery sticks. Do not feed lettuce.) They can also eat cherries, oranges, broccolii, and bell peppers, and sweet peppers, and celantro. Oh they eat so much more too. Hope this helped.


anonymous 5 years ago

i looooooooooooooooove guinea pigs <3 maybe a little bit too much... i almost like almost them as much as i like boys!!!!!


anonymous 5 years ago

Thx so much for the info

I love guinea pigs and I have one of my own

This helped me a lot in doing a project and learning more about guinea pigs

I LOVE MY GUINEA PIG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


anonymous 5 years ago

[in reply to nathan phillips]

r u a girl or a boy??


anonymous 5 years ago

thnx who ever put this on her it was so helpful i have learnt a real lot


anonymous 5 years ago

Lolaa and delilahh are my guinea pigs they are so happy now i feel this is so help ful thank u so much i luv guinea pigs i held mine eaach of mine for 3 hours last night lolaa enjoyed it whilst my mum held delilahh


anonymous 5 years ago

so can guinea pigs eat cabbage or not??


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southpaw23 5 years ago Hub Author

[in reply to the superstar] Hi there! a big no on cabbage for guinea pigs. It can cause gas and diarrhea. It's best to stay away! If you have a look at the list of foods guinea pigs can't eat above, cabbage is right up near the top. Hope this helps!


anonymous 5 years ago

[in reply to the superstar] no guinea pigs do not eat cabbage


anonymous 5 years ago

my guinea pigs is for vegeatlables for red peppers and carrots ,lettuce


anonymous 5 years ago

no they can not eat cabbage. well i dont think they can. my guinea pig loves parsley so i recomend parsley


anonymous 5 years ago

my guniea pigs eat cabbage and they are fine with it and they eat cauliflower and all veg that is not recommened


anonymous 5 years ago

my guinea pig betty loves green peppers!


anonymous 5 years ago

[in reply to brum1] just because your guinea pigs eat cabbage and cauliflower and all veg that is not recommened dosnt mean eveybodys else does


anonymous 5 years ago

Very helpful I come back to this site again and again


anonymous 5 years ago

i like it we have almost given the iceberg lettuce deffiently very helpful


anonymous 5 years ago

thanks for this i am trying to read up on the dangers so i am careful NOT to be cruel this was a great source

THANKS!!


anonymous 5 years ago

my guinea pig loves oranges and cucmbers


anonymous 5 years ago

i love it and my guinea pig loves carrots and parsley!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

:) i think people should pass along the word about this awesome info.


anonymous 5 years ago

we rescued a short haired pig from a lady that was keeping it on the back porch in 90 degree weather with no food or water. she is very skittish and scared she gave the pig away to us . I guess she was just waiting for it to die. we fed it cucumbers right away and water and she seemed very happy. Im going to get the right stuff to feed her this evening and i hope she prospers. she is very big and long with brown short hair. she is almost 12 inches long but seems to be cheerful to me and my 8 yr old daughter. she ate then curled up in jades lap and fell asleep.. she also likes to bite. what do i do about the biting? what should i get for her to chew on......lost in maryland


anonymous 5 years ago

Well...i had 2 guinea pigs one died and now the other one wont eat/drink it uses the bathroom on its self it wont walk. does anyone know whats going on. plezz just tell me. i need to know so if its something reallllyyy bad i can take her to the vet. and she has gotten really reallyy really skinny


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southpaw23 5 years ago Hub Author

[in reply to kelsey] Kelsey, please take your guinea pig to a vet that treats guinea pigs immediately. Even 24 hours of waiting time can be too late for a guinea pig. I hope that your piggie recovers and please please please get to a vet ASAP!! An emergency overnight clinic if you have to.


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southpaw23 5 years ago Hub Author

[in reply to sharon] Hi Sharon,

That is so wonderful of you to take in the guinea pig! It sounds like you're doing everything you can to keep her comfortable and help her adjust to a loving family. As for the biting, I'd say that it's probably fairly normal since the guinea pig was clearly abused. She's probably not used to having humans be kind to her. My guinea pigs even nibble occasionally when they think my finger is a baby carrot by accident! haha. I'd say continue to be gentle with her, and as for things to chew -- my guinea pigs love these little logs you can get at pet stores. They're made out of a wood/hay/honey pulp of some sort, but they chew on them all the time. You could also try a little salt wheel or mineral wheel, or a "woodland hide-a-way" house instead of a plastic pigloo. And of course veggies! Also, it's good to try not to pet piggies against the grain of their fur. That sometimes prompts biting. I hope this helps!


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southpaw23 5 years ago Hub Author

[in reply to sharon] Hi Sharon,

That is so wonderful of you to take in the guinea pig! It sounds like you're doing everything you can to keep her comfortable and help her adjust to a loving family. As for the biting, I'd say that it's probably fairly normal since the guinea pig was clearly abused. She's probably not used to having humans be kind to her. My guinea pigs even nibble occasionally when they think my finger is a baby carrot by accident! haha. I'd say continue to be gentle with her, and as for things to chew -- my guinea pigs love these little logs you can get at pet stores. They're made out of a wood/hay/honey pulp of some sort, but they chew on them all the time. You could also try a little salt wheel or mineral wheel, or a "woodland hide-a-way" house instead of a plastic pigloo. And of course veggies! Also, it's good to try not to pet piggies against the grain of their fur. That sometimes prompts biting. I hope this helps!


anonymous 5 years ago

hey thanxs so much this site is very helpful baecause me n my 2 pigs are best friends for live i love them.


anonymous 5 years ago

hey my pig otus he always bite on his cage to get out in the morings and beause we have an out side cage that attachs to the cage and he always is like scerming like thats let voive they do. and the pegens get in and they peack my g-pigs i dont now how to stop them because they just come back when i scare them away they hurt milo my other g-pig they peacked him on the bottom. lease help or one day they mite peack there eye or somthing. i would just take of the outside cage but he loves it out there he will get upset please help me. love kelsey


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southpaw23 5 years ago Hub Author

[in reply to kelsey boan :(] Hi Kelsey, I'm sorry this is happening to your guinea pig! I would suggest if you have a cage and want to keep him outside, first make sure that the temperatures are safe for your guinea pig to be outside. He needs to be kept out of direct sunlight and not in extreme heat or cold. Secondly, I'd see if you can find an enclosure that has a roof or even a grid on the top, to prevent other wildlife from getting in his cage. Pigeons are one thing, but you're also leaving your guinea pig at risk for predators like coyotes, large birds of prey, fisher cats, etc. depending on where you live.

If you're unable to get a protected cage, I'd say it would be best to keep your guinea pig indoors and then take him out with you in your yard for some supervised play time each day.

I hope this helps!


anonymous 5 years ago

I fed my guinea pig leaves from a spice plant and rose plant .

and now its acting weird . and drinking only water, it wont eat any carrots that i give it .

Is there anything that i could do to make it stop ?

And, sometimes it loves carrots and the second it doesn't sometimes it doesn't wanna eat anything . and im not even sure if he sleeps .

could i know the time difference in feeding him ?


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southpaw23 5 years ago Hub Author

[in reply to Dylan Spikes] Hi Dylan,

Get your guinea pig to a vet immediately. I believe rose plants are poisonous but I'm not 100% certain, but at the first signs of your guinea pig either acting strangely, not eating, drinking too much or not enough water, etc. it's imperative that you bring your guinea pig to a vet immediately. If a guinea pig is sick or poisoned, it can only take a matter of hours to progress into paralysis, coma, or death. Please please please get to an emergency vet clinic!!


anonymous 5 years ago

This such a lovely site and now I won't Kill my Guinea pig by giving it the wrong food / treats!


anonymous 5 years ago

is spinage ok for a guinea pig to eat?

are they allowed to have sertian kinds of weeds or fllower (as a treat?)

i just wanted to know befofe i try it :)

thanks!


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southpaw23 5 years ago Hub Author

[in reply to tia] Hi Tia! Great questions, thank you for asking! Spinach is definitely okay, and will give your guinea pig lots of important vitamins! It's just important to remember that with any leafy green, a little can go a long way, so a small handful is plenty. If your guinea pig gets too much lettuce/leafy greens, they could get diarrhea (this has never happened to mine but I know it can happen), so just introduce new foods lightly and see how they like them.

As for flowers or items from your garden/yard as a treat, dandelions are a guinea pig favorite (the greens are ideal but they will eat the flowers too haha), clover is fine, and a little bit of grass is okay as long as there isn't fertilizer or chemicals on it. Definitely avoid any leaves from tomato plants or rhubarb because those are poisonous.

I hope this helps!


anonymous 5 years ago

thank you so much this website help me alot through careing for my guinea pigs

they will be so much happier and healthey knowing whats good from them to eat and what not good for them to eat :)

ps.

what are singhs that your guinea pigs are getting sick?


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southpaw23 5 years ago Hub Author

[in reply to tia ] Hi Tia,

Thanks so much! I'm really glad it's helped you out to read this page.

As far as guinea pigs being sick, it's often a tough call. It comes from their herding instinct in the wild - the weakest guinea pig will get eaten, so they try to look healthy so predators won't pick them to snack on (sad, I know!).

Assuming they aren't covering their illness, however, any major change in behavior or eating pattern could be a signal. If your piggie stops drinking water, acts extremely tired or weak, stops eating completely, begins dragging any limbs, limping, excessively scratching, shaking its head a lot, having diarrhea or not pooping at all, or sneezing with runny nasal discharge or eye crusties, it's time for a call to the vet.


anonymous 5 years ago

Thanks i haden't fed my guinie pig fruits or veggies lateley and i totally for got what he could eat!!!! Thanks!!!! from Sarah


anonymous 5 years ago

this helped a lot


anonymous 5 years ago

helloo, thanks it's made my guinea pigs happy & joyful. :)

i'm sitting with them now outside, on the laptop.

there wonddering what it is, bless themm. (:


anonymous 5 years ago

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anonymous 5 years ago

Thank-you, that was brilliant.

I would never have thought they like oranges, and my little pig loves oranges!

Thanks again, they are now much happier.


anonymous 5 years ago

thank you so much now my guinie pig is the happyest guinie alive and now i know what he loves thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


anonymous 5 years ago

wow....my lil guys are going to be thrilled with their diet... they loved the oranges...i was shocked about the Iceberg lettuce... i hadnt fed them it but many would be mistaken about that one.. so this info is brill!!!!


anonymous 5 years ago

I have the most loved pig ever and she says thank you as i am going to the shops asap to buy her an orange :)

reading that was very interesting so thanks.


anonymous 5 years ago

wow thanks now i know some things not to feed my guinea pig, toffee.

:) ( happy face)


anonymous 5 years ago

it was really hard to find a website that would tell me what to feed him and what not to feed him now I know thanks.


anonymous 5 years ago

we just got guinea pigs so i was just looking to see what they eat no big deal


anonymous 5 years ago

AWESOME! thanks for the facts


gpigman 5 years ago

Awesome page! I am new to the cavy world and your information has helped to determine what to feed them. Also, do you recommend a regular vet or a vet for exotic animals? Which one are you more comfortable with? Thanks!


anonymous 5 years ago

thanks for info


anonymous 5 years ago

hi


anonymous 5 years ago

that was very helpfull. thanks so much


anonymous 5 years ago

that was very helpfull. thanks so much


anonymous 5 years ago

Thanks for the info. I recently bought a bag of G Pug food and it had lots of seeds in it. I was VERY reluctant to buy it but I did. I picked out ALL of the seeds first before I gave it to them. Boy am I glad I did!! It even had whole peanuts in it shell and all. The store was out of what I normally buy. Never again!! I feed my pigs the same diet every day, lettuce mixed with carrots, pellets, and timothy hay. My oldest pig is going on 9 years!! I love them with all my heart!!


anonymous 5 years ago

can a guinea pig eat elderberries and their stems?


anonymous 5 years ago

HI.I GOT A GUINEA PIG AND IT LOVES LEAVES.IT CHEWS ON THE STEM AND ITS SO CUTE!


anonymous 5 years ago

thanks. i going to get a guinea pig this year so i'll never feed it cookies!p.s my friend has a guinea pig so i love to feed her guinea pig fresh cold leaves.her guinea pig is very helthy and her guinea pig lived abuot 12 years!


anonymous 5 years ago

[in reply to tiffany wrote] wow!your friend's piggy lived a long time tiffany!!


anonymous 5 years ago

wow! my piggie is two years old,so it's kinda still nursing on it's mother.tiffany's friend sure kept her guinea helthy^-^. haha! my guinea is watching THE HOTIE AND THE NOTIE!


anonymous 5 years ago

HAHAHA!funny parris hilton! my guinea's watching THE HOT CHICK!


anonymous 5 years ago

ta my guinea pig is very cute and it eats lettuce so give it lettuce so it will be healthy


anonymous 5 years ago

Thankyou for the very useful information. I learnt alot from this and hope it will benefit my guinea pig.


anonymous 5 years ago

my guinea pig is not very active is there anything i can do to make him more active?


anonymous 5 years ago

ahhhhh ive been feeding my piggie sunflowers since like FOREVER!!! shes fine though, i havent noticed any problems. i did some online and book research and it seems like theres an even split between sunflower seeds being ok or not. i dont know what to think, but since i love my baby so much i guess ill just stop feeding them to her. thanks for the info!!!!

<3

hannah


anonymous 5 years ago

I thought you weren't supposed to give guinea pigs lettuce.


anonymous 5 years ago

i feed mine carrots they love them and they also love me.


anonymous 5 years ago

[in reply to hannah banana] feed them carrots and other things that do not! make them sick.Or he might be just old.


anonymous 5 years ago

[in reply to plinto] he might be sick


anonymous 5 years ago

i love my guinea pigs


anonymous 5 years ago

They love me feeding them cucumbers and i like it


anonymous 5 years ago

what kinds of stuff do you put in a guinea pigs cage for them to play with do they liked to be held a lot


anonymous 5 years ago

my guineapig died of eating rabbite food SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO NEVER FEED THEM RABBITE FOOOOOOOOOOOOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


anonymous 5 years ago

Um i just got mine like a month ago and i am feeding him beens i think he likes it!


anonymous 5 years ago

I have two guinea pigs so they usually play together, but i also added a few toys in their cage. But you should really have them out for ATLEAST an hour everyday, either holding or letting them run around, for a healthy little piggy!


anonymous 5 years ago

i have ten guinea pigs so i'm not lonely anymore. their names are,kamada,chiru,sutaki,mekoni,yorudo,kemiku,umadi,yuki,rumani,and kurui.their all girls so i don't get scatched by the boy guinea! my oldest guinea loooooooovvvvessss cucumbers! myu freinds are havung a funu timei.sorry,i don't know much enlish cuz i'm japanese....p.s i work at the pokemon center in japanu! ^-^ o.o' ~-~


anonymous 5 years ago

i have ten guinea pigs so i'm not lonely anymore. their names are,kamada,chiru,sutaki,mekoni,yorudo,kemiku,umadi,yuki,rumani,and kurui.their all girls so i don't get scatched by the boy guinea! my oldest guinea loooooooovvvvessss cucumbers! myu freinds are havung a funu timei.sorry,i don't know much enlish cuz i'm japanese....p.s i work at the pokemon center in japanu! ^-^ o.o' ~-~


anonymous 5 years ago

poop of giny is smiley


anonymous 5 years ago

hi its me again..

yesterday i put me and my sisters guinea pigs out side like we always do

when we when to check on them after 15 mintes my guinea pig wasent moveing when i touk him inside he was really weak after a half an hour he died :( we tried every thing giveing him water trying to get him to eat his favert foods nothing would work when we touk my sister guinea pig inside he was getting really sick hes made it though the hole day but today hes weaker then ever we cheakt for snak bites or brocken bones nothng

today hesmaking it though but hes really weak i was woundering if you knew anything to help him servive we cant go to the vet because we cannot afford it right now

from a sad:tia


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[in reply to tia] Hi Tia,

I'm so sorry to hear about your guinea pigs! That's awful. I wonder what could have happened. The only things I can think of is possibly if you're from somewhere very warm, your guinea pigs could have gotten heat stroke, or they may have eaten something poisonous while outside, like if your lawn had been fertilized or something. I'd really strongly urge you to get your guinea pig to the vet immediately, though. I know you said you can't afford it right now, but a general guinea pig exam is usually about $50, and if you can explain the situation to your vet, they may be able to let you do a payment plan where you don't have to pay everything at once. Please call your vet as soon as you can no matter what! They're very likely able to take your piggie in and help you with your money situation.


anonymous 5 years ago

hi i have a question for u i know that this is alittle off topic but i had a rabbit that was a dutch and my family and i put him out on our shaded porch for him to get some fresh air while we had a family get-together in our backyard now noone could get to him to feed him something bad cause my family were always in eye contact with him and he was in his cage later that night it was still like 73 degrees outside and earlier it was the same temp that night he looked kind of weird like he was sick and as the night progrested he got worse and worse until at 3:17am when he died i just wanna know how he died we still dont know till this day.....p.s, he died in august and we live in ohio!!!


anonymous 5 years ago

can they eat pears, raspberries, plums and nectarines?


anonymous 5 years ago

i don't like this place


anonymous 5 years ago

[in reply to stacey]

I've fed my guinea pig all three of those, and she loves them!!!


anonymous 5 years ago

can any1 help me?!?!!?


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southpaw23 5 years ago Hub Author

[in reply to rabbit and guinea pig lover] Hi, I'm sorry i wasn't able to reply to you sooner. I'm not a rabbit expert in the least, so unfortunately I can't know what happened to your rabbit. Also, since you didn't bring him to a vet, there's no way of knowing what happened. He may have gotten an impaction, a stroke, had cancer, it could have been any number of things. This is why it's important to ALWAYS bring your pet to the vet at the FIRST sign of illness. Do not wait. There are animal emergency clinics that are open 24/7. Also, please be sure to bring your pets to the vet for annual or even more often physical exams to ensure their health.

Please please please if anyone reading this page has a question about the state of their guinea pig's current health, do not ask here as we are not medical professionals in this thread. Please take your pet to the vet, and if you are unable to pay, bring the pet anyway.


anonymous 5 years ago

hi um my little bro fed our geni pig sum boiled pnuts so can they eat boiled pnuts if not wat do i do


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southpaw23 5 years ago Hub Author

[in reply to alex sims] Hi Alex, you shouldn't feed your guinea pig nuts or seeds. If your guinea pig is acting fine then I'd say not to worry. It's more in terms of a choking hazard since that happens to guinea pigs easily.


anonymous 4 years ago

Hi. I fed my guinea pigs iceburg lettuce!! Will that kill them?! And also, I let my guinea pigs out to eat some grass the other day and forgot that it had JUST been fertilized!!!! Will they die?!? Please reply ASAP!! Thank you!!!!


anonymous 4 years ago

Hi. I fed my guinea pigs iceburg lettuce!! Will that kill them?! And also, I let my guinea pigs out to eat some grass the other day and forgot that it had JUST been fertilized!!!! Will they die?!? Please reply ASAP!! Thank you!!!!


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southpaw23 4 years ago Hub Author

[in reply to Taylor] Hi Taylor,

No worries! I think your guinea pigs are probably going to be just fine if this happened a few days ago and they're still acting normally! Iceburg lettuce certainly won't kill them!! It's just not good to feed them a lot of it because it could give them diarrhea. If you're super worried about the fertilizer thing, just keep an eye on your piggies and make sure they're continuing to eat and drink their food normally. If you get really worried, you can always have them checked at the vet.

I think you're all set though! : )


anonymous 4 years ago

Thank you sooooooo much! If you don't mind me asking, how old are you? Cmpletley understand if you don't want to tell me! Just wondering!! Again, THANKS!!

[in reply to southpaw23]


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southpaw23 4 years ago Hub Author

[in reply to Taylor] Hi Taylor!

No worries! I'm 25. Was that what you expected? haha Thanks for commenting!


anonymous 4 years ago

[in reply to southpaw23]. Yes!! I'm 28! Married, have sextuplets actuley! Their 3 months old. I've always loved guinea pigs!! How about yourself?


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southpaw23 4 years ago Hub Author

[in reply to Taylor] Oh my goodness Taylor you have your hands full!! haha. I actually had never had a guinea pig until about 4 years ago when I got my sweet Gus in the picture up top, and a few months later, his 'brother' Max. I've been obsessed with them ever since!

My family always had a cat growing up and we never really branched out from that. When I got to college, I got a hamster, and then fell in love with Gus after seeing him online. He was at a local shelter and I adopted him on the spot, then read up all about guinea pigs and realized just how special and interesting they are, and how much unique care they require! I realized a lot of people don't know how to properly care for them, so I wanted to share a little of what I've learned to try to help more people have happy healthy guinea pigs. Hopefully it's helping!


anonymous 4 years ago

Oh yes it is helping!! Do you have any kids? [in reply to southpaw23]


anonymous 4 years ago

Are you there?!?[in reply to southpaw23]


anonymous 4 years ago

guniea pigs have a lot of no nos and i once fed russel a handful of ice burg lettuce. is he goin to die?


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southpaw23 4 years ago Hub Author

[in reply to Russelisdabest] Hi there,

If you take a peek at the most recent comments, you'll see my response regarding iceberg lettuce. Your guinea pig will not die because you gave him a handful, don't worry!


anonymous 4 years ago

Hi! I'm Bob111


anonymous 4 years ago

Hey! How have you been?


anonymous 4 years ago

do u have to feed them like every once in some hours or do we just leave the food right there?


anonymous 4 years ago

are guinea pigs affectionate?

for example like a cat or dog to its owner??


anonymous 4 years ago

[in reply to butterfly] yes .. veryy


anonymous 4 years ago

This was helpful, but one question. Why can't you put vitamin C drops in your piggie's water? I've done it ever since I've boughten mine, and they don't seem to care about it. I've looked at several websites and one said that its a good thing to put the drops in the water. I'm not sure what to think now. I was also worried about my piggies after they ate a pellet that had come out of their glutious maximus, and I thought they would become sick. Thank You I know now that they're OK. Thanks again,

Abigail


anonymous 4 years ago

[in reply to reina]

You feed your piggie in the morning, and in the evening.


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southpaw23 4 years ago Hub Author

[in reply to Abigail Lewis] Hi Abigail!

Not to worry. Putting vitamin C drops in your guinea pig's water won't typically harm your guinea pig, it may just be ineffective. Vitamin C is very sensitive to light and will 'expire' very quickly if not kept in the dark. It won't 'go bad', the vitamin will just go away, so even though there are drops in the water, by the time the guinea pig drinks it all, he or she may just not get that much of the vitamin.

Also, eating their own poop, while gross for us to think about, is actually a completely normal and essential part of guinea pig health! They have a double digestive system, meaning that they first create soft 'fecal pellets' that they hold in a sac in their rump and will eat them, and then the second time around, the harder more well-formed 'pellet' comes out. They will occasionally eat those as well, and it won't hurt them. You just might want to think twice if you kiss them on the mouth next time! haha


anonymous 4 years ago

[in reply to Abigail Lewis] Hi I'am just wondring is shredded paper or hay better?


anonymous 4 years ago

that helped alot


anonymous 4 years ago

I just got two guinea pigs and i feed them iceburg lettuce and i didnt know text me @ hannahsamoda@rocketmail.com


anonymous 4 years ago

oh no!!!!!!!!!! i gave my guinea pig ice berg lettucs!!!!!!!!:(


anonymous 4 years ago

wow this REALLY helped! i needed to know what my pigs could and couldn't eat veggie wise and i almost gave them cauliflower!


anonymous 4 years ago

my pigs ate ice berg lettos and thare just fine i was just wondering can you feed them potatoes email me

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anonymous 4 years ago

That Really Helped Alot ;} Thanks:) :) :} :]


anonymous 4 years ago

hi my name is april and my guinea pig foud beatroot an eat it , can guinea pig's have that or not ,will it make her ill please relpy a.s.a.p. or if any one know then plz plz reply to this


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southpaw23 4 years ago Hub Author

[in reply to April] Hi April! I don't think you need to worry. I just ran a quick google search on it because I actually wasn't sure, myself, and it looks like red beets are safe in a small quantity. I don't know that it'd be something you'd want to feed your piggie all the time, but it doesn't appear to be poisonous. If you're still worried and need official peace of mind, you can probably call a local vet and just ask over the phone. It shouldn't cost you anything and you won't need to bring your piggie in.

Hope this helps!


anonymous 4 years ago

my guinea pig,(we just got yeaterday.) isnt eating anything. its the right food, but shes just not eating. can you please help?? idk if its just thats shes getting used to it or what. plz plz plzz help!!!


anonymous 4 years ago

hi! i'm getting 2 piggies soon. i just wanted to say this was so helpful! thanks bunches!


anonymous 4 years ago

Give your guinea pig time to adjust to her new cage. My piggies did the same thing when I first got them. [in reply to chelsea]


anonymous 4 years ago

I love my piggies so much....I just wanted to say that!


anonymous 4 years ago

i have a rabbit and i want to get a little guinea pig for her so she don't get so lonely.but all the info you gave me is alot.

THANK YOU,SAVANNAH


anonymous 4 years ago

Does anyone have a more effecient method of daily poo pickup other than the plastic teaspoon?


anonymous 4 years ago

i got two guinea pigs and i want to know if you know any thing i could do with my pigs kinda like playing


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: i buy lodes of toys for them and when u take it away they chace it also give them something to be excited about like for christmas dont leve em out go pets at home they do christmas stockings :) ...by the way im billie no im not a boy im a girl


anonymous 4 years ago

this web site is so helpful and safe


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: what I do with mine is I bought a rodent playground at Wal Mart. THEY LOVE IT!!!


anonymous 4 years ago

my guinea pig is SO skiddish, what should I do?!?!?!?


pethound 4 years ago

Fabulous stuff Southpaw23! You are now on my favorite list.


anonymous 4 years ago

What happens if you feed them bread


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: Hold then and make them feel safe also give them food


anonymous 4 years ago

yay. This helps a lot. =)


anonymous 4 years ago

Can guniea pigs eat onions?


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southpaw23 4 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Joanna,

Thanks for your question! I think technically they can, but it's probably not the best thing to give them. I'd imagine it could be gassy, and onions can be really dangerous for other pets like cats and dogs, so I'd say it'd be best to focus on some of the other really tasty foods that guinea pigs love and that is really healthy for them like carrots, dark, leafy greens, and red or green bell peppers.


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: YOU SHOULD NOT FEED YOUR GUINEA PIG BREAD!

IF YOU LOOK IN THE SECTION ON WHAT YOU SHOULD NEVER FEED YOUR GUINEA PIG IT TELL'S YOU!


anonymous 4 years ago

thanx for this it has really helped but who feeds there guiea pig alchol,Ice cream and meat or fish?

xxxx


anonymous 4 years ago

Will your guinea pig most likely die if you are not contacted with a vet?


anonymous 4 years ago

Will your guinea pig most likely die if you are not contacted with a vet?


anonymous 4 years ago

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anonymous 4 years ago

wow!! that was very very imformative... thank you i got a lot of information i needed :))


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: this is for monkey..

like hamsters no they can not eat onions


anonymous 4 years ago

How much veggies should I feed my 3 month old guinea pig?


anonymous 4 years ago

now my guinea pig has sneezed 3 times in the last 20 minutes !!!!............is she sick now ?! I am scared shes only 3 months


anonymous 4 years ago

do you have to get 2 guinea pigs so they have company?


anonymous 4 years ago

i have one year old guinea pig and a baby guinea pig and the big one is hurting the baby guinea pig what should i do im scard of what i should do ???? HELP ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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southpaw23 4 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Rosey,

It sounds like your guinea pigs aren't getting along, likely because the 1 year old is having trouble needing to feel dominant over the baby. In situations like these, a baby guinea pig can get bitten or scratched, sometimes with serious consequences. I'd recommend separating them into two separate cages of adequate size as soon as possible, and possibly reintroducing them slowly in a very controlled, supervised environment. There are instructions for introducing guinea pigs to one another at this fantastic website that I used when I tried to get mine to get along: http://www.guinealynx.info/companionship.html there are links there that should help you.

ALWAYS introduce two guinea pigs on neutral territory. Never introduce a new guinea pig into a cage that a guinea pig has already been living in. It will cause territorial issues. If you're housing pigs together, try introducing them on a towel. Bathing them together can help, and if you can't use a new cage, cleaning a current cage thoroughly with a safe mixture of vinegar to water ratio can help eliminate previous odors.

it's been years and my guinea pigs still can't get along, so we house them in separate cages next to one another so they don't feel isolated but can't injure one another. If guinea pigs are determined not to get along with one another, they can honestly fight until one or both of them dies, so please take action immediately! Also be sure to bring both pigs to the vet to make sure no illness or disease is present that could be passed between them.


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southpaw23 4 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: while you're not required to, it's always better to have more than one guinea pig. I've been really sad that my guinea pigs don't agree with one another, because I got our second one as a companion to the first. I think they were too close in age, and I didn't know nearly as much about guinea pigs then as I do now!

If you don't have the financial resources or the space in the event that two cages are needed, though, it's always better to have one spoiled and happy guinea pig with lots of human attention than two miserable pigs that are stressing one another out, or injuring one another, or having to give one up at a shelter because you weren't prepared to take care of both separately. I'd say talk to your vet about your options and see if this sounds like something you'd like to do.


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southpaw23 4 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Kaitlyn. It may not be serious but you should definitely bring your guinea pig to the vet regardless. Guinea pigs are so delicate, especially in their respiratory systems, and at 3 months old, you can never be too careful. I'd call your vet right away.


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southpaw23 4 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Anna, well, all guinea pigs will die someday, sadly! But you should definitely have a vet lined up before you adopt one. Make sure the vet has experience treating guinea pigs. It'd be like you going through your whole life without having access to a doctor. You might be okay most of the time, but then when you really do get sick, you don't want to be frantically running around trying to find help.

It's essential to have a good vet nearby, for the sake of your pet's health and happiness.


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southpaw23 4 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Zoe,

haha I know isn't that weird? I'd think I wouldn't have to even mention it, but I have honestly had some people find this page in the search engines with queries like "can I feed my guinea pig ice cream". I figured I must have to include just about everything I could think of to make sure people weren't just assuming they could feed them that.


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: It might not mean there sick it could be the affect of her cage being in a area where a draft it caused , if she is eating and walking about she must be ok , keep her warm . But if she isnt eating or walking then you should consider the vets .


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: It might not mean there sick it could be the affect of her cage being in a area where a draft it caused , if she is eating and walking about she must be ok , keep her warm . But if she isnt eating or walking then you should consider the vets .


romansmomma 4 years ago

I have more of a question. I bought my kids a guinea pig for christmas we named him Roman and he is a true joy, however, the shop we bought him from told us his favorite treat is red cabbage! Just read above that it is a no no and am a little worried. What will this do to him? I will stop feeding it but I just put a handful in his house this morning...


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southpaw23 4 years ago Hub Author

@romansmomma: Hi Romans Momma!

So glad that you found this site and that you left your question! I've never tried feeding red cabbage to my little guys, but it's probably safe to say it's like the other cabbage family of veggies and should be given sparingly if at all. Cabbage isn't like instant death or anything (thank god, haha!) but I think generally cabbage-type foods cause gas, so it could make your piggie bloated or sore. a little tuft of romaine lettuce leaves with a baby carrot or a slice of red pepper is a great alternative. even a small piece of apple from time to time can be a special treat. broccoli is similar to cabbage, but if you give a small piece, they do love that too.

thanks again for your question and I hope I helped!


anonymous 4 years ago

Hi I was just wondering i have 2 guinea pigs and they fight and try to bite each other but scream if i pull them apart why do they do that?


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southpaw23 4 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Tara,

Not all guinea pigs get along with one another. If they are biting each other, then it's definitely appropriate to separate them. If they are squeaking loudly when you pull them apart, is this happening as you're separating them? Or have you placed them in separate cages and they appear lonely?

There are some helpful tips for dealing with guinea pigs that don't get along at guinealynx.com and there are some great forums there as well.

The most important thing is to consider the health and safety of your piggies. SO if they're injuring each other, it's best to separate, and maybe try a few techniques for bonding them before you give up and permanently separate them into different cages.


anonymous 4 years ago

We just got a guinea pig for christmas and I was reading your site today and seen that it said do not give them seeds or corn, but in the guinea pig food we bought it has sunflower seeds (shelled) and dryed corn. Will this hurt them? Also when you give them cucumbers do you need to get the seeds out?


anonymous 4 years ago

We just got a guinea pig for christmas and I was reading your site today and seen that it said do not give them seeds or corn, but in the guinea pig food we bought it has sunflower seeds (shelled) and dryed corn. Will this hurt them? Also when you give them cucumbers do you need to get the seeds out?


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southpaw23 4 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Sandi,

Great questions! I'm so glad that you found this site helpful. There are some commercial guinea pig pellets that have corn and seeds in the mix. I'm not sure how the companies get away with selling these (same with the big hamster balls marketed for guinea pigs - very dangerous for their backs!). They're just prone to choking on things like that, so seed shells and corn can be really difficult for a guinea pig to get down safely.

Thankfully, in addition to finding the Oxbow pellets online, they now carry that brand of pellets at PetSmart. PetCo used to I think, but doesn't anymore (at least near where I live), but if you go into PetSmart (and many small pet stores as well), look for the red bag of Oxbow 'Cavy Cuisine'. This is loaded with long-lasting vitamin C, natural hay, and none of the fatty seeds or tough corn.

I hope this helps! Oh! And you don't need to worry about the seeds in the cucumbers. They're soft and won't hurt your cavy one bit. Good luck with your new piggie and congrats!


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southpaw23 4 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Sandi,

Great questions! I'm so glad that you found this site helpful. There are some commercial guinea pig pellets that have corn and seeds in the mix. I'm not sure how the companies get away with selling these (same with the big hamster balls marketed for guinea pigs - very dangerous for their backs!). They're just prone to choking on things like that, so seed shells and corn can be really difficult for a guinea pig to get down safely.

Thankfully, in addition to finding the Oxbow pellets online, they now carry that brand of pellets at PetSmart. PetCo used to I think, but doesn't anymore (at least near where I live), but if you go into PetSmart (and many small pet stores as well), look for the red bag of Oxbow 'Cavy Cuisine'. This is loaded with long-lasting vitamin C, natural hay, and none of the fatty seeds or tough corn.

I hope this helps! Oh! And you don't need to worry about the seeds in the cucumbers. They're soft and won't hurt your cavy one bit. Good luck with your new piggie and congrats!


anonymous 4 years ago

hi i recently bought two guineapigs off a friend. When I got them he was using cat litter then woodshavings on top. Is the cat litter necessary? It just clumps top the bottom of the cage and when they are running about it is all coming to the top. What bedding would be best for them? Thanks


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southpaw23 4 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Nadine,

I'm so glad you commented! Guinea pigs' respiratory systems are incredibly sensitive, so I would imagine that cat litter would be very very dangerous for them. If you notice on cat litter, it says that it shouldn't be breathed in or handled by pregnant women and young children, etc. so it can't possibly be good for a poor little piggie!

There are a few GREAT, safe bedding options for you! One is aspen shavings that can be easily found at pet stores. It's important to choose aspen and not pine or cedar because the other two emit oils that can be harmful to guinea pigs' respiratory systems. Cover the bottom of the cage a few inches thick with that and it will catch droppings and urine, then once a week or more often, dump it out and replace with a fresh layer, scrubbing any spots as needed.

Another option is CareFresh bedding. It's more expensive, but softer and made from recycled paper pulp, very safe and comfy. That's also in major pet stores.

What we do with our guinea pigs is we lay down a few towels, then put a fleece blanket on top. The fleece wicks away moisture when they pee, pulling it through to the towels and keeping them dry. When it comes time to clean it, we shake the poop/hay out into a compost pile or into a trash bag and toss everything in the laundry to be washed and re-used. Definitely the cheapest and very soft and safe! I hope this helps.


anonymous 4 years ago

Hello:

I have 3 piggies and I give them a slice of red pepper daily. I was wondering how big of a piece they should get? I usually give them an inch square or so. Is that enough?


anonymous 4 years ago

Hi,

I've got two guinea pig babies, six weeks old. They absolutely adore carrots and dandelions (and eat as much as they can get!), like to chew a little bit of a tangerine, but ignore green peppers at all. In other sources I've read it's OK to give them cabbage. Why do you recommend to avoid it?


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southpaw23 4 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi John,

Thanks for your question! Cabbage won't kill your piggie if you give them a little piece, it's just a very gassy food, so if guinea pigs eat it, they can get stomach aches, gas, and will be uncomfortable. If you want to feed your piggies a green vegetable, I'd definitely recommend a leaf of dark romaine lettuce, or even a green bean or two. Romaine has more nutrients and won't cause gas the way cabbage and broccoli can.


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southpaw23 4 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Oops John I just replied to you but answered Alex's question! Sorry about that.

THat's a fine size to give them. Sometimes I'll give mine a bit more, but it should be fine. You could give them a couple pieces a day, or give them a piece of a few different kinds of veggies. If you notice any loose stools or anything, then you'll know they might have too much watery or leafy veggies.


anonymous 4 years ago

i just got a guinea pig and it loves fresh fruts and veggies.i always give my guinea pig timothy hay in the morning. i noticed a strange thing about her. she's been crying at night. if you might know what's wrong please tell me. she's been like this for 2 months.


anonymous 4 years ago

hi, my guinea pig loves to munch on carrots and lettuce. she's a baby so i take extra care of her. my other guinea pig is 2 years old and had 3 babies today. sadly she passed away of a strange resson. she was so young but dead now... she died on christmas day and everybody missed her...i solded her litters and kept snowy.the fawn girl guinea pig. so now i'm breeding snowy.


anonymous 4 years ago

hi, my guinea pig loves to munch on carrots and lettuce. she's a baby so i take extra care of her. my other guinea pig is 2 years old and had 3 babies today. sadly she passed away of a strange resson. she was so young but dead now... she died on christmas day and everybody missed her...i solded her litters and kept snowy.the fawn girl guinea pig. so now i'm breeding snowy.


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: If you mean her eyes are gummy, then she may have an allergy. If you mean she makes a strange noise during the night, she might have a bladder infection or stone. I have pigs who have had both. In either case, it is always best to take them to a vet.


anonymous 4 years ago

Hi,

I was just wondering, my guinea pig has been very lazy she has been in her house for most of the day today but anyother day she has sooooo much energy i was just wondering if i should be worried.


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: Maybe your guinea pig wants some attention or maybe she is hungry.

to the website: guineapigsclub.com for more helpful tips!

Hope this helps!!!!!!


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JenOfChicago LM 4 years ago

This is very comprehensive - I'm sending to a friend who just one a guinea pig.


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: if your very worried about her and you think shes sick, take her to the vet, but maybe she is lonely and wants another guinea pig friend. or maybe shes sick. if she has a friend guinea pig already, i suggest you take her to the vet.

i hope this helps you.


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: well it depends if you think she looks sick. is she acting very strange? i dont know how your guinea pig is, so i cant give you a 100% right answer, but I think she might just be tired or maybe she wasnt feeling very well that day. i dont think you should take her to the vet, but i think you should keep an eye on her just in case.

i hope this helps you :)


anonymous 4 years ago

ok their is a soft brown pointy thing coming right out the side if my guinea pigs side (its a boy) should i be worried?


anonymous 4 years ago

as awsome guinea pigs are they need a lot of care and TLC and be careful of what you give them i know i am!!!!!!!!!!!!


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: dont be worried its happened to me before and nothing is wrong about it dont panic


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: yes you should be worried what a stupid question! you should also see a vet or somthing


anonymous 4 years ago

one of the guys at petco told me that it was okay to feed them ferret food or rabbit food or something. but im still not very sure, whawt should i do ?!


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: Just be sure and feed them what you know they can eat :)


GuineaPigGuide 4 years ago

Very helpful information, especially the part about Vitamin C. It's so important.


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: probably not, if its causing your pig pain or is getting bigger go to your local vet to get it checked out.


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: well i have a guinea pig and rabbit so when my guinea pig runs out of food i feed him rabbit food and he likes it and hes very healthy if that helps


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: jade its not going to be happy


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: who is jade


anonymous 4 years ago

This really covered all of my questions thanks for everything but I have a question, where can you find the oxbow pellets and hay, do you have to buy online?And where will you get a cage from?Well you have really covered my questions about what to eat and what not to eat. I'm looking forward to see more information about cavys! :)


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southpaw23 4 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Alexis,

Thanks so much for the compliments! I'm so happy this was useful to you.

As for where to find the Oxbow pellets and hay, if you live in the States, PetSmart carries it (but PetCo doesn't), and it can also often be found at smaller independent pet stores. Your vet may also stock it depending on whether your vet treats guinea pigs.

If you can get to a PetSmart, I'd recommend going there, or you could call smaller stores to see. And you can also order them online. I believe I provided some links above if you're interested.

Thanks again!


anonymous 4 years ago

i was told by 4 vets 2 never feed them green beans that there deadly


anonymous 4 years ago

marlene i have a guinea pig name cinnamon the only timothy hay i can find is kaytee. is this a good hay or want and how would i no if he is sick or not. this is my baby i love this guinea pig. this information was very useful thinkyou pless wright back


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southpaw23 4 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi crystal,

Green beans are completely fine to feed your guinea pig. It's raw beans that can be deadly - like raw kidney beans, pinto beans, dried peas, etc. They pose a choking hazard and are also considered poisonous to guinea pigs. Green beans are not in the same type of family of vegetables/legumes that raw beans are.


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southpaw23 4 years ago Hub Author

@southpaw23: also, raw green beans are fine. I realized there might be confusion there with raw beans (like kidney beans) versus raw green beans.


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southpaw23 4 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi marlene - I've used kaytee hay for my piggies before but it's not nearly as good as the Oxbow hay, in my opinion anyway! It's a lot more 'straw-like' and stiff, not as aromatic or soft. The oxbow hay has a really nice fresh aroma and is less like straw.

Regarding your other question, guinea pigs are good at masking illness so it's not always super easy to tell if they're sick. A good approach to take is to monitor how much they're eating/drinking, and if you notice that they refuse to eat or drink or are drinking/eating much less, take them to a vet right away. Also be sure to schedule regular checkups at an exotic vet or vet that treats exotics. Other signs of illness can include weight loss, blood in urine, diarrhea, incessant scratching, discharge from the nose and eyes, head tilt, limping, etc. Hope this helps!


anonymous 4 years ago

Hi! I have 2 guinea pigs: one named Pop corn and one named Flower (my sister gave her that name). I want to thank you very very much, mostly for the part «What they can and cannot eat». I didn't know they could eat bananas! Anyway, Pop corn welcomes you for the tips!


anonymous 4 years ago

Tyvm for this info. im getting two g pigs in two weeks. this info is very useful. tyvm


anonymous 4 years ago

i loved the helpful information on this! i hope u can write more about g pigs! i have 1 g pig and didn't know they couldn,'t eat cheese! I AM SO GLAD I READ THIS !!!!!!!!!!!!!

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


anonymous 4 years ago

You can buy treats for your guinea pig/s, rabbits and any other pets along with items for yourself at our handmade (made from scratch) at www.DoodlesBakery.etsy.com

A portion of the proceeds go to St. Jude's Children's Hospital and a local no-kill animal rescue/shelter/emergency vet.


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southpaw23 4 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi there, thanks for leaving the link. Unfortunately, I don't see anything for guinea pigs or rabbits in your shop yet, but it takes awhile to get an Etsy shop up and running! I tried making homemade guinea pig treats once and they piggies wouldn't eat 'em! It's tricky to find a safe recipe for guinea pigs since you can't really use flour. But I hope your shop does well raising money for charity. Best of luck and thanks for visiting!


anonymous 4 years ago

orenges are very low in vitimin C and for humans it eats away the stomach lining


anonymous 4 years ago

is it possible to kill a pig with kindness? my kid obsesses with this thing. when i was a kid i had two pigs handed down to me from a relative, they weren't very well looked after and they lived to 9yo and 10 1/2 yo, so if he looks after this one well, how long can i expect it to live? i don't want it to outlive me.


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southpaw23 4 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Daemon's mum!

Well, I suppose if you hugged your guinea pig until it suffocated you could kill it with kindness, haha, but you know, guinea pigs live to be various ages. Yours really lived a long time! From the reading I've done and talking with my veterinarian, it seems that 5 is starting to get older for a guinea pig...and it's not unreasonable that they'd live to be 6 or 7 but that generally that's around when they start getting old. But of course things impact their lifespans like any diseases they may come down with, etc.

As long as a guinea pig is taken for regular checkups and monitored for signs of illness, you should be able to keep tabs on their health. 9 1/2 is a very long time for a guinea pig to live! So I wouldn't want to tell you to expect your guinea pigs to live that long, but it'd be even less likely for a piggie to live much older than that. Sadly, the cutest and sweetest pets have such short lives. I wish they lived much longer!


jaloney 4 years ago

I was just at the pet store and the food they carry for Guinea Pigs has corn and seeds in it. The workers there said they had never heard that you are not supposed to feed a Guinea Pig corn and seeds...Why would Companies make it if it was bad for them?


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southpaw23 4 years ago Hub Author

@jaloney: That's a question I ask myself too, jaloney! They also have the big 'hamster ball' things that say right on them they can be for guinea pigs, and that's dangerous to their spines! I'm not sure why they make the food with seeds/corn. Thankfully there are a few varieties that are just kibble, and the Oxbow has the nice vitamin C. One of my guinea pigs won't eat anything else haha. I've tried other brands and he turns his nose up!


anonymous 4 years ago

i loved it i am 9 but for my b-day i am going to buy a guinea pig thank you for your info

it helped my a lot

thank you!!!!!


anonymous 4 years ago

wow this helped alot ty so much i needed this i am putting together a care guide for a person who i am giving my guinea pig to [my guinea pig just had babies] and i dont want them to have to kepps asking me wat to do with marly [my boar guinea pig] i wish i had this site wen i first got my guinea pigs


anonymous 4 years ago

this is great info i will always check this coz im getting a new one and im saving lots of time to look and read all of the stuff u write thx again


anonymous 4 years ago

have u got a guinea pig coz if u do u would be a great owner knowing all this stuff lol


anonymous 4 years ago

this sight really helped me because I didn't know that pigs shouldn't eat some of the foods you had listed, but now that I know I won't feed that stuff anymore


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: i totaly agree never feed it that


anonymous 4 years ago

No offence, but a lot of that info is wrong! guinea pigs CAN eat califlour and cabbage, just not much red cabbage. Some food's claim to have long lasting vitamin C, because they do! Vitamin C is not broken down over time. The only thing that can break it down is HEAT. And I'm assuming you are not cooking your guinea pigs pellets.

I run a guinea pig rescue (The Guinea Garden) and the guinea pigs are fed Gerty Guinea pig and veg. Gerty guinea pig is a seed containing guinea pig food. Its not all the same boring size and shape and texture, and really theres no such thing as selective feeding if you give your guinea pig the right amount of food. Admittedly, seeds should be avoided if your guinea pig has a bladder ot kidney stone, or if it has cystitis. Guinea pigs should always be kept in groups.


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southpaw23 4 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Poppy,

Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, I'm worried you may have been mis-informed about vitamin C. It does break down when exposed to light, and this is why many of the commercially available guinea pig pellets that advertise vitamin C are actually much lower in concentration than when they were originally manufactured (though you are right in that some do have a more stabilized version of vitamin C. But not all packages that say 'long lasting' mean it. I have consulted veterinarians on this.) Sitting on a store shelf life for 6 weeks can degrade the vitamin C to very low levels, so that's why it's important to supplement with vitamin C-rich veggies like red pepper or a small bit of orange, if the piggie will eat it.

Further information about avoiding vitamin C deficiency and the shelf life of vitamin C can be found at one of the most trusted resources on the web for guinea pig care- guinea lynx: http://www.guinealynx.info/scurvy.html

Here's a small segment:

"Ascorbic acid content is affected by temperature, humidity, exposure to light and method of storage. In six weeks as much as half of the vitamin C available to a guinea pig provided by pellets can dissipate according to Harkness and Wagner. Standard pellets should be stored at less than 22 degrees C and used within 90 days of production.

Some pellets contain a stabilized vitamin C which will remain viable for much longer periods if properly stored. Check the freshness date on the package.

Do not add vitamin C to drinking water! Besides not knowing how much they're getting, when added to water exposed to air, half its strength will be lost in as little as a day. Heat, metal, mineral content (hard water), and chemicals, most notably chlorine, will also affect how long the vitamin C is viable."

It is possible for a guinea pig to eat cabbage and cauliflower, you're correct, but these foods do cause gas and there are more nutrient-rich foods available to feed guinea pigs that won't hurt their stomachs. If cabbage or cauliflower are the only option, a very small amount would be best.

Thank you for reading and I hope this lens has helped you at your guinea pig rescue!


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: hi mercedes how r ya


anonymous 4 years ago

Wow this might work but I hope she eats whats on the list


anonymous 4 years ago

My friend has a guinea pig named Harold. He's a red-eyed roan with a white cowlick. We made a funny video about him too. My friend Anna has two guineas named Squeaky and Cambria (i helped her named Cambria because she couldn't find a good name). Guffy, her old guinea, sadly passed away, so Cambria became Squeaky's new friend.


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: thx for telling me all this stuff cause ialmost feed my guinea pigs potato pelling. uve given me a lot of info thx a lot.


anonymous 4 years ago

@Eeyore: i gave my gp a bit of cherio he loved it but r u sure it is gd for gps i give it to hime once a week .

but thx for all the info.

lulu xx


anonymous 4 years ago

This is a great and usefull website!


anonymous 4 years ago

I am excited about giving my guinea pig some good fruits and veggtables!

She has been liking her carrots.

We feed her about 1-5 carrots a day.

does anyone know if that is too many carrots for one day?


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Airinka 4 years ago

It's amazing, that guinea pigs can eat red peppers!


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southpaw23 4 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Jo,

Our guinea pigs looove carrots too! I'm not certain on carrot usage, honestly. We will often give them 2-3 baby carrots a day, but I recently read that really only one a day is ideal. However, I did ask my veterinarian about this since I had read mixed messages on carrot consumption, and she said you can never feed too many.... perhaps it's good to err on the side of caution and limit to just 1-2 baby carrots a day if possible, just in case. Hope this helps!


anonymous 4 years ago

i left my pot stash next to my guinea pigs cage and he ate all of it is this good, bad, okay, or should i just put it out of its misery? idk i need advice


anonymous 4 years ago

@Airinka: what color pepper should i feed my Piggie (Osama) green, yellow, or red there are just too many wonderful colors of peppers.............


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: i eat oranges by the pound and does that mean that my stomach is completly gone and i feel like i have to take a massive shit every time i take a bit....


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southpaw23 4 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: If this is a true comment, you need to take your guinea pig to the vet immediately.


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southpaw23 4 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Red pepper has the most vitamin C but also has more sugar. Any color of sweet pepper (not hot pepper) is a tasty treat for a guinea pig!


anonymous 4 years ago

can piggies eat bamboo?


anonymous 4 years ago

@southpaw23: my guinea pet gets more help care then i do...


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: take it to the vet


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: red peppers are high in Vit C


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: all who has guinea pigs they are like a child...and alot of work ..read up well b4 getting a guinea pig


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: Ketelynn they eat orange, green, red peppers


anonymous 4 years ago

@southpaw23: my guinea pig ate a little bit of iceburg lettece will it harm him


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southpaw23 4 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Bethany,

Not to worry! Your guinea pig should be just fine. Iceburg lettuce isn't toxic to guinea pigs or anything, it's just not a good idea to give them a LOT of it, at the risk of them getting diarrhea.


anonymous 4 years ago

my guinea pig loves to eat bamboo leaves and watermelon is that bad for him??


anonymous 4 years ago

my guinea pig loves to eat bamboo leaves and watermelon is that bad for him??


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: wow thank you so much....you guys deffently know ur peppers


anonymous 4 years ago

I love your site. It tought me a lot to know about my two guinea pigs. But I wish you had a little bit more information about what they can and cannot eat. Are they allowed to have blackberries?


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GonnaFly 4 years ago from Australia

What! No cabbage or iceberg lettuce! Well there you go. Just as well I haven't got a guinea pig.


anonymous 4 years ago

i love guinea pigs there so cute the names are megan and milly i love yourwed site i learnt a lot about it can guinea pigs eat rasberrys ??????ilove guinea pigs do you from chloe wonnacott aged 10 ilove guinea pigs cute ones!!!!!!!!!!


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lasertek lm 4 years ago

Interesting! I didn't know there are so many that guinea pigs cannot eat. 5*


anonymous 4 years ago

i have just become the owner of two piggies and love them to death, i have been reading a lot about them and find this website the best. very informative about everything.


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: not only can they do that, it makes a great bong for your guinea pig and you to enjoy, believe me


anonymous 4 years ago

My guinea pig loves cabbage. My friend's mum used to be a vet and she said it's very good for them :) Also, my guinea pigs seems to like cooked chicken, which contains vitamin C, so is that still bad for him?


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: yes they are a vegatarian animal and should never be fed meat ever!!!


anonymous 4 years ago

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anonymous 4 years ago

I've recently bought two guinea pigs and i wanted to know more about what food give them and then i found this website, its utterly great. I didn't know that they were allowed peppers and also that red peppers have high vitiman C. I love this website and might use it often.


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: me too and it gave them diahorrea


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: they get dihorrea (toilet poop)


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: sometimes they live up to 6 years.


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: EBAY.COM


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: you can give them a tiny spot of ribena.


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: u cant feed them CABBAGE!!!!!!!!


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: orange peppers


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: Hi Ashley,

its best if you buy a pet dish or bowl from your local pet shop. I here that southpaw is good at answers she would be a great Agony Aunt dont u think. Sophie


anonymous 4 years ago

i love guinea pigs . it's cools (http://pastryblendersale.co.cc/)


anonymous 4 years ago

my two was died it had some meat for 10 years


anonymous 4 years ago

Guinea pigs can eat cabbage!! Ive had about 6 of them all living for atleast 4 years and they had cabbage everyday its their favourite! Also, lettuce gives them stomach ache and cucumber does the same when too much is given. Apples are very acidic so should also be given in small amounts.


anonymous 4 years ago

i love my guinea pig (bella) i got her a pak of food, it has sunflower seeds in it and you said it was bad for them. But on the back of the bag it says sunflower seeds are good for them and another web sight says the same and im confused is it or is it not good for them? i want only the best for my little bella.


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southpaw23 4 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Darcy,

Thank you so much for your comment! You know, I am not a vet so I have put together this page based on the information I've collected over the years, and my own experience. A lot of the feed bags at the stores have nuts and seeds, corn, etc. The seed debate centers mostly around choking hazard, from what I've gathered. And also nuts and seeds have extra fats/oils that aren't essential to a guinea pig's diet. When I came across Oxbow brand stuff, I really liked how it smelled and that it didn't have the seeds, and it's the kind the vets that I've taken our piggies to have stocked on the shelves. So I have always assumed it's the best for them (that and our guinea pig Max will now turn his nose up at any other brand but! he's got gourmet taste, apparently, haha.) It sounds like you really care about your piggie and so I"d say maybe if you want a more definite answer, check with your veterinarian. I just know for us, we were always told that the seeds were not a good thing.

Best of luck to you and your sweet Bella!


anonymous 4 years ago

I LIKE MY GUINEA PIGS I HAVE TWO OF THE A MALE AND FEMALE THEY ARE BARELY HEALTHY SINCE I GOT THEM FROM A BAD HOME WHERE THEY ALMOST NEVER FED THEM


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: My guinea pig is 4 years old and use to have the sunflower seeds a lot ... but about 5 months ago we had an issue. He got his top teeth stuck THROUGH the sunflower seed and the poor guy was so stressed and scared while we tried to get it off. Now I pick out all of the sunflower seeds.

When I went to the vet I mentioned that Elvis was getting 5 carrots a day (which is good for them and they treat it as a treat) they suggest giving little treats of watermelon! Its sooo funny watching him go after the stuff.

One side note that no one told me till recently: Guinea pigs have no sweat glands, try to keep them in normal tempatures. Do NOT wash them yourselves. That is what my vet told me because they get so stressed out with the water shock they can have a heart attack (that was enough to scare me) so for a small fee she does it for me, still scares him but not enough to hurt him.


anonymous 4 years ago

hi ive had guinea pigs all of my life they are the furriest and most loveable you can dearly love. i have 12 and have just had the tiny pitter patter of paws two beutifull little babies

youve ever seen. i have just read that red yellow and green bell peppers are ok so i have just tried some there not quiet sure yet.it is high in vitc i never knew so thankyou im glad i found your comments.


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: oh LESLIE660 that is sooo sad!:( my guinea pig almost died and no one cared but the fatty that was inside her, now she is big, fat and healthy! i have 3 i would've had 4 but one of my best friends killed it :( i was sooo sad!!


anonymous 4 years ago

i just got a new guinea pig. i am so excited and i didnt now whats was good for it. so i am glad i found this. thank u and wondering is peanuts good for them???? THANK U !!!!!!!


anonymous 4 years ago

i got my guinea pig on the 7 of june before my birthday lol and his name is nibbles hes been eating alot and is fat and chuby


anonymous 4 years ago

thanks alot because i didnt know what kind of food to feed my guinea pig(co-co) but i call her mama because she had three babies


anonymous 4 years ago

You what what makes my G.P better than all yours?She crossed the bodder from Las Vages with no papers.Lol & now she is in Cali!WhootWhoot.((:His name is MISSYYY and He's a cross dresser because when they bought her they were told she was a girl but turned out to be a BOY!hahah


anonymous 4 years ago

I have just read that grapes cannot be given to guinea pigs as they can cause kidney failure.


anonymous 4 years ago

I have learnt alot from the information above and I found out that you cannot give your guineapig ice berg lettuce


anonymous 4 years ago

can guinea pigs eat rasberrys


anonymous 4 years ago

I have 3 guinea pigs (snickers,Almondjoy,& Milkyway) They love fruits,an injoy veggies...

I give them oranges for vitamin C an it always makes them popcorn...(means happy).....i put a lil pin up in my back yard or at the park so they can play in the grass...i also let them swim in my tub for excersise....they are super healthy an chunky cuz they love eating...thanks for the advice


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SafeCard LM 4 years ago

Some of the bad foods were pretty common sense but I had no idea you couldn't give them rhubarb. Probably a good thing I read this than, thank you for the helpful lens.


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: hi star how old is ur guinea pig do u have two


anonymous 4 years ago

Hi,

me and my Brother have 1 guinea pigs each,

My guinea pigs name is Alven,Simon,Therdor and thats his whole name.

My Brothers guinea pigs name is Shadow Tank he calls him Mr'T for short,

My Brother is coo coo!!!!!

My Brother can't think what to name it as.

My one is called that because he looks like Alven.

My Brothers is called that because he looks lik a fully bomb


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: I have two!!!!!


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: dyqd4f


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: nope


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: its a fruit isnt it


anonymous 4 years ago

can they eat popcorn


anonymous 4 years ago

wat about sour stuff she loves sour skittes but i dont give her the skittle is that bad and i have a girl her name is lucy do guinea pigs and gerbils get a long


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: if they swim in your bath tub they can get very sick


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: it is not okay


anonymous 4 years ago

this has nothing 2 do with guinea pigs but i put my rabbit cuddles in a cage outside and a dog came up and gave him a heart attack, he died. ]; ]: ]: ]: ]:


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: Reely?î¤


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: I hav a gp namd Wally


anonymous 4 years ago

i dont have a guinea pig yet but i need to know how do i cleane them i dannt know anything about them...........


anonymous 4 years ago

This has been really helpful. We have just got 3 Himalayan Guinea pigs and now we can look after them safely


anonymous 4 years ago

i wentthrew 1 list its a amazin to see ppl take care of theese crites!!!!


anonymous 4 years ago

I'm looking after 4 very cute Guinea pigs, i have found this page really helpful ... i'm going to buy 2 Guinea pigs cause when they go home i'm going to miss the talking they do :)


anonymous 4 years ago

Thanks for the help just got a Guinea Pig from a friend i found most help on the part about what they can and can't eat.


anonymous 4 years ago

My pig Luvs ham


anonymous 4 years ago

I feed my guinie pig horse feed with no guinie pig pelits in it. Will this make it sick.


anonymous 4 years ago

is celery okay to feed them? my pig always eats it! is this okay?


anonymous 4 years ago

is celery okay to feed them? my pig always eats it! is this okay?


anonymous 4 years ago

Thanks for the advice. It really helped us out !! : )


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: Celery is okay ONLY if you cut it into small pieces. They can choke on the stringy part.


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: Horses and Guineas have a totally different digestive system. I suggest you not feed any more horse feed and stick with pellets just for guineas. Don't forget the veggies and timothy hay. Fresh water at all times too!


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: Horses and Guineas have a totally different digestive system. I suggest you not feed any more horse feed and stick with pellets just for guineas. Don't forget the veggies and timothy hay. Fresh water at all times too!


anonymous 4 years ago

this helped me alot this is a good website

can they eat tomato cause i have given mine tomato???


anonymous 4 years ago

this is a great amount of information. Can I give mine cherries if I cut & remove the pit?


anonymous 4 years ago

I have a question? Is everything you wrote all the things Guinea pigs can eat or are there more? And also, thanks for posting this it is REALLY really helpful to me!


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southpaw23 4 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Indu,

I'm so glad this is helpful to you! The list I've posted definitely isn't completely comprehensive. There are other foods guinea pigs can and can't eat, but I'm not always 100% sure on all of them. So I'd say if there's something you're thinking of feeding your piggie but you're not sure, a quick call to an exotic vet or animal hospital should clear it up for you right away. You may be able to find other online resources as well. Thanks again! : )


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southpaw23 4 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Keri,

I wasn't sure about cherries when I got your question, but I've looked online and it looks like you can feed sliced, pit-less cherries to your piggie (just not the maraschino ones that come in a jar since they're soaked in sugary syrup.) Hope this helps!


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southpaw23 4 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Liz! I'm so glad this has helped you. Guinea pigs can eat a small amount of tomato. It's pretty watery so you don't want to give them a ton of it (and it does have seeds), but even things like little cherry tomatoes are okay in moderation. Just remember not to give them any leaves from the tomato plant because I believe those are poisonous to them.


anonymous 4 years ago

yes. very useful and helpful :)


anonymous 4 years ago

That was very helpful..but I do have a Question, I feed my guinea pig a rabbit and guinea pig food, i noticed that you said dont give guinea pigs seeds, well there is some seeds in that food I was just wondering would that still be ok to feed to my guinea pig?


anonymous 4 years ago

That was very helpful..but I do have a Question, I feed my guinea pig a rabbit and guinea pig food, i noticed that you said dont give guinea pigs seeds, well there is some seeds in that food I was just wondering would that still be ok to feed to my guinea pig?


anonymous 4 years ago

Very helpful! I have a bird now and she LOVES sunflower seeds but I didn't know if my piggie could. Obviously after reading this I know he can't!!!


anonymous 4 years ago

very helpful as i am a new guinea pig owner!


anonymous 4 years ago

Very Good. It helps alot! GREAT!


anonymous 4 years ago

I started feeding my guinea pigs corn......would they get sick....and is it okay if i keep feeding it to them?


anonymous 4 years ago

hi my names tylor and I would like to know if guinea pigs are posted to squeak the whole time when u bring it out? I am asking this because my mother bought me a guinea pignot even a year ago and all he does is squeak and squeak when I bring him out and hold him but sometimes he stop because he hears my family or the cat playing with his toy out in the kitchen and i think he does this because hes afraid....... Is this normal? but he doesn't squeak in his cage only if he hears me feeding him, or messing with a plastic bag. ( the plastic bag sounds like im giving him food or kale) (thats what my mom says) but today is all about buddy im cleaning his cage like i always do once a week....and well im VERY scared thats somethings wrong with him because i had the hamster that squeak a lot it was so cute but then he died :( and the whole time he was crying out for help. and i don't know if buddys doing that.....PLEASE HELP :) THANK U FOR READING i know i talk a lot :).......... i <3 animals HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY :D


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: Hi Taylor,

I recently (2 weeks ago) adopted 2 guinea pigs, so have been doing some research on them for a few weeks now... Hence me looking at this site.

Anyways, I'm no expert on guinea pigs, but do know that they make a variety of noises, each with its own meaning - sometimes the same noise but with different body language / scenario can mean a different thing. I happen to read up on their noses just a few days ago, and found this site to be rather informative: http://jackiesguineapiggies.com/guineapigsounds.ht... It gives descriptions of their different noises, and even has some audio clips. Hopefully there you will be able to match your piggies noises to one of the descriptions.

If you are still unsure, you could always ask a vet / bring your piggy to a vet.

Good luck


anonymous 4 years ago

Ty so much oliver :) u are the best :D ty i raised hamsters so many of them....my 1st hamster and 3rd one had babies and im a hamster person but now i am going to be a guinea pig I hope :) ty so much u good luck with u and ur two guinea pigs :)


anonymous 4 years ago

why can't they eat cauliflower?


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southpaw23 4 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi jodie,

Good question! It's not that they can't eat it at all, but it's in the same family as cabbage. It's a gassy veggie, so it's best to use it very sparingly, if at all. With other great treats like romaine lettuce, carrots, and bell peppers, it's easy to find some yummy treats for your piggies that won't make them gassy or uncomfortable.

That said, if you have cauliflower in the house and really want to feed your guinea pig a piece, just make sure it's very small and that it's not very often. Just like people, some piggies have more sensitive systems than others. Hope this helps!


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southpaw23 4 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Aw thank you so much for helping out with the question Oliver! I don't always see every question right away and I was so excited to see that someone chimed in! It's like a little guinea pig community on here :)


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southpaw23 4 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Guinea Pig Lover,

Corn, while tasty to us and probably tasty to guinea pigs too, is a bit rough on their stomachs. They do need the roughage of hay to move things along, but corn can be difficult to digest, particularly if it's dried in a food mix. Then it kind of poses more of a choking hazard. If it's cooked corn, they probably won't get sick, but corn doesn't tend to offer many nutrients.

Hope this helps!


anonymous 4 years ago

if guinea pigs eat hamster food will they get sick or die?


anonymous 4 years ago

if guinea pigs eat hamster food will they get sick or possibly die?


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southpaw23 4 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi JT,

I'm not completely sure of the repercussions if you feed your guinea pig hamster food. But what I do know is that hamster food is crafted with a very different nutritional balance than guinea pig food. Even though guinea pigs and hamsters are both rodents and can eat similar vegetation, the manufactured pellets and food mixes are very different. Most often, hamster food has lots of nuts, seeds, corn, etc which hamsters love to munch on and store in their cheek pouches for later.

Guinea pigs unfortunately aren't as adept at managing seeds and are liable to choke, and the fats contained in seeds and nuts are unnecessary to a piggie's diet.

So I'd say if you've been feeding your guinea pig hamster food, find a high quality guinea pig kibble like Oxbow Cavy Cuisine and mix some in gradually until completely converting to guinea pig food. If you do it suddenly, your guinea pig could feel sick from such an abrupt food change.

As always, contacting your vet would be the best thing to start with and take it from there. I hope this helps!


anonymous 4 years ago

@southpaw23: us it if guinea pigs eat cardboard?


anonymous 4 years ago

Can they eat tamatoes???


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southpaw23 4 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Az,

Thanks for your question! Guinea pigs can have tomatoes, just as long as they don't have too much since tomatoes are fairly watery and sugary. I've seen piggies eat little cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes and that's a fun occasional treat.


anonymous 4 years ago

You guys help me alot... but somone please.... Please... PLEASE SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME WHAT KIND OF RUGULAR FOOD DO THEY EAT!!!


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southpaw23 4 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Karen,

I'm so glad you find it helpful! I'm not sure I understand your question. In terms of regular food, do you mean like kibble? I feed mine Oxbow Cavy Cuisine, which they gobble right up. It has long-lasting vitamin C. I've also used Kaytee...i'm not sure what kind it was. Supreme? Select? Something that didn't have corn or seeds in it. And there is another type I sometimes scoop at the small petstore if I'm not able to get to the bigger store to get the Oxbow. I don't know what brand it is, unfortunately.

So if you meant kibble type food, there are several options! Just make sure you buy guinea pig food labeled specifically for guineas, not rabbits, hamsters or rats.

As far as other regular food like people food, this lens should address that question for you. If you meant regular food like hamburgers or cookies, those are definite no nos! hehe But hopefully this will help. Thanks again for stopping by!


anonymous 4 years ago

You can feed guinea pigs cabbage I feed mine cabbage all the time in the winter and they love it their favourite is spring greens and curly kale


JessicaSilke-Keast 4 years ago

we were given a giunea pig a few months ago with out really knowing anything about them. She seems to like every thing we have given her but she poops ALOT how much is normal? Also how much should she eat every day? Maybe we are feeding her to much?! thanks so much this page has been so helpful

Jess


anonymous 4 years ago

I have a guinea pig can they eat celery?


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southpaw23 4 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Zoe,

Celery can be tricky. Guinea pigs will gladly eat it, you just have to be really careful to cut it into very thin slices across the grain. Celery tends to be really stringy and fibrous, and if you give them a large slice, there's a risk of choking on it. Also since it is so watery and fibrous, a little tends to go a long way. Too much and they could get an upset tummy. I don't usually feed mine celery. That said, if you wanted to offer yours a small piece here and there, it should be okay. More of a treat than a staple in their daily diet, I'd say. I hope this helps!


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southpaw23 4 years ago Hub Author

@JessicaSilke-Keast: Hi Jessica! Congratulations on your new piggie!

Not to worry. Guinea pigs poop A LOT. haha it's almost alarming how much they poop. That's one of the things they do best, along with eating, sleeping, and being cute. I think my Oxbow kibble bag says 1/8 cup of kibble is enough per day for a guinea pig, but I like to give mine a handful in the morning and a handful in the evening, usually. Some piggies will pick at it in their bowls at their leisure like our pig Max. Others chow down and always finish it all like the two girls we have. So I'd say feed hay plentifully and freely, and give a couple handfuls of kibble per day with some fresh veggies and you should be fine. If you notice your guinea pig getting too fat (they are a bit chubby by nature and my vet has said it's expected that they're a bit fat) a little extra floor time and a little less kibble should do the trick. Best of luck with your piggie and please feel free to contact me with any further questions! : )


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RhondaAlbom 4 years ago from New Zealand Level 2 Commenter

Awesome lists of really useful information. Our guinea pig died a few months from old age. I was pleased to see that our research showed the same foods, but it was a lot of work to find it all. Too bad we didn't have this clear concise page. Thanks for putting it together.


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hlkljgk 4 years ago from Western Mass

good to know. :)


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southpaw23 4 years ago Hub Author

@RhondaAlbom: Oh I'm so sorry to hear about your guinea pig, Pukeko. But it sounds like if old age was the cause, that piggie must have had a long and happy life with you. It is so awful to go through the death of a pet, even if it truly is their 'time'. I'm still recovering from the loss of my sweet Gus who passed in June. His picture is the one up at the top of the page. What a sweetie he was. That's one bad thing about guinea pigs: they don't live as long as we all wish they could! Thanks so much for your comment. :)


anonymous 3 years ago

Hello i read your thing about guinea pigs it was great and i have a guinea pig and you said that the yogurt drops were not good for them and i just bought some is it ok if i feed them to my guinea pig or will they hurt her?


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: hi r u zoe gratton


anonymous 3 years ago

Hi, Thanks for the information it is good to know I'm doing the right thing for my guinea pigs :) I just have one question which I don't think has been answered in the comments... In the article you said that the seeds from bell peppers should be removed because they are spicy... Is that the only reason? I have been feeding my guinea pigs these for a few months now and it seems to be one of their favourite foods! I also volunteer at a guinea pig shelter and have been recommending it (woops). So I just need to verify because I can't find a straight answer on the internet. Do you recommend removing them simply because they are a little spicy and might burn the guineas tongue/mouth? Or does the spiciness cause digestion problems? Thanks so much :)


anonymous 3 years ago

Hello its me kaylan again i comited on oct 1 and i realy need you to reply back cause i need to know if i can give my guinea pig the yogurt chips cause i am afraid to just give them to her i take your advice


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Kaylan,

So sorry I didn't get back to you yet! I have seen mixed reviews about the yogurt chips. Generally, I've found that it's probably not the best idea to give your guinea pigs dairy. I have seen the chips in the stores but have never purchased them myself.

I'd say if you're concerned, the best thing to do would be to give a quick call to your veterinarian to check. When in doubt, you can always give your piggies a yummy treat of a small wedge of apple or slice of banana, strawberry or another sweet treat in small amounts, or some fresh veggies!

Good luck and feel free to ask anything you like. I don't always know all the answers but I will do my best to help!


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Bailey,

Thanks so much for your comment! I had gathered that the capsaicin in peppers which is in the membrane around the seeds can be spicy, but I'm looking into it right now and it looks like bell peppers are the only peppers that don't have it. I'm sorry! I think I misled with the information here. I thought all pepper seeds were bad, but it's looking like perhaps the bell pepper ones aren't as big of a deal.

I suppose in general it's best to remove the seeds from a choking standpoint, though pepper seeds are pretty small and flexible. The flesh of the pepper is the best thing for them.

Thank you for calling my attention to this. My guinea pigs absolutely love bell peppers too I just always scrape out the seeds. But it looks like if they get the stray seed it should be okay. The peppers themselves definitely are safe and really beneficial for them. Particularly the red ones since they're loaded with vitamin C.

I hope this helps!


anonymous 3 years ago

@southpaw23: ok thanks so much i was so worried because i had two guinea pigs and one died on thursday so i want to make sure i do the right thing for the ether one. And one more thing i needed to ask was if the mixed guinea pig food is good for a guinea pig or is it best if i feed my guinea piggie just the plain pellets cause i herd mixed guinea pig food was not good for them i want to take your advice thanks


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: I've found that the pellets alone rather than the mixes are best. Things like corn and seeds are not only unnecessary for their diet, but can pose as choking hazards.

I'm so sorry to hear about your recently lost piggie. I hope the one you have is doing well!


anonymous 3 years ago

@southpaw23: thanks my ether guinea piggie is doing good and i wanted to also know is how can you tell your guinea pigs age cause i got my guinea pig a year ago and the people dident know how old my guinea pig is???


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Kaylan!

You know, I'm not sure. I don't know if there's a surefire way to tell, honestly. That would be a great question for your vet!


anonymous 3 years ago

Just curious; I had a friend ask about "mung beans" or bean sprouts. Are these safe for cavies? I've read a lot of cavy diet guidelines, but never read anything that mentions this food...new one to me. Thanks!


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Miskaffon,

Thanks so much for your question! I'm honestly not sure about bean sprouts or mung beans. I haven't fed them to my guinea pigs before, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're bad. I would call an exotic veterinarian and ask to get the answer before trying it. Sorry I couldn't be of more help!


anonymous 3 years ago

oreo and i were wondering that oreo ate iceberg lettuce and hes fine but you said i was harmful is it


anonymous 3 years ago

hello i just wanted to know if i put a baby guinea pig in with mine or would it be a problem and i am not trying too put a baby baby guinea pig with mine but you know like one year old small


anonymous 3 years ago

do guinea pigs need hay in there deit


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Hello, Kaitlyn and oreo the guinea pig

Yes guinea pigs do need hay in there diet because it helps them digest their food better and is very healthy for your piggie.


anonymous 3 years ago

thank you renee!


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Kaylan! Introducing a piggie to another is a unique situation for each pig. Generally, introducing a baby to an older guinea pig is a safer bet than introducing two young guinea pigs to each other if they're both male. If you put two together and they're opposite genders, just make sure that your male is neutered first. I've had mixed results pairing my guinea pigs but if you'd like some instructions and information on it, this is a WONDERFUL webpage that will guide you through the process! http://www.cavyspirit.com/sociallife.htm


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Kaitlyn!

No worries. if a guinea pig eats some iceberg lettuce it's not like it's poisonous at all. It just tends to be a bit fibrous and watery without much nutritional value. If a piggie eats a lot of it, it has the potential to give the piggie diarrhea. But I would say just use it sparingly and be sure to have plenty of hay/kibble/other veggies around and it should be fine. Just on the list it's one of the less nutritious and potentially problematic veggies and there are a bunch of others that would be a bit better. I hope this helps you!


anonymous 3 years ago

@southpaw23: thanks so so much!


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: yourwelcome


dodgeracer4 3 years ago

thank you i am now a member me and Oreo!!!


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Hiya renee my names maggie if it dont show up.

I'm a lover of my pets I have a small viarity of pets 2 ginipigs "females pregnant 4 ferrets 2 male & and 2 female 6 smallish baby mice that me & my dad fed by hand from 7 days old there mother died 1 hamster thats getting quite old now 1 rabbet called minstral. I'm blabbing on arnt i sorry.

The main reson is also hay is good for the ginipigs teeth it grinds them down so they don't over grow.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: thank for leting me know


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: thank for leting me know


dodgeracer4 3 years ago

i was kaitlyn and oreo the guinea pig but now im dodgeracer4


dodgeracer4 3 years ago

i was kaitlyn and oreo the guinea pig but now im dodgeracer4


anonymous 3 years ago

Hello, Maggie i am not that sure on that question but i am going to say it dosent because the hay is a good chewing material to discourage hairballs, and as a nesting material it can also help them digest their food better and it should be fed to you piggies, rabbit ,and your other small animals daily. oh and this is renea i misspelled my name with two e cause i pressed the wrong button


dodgeracer4 3 years ago

can guinea pigs eat onions


dodgeracer4 3 years ago

I just had a mouth opration and i think my guinea pig Oreo knows it what do you think


anonymous 3 years ago

Is is ok to give your guinea pig a garlic if you cook it a little so it is not so spicy???


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Kaylan,

I'm not sure, honestly. I don't think it's poisonous or anything, but with so many other beneficial veggies to feed them, I'd say it may be a good idea to hold off until you can ask a vet about it. I'd hate to tell you "sure, go ahead!" and then have your piggie get sick.


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@dodgeracer4: haha hm I'm not sure kaitlyn! Guinea pigs are a lot more in tune than people think. Maybe your guinea pig knows you have been recovering and is feeling extra snuggly to try to help you feel better!


anonymous 3 years ago

can you give your guiniea piggie a piece of onion


anonymous 3 years ago

about the pellets, does the same sort of thing apply to pellets that are marked for guinea pigs, "hamsters, gerbils, rabbits and other small animals"? should it be labeled as just for guinea pigs? thanks!


anonymous 3 years ago

@southpaw23: am a newbe on guinea pigs. the things i read help a lot. my question to southpaw23 or who knows, can you give guinea pigs raisens? THANKS


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Hi Lauren,

It should be labeled just fo guinea pig and should be just the plain pellets because the pellets that have mixed nuts in it could cause your guinea pig to choke. :D


anonymous 3 years ago

Can you feed your guinea pig lettuce everyday? I get the head of lettuce, the green one :) Also my piggie doesn't like carrots, what is the next best thing?


anonymous 3 years ago

@southpaw23: Aww, Piggies are so sweet.


anonymous 3 years ago

@southpaw23: Aww, Piggies are so sweet.


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Morgan! You can definitely feed your piggie lettuce everyday. You'll want to make sure it's nice and dark green and fresh, and if your piggie gets any loose stools then you'll know you've been giving him or her a little too much. But they love it. If your piggie doesn't like carrots, that's okay. Some piggies are more picky than others. You could try a slice of red or green bell pepper and see!


anonymous 3 years ago

I just bought my guinea pig, Noodlez, yesterday! He LOVES carrots and cucumbers! But he's not a fan of lettuce :( Would carrots and cucumbers be good for him? How much is too much of vegetables? I mean, he should be eating his regular guinea pig food too, right? And what to do if he doesn't like red peppers? Since those are high in vitamin C?


anonymous 3 years ago

is it okay for my piggie to eat the colored pellets? she doesn't like the brown ones.


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi there,

I'm not sure what you mean by the colored pellets. If you're referring to the bags that have seeds and nuts and corn, etc, that's not a good idea to feed those to your guinea pig. Have you tried the Oxbow brand? It's really flavorful and smells good compared to some of the other brands like kaytee, etc. They carry it at my vet's office as well as PetSmart and one of our guinea pigs won't eat any other pellets but that kind. So I'd say try a few different brands of the plain pellets and see if your piggie takes to one of them.


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Shinee! What a cute name for your guinea pig! Carrots and cucumbers are perfectly fine for your guinea pig. Cucumbers are pretty watery so I'd limit that to a small slice here and there. Carrots are also good to just have one or two baby carrots I think. But yes, regular guinea pig food and lots of timothy hay in conjunction with the vegetables will give him a nice balanced diet. If he doesn't like red peppers, that's okay. Green peppers are still good, and if you can get him to eat a little bit of orange that has lots of vitamin c. But just offer a small piece. Hope this helps!


anonymous 3 years ago

@southpaw23: I've been feeding him about three slices of cucumber, six baby carrots throughout the day, not all at once, of course, is that too much? And he does seem to like the red pepper, so it's a good thing :)!

I know this page is about food for guinea pigs, but do you have any advice on how to get Noodlez to become used to me? It seems like he'll eat out of my hand sometimes but most of the time he doesn't and always seems to run away whenever my hand comes near him.

And thank you for your reply! :)


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi again, Shinee!

You may want to feed a couple less baby carrots, but I don't think it's going to hurt your piggie. I've read mixed things on 'too much carrots', but we feed ours at least a few carrot chips or a couple baby carrots a day and they've always been fine.

As for helping Noodlez get used to you, it just sort of takes time and patience. Guinea pigs are very sweet by nature, and also get easily startled. Just don't feel discouraged if your guinea pig runs when you try to touch him. We've had one of our guinea pigs for going on 6 years and he still runs around his cage if we try to touch him, but once we corner him and scoop him up, he's happy as can be in our laps.

Just speak softly to him and pet him gently, and try to spend some time holding him each day so he gets used to being touched/held, talked to and comforted. He should be happy to sit in your lap with you in no time! It's fun to bring over a slice of pepper or lettuce leaf, too, so while your piggie is in your arms, you can feed him a little snack. I think this probably helps hiim associate happy eating time with snuggling time, too.

They do 'tweak out' when you approach them sometimes, but you just sort of have to find a way to gently scoop them up when they're scrambling, haha. I hope this helps!


anonymous 3 years ago

@southpaw23: It's hard to even get him out of his cage when I want to let him roam around the room (so he's not always stuck in his cage). I've been trying to call his name when I'm feeding him a cucumber so that he'd associate the sound with feeding time and it sort of works? lol. I haven't tried to hold him because it's hard enough just trying to get him out of the cage.

But I was able to hold him yesterday for a little bit and he kept trying to squirm out of my arms, >_>! And when I let him on the floor to roam around, he always seems to want to escape and find small spots to try to squeeze through, lol.

I guess I'll try to hold him each day and hopefully he'll learn to like me, I mean I love him regardless if he likes me or not, haha.


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: aww well it sounds like you are making a great effort to get him comfortable! I'd say just keep doing what you're doing. If you can take him out without him scrambling too much (it can be scary sometimes and you of course don't want to drop him by accident), try maybe putting a towel on your lap and sitting on the couch with him and kind of wrap him up a little in the crook of your arm. He'll probably like feeling protected like he can hide and it will give you a chance to try stroking his fur and seeing if he can get calmed down. If he starts making little chirping/clucking sounds you'll know he's really happy!


anonymous 3 years ago

@southpaw23: I thought the chirping noises was because he was scared? Or is that the squealing noise? I just tried holding him in my arms, he was still trying to escape but eventually he stopped and I was able to pet him a bit. I even gave him a red pepper to nibble on and he seemed alright, lol. At one point, he started biting at my sleeves, I'll take that as he likes me for now, haha.


anonymous 3 years ago

My guinea pig Ginger doesn't like broccoli, grapes, baby tomatoes, or carrots. The only fruit/vegetable she seems to enjoy is apples, but I know that is a fruit and I don't want to give her too much. Any suggestions on what fruits/vegetables might be cheap and easy to find at a supermarket. I have had her for 1 1/2 years and she does fine without daily fruits/veggies. Is that okay?? I feed her fresh pellets, water, and hay every day, and try to give her apples about twice a week. In the summer I give her fresh grass about once every two days too. Everyone tells me that I should be feeding her more fruits/veggies, but she just doen't like anything. Is her diet okay ?? I don't want to give her any less than what she needs, but she just doesn't want anything! Please help! After reading this article, I am worried that she is not getting enough vitamin C.


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi there!

Aww it sounds like you're doing your best for your piggie. Sometimes guinea pigs can be picky, particularly if they weren't brought up on veggies and fruit from when they were babies.

Have you tried maybe some romaine lettuce, red or orange bell pepper? They're easily found at the grocery store and not too hard to slice up and prepare.

If your piggie has been healthy I'd say you're doing well keeping her well fed. Do you have a vet? It'd might be good to ask him or her what they might suggest as a supplement. They do sell vitamin C pills/dissolvable losenges for guinea pigs but since vitamin C disappears so quickly when exposed to light, it can be hard to know if you're really getting the benefit if you mix it in with their water.

I feel silly because I'm always promoting the Oxbow pellets, haha, but my vet has them and has actually told me that technically they have such long-lasting vitamin C and enough of it that you could feed your guinea pig that and not have any supplemental veggies or fruits and they'd be just fine. It could be worth a shot. A lot of vet offices carry it, and you can get it online, or at PetSmart and some small pet stores.

I hope this helps!!


anonymous 3 years ago

can my guinea pig eat a pickle???


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Michelle,

Sadly, no. The vinegar and salt in the pickle brine isn't a good idea for guinea pigs. A cucumber slice that isn't pickled is good though!


anonymous 3 years ago

@southpaw23: They also sell the vitamin c water drops at the pet store and you can try to feed you pig parsley guinea pigs LOVE that i know my piggie loves it


yulissa123 3 years ago

omg!!! I've been giveing my dathers guinea pig bred!! NOW i know how he DIED poor muchy. But he did last 7 years.


yulissa123 3 years ago

@anonymous: ya i have that for my dathers guinea pig 2


anonymous 3 years ago

@southpaw23: oh sorry i meant a cucumber were i am from its called a pickle even if it is salted and vinegar but thanks!!! :0)


anonymous 3 years ago

Should i feed my guinea piggie baby spinich???


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Kaylan,

Baby spinach is great for your guinea pig! As with all leafy greens, if you feed too too much it may cause diarrhea, but I give mine a few leaves of baby spinach all the time and they love it! Spinach is packed with vitamins.


anonymous 3 years ago

@southpaw23: I some times feed it too my piggie she L.O.V.E.S. it i just whanted to make sure it wasent bad i fegured it was good thanks for the advice :0)


anonymous 3 years ago

Hello, I just fed my pig 2 peices of bread, is that really bad? He seems to enjoy it...

Can bread kill him?

he is eating right now o:

Plz Respond


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Kyle,

While I'm not certain about whether bread will kill your guinea pig or not (it probably won't) it's definitely not something you should be feeding him! If there is any bread left right now, i'd say take it out of his cage. Guinea pigs' digestive systems aren't designed to handle processed foods like bread, cookies, or anything with flour like that. Please do be careful with what you feed your piggie and when in doubt, you can consult the safe fruits and veggies list I've compiled here.


AmbrosiaPopsicle 3 years ago

So cute, great information too. You have made me want to get one now! :)


anonymous 3 years ago

i give my guinea pigs ice berg lettuce how is it diffrernt from other lettuce is it really that bad

for them HELP WHAT LETTUCE CAN I GIVE THEM HHHHHHHHHHHHEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLLLLLPPPPPPPPPP


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi confidential,

Iceberg lettuce just tends to be quite fibrous, with high water content and very little nutrients. For these reasons, generally it's not a good idea to give your guinea pig a lot of it. It not only offers little to no nutritional value, but it can give them diarrhea.

A better lettuce to try would be romaine, green or red leaf lettuce, boston lettuce, cilantro, parsley (flat or curly), spring mix, baby or regular spinach. I hope this is helpful to you.


anonymous 3 years ago

@southpaw23: Ok! Thanks for the advice. I got her when she was over a year old, so thats probably why she doesn't like many different foods besides pellets and hay. Also, didn't find any Oxbow pellets at Petco, but I'm going to try a couple more different places to see if they have some. Thanks again! :)


anonymous 3 years ago

@southpaw23: Ma'am, The water suppliment for the viatamin C is bad for the piggies. It can cause algie to grow in the bottom quickly, change the taste of the water (your piggie won't drink it then which is bad because they need lots of water), the VC dissinigrates in water and light, theres no way of telling how much V C their getting because you don't know how much water their really drinking.


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: You're absolutely right, Joy. I would never urge someone to use it. I know they are available but it is not the right way to go about getting proper vitamin C into their systems. I have never tried it and never would, as I know that vitamin C is extremely photosensitive, therefore it doesn't retain any of its strength when exposed to light which most guinea pig water bottles don't shut out. In addition to that, you're right that there is no way to tell how much they're getting, due to dilution of the water plus the deterioration of the vitamin content. All in all, it's best to rely on fresh vegetables, and a pellet formula that uses a more long-standing, shelf-hardy form of vitamin C like the Oxbow has.


anonymous 3 years ago

thank you so much. all this info is so helpful to me and for the happiness of my 9 month old, sweet boy Frankinstine. THANK YOU SO MUCH.


anonymous 3 years ago

Ive been feeding our guinea pigs cabbabge because a book I bought said cabbage is a good vegtable to feed them now Im worried, I give them cabbage most days along with other vegtables and a little fruit once a week


anonymous 3 years ago

How much is the "Guide to owning a guinea pig" cost


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Markey,

I'm so sorry. I hadn't checked that link recently and it looks like it's unavailable. I'll be sure to remove that book from the listings. You may be able to still find it at a library or on a site like eBay.


anonymous 3 years ago

@southpaw23: Ok thanks :0)


anonymous 3 years ago

I would like to add that spinach is also something to feed in moderation. It is recommended to feed them one to two leaves per week, as high amounts have been known to cause kidney stones. Also it is recommended that guinea pigs be fed 1cubic pieces of fruit 2 at most two times a week.


anonymous 3 years ago

Also with the potatoes you might add that they should not allow there to be any green on the portion that is fed to the guinea pig as it is poisonous. I'm just trying to be helpful not grumping... your page is very informative and one of the best i've seen. My guys also enjoy plumbs from time to time ^^


anonymous 3 years ago

Hey can you feed him ir her pumpkin seeds?


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Thank you so much for your comments, Torrey! No offense taken, I'm grateful that you added info about the kidney issues. I didn't know that! My poor little guy Gus passed away in June after a year or so slowly battling an unknown problem which was likely his kidneys. I didn't go overboard with spinach I don't think but when I had it in the house I probably fed it more often than what you've said is recommended. As far as potatoes I generally advise to stay away from those. I don't think I've ever fed mine potato. I figure with all the other yummy beneficial things there are other good options out there, hehe. Thank you for stopping by and helping clear some things up!


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Lily,

I would stay away from pumpkin seeds. Guinea pigs can sometimes be prone to choking, and things like nuts and seeds often have a high fat content and are unnecessary to their health.


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QuestForHozro 3 years ago

I didn't see any mention either way about Celery. I know Rabbits shouldn't have it, but how about the GPs?


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T Pets 3 years ago

My wife used to give her piggies parsley apparently that is high in vitamin C and they seemed to love it


BodiEko 3 years ago

they eat almost every vegetable you give them and almost all grass plants hehe. They never stop eating ;)


anonymous 3 years ago

I love bacon it is sooooooooooooo good yum

wait srry i thought this was the site were you write what kind of food u like omg srry


anonymous 3 years ago

Ummmmmmm hi!


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: hahah. you can share whatever food you like! guinea pigs don't eat bacon but it sure is delicious. :D


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: hi!


anonymous 3 years ago

@southpaw23: Your are soooooooo N.I.C.E! :)


anonymous 3 years ago

@southpaw23: i wanted to know what the number ONE good thing to feed your guinea pig


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: :D why thanks!


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@BodiEko: It's so true, it seems like they never stop eating! Or, um, sending that food through the other end. haha


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@T Pets: Ours love parsley, T_Pets! I can't believe I didn't put that on the list. I'm going to add it right now.


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Lily,

I would stay away from pumpkin seeds. Hamsters loooove pumpkin seeds, but guinea pigs are more prone to choking and don't require seeds like that in their diet. You can eat them yourself, though!


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: It's hard to pinpoint the number one thing that's best to feed a guinea pig since all guinea pigs, like people, have different tastes and preferences. But in terms of nutritional value (when fed in moderation), red peppers are excellent. Their vitamin C content is huge. Romaine lettuce is also really great, or a baby carrot.


anonymous 3 years ago

I love your lens! It's really important that potential Guinea Pig owners know how to care for these sweet babies before they rush out and adopt one. I get so upset when I see forgotten guines pigs and rabbits living a miserable life at the bottom of the garden.


anonymous 3 years ago

@southpaw23: Thank you!!!!


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bt55 3 years ago

I enjoyed your lens very much. I have written a lens on Guinea pig life expectancy. I mentioned your lens and left a quote for the readers to refer them to your lens. Thank you for the interesting facts and important tips that people NEED to know!


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@bt55: oh thank you! Every time I go to the pet store to get food for my guinea pigs I think of how little information or effort is put forth to educate people on how to take care of the pets that they purchase there. Beyond guinea pigs, even. Hamsters, birds, etc. I had to do a lot of research online for myself when I first started with hamsters and guinea pigs. I saw one pet store once that didn't even give their guinea pigs hay, and kept the males and females together and just warned people if they adopted a female that she 'could' be pregnant. I was appalled!


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Thanks so much, Grace!


anonymous 3 years ago

Hello, i saw your lens and it is realy good. I whanted to know whats a good way to groom your guinea pig. One more thing is it alright to hairdry your guinea pig after she gets out of the bathh tub!!! :)


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Makayla,

Thanks so much! Let's see, for guinea pig grooming, a soft brush is nice to use. They have little small animal pet brushes at pet stores. Some guinea pigs might not like it but if you do it gently it can be soothing and help untangle their fur if it's long.

You can hair dry your guinea pig after a bath but just make sure that your hairdryer isn't on a hot setting, and keep it really far away from your piggie. A lot of hairdryers have that 'cool' setting on them, and you could try that. Towel dry gently as much as you can first, though.

I hope this helps!


anonymous 3 years ago

@southpaw23: thanks for the advice!


anonymous 3 years ago

I enjoyed your lens very much. I have written a lens on Guinea pig life expectancy. I mentioned your lens and left a quote for the readers to refer them to your lens. Thank you for the interesting facts and important tips that people NEED to know


anonymous 3 years ago

@bt55: Thank you soooooo much!!!


anonymous 3 years ago

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by: Margaret Elward, Mette Ruelokke cost


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi there! I looked this one up for you and it looks like it's only about 6 pounds. You can find it here: https://www.omlet.co.uk/shop/shop.php?cat=Books⊂=Guinea+Pigs&product_id=402&product_name=Guinea+Piglopedia+by+Margaret+Elward Hope this helps!


anonymous 3 years ago

@southpaw23: Thanks it helps alot! :))))


anonymous 3 years ago

Hi! I'm a fellow guinea pig obsessive, and I would like you to know something else about guinea pigs: My pigger, Pumpkin Pie, loves lettuce. I think you said above that guinea pigs can't have lettuce, and that is definetly wrong. But a weird fact about lettuce is this: if a guinea pig eats too much, it's like in Beatrix Potter's The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies: it is very soporific, meaning it makes your piggie very sleepy. When we frist got Pumpkin, she wouldn't eat anything but lettuce. The next day, after she had eaten a lot of my mom's lettuce, she kept falling asleep! We thought something was wrong with her, until I remembered the Flopsy Bunnies. Also, my other guinea pig, Hodgie (who had to be put to sleep yesterday because of a brain tumor. WAA WAA), back when Fred was still alive (a tribute to the Halloween piggy known as Fred (8/28/2009), and the Fat Thing known as Hodgie(12/8/2010)), Hodgie got a hold of a small peice of bacon that fell off the table, and guess what? He liked it! Also, once, a couple of years ago, Hodgie got into my neighbor's rhubarb, and he ate a little bit of leaf, and he still lived. I'm not reccomending that you feed these things to your piggies, but I do konw that if they do happen to get a hold of it, just be calm and don't panic. Also, I don't think you had cherries on the list of foods that piggies can eat. They can eat cherries, but you have to pit them first. Also, Fred and Hodgie didn't seem to like them much, just a personal prefrence thing.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Hodgie the Fat Thing Pigger- owned for 5 years, 8 days, about 22 hours, got at about 6 months, put to sleep for a brain tumor yesterday

Fred the Halloween Pigger- died 8/28/'09, got @ humane society same time as Hodgie, Nov. 30, 2006, got @ about 1 year

Pumpkin- we don't know how old she is, because when I got her, my Mom had found her on Field day at her preschool class with the 5th grade buddies & Pumpkin just wandered up.... The vet says she's between 2 and 5 years. got 6/15/2010 & she is here in the kitchen squeeking for more lettuce right now... I better go wash some more lettuce because she is a very spoiled piggy & I am hes slave...


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: I really wouldn't advise hair drying your guinea pig, as it terrorizes them just looking at it, much less the loud noise and the heat.

My favorite way to groom a piggie is to use a My Little Pony brush from when I was in 1st grade. Hodgie and Fred seemed to like it, but I ran out of brushes to use because I kept loosing them, so Pumpkin hasn't had a turn yet...

To wash a piggie:

in summer you want to fill a tupperware container with about 2 inches of about 78 degree water. first, let your piggie(s) swim around a bit, then take them out and pour the same temprature water from a large cup over their bodies. Fred and Hodgie hated this. After your done, leave them in an outdoor cage with a water bottle and partial shade to eat grass until they're dry.

In winter:

Preferred By Pigs Method:

Wet an old washcloth with warm water. Now, give your pigger some veggies, and rub them down. Finish by brushing their hair with a My Little Pony brush.

Commen Method:

use a sink with a flat bottom that has just been steralized. Place the piggie in the bottom, making sure there is none of whatever you used to steralize the sink with left. Pour warm water over the pig, and wash. After your done, dry off as good as you can, and wrap them in a warm towel with some veggies until they're dry all the way.

Trimming Piggy Hair:

Hodgie always had long hair. If you didn't cut it, it would get all matted with poo in the back, and be all nasty. Here's how you prevent a nasty mess:

Use some old hair scissors, and trim the hair so that it looks nice and neat. Make sure not to cut it too short, because then your piggie's tushie will freeze. I advise cutting the hair near the butt too, and you can do this by flipping the pig on his/her back, with their spine between your legs. Most piggies don't like this, but Fred always liked to be on his back... He would just stretch out and relax, he looked like the most content pigger on the entire planet. He especially liked to have his tummy rubbed.... Freddy, I miss you!!!


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Hi! I'm a fellow guinea pig obsessive, and I would like you to know something else about guinea pigs: My pigger, Pumpkin Pie, loves lettuce. I think you said above that guinea pigs can't have lettuce, and that is definetly wrong. But a weird fact about lettuce is this: if a guinea pig eats too much, it's like in Beatrix Potter's The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies: it is very soporific, meaning it makes your piggie very sleepy. When we frist got Pumpkin, she wouldn't eat anything but lettuce. The next day, after she had eaten a lot of my mom's lettuce, she kept falling asleep! We thought something was wrong with her, until I remembered the Flopsy Bunnies. Also, my other guinea pig, Hodgie (who had to be put to sleep yesterday because of a brain tumor. WAA WAA), back when Fred was still alive (a tribute to the Halloween piggy known as Fred (8/28/2009), and the Fat Thing known as Hodgie(12/8/2010)), Hodgie got a hold of a small peice of bacon that fell off the table, and guess what? He liked it! Also, once, a couple of years ago, Hodgie got into my neighbor's rhubarb, and he ate a little bit of leaf, and he still lived. I'm not reccomending that you feed these things to your piggies, but I do konw that if they do happen to get a hold of it, just be calm and don't panic. Also, I don't think you had cherries on the list of foods that piggies can eat. They can eat cherries, but you have to pit them first. Also, Fred and Hodgie didn't seem to like them much, just a personal prefrence thing


anonymous 3 years ago

why do guinea pigs have babys


anonymous 3 years ago

Hello:

I have a 2 yr old male piggy. Over the past couple of days, he has not been eating his hay or food very much. He also hasn't pooped as much as he usually does. Other than that he seems fine. He is active and appears ok. Is this common? Should I take him to the vet?


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi John,

Thanks so much for your comment. I'd say any time that you're feeling unsure and a bit concerned about your guinea pig, it can't hurt to take him to a vet to have him looked over. Even if it turns out he's fine, it's a lot better than not going and wondering, feeling worried, and then having something bad happen later on.

Guinea pigs are notorious for attempting to hide their illnesses, so they very often appear well and then rapidly decline if something goes unnoticed or unchecked. It's a defense mechanism they have in the wild when they travel in groups as to not appear to be the weakest one to predators.

I hope this helps and I hope your guinea pig is ok!


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Wyatt,

Well... I think that's probably a question best suited for someone else to answer, haha. But like all living things, they want to keep their species alive and prospering!


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LizMac60 3 years ago from United Kingdom

I love guinea pigs, they have such a happy little voice. Very helpful lens for the guinea pig owner. Blessed by a squid angel and featured on Me ?!! A Squid Angel.


anonymous 3 years ago

What r the most common colors that you can get a guinea pig


anonymous 3 years ago

What r the most common colors that you can get a guinea pig


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BeaGabrielle1 3 years ago

Oh, but my guinea pigs love their cabbage!


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: black, gray, white, brown and golden/tan.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Yes I would concerter takeing him to the vet because he might have a cloged intestine or something in that nature


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Thanks i was going to get a guinea pig i just wanted to know what colors to get them in


anonymous 3 years ago

What is the mos common sickness a guinea pig can get?????????????????


anonymous 3 years ago

i have guinea pigs and i just wanted to know if i can feed them bread but clearly not!


anonymous 3 years ago

i have guinea pigs and i just wanted to know if i can feed them bread but clearly not!


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: sorry!


anonymous 3 years ago

i love my pigs! one is named ayan and the other is named GLEEN BECK


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@BeaGabrielle1: Hi Bea,

It certainly won't kill them if they have a little, it just tends to be really gassy and can give them a tummy ache. Add that to a low level of nutritional value and it's just not the best thing for them to have. Guinea pigs are sweet little creatures and they tend to gobble up whatever smells delicious to them, whether they realize it's not good for them or not. So I'd say maybe give one of the other dark-leaf lettuces a shot and see if they might like that just as much, and it will be really good for them! : )


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: hi, shay shay guinea pigs should not have bread cause it clogs their intestines and you guinea pig can die!


anonymous 3 years ago

when i feed my guinea pig parsley should i rinse it off befor i give it to her and i also wanted to know if you can feed your guinea pig lettduce


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Kayla,

You can rinse the parsley beforehand if you like but it's not likely that your guinea pig will be harmed if you don't. But I suppose with all things it's better safe than sorry! : )

And yes, you can absolutely feed your piggie lettuce! Some lettuces are more healthy than others, and I've included some in the lists on this page. Romaine, red leaf, and green leaf are great to start with.


anonymous 3 years ago

@southpaw23: Ok thanks i wanted to ask you if its ok to put little hair bows in your guinea pigs hair and is it normal for your guinea pig to sit in her igloo but come out once while or should i take the igloo out of her cage for a day and put it back in for a night??? thanks for the answers and i love guinea pigs sooooooooo much and i love the noises that they make they are a cute and loving little animal that god made!!!


anonymous 3 years ago

Hello, my name is Jessica and i wanted to know what is the most common sickness that guinea pig normaly get? :0)


anonymous 3 years ago

im making treats for my guinea pig and it calls for oat flour, can i replace that with regular flour?


anonymous 3 years ago

One thing you should not do is buy those yoghurt treats they sell in places like Petco or PetSmart. I still cannot figure out why they sell those, since guinea pigs should not be eating yoghurt!!

I wrote a blog post on what guinea pigs can eat, it's a pretty good list. It's here:

http://www.happycavy.com/tips-for-a-happy-cavy/can...


anonymous 3 years ago

ohhnoooooo! the lady at the pet store said it was allright for us to feed poor chokobo (my gp) cabbage! :O D: and no, we didnt give him a wee bit, ABOUT 2 DAYS WORTH! what do we do! oh poor chokobo! any ideas of what i can do? plse! im so worried!


anonymous 3 years ago

thanks for the info! without it iwouldve given chokobo too much cabbage/cauliflour /bad foods that the lady recomended


anonymous 3 years ago

@southpaw23: wow south paw, u r sosoooooooooo nice, also , a question, is it ok to use a gp restraint leash on a gp?


anonymous 3 years ago

hi south paw ur sssssssssssosoooosooooosooooooooooo nice :D, and a question, are gp restraint leashes ok for gp's to use?


anonymous 3 years ago

Thnx! u r so nice!


anonymous 3 years ago

thank you this web site helped alot to.say what my guinea pigs can and cant eat very helpfull


anonymous 3 years ago

Can you plz anawer my question! :)


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Kayla,

You shouldn't put small bows in your guinea pig's fur, generally. You could for a moment if you wanted to take a picture, but otherwise, they are likely to come out and get soiled, or the guinea pig could attempt to eat it, I suppose.

It's good to keep the pigloo in the cage so your guinea pig has a safe place to hide and relax. You can lift off the pigloo to get your piggie out for a cuddle, of course! But it's good for them to have a little 'hiding spot' so they feel safe and comfy.


anonymous 3 years ago

thanks so much for the info. im a really big fan of guinea pigs n i only want the best for them all


anonymous 3 years ago

The pet shop sold my husband a bag called "small animal food" for my daughetrs new guinea pig which is a combination of pellets, hay, dried corn and round red beans! The dried food from the pet shop is mainly left untouched and its diet has mainly subsisted of carrots and cucumber the last 2 days. My daughter is absolutely in love with her piggy and I would like to make sure we keep it healthy. Thanks for the invaluable tips


anonymous 3 years ago

can you feed guinea pigs grapes?


anonymous 3 years ago

can you feed guinea pigs grapes?


anonymous 3 years ago

i am soooooo lucky to have found this sight!


anonymous 3 years ago

Hi i have two guinea pigs and they eat all the time,but what does it mean when they popcorn...


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Shades-of-truth 3 years ago Level 2 Commenter

Oh, we just love guinea pigs. Our family has about 10, at last count. As the owner of about 100 guinea pigs in my lifetime, I can attest to their "wonderfulness". I had to laugh when I saw the title, as in our case, it should have been - "What guinea pigs should and should not eat"!


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@Shades-of-truth: oh wow, 10 guinea pigs! We have 3 right now and that is even a handful haha. I'm so glad you enjoyed the page and have fun with your piggies! : )


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Popcorning means your guinea pig is happy happy happy! They usually popcorn when they're excited, or if they just have a little 'energy burst' hehe.


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Yup! Just not too many since they're sugary and watery. But they can have a grape now and then.


anonymous 3 years ago

Thanks for all the tips, I have a rescued Guinea Pig " WOODY " and she is the most adorable thing! I can never get enough information about these amazing creatures.

Thanks!


anonymous 3 years ago

good tips and agrees with what Guinea Lynx writes (Guinea lynx is a site recommended by my vet and the place I adopted our pigs providing professional advice). I didn't know however that too much spinach would damage their kidneys! thanks--I will give them more other green leafy treats. Mine love the Southern greens bag from Trader Joe's!


anonymous 3 years ago

thanks SO much. i fed my last guinea pig cabbage and lots of it. thank god he is ok. also, why would someone give their guinea pigs alcohol?!


anonymous 3 years ago

@southpaw23: what do they do when they "popcorn"?


anonymous 3 years ago

i have a guinea pig that i just got a few days ago! He is the cutest Lilttle thing... his name helps out the cute factor... Deeks! it might sound weird.. but its adorable! and on the vitamin C note... i tried to feed my guinea piggy a orange slice.. and it didn't eat it! i was getting sooo worried! but then i read this and im defiantly going to buy some peppers! ( but you do mean red peppers... right? )


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Aw congratulations on your new piggie! And yes, red bell peppers are perfect. He'll love it, I'm sure!


anonymous 3 years ago

@southpaw23: soulth paw!! do you play on faunasphere.com?!?! omg this is kewl! i didnt know that you had a guinea pig! I LOVE THEM!


anonymous 3 years ago

Ive had my little piggie for over 4 years and is a fat one! But we love her anyway. So, she really hasnt been on a diet, only pellets and hay, but now i feedn her apples, carrots, and celery along with her usual. Strangly, we gave her a toilet paper tube full of greens, and she ate the tube! I dont know if this is bad, but she seems to be fine. Gret guide aswell! My guinea pig wont eat oranges or her vitamin C supplament so ill definantly try peppers! tThanks Alot!!!


anonymous 3 years ago

Ive had my little piggie for over 4 years and is a fat one! But we love her anyway. So, she really hasnt been on a diet, only pellets and hay, but now i feedn her apples, carrots, and celery along with her usual. Strangly, we gave her a toilet paper tube full of greens, and she ate the tube! I dont know if this is bad, but she seems to be fine. Gret guide aswell! My guinea pig wont eat oranges or her vitamin C supplament so ill definantly try peppers! tThanks Alot!!!


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Sorry for the multiple Commments and Bad spellling!


anonymous 3 years ago

i found this info so helpfull i just bought a little baby girl and the weekend i was not sure what to feed her thanks heeps


anonymous 3 years ago

my guinea pig, Pumba, is 7 years old now, and he loves,, looooves melons especially watermelons, I noticed that it wasn't on the list , so i figured i'd just put it out there :)


anonymous 3 years ago

is my guinea pig the only one who LOVES oranges?? haha hes so cute..(:


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jlshernandez 3 years ago

Thanks for this lens. It brought back memories of my childhood when I had 4 guinea pigs. Blessed by a SquidAngel.


anonymous 3 years ago

Hi i just bought my first gp today and he is only a month and a half old. I want to start feeding him fruits and veggies but i am worried about the size of things i give him. How big of pieces should i offer to him, and would it be alright to put a variety on a plate to see what he likes?


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Kathy,

Congratulations on your new piggie! For things like lettuce, you don't have to worry about the size. Guinea pigs love to munch away! Baby carrots as well. They'll eat them almost like a little ear of corn, nibbling until it's gone. I think giving him a little variety and seeing what he likes is a great idea. Or another option which might be more 'safe' for his adjusting tummy would be to try one thing at a time and slowly introduce new things. That actually may be better at first since he's so little, but it couldn't hurt to ask a veterinarian just to be sure. I haven't had a guinea pig that tiny before, so I'm not sure if they require anything special with veggies early on. What i do know is that the Oxbow 'Cavy Performance' food is ideal for baby or pregnant guinea pigs because it has a high concentration of alfalfa, which is great for a growing guinea pig. It has a higher fat content I think? And lots of nutrients to help them get off to a good start. There are indications on the bag for when to transition to the 'Cavy Cuisine' variety. i hope this helps!!


anonymous 3 years ago

I adopted an 8 month old long-haired piggie a couple weeks ago. She squeaks like crazy whenever we're in the kitchen. She LOVES her veggies! So far we've given her carrot, romaine, spinach, broccoli, cucumber, radish, red bell pepper, parsley, and celery. She didn't care for the pepper. She eats the cucumber first when I make her a little 'pig salad', so I guess that's her favourite. :) We are trying to teach her to spin for carrots. She's so cute.


anonymous 3 years ago

Great, great, great....some great top tips for anybody thinking about getting some piggies. I have two Rex the daddy and Flo his daughter, they love each other so much and I love them. They love to eat all the veggies they eat me out of house and home!!!! They are such happy little things and love to chat to me. Yeah your right, getting a good hay is essential and always keep it topped up, mine go through bags and bags.....happy piggie day's ahead. Emma x x ;-)


anonymous 3 years ago

This article was GREAT! My piggie loves all the food you suggest and I'm glad knowing I won't give him any gas or pain by feeding him things bad for him.


anonymous 3 years ago

This article was GREAT! My piggie loves all the food you suggest and I'm glad knowing I won't give him any gas or pain by feeding him things bad for him.


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Thanks, CJ! I'm so glad that you found it helpful. :)


anonymous 3 years ago

this is so great


mary97 3 years ago

@anonymous: MARY SAID:

I LOVE THIS SITE IT REALLY HELPED AND I DIDN'T KNOW THAT BROCCILE CAN MAKE MY MOCHA (PIGGIY) GASSY LOL!!!1


anonymous 3 years ago

@southpaw23: is your pig named gus so is mine he is black and white


anonymous 3 years ago

my piggie sometimes has a crusty type skin between his nose and mouth,how can I rectify this?


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Veronica,

Please bring your piggie to the vet as soon as you can. It may be nothing, but if your guinea pig is getting crust around his nose/mouth, it could be a sign of dental problems or an upper respiratory infection, which can be pretty serious. I would definitely try to get to the vet ASAP.


anonymous 3 years ago

I did find this imfomation very useful. I am a huge guinea pig fan! They are sooooo cute. I loved the artwork as well as the imformation. I love my guinea pig and this website taught me alot. I read about every word on this page. Thanks alot! I have a question though. Do you know if its normal for my guinea pig to eat his bedding. He its it for a bit, then sneezes, and starts itching himself.


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Bianca,

I'm so glad this was helpful for you! In regards to the bedding, I'd say it's probably okay. Guinea pigs LOVE to chew on things, and their bedding is usually made of either a recycled paper material or wood. Aspen shavings are an ideal wood shaving bedding. Do stay away from pine and cedar as they can have oils/fumes that can give guinea pigs respiratory issues. We use fleece and towels for our piggies, but it does show the poops that's for sure! haha. If your piggie seems to be sneezing a lot and itching a lot, he may be allergic to his bedding. You could bring him to the vet just to make sure he's not sick and maybe try switching his bedding to something else and see if that behavior stops happening. Good luck!!


anonymous 3 years ago

you can feed them pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds, mine doesn't really care for them though, and sometimes wheat bread but rarely and not a whole bunch!


anonymous 3 years ago

I have two guinea pigs and we live in Australia. Most products that you talk about are not available here. Is there a web site like yours that can tell me about some products that are suitable for only guinea pigs. Ive looked at pet stores for food and its always for rabbits,mice and guinea pigs i also have a pregnant pig can i feed here buk choy


anonymous 3 years ago

I have visited a number of cavy sites and done my research into diet; your site is in agreement with much of what I've read, and it's thorough.

I have a question, which is how I came upon your site. My cavies only eat the top layer of hay; I have to throw out the rest when I replenish the bowl. Do you have any idea why this is so? (I understand that cats will only eat the freshest layer of kibble, too, and it's to do with not eating old meat in the wild, apparently).

Thank you.


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Grania,

Thanks for your comment! I'm so glad that this page was aligned with the other ones that you've looked at. I tried to cross-check with other sources to make sure my information was as accurate as I could make it.

As for the hay question, I'm not sure! We put 'tumbleweeds' of hay in our guinea pigs' cages just freely and not in a bowl, and I know that as they walk over it and probably pee in their cages, they don't want to eat that anymore, so when we add fresh they eat the fresh hay instead (which makes sense). Since you're putting yours in a bowl, I'm not sure why that would be happening. Is it a big bowl that the piggies might be climbing in and possibly peeing or pooping in their hay?

I'm not sure what a solution would be..hm.. perhaps a smaller amount of hay more frequently? Or a couple different bowls? I'm sorry I can't quite answer the question with confidence, but I'd be interested to hear if you find anything that works!

Thanks again.


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Cynthia,

I'm not sure about product availability in Australia. Perhaps a site like Amazon would have something available? You could also try searching Google for specific product names that you know you want to find and see if anything pops up.

Bok choy is technically a member of the cabbage family, so I would say if you want to feed it to your piggie, moderation is key. If your piggie starts getting loose stools, you'll know to pull back a bit on how much you give.

If there are specific products you're looking for and still can't find, send me a message. Maybe there would be a way I could find them and send them to you in the mail (if it's legal to send guinea pig food through the International mail of course!).


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Shades-of-truth 3 years ago Level 2 Commenter

I have to tell you, what our guinea pig t-r-i-e-d frantically to eat, today! My husband had settled down with a bit of cheese and some pepperoni, and one of our guinea pigs decided it would be just the thing for him, too! He didn't get any, but he was trying! We just love having guinea pigs as pets, and once again - good job on the Lens!


anonymous 3 years ago

I make homemade treats for my Grandson's cats, dogs, birds an don't want to leave out the gunea pigs. My treats are always made with the animal's nutrition in mind, so was wondering if a recipe such as the following would be OK for the piggies...Please let me know-and what size they should be for safety-

Granny's Guinea Treats

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/4 c. each: dehydrated powdered green beans, swiss chard, zucchini

1/2 c. finely choppped dried apples

3/4 c. finely shredded fresh carrots

1 cup water

6 tablespoons canola oil

2 tablespoons honey

Mix all ingredients with a wooden spoon.

roll out between plastic wrap sheets

cut into squares or shapes ( I have little hearts)

bake abt. 20 minutes in pre-heated 350 degree oven,

turn off oven till cool

store in frig in sealed baggie


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi there! I've actually tried to make treats for my guinea pigs before as well, and they were never too interested in them. But that doesn't mean it isn't worth a try!

One thing I'm not totally sure on is the wheat flour. All of the other ingredients seem to look alright, maybe not so much canola oil. I'm sorry I don't have an ideal answer on this one. I'd hate to give the go-ahead and end up making your piggies sick. I just don't have that much knowledge branching into ingredients like flour and oil. This would be a great question for an exotic vet!


anonymous 3 years ago

I am new to all this, But I would love to find out all I can. Sunday the 10th I'm bringing home 2 3week old baby piggies. :) I'm so excited!!!!!! I have new cage, food, bedding well you know! I wonder, I have a hay feeder. Should I take this out before I bring them home?

I want to learn ALL I can. Thank you.


anonymous 3 years ago

@southpaw23: I ended up making them into logs which can be knowed and chewed on- giving them this weekend- my daughter is a20 yr. vet tech, and up on animal nutrition probably more than most vets. Her piggies get the best of everything fresh, she has bins of fresh veggies and when I care for them I have to go outside and pick fresh dandelion greens and flowers (their treat), so if they do like my humble treats-I'll let everyone know- she said ingredients sounded fine since my whole wheat flour is extra fine and cooked with other ingredients.


anonymous 3 years ago

thats the worst thing i ever saw


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi nana,

How exciting for you! Though at 3 weeks old, I'd be very concerned about making sure the piggies are safe, warm and well nourished. I think that's really too early for them to be weaned from their mothers, but I'm not a veterinarian.

The hay feeder is a great addition to your guinea pig's habitat. We actually just installed some hay racks for ours and what a difference! Previously, we'd just toss a big 'tumbleweed' in and they'd love to run through it and sit in the middle and 'eat their way out' haha, but this also causes a lot of mess since they poop and pee on it, and it's not really ideal for them to then be nibbling on soiled hay. The hay racks let them still get at the hay but without it really covering their environment. Less mess, more sanitary!

Best of luck with your 'piglets' hehe. You'll have to keep us updated!!


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: OH and also! Since they're babies, you'll want to feed them alfalfa hay at first. It's higher in calcium and calories than timothy hay. It's not good for fully grown guinea pigs to eat a lot of alfalfa hay, but for babies and pregnant sows, it's ideal. There's also 'cavy performance' food by OxBow that's alfalfa based for babies and nursing moms. I'd highly recommend it. Our pigs turn their noses up at any other brand haha. So picky!


anonymous 3 years ago

my gunia pig is named carmen and she will not eat a strawberry or cucumber is that ok


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: have funnn


anonymous 3 years ago

@southpaw23: But what if we dont feed the gunia pigs hay? Also is it ok if we feed them cantalope?


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Carrie,

That's perfectly fine. Guinea pigs are just like people in that they don't all like the same foods. It will certainly not harm your guinea pig if she doesn't eat strawberries or cucumbers. : )


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Cass,

Hay is absolutely essential to guinea pigs' health. They have to have an unlimited supply of timothy hay every day to make sure that their digestive systems function properly. If you're not currently feeding your guinea pig hay, I can't urge you strongly enough to immediately get some and begin feeding it to your guinea pigs. Their digestive systems are sensitive and require the fiber in hay in order to be able to process their food and nutrients properly. If you don't feed your guinea pigs hay, they can die.

Cantaloupe is also a bad idea because it is a sugary, watery, fibrous melon. It's best to feed your guinea pig leafy greens and small pieces of vegetables like green or red pepper, carrots, and herbs like parsley or cilantro (fresh, not dried). I hope you've taken the time to read through this page and will also read up on other guinea pig care articles on the Web for the sake of your guinea pigs' health.


anonymous 3 years ago

My son's guinea pig is not eating much at all, do I to try different food's, he usually has carrot, lettuce, celery, cucumber, pellets and hay, plus grass,


anonymous 3 years ago

can you feed them melon? like cantelope?


anonymous 3 years ago

I was just wondering if my guinea pig can eat hearty apple dumplings rabbit treats because the store I bought the guinea pig food from was giving it out free with the food?


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Andrew,

I wouldn't feed your guinea pig any food that isn't specifically for guinea pigs. Even though guinea pigs and rabbits are similar creatures in some ways, they have different dietary needs and shouldn't be fed pellets or treats that are meant for a different animal. I hope this makes sense!


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi there!

Melon is not generally recommended for guinea pigs because it doesn't provide very much nutritional value to them and it's very watery/sugary/fibrous and could cause diarrhea. A red pepper or even a little chunk of zucchini can be a nice alternative!


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Joanne,

If your son's guinea pig is not eating much at all, you should take him to a vet ASAP. When guinea pigs stop eating, that usually means something is seriously wrong and they can go downhill very quickly. Please get him to a vet if he isn't eating! I hope this helps.


anonymous 3 years ago

Hello, i went to the pet store to purchase at the cute little baby guinea pig! i asked the lady that works at the store if she knew wihch one were boys & girl and she said that you cant tell what the sex is when they are a couple weeks old! is that true?!?


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Kaylan,

It is true that very very young guinea pigs can't be easily 'sexed', that is, you can't tell between boys and girls. That said, guinea pigs at the pet store shouldn't be so young! They need more time to nurse with their mothers. Also, if a pet store has clumped the males and females together, DO NOT adopt a guinea pig from them if you can help it! If you adopt a female, there's a decent chance she will be pregnant. And it's always good to adopt at least two guinea pigs. If you accidentally ended up with a boy and a girl, they would not be neutered and your female would likely become pregnant very quickly.

I would be very cautious of this pet store. It's horrible when pet stores house males and females together and don't seem to care. So many people end up with pregnant females and don't know what to do once the babies are born, or how to get their guinea pig proper care during pregnancy. If at all possible, visit a rescue or another organization that keeps their guinea pigs separated by gender.


anonymous 3 years ago

was just wondering if you can feed piggies endive/chickory. I'm not sure if that belongs to the cabbage or lettuce family. I didn't see any mention of it on this page. Thanks!


anonymous 3 years ago

are you allow to bath your guinie pig


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Yes you can bathe your guinea pig. If it is a male you will need to bathe it more often. Once every 2-3 months is good


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: yes in very shallow water though and get it a little bit deeper each time


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Lori,

That's a good question. I'm honestly not sure! That would be a good question for the vet. I've done a bit of digging online and it looks like these foods are safe for guinea pigs, just not to be fed in large amounts since they're so fibrous. Sorry I didn't know for sure! But I appreciate the question and if you find out from a vet please be sure to let me know!


philipbonde 3 years ago

We should remember what guinea pig can or can not eat....to keep guinea pig , you have to do a lot of things ...we should take to a vet for more instructions..guinea pig cages


anonymous 3 years ago

I found the information on what to feed "piggies" and what not to feed them to be very informative. When I was 11 my dad got me a guinea pig for my birthday, I am now 29 with 4 children and 3 step-children. I had forgotten how to properly give the guinea pig adiquate vitamin c. Thank you so much for posting your information for people like me.


anonymous 3 years ago

can they eat onions ??


anonymous 3 years ago

Judgement Day is MAY 21, 2011!!!


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: No they can not eat onions.... Most guinea pigs will not eat what isn't good for them, so a good rule to remember is if they don't eat it is usually isn't good for them. But always remember we too have our own taste buds and if something is sour or hot or not very tasty to us its not going to appeal to your guinea pig.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: You should be bathing your guinea pig once a month on average but sometimes they need bathing more frequent. Just put a hand towel in the bottom of a luke warm bath about 3cm deep and wash them with a guine pig shampoo (don't use human shampoo it will dry out their skin and cause skin problems, its too harsh) make sure you dry them off well, I use the hair dryer on the lowest setting as to not burn my little chocolate and truffles. They dont usually like bath time but it leaves them smelling and feeling a lot better.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Chickory is ok to give guinea pigs 2-3 times a week.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: guinea pigs are very picky eaters, my chocolate wouldnt eat a great variety of vegetables until we got our second guinea pig (now she eats everything) but at one time she stopped eating them altogether, we took her to the vet and it turned out she has snapped her front teeth off. I agree with south paw always take your guinea to the vet if they are displaying different behavior than usual.


anonymous 3 years ago

can they eat a bit of plan sugar


anonymous 3 years ago

Hi, I found the information on what to and what not to feed your guinea pig very helpful. I was just wondering if you can clip a guinea pigs claws. My little kids seem to get scratched or clawed all the time.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: what happend 1999-2000?... NOTHING!!! so you are lieing (i would say cakeing but most people wouldn't get it)


anonymous 3 years ago

thx this was very helpful i might get a geni if my houseing allows them and this was just AWSOME and helped alot so... thank you


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: I'm not sure if someone answered your question but you can clip guinea pigs claws it's actually recommended so they won't grow to long and disturb your cavy I advise if your not sure how to cut their claws to ask your local vet


anonymous 3 years ago

HEYY HEYY GIRL!!!!! WHATS UP?!!!?


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi sally,

They shouldn't have plain sugar, no. They can get natural sugars from the fruits (not too much) and vegetables that they eat. Thanks for your question!


anonymous 3 years ago

I am getting F***** right now!!! ohhh it feels so goood


anonymous 3 years ago

should i f*** my girlfriend right now!!!? ;)


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: you and jake must still be in middle school! your certainly not mature by posting such comments.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: grow up jake, you and seara both must be in middle school.


anonymous 3 years ago

Our vet suggested giving our piggie Tang orange drink. It has vitamin C and he absolutely loves it. We have a small water bottle just for Tang and he has access to both water and Tang all the time. We also save all of our cucumber peelings and the tops from colored sweet peppers. (well washed of course). I think he is a very spoiled piggie.


guineapaw25 3 years ago

i was wondering if my guinea pig could eat raisins? because they do eat grapes, so can they?


anonymous 3 years ago

thanks for the help and i just got 2 of them yesterday at petco so there fine and i didn't know they couldin't eat iceburg lettuce thxs so much


anonymous 3 years ago

I love Feeding my Guinea Pig food! Thanks to you I know what to feed her:)!


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: True Dat!!!


anonymous 3 years ago

I can't find anything in my guinea pig can eat anymore food they can eat and please hurry she's starving!!!!!!!!:(


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Abilene, this list is pretty comprehensive for common foods you can find at the grocery store. That combined with kibble should give your piggie some options. What aren't you able to find to feed her?


anonymous 3 years ago

Thanks for the advice! I adopted a guinea from a shelter just a week ago and am a first time guinea pig caretaker. I'm trying to get as much advice as possible to take good care of her. :)


anonymous 3 years ago

We got my daughter's each a guinea pig (both females) and low and behold, one of them ended up being pregnant and just had her baby (only 1). Is it ok to still keep the other older guinea pig in the cage with the new mom and her baby or will they need to be seperated now? The 2 original pigs have been together for a month now.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: you can leave the baby in with it's mother the first twenty one days whether it is a boy or a girl but if the baby is a boy you must seperate them if you don't want the females to become pregnant again. you can tell a boy guinea pig from a girl by their eyes. females have big eyes while males look like they have smaller eyes with a bunch of nasty stuff in them. do not try and wipe it away for it is apart of males eyes an dit helps to determine sex.


anonymous 3 years ago

@guineapaw25: I wouldn't test it. Just stick to graphs(:


anonymous 3 years ago

OMG I LOVE your guinea pig (and your artwork) Good job!! YAY!!! High-5!!! Guinea Pig fanatics!!!!!!!!!!


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: I bathe my long haired guinea pig in the sink under warm running water.

Also you have to dry your guinea pig completely before you put it back in the cage so it doesn't catch a cold.


anonymous 3 years ago

Can you feed your guinea pigs Notales Cactus?


anonymous 3 years ago

recently my sisters little piggie died..... mines alive but im still sad i think cause of food that she ate i think my mom feed them lettuce but the others lef it. And we are proud to say that we know own 15 piggies!!! mine had a couple!


SophiaEllen 3 years ago

Thanks, that list of dos and don'ts for feeding guinea pigs was just what I was after.


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Valdacious 3 years ago

I think I need to eat more like a Guinea pig :)


anonymous 3 years ago

thank you for the info all in 1 spot. was everything i needed :)


anonymous 3 years ago

an info in need is an info.....indeed


anonymous 3 years ago

an info in need is an info.....indeed


anonymous 3 years ago

This a good list of "do and don't feed". Since I only got my guinea pig a few months ago (adopted him from a friend who had to move and couldn't keep him) and had never owned a guinea pig before, I had to do some research on them, but never found a list of "safe" and "unsafe" foods. If I may add one piece of advice here: When you run out of commercial guinea pig food (which, as we know, is NOT cheap!), give them the food their cousins in the wild mountains of South America eat...GRASS! They love it; I have fed my guinea pig nice tall (clean, no chemicals) grass right out of my yard, and he's happy and healthy and LOVES it! :)


anonymous 3 years ago

This a good list of "do and don't feed". Since I only got my guinea pig a few months ago (adopted him from a friend who had to move and couldn't keep him) and had never owned a guinea pig before, I had to do some research on them, but never found a list of "safe" and "unsafe" foods. If I may add one piece of advice here: When you run out of commercial guinea pig food (which, as we know, is NOT cheap!), give them the food their cousins in the wild mountains of South America eat...GRASS! They love it; I have fed my guinea pig nice tall (clean, no chemicals) grass right out of my yard, and he's happy and healthy and LOVES it! :)


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rosytaylor 3 years ago

Hi! This is an amazing and Awesome lens and very informative too. Nicely done, Keep up your great work!


anonymous 3 years ago

just got my children a guinea pig each . they are adorable. I found your site really informative and helpful thankyou so much keep it up.


anonymous 3 years ago

i give my guineapigs toast and they where fine but do you mean soft bread?


WilburCharloette 3 years ago

My son just bought a female guinea pig and we got a call from the people we bought her from they informed us that she is likely pregnant. How exactly can we tell? She is a bigger girl, we are use to our skinny pig (hairless guineau pig) so everything looks huge compared to him. How many babies can we expect?Can she give birth without at Vet present?


anonymous 3 years ago

hi i have 2 ginnny pig and there called bubbles and zoe


anonymous 3 years ago

hi i have 2 ginnny pig and there called bubbles and zoe


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@WilburCharloette: Hi Wilbur,

Congratulations on your new guinea pig! As far as pregnancy goes, I am not an expert unfortunately. The very best thing to do would be to take her to a vet to be examined to see if she is indeed pregnant, and then see what the vet says as far as the birth process. There are some sources online with helpful information for things like this but I think when it comes down to your guinea pig's health, a visit to the vet should be the first step.

Best of luck and I hope if she is pregnant that everything goes smoothly! (I do believe piggies can give birth without a vet present. But there are things like setting up her 'nest' and being sure not to touch anything once she's given birth etc. that I'm not totally clear on)


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi nibbles,

Yeah, generally even toast shouldn't be fed to them because it's made up of wheat and other fillers and processed ingredients that really aren't good for your guinea pigs to eat. While they may not be ill at this moment, continuing to feed them bread, either as bread or toast, isn't ideal for their health. Thanks for your comment!


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Aw thank you so much Fiona! I'm so glad that you've found it useful.


anonymous 3 years ago

Hiii., I just brought two piggies home, they r in a good condition but not likely to be handled.. But i really want to handle them, What should i do for??? Even i'm getting much trouble with their potty training., every type of tip i have used for but no result. . . Help me through it


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Vaishali,

Congratulations on your two piggies! New guinea pigs definitely can struggle with liking to be handled. The key is to just be patient and gentle with them and they will eventually come around. You can try to start by offering them some yummy veggies to take from your hand, and gently stroke their back if they'll let you. Speak to them softly to get them used to your voice and as you continue feeding them over time, they'll come to understand that you are the bringer-of-veggies and be excited to see you! As far as potty training, guinea pigs aren't generally trainable in that way like a cat or dog is. They will often choose a corner of their cage to pee in, though not always, and as far as pooping, they just let 'em fly wherever they happen to be when it's time to 'go'. So as far as that's concerned, you're not doing anything wrong there. It's just the way they are. You can be prepared for when they will pee because they will generally start acting more antsy, be backing up a lot, or even nibbling and tugging at your shirt, etc. to let you know.

During this beginning stage, though, they will likely fidget more in general because they're getting used to being touched and handled by someone several times their size. Definitely something scary to get used to for them!

Best of luck and I think you're off to a good start. Just remember to be gentle and do things gradually.


RecipePublishing 3 years ago

Thank you.


cr00059n 3 years ago

Great resource.


cr00059n 3 years ago

Great resource.


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Ramkitten2000 3 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

Excellent information. I've never owned a guinea pig myself, but I've had friends who have, and I know I've seen at least a couple of them feeding some of the things on the "don't" list, particularly iceberg lettuce and cabbage. *Blessed by a squid angel on the Back to School Bus Trip*


anonymous 3 years ago

great information, piggies rule!


anonymous 3 years ago

great information, piggies rule!


anonymous 3 years ago

does this mean that i cant feed my guinea pig the seedsin a cuccumber? i have to take them out?


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi there!

Nope, cucumber seeds are perfectly fine. They're small and not hard like watermelon seeds. If you slice the cucumber in 'coins' they'll snatch it right up and wave it around in their mouths. It's very cute!


anonymous 3 years ago

Terrific information and fun to read! Thank you, this site is so helpful.


anonymous 3 years ago

how old dose a piggy need to b befor i can feed him veggies


anonymous 3 years ago

It states not to feed piggies pumpkin seeds yet I have seen them in the mixes I have purchased. Can you clarify why they can't have them please.


anonymous 3 years ago

what's the best cut to serve over a bed of rice ?


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Lynn,

Yes, often times in some of the mixes at pet stores they will put corn and seeds in that really aren't ideal for a guinea pig diet. From what I understand (and as I always say, I'm not a vet but this seems to be the consensus) is that pumpkin seeds and other nuts/seeds, other than posing a choking hazard, contain a lot of fats and oils that guinea pigs don't really need in their diets. They do well with a timothy hay-based pellet and lots of fresh timothy hay to get their needed fiber and nutrients (plus fruits and veggies of course!). Hopefully this answers your question! Thanks so much for writing in.


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Kalee,

That's a good question that I'm not entirely sure of the answer to. I would assume that once guinea pigs are weaned off of their moms, you can start offering small amounts of fruits and veggies to help them slowly adjust to a new diet. Some guinea pigs are pickier than others, but generally they love leafy greens and peppers.


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southpaw23 3 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi there!

Thankfully, you don't have to de-seed a cucumber. Those seeds, similarly to zucchini, are soft and not a problem for piggies to chew or digest. So that makes things super easy. Just slice and toss them in, or you could even offer a larger chunk to a few piggies and see them try to snatch it away from each other (a very popular youtube video shows guinea pigs tugging on a cucumber between them and it's completely adorable haha)


anonymous 2 years ago

can you feed your pig bananas as a treat


lifeloveliving 2 years ago

I have been keeping guinea pigs for years and there are allsorts of suggestions for foodstuffs i havent tried! oranges! who would have thought it! my three girls are in for a treat tomorrow!


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Pennyseeker LM 2 years ago

Interesting lens!


anonymous 2 years ago

really liked your love for this cuddly animal, 'thumbs up' from this reader to you.


anonymous 2 years ago

awesome... taught me a lot for my little guy. but i do have a question.. how you do know if your giving them 10mg of vit c a day? right now, i am feeding mine mazuri guinea pig food and clementine oranges. he is also eating his timothy hay like crazy. to make sure that he is getting 10 mg of vit c, do you know about how many orange slices he should have a day?


anonymous 2 years ago

I bet that the answer is a yes, but is it alright if I give my little Guy celery?


anonymous 2 years ago

@anonymous: a friend of mine who raises piggies told me its not a good idea to give my "cheese" celery.. choking hazard i guess?


kimmanleyort 2 years ago

How interesting to find out that there are food that are dangerous to a guinea pig. You have created a very helpful resource for guinea pig owners. And I love your artwork too. Blessed.


anonymous 2 years ago

@anonymous: the strings in the celery cause a choking hazard, so if you do plan on feeding them celery, be sure to cut the pieces very small.


anonymous 2 years ago

wow! THANKS THIS HELPS ME AND MY BFF ALOT!!


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tenderangel lm 2 years ago

Thank you for all the information here. I have two female guinea pigs that my husband and I rescured and we just love them. Thank you again for all the helpful hints.


anonymous 2 years ago

this information was useful and thanks because i was not sure what to feed my guinea pig


anonymous 2 years ago

i love my ginpig


anonymous 2 years ago

i love my ginpig


anonymous 2 years ago

I love my Guinea Pig! This was very useful information. Thaks:)


anonymous 2 years ago

I love my Guinea Pig! This was very useful information. Thaks:)


anonymous 2 years ago

ive got a baby guinea pig..i luv her alot n never wna loose hr..ty 4 d info...


anonymous 2 years ago

Thank you so much! Very helpful...will try the oxbow!


anonymous 2 years ago

Hello, thank you so much for the info! Some of this was so unsuspecting, thanks to you my guinea pigs are healthy and happy, they give you many thankful squeaks, love, Ava and her guinea pigs Pepper and Spice.


anonymous 2 years ago

Thanks for the details on foods guinea pigs can & can't eat plus vitamin C intake, pellets & hay, we have adopted a friend's pigs(two) they are moving to another state, we have never owned pigs before, fun...


anonymous 2 years ago

I have a very shinny pig, I bought her food from the pet store and their food has seed and corn kernals, so does the Kaytee brand.she still is not eating anything, not even the hay. just the pine bedding. barely pooping. what can I do?


baby-strollers 2 years ago

Great info! I know what to avoid...


baby-strollers 2 years ago

Great info! I know what to avoid...


anonymous 2 years ago

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anonymous 2 years ago

Here is a good site! CHECK IT OUT!!, its the best way to care for guinea pigs, what they do/dont do, what they eat/dont eat, caring and way more here is the link : http://theguineapigrescue.com/care.htm - Its the best!


anonymous 2 years ago

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jadehorseshoe 2 years ago

A very important lens! Fine critters.


anonymous 2 years ago

can guinea pigs eat asparagus


anonymous 2 years ago

It says you can feed guinea pigs grapes. Some people think you can, but I have read that feeding them grapes can lead to kidney faliure. Just letting you know.


victoriabeckham 2 years ago

Hello, can you feed guinea pigs OATS


anonymous 2 years ago

@victoriabeckham: Yeppers! They love them a LOT too!


anonymous 2 years ago

@victoriabeckham: Yeppers! They love them a LOT too!


anonymous 2 years ago

@victoriabeckham: yes you can, and you CAN feed them seeds.( they LOVE sunflower seeds)

DO NOT GIVE THEM ANY CITRUS FRUITS -

lemon

oranges

mandarins

pineapples

etc...

Also, my guinea pig shares cage territory with a rabbit and i give them BOTH rabbit food.

Rabbits,guinea pigs,mice, rats and hampsters have very similar digestive systems and all eat the same basic variety of food. if you feed a mouse, rat food, it will NOT KILL YOUR PET.

same as feeding hampsters guinea pig food or guinea pigs rabbit food etc... but... if you feed a mouse rabbit food.... sort of weird.....best not to.

i really hope i've helped!


anonymous 2 years ago

@anonymous: that is 100% true!

Im glad someone knows something about guinea pigs! ( i do )

:D :D :D :D :D


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southpaw23 2 years ago Hub Author

@anonymous: Hi Animal Lover Extraordinaire,

Thanks so much for your comment! While it's definitely contrary to what I've read from multiple sources including my veterinarian(s), I'm glad to know that your animals haven't suffered ill consequences.

The leading source of guinea pig health info on the web that's very trusted and backed with a LOT of super helpful information is called Cavy Spirit. This page will explain the dietary needs of rabbits and guinea pigs to anyone interested in learning more about the relationship of guinea pigs and rabbits in terms of housing and nutritional health: http://www.guineapigcages.com/rabbits.htm

While their digestive systems are similar in terms of needing hay, etc. the nutrients they require are quite different. Especially in terms of vitamin C. Guinea pigs cannot produce their own, whereas rabbits can. And this can be disastrous if your guinea pig doesn't get adequate vitamin C. I'd strongly discourage anyone from feeding rabbit food to a guinea pig. It's not formulated for their dietary needs. Same with hamster food that contains things like corn, nuts, seeds, etc. Guinea pigs are not only prone to choking but also do not require the oils and other fats contained in seeds that are healthy for hamsters.

Also, it's perfectly fine to offer your piggie citrus fruits, just be sure to do so in moderation as the citric acid can cause mouth sores if they have too much (just like you or I would develop a chancre sore if we ate a lot of sour candy or citrus fruit). Some are picky about it and will turn their nose up anyhow, but if you have a piggie that enjoys citrus, a small slice of mandarin orange or even a bit of orange peel is a perfectly acceptable treat containing the much-needed vitamin C.

In terms of housing a guinea pig with a rabbit, while many people have done this and likely done it unknowingly in terms of danger, there is significant risk involved to the guinea pig. Rabbits' hind feet are incredibly strong and even just one enthusiastic hop could be fatal if a guinea pig were caught in the 'line of kicking'. More information about that pairing is also contained on the link above.


anonymous 2 years ago

@southpaw23: sorry but i disagree


anonymous 2 years ago

@anonymous: im thinking around 3 or 4


anonymous 2 years ago

@lifeloveliving: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

dont give them oranges...

they cannot eat citrus fruits (lemons or onrnges etc...)

trust me


anonymous 2 years ago

@lifeloveliving: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

dont give them oranges...

they cannot eat citrus fruits (lemons or onrnges etc...)

trust me


anonymous 2 years ago

@anonymous: no - bananas are bad for them (DIARRHEA)


anonymous 2 years ago

@southpaw23: YES THAT IS TRUE BUT THAT IS NO REASON NOT TO GIVE THEM SEEDS AT ALL (oops caps lock):D


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Image Girl 2 years ago

sigh. a few years back a friend dropped a chocolate bar - and my guinea pig ate it and died. very sad. Years later and I still feel terrible about it.


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dpethealth lm 2 years ago

I really wonder what they do eat in their natural habitat. In reality where would they find vitamin C or if they come across nuts, will they eat it?


Edutopia 2 years ago

My niece has been lobbying hard for a guinea pig. Will have to go over this lens with her to make sure she knows everything she should about taking care of them.


hatbat99 2 years ago

hi my guinea pig ate some bread about the size of your thumb print is she gonna be ok? it was left on the table and she sniffed it out


Buddy1024 2 years ago

I have 3 guinea pigs and feed them hay pellets and fruits and veggies But one of my guinea pigs is really really REALLY overweight. I tried to cut down about the pellets and veggies in the cage but the others started to get sick so I gave them the amount I did before. So I was wondering if there is a way to safely keep her weight down? P.S. All piggies are female and share one cage. Additional note: My over weight piggie is very aggrssive towrds other piggies. Why? P.S. Can not afford another cage. P.S. Three Piggie huts in cage. One for each pig. PLEASE respons A.S.P.A! I am VERY worried!


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MelonyVaughan 2 years ago

Great information! Thanks for sharing!


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kathysart 2 years ago

Ever since I heard Mark Marone who hosts "Petkeeping" say how much he loves guinea pigs I have thought of getting a couple. Good advice on their care! Angel blessed!


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MGuberti 2 years ago

The Guinea Pigs look so adorable!


Barbara116 2 years ago

My vet says the easiest and best way to give a pig vitamin c is to add a small amount of Tang to his water. Just enough to turn the water very pale orange. My pig loves it! Cheaper too.


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GOT LM 2 years ago

Nice work


SoleSurvivor 2 years ago

@anonymous: No!

You absolutely CANNOT give them Sunflower seeds!

They're too big for the guinea pigs to chew and even if they do chew them, they'll choke on the big pieces.

Trust me buddy, i learned this the hard way.


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DeniseDurham2011 2 years ago

I love Guinea Pigs. This is a great lens! It is so fun to watch them eat.


tina-resoort 2 years ago

can you feed Guinea Pigs celery or celery leaves


ohcheap1 2 years ago

My Vince and Howard (Mighty Boosch fans) are really picky eaters. They either love it or hate it. Spinach is a hate. WHAT?!?!? IKR I was really surprised. Kale on the other hand they will yell at each other over Kale. Vince has a weight issue. I dont know what I should do to help him. They have a 6'x 3' cage with a balcony and a partner in crime to play with. Any thoughts on ways to help him trim down?


webtechdl 2 years ago

Thanks helped greatly now we know what he cant have.


melisa-r-hart 2 years ago

Blaine and Spencer were bought about a week apart. I love them to death. We are still working on the handling thing and it is funny how different they are. Blaine is calm and just wants to snuggle. Spencer is hyper and "popcorns" all the timge and wants to eat the dogs toenails. These are my first guinea pigs so I am tyring to do the best I can with the little guys.

So anyways, long story short, this is definately more informative then anything else I have seen. It's kinda funny cause my boyfriend eats mostly fruits and veggies too and pretty much the same thing too, so it will make the grocery shopping easier.

Just one question, can they have mushrooms or things like peaches and plums?


abby-werth 2 years ago

Thank you so much for this handy information! We just purchased two guinea pigs (Abraham and Harry) and have already fallen in love! The petstore told us they could have a few treats from our frig but we weren't sure if we could trust that info or not! Now we know for sure what to give them.


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livingfrontiers 2 years ago

Cute and great information! I love your suggestions on the no list...a good one for us all:)


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neuromancer lm 2 years ago

Thanks for this, I never thought that cabbage might really be bad for them.


krissy542 2 years ago

great information. I am wondering though can you give a Guinea pig a salt wheel? i am hearing two different things


krissy542 2 years ago

great information. I am wondering though can you give a Guinea pig a salt wheel? i am hearing two different things


prosperityjane 2 years ago

I know this was mentioned below but I just wanted to suggest not to feed your guin-guins spinach. It contains too much calcium which can cause kidney stones. My piggies loved it so I fed it to them all the time but my little Nutmeg developed a stone and was so sick and she didn't make it through the surgery. I still hadn't put 2 and 2 together and still was feeding the spinach to Pumpkin. Then she developed a stone and had to have surgery. She's fine now but it's not worth taking the chance not to mention the pain and $$ to feed them spinach when they love other things too. Just my experience and 2 cents....


XxLittleTxX 2 years ago

HI, Ive been on this website before to ask another question.. Im not sure if this is the right area to ask it, im sorry if its not but im desperate.. I think my guinea pig has a infection on his foot.. I can afford to go to the vet. His foot is swollen and has a piece of his poop on it. I once pulled it off and put oil on it. Im not sure if it worked but another piece of poop stuck to his same foot. When i pulled it off he didnt bleed, he was in pain though.. Not all the poop came off.. So this time i have to soak and pull. I dont know what to do PLEASE HELP. I clean his cage once a week. I now know i have to scoop his cage regularly, he poops way more then my girl guinea pig. His foot, i belive is reder then it should be. Its been like this for a while, Im trying to find help. Please help :D. Oh, its on his front paw (left). Also whenever i touch it, he squirms.. so that tells me hes in pain. If you dont know the question here it is... How do i heal a guinea pigs front foot, with a piece of poop on it and maybe infected, without going to the vet?? THANK YOU :D


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southpaw23 2 years ago Hub Author

@XxLittleTxX: Hi there!

Unfortunately you really must get your piggie to a vet! It sounds like he has an infection that may require antibiotics, or he may have something called bumble foot, which can afflict guinea pigs at any age. Even though it's expensive, your piggies' life could be at stake and you need to make sure he is taken care of. If you can get to a local vet, ask them what they can do to help and if you might be able to do a payment plan. I wouldn't rely on at-home treatment for something like this without a proper diagnosis. He may need prescription medicine. I hope that he feels better and that you're able to get some help!


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southpaw23 2 years ago Hub Author

@prosperityjane: Oh thank you, prosperityjane! This was something I'd heard but I wasn't sure of the details. I try to keep the spinach to a 'treat' and not a main staple of their greens. But it's good to know that it's so full of calcium. Thank you for this helpful tip!!


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southpaw23 2 years ago Hub Author

@krissy542: Hi Krissy,

That's a good question. I've never had salt wheels for my piggies...or hm, I may have way toward the beginning but I don't think they went for it, if so. My policy with things like that is if there's a chance that it's not good, it's probably best to avoid it. With proper fruits/veggies and pellets/hay, guinea pigs should be able to get all of their necessary vitamins and minerals. I'm sorry I don't have a more definitive answer! I just did some searching and it looks like the general consensus is 'no', though I haven't consulted a veterinarian on it.


melissa-mcavaddy 2 years ago

@XxLittleTxX: Sounds like he really needs a vet. That might not be poo, it may be nacrotic tissue (dying/dead). This usually leads to an open wound, a decubitus ulcer or bed sore. It's a lesion and tends to remain open ooze and need proper wound care to heal...on people at least. Being that you can't get him to a vet right now, I would see if there are any Cavy rescues in your area that would take a look at it and point you in the right direction. Please don't get rid of him because of this...he'll likely just be put down. Good luck...saying a prayer for him!


danielle-rose-9634 2 years ago

@krissy542: I was wandrin what kind of fruit and veggies can guinea pigs eat?


gabiann1 2 years ago

@XxLittleTxX: that same thing happened to my pig. (guniea)


nina-f-1232 2 years ago

I was cuddling my adult male piggy and noticed his bum was really dirty. I try to give him baths once in a while but he hates them. But this isn't just dirty, its a white discharge and some greenish stuff in the middle. I read a few places online that this could be from too much calcium. Then on your site I realized I had been feeding him the wrong food. The pellets I have are Timothy Hay & Alfafa hay. I also give him regular Timothy Hay. I've stopped with the pellets for now but I wonder if this will go away on its own once I buy the right food or is there something else I should do? He is still pooping and peeing and I don't think he's in pain. He might be more moody than normal but that could be because I've been prodding him in his private areas. Any suggestions?


nina-f-1232 2 years ago

@nina-f-1232: The problem resolved itself. I bought him Oxbow adult food and his bottom has cleared up! I just wish he was like a cat and would groom himself up in those areas. It gets so filthy!!!


taylor-tovey-7 2 years ago

@XxLittleTxX: Try to feed him something while pulling the poop off and i dont know why his foot would be red but you should go to the pet store and ask what could be wrong because they know more about it than i do lol i wish i could help out a little more but sorry hope he is okay. :)


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VaBeachMatthew 2 years ago

My Wife was searching for Guinea Pig care and feeding and found this page... I chuckled when I came back to the computer and saw it was on Squidoo... Liked and commented... thanks ;)


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tillylooloo 2 years ago

Nice to see a recommendation for lots of hay. Shame many people dont realise this!


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Onemargaret LM 2 years ago

I love guinea pigs! We lost two in recent years and I miss them so much! Great lens!


sierra-bouthillier 2 years ago

@krissy542: yes, you can but you shouldn't put it in their food dish, or they may think that this is something to eat as a meal. They will pay too much attention to the wheel, and won't bother to eat food because they will have eaten too much salt. Also, if you do decide to have a salt wheel, make sure you ALWAYS have clean, fresh water in the bottle. You should also make sure that they are drinking enough water so they won't get de-hydrated. If you notice them acting weirdly after you place the wheel inside of their cage, PLEASE notify me incase it is a sign of a Kidney-Stone. But over all, the salt wheel is a good idea to cover the cravings of salt that your guinea(s) will have.


sierra-bouthillier 2 years ago

@danielle-rose-9634: oranges, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, cherries, bell peppers, carrots, bananas, grapes, cucumber... there are many more, but those are the ones that they seem to enjoy. Just NEVER feed them iceburg lettuce.


sierra-bouthillier 2 years ago

@tina-resoort: you can, but don't feed them too much because when we eat big amounts, we get gassy and upset stomachs, so just think of what it does to our little babies. You also need to watch out for the stringy parts that get stuck in our teeth and throat, because this can cause a guinea pig to choke. They can also die from eating too much, because their stomachs can't handle it. I give my guinea pigs a few leaves about every 3 days. So the answer is yes, but NEVER too much. Also remember that celery is a high water tolerenced food.


sierra-bouthillier 2 years ago

@Buddy1024: What kinds of fruits and vegetables are you feeding them? That may be the cause, or she may be pregnant, because this has happened with many guinea pigs I know. It may also be because she doesn't get enough exercise. It is best to give them "floor time" for about 30-45 minutes a day. She may be agressive because ytou don't hold her enough. Message me if this continues after you try this stuff. Also please tell me what foods you have been feeding them.


sierra-bouthillier 2 years ago

@anonymous: you need to check if she had clean water, and maybe give her some bellpepper every once in a while, for vitamin C. You may also need to change her diet, because they cannot have corn kernals, or seeds. try to get something better, like Gerty Guinea Pig food, made by the company called "Supreme Original." It isn't really that cheap or expensive eigther. Hope this helps!


krissy-gee-7 2 years ago

Thank you for you tips on feeding our newest family members....it was a big help for us. Just wondering if they are allowed to eat KIWI FRUIT?...


danielle-p-duffield 2 years ago

@krissy-gee-7: I feed my Piggies, Tribble and her daughter Wicket both Abyssinian PigPigs, Kiwi every once in a while, they love it and it does have good nutritional values too. One bite for me, one bite for da PigPigs. This is a fun page and here are a couple more that have helped us greatly:

Guinea Lynx has a great nutrition chart that you can print out and Jackies Guinea Piggies is a little more "personal" like this page is and lots of fun.


danielle-p-duffield 2 years ago

I enjoyed your site and information it seems every site has something different to add to our wealth of PigPig knowledge, thank you. -Danielle, Tim and PigPig's Tribble and Wicket


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sarahjjac 2 years ago

Great lens!


malcomiscool 2 years ago

I have fed Oxbow Timothy hay for the last five years. I have a guineapig rescue and feed over twenty hungry mouths and the crave the evening feeding when the hay bin is opened.


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alexandradouglas 2 years ago from Florida

Very useful info! I have had guinea pigs my entire life until now. Lost my last girl a month ago. She was 7 years old. She lost her best friend a month prior therefore I think she mourned herself to sleep. Great lens! Feel free to visit mine. Not guinea pig related but animal related more or less.


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EbooksFreeWeekl1 2 years ago

Informative lens. good to know thx! :)


crystal-mcneese 2 years ago

@anonymous: Just a question..... My daughter has a miniture potbelly pig and I was wondering if you knew if it was safe to feed my guineas the same pig feed???


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southpaw23 2 years ago Hub Author

@crystal-mcneese: Hi Crystal,

Unfortunately that isnt a match. Guinea pig pellets are specifically created to match the balance of nutrients and the disguises pigs need for their species. While they appear similar to animals like bunnies even then they need separate food. They have no relation to pigs at all so this would be particularly dangerous. Definitely provide your guinea pig with food specifically made for guinea pigs.


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southpaw23 2 years ago Hub Author

@southpaw23: Oops it said disguises and I typed vitamins haha. My phone autocorrected me!


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spids1 24 months ago

Great lens very well written.


jimmyboy88 23 months ago

i lost one 2 years ago and recently a friend's piggies gave birth to 3 babies. She is giving me 2 of them so i am back to rearing guinea pigs again :)


anonymous 23 months ago

Thank you for such an informative lens.


lisadavi 23 months ago

i one guinea pig it got really bad pooly i took it to the vet it because i gave it to much lettuce they but my guinea pig to sleep it was that bad i got up set about it he die 2 year a go now i ws not happ with it


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rooshoo 23 months ago

Guinea pigs are cute. Great lens!


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uneasywriter lm 23 months ago

Good guinea pig feeding tips. Will keep these in mind! Thanks


julia-sky-75 23 months ago

Can i feed them strawberrys ???


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southpaw23 23 months ago Hub Author

@julia-sky-75: Hi Julia! Yup, guinea pigs can safely have strawberries, just in very occasional quantities as treats since they can be quite sugary. My guinea pigs unfortunately turn their noses up at these treats, but that just means all the more for me :D


LilacsintheRain 22 months ago

Someone dropped off a g-pig on my front lawn. She's been out there for a couple of weeks now. I have been doing a crash course in g-pig health and care (good thing you were here to guide me, I was about to feed her ALL the wrong things!) I'm worried about her; the winter is coming on. I live in west Central Florida. The Animal Control people won't help, nor will the ASPCA. How can I get her indoors before we have a killing frost; she won't survive it; I wouldn't either!


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southpaw23 22 months ago Hub Author

@LilacsintheRain: Hi there! Oh my goodness that poor piggie, and how sweet of you to be researching how to care for her! I am surprised she has survived the weeks already, as guinea pigs are such prey animals and not meant to be let out in the wild. That is so awful that the ASPCA people won't take her to a shelter! But how lucky she is that you are there for her. I think it sounds like fate! Getting her inside and safe is top priority right now, so I'd say you can start with a store bought cage from a place like PetCo just in the meantime (the bigger you can find the better), a water bottle, food dish, pellet-based piggie food and timothy hay, and aspen or carefresh shavings. I'd be happy to help answer any questions or guide you through caring for her if you want to message me directly! I'm so glad you commented. Hopefully we can save her and help her find a loving home with you!


ohcheap1 22 months ago

Good thing is they LOVE covered shelters. It wouldnt take any amount of coaxing to get him/her to run into a cage if prompted with some bell pepper or other snack. They seek out covered areas.


LilacsintheRain 22 months ago

@southpaw23: Yes. I saw her the day she was dropped off but then not again until today. I know they don't have any real defenses other than running away but we have snakes, osprey, raccoons, opossum, big rats, cats and dogs here. I resigned myself to her being lost until today. I was very surprised to see her; and the little monkey ran off under the house to hide. I set out a dish of fresh veggies and fruit but I need to get a water bottle and pellets, etc. Thank you for your support. I'm afraid I am way out of my depth here bc I have never owned a g-pig so I know virtually nothing about them. Any guidance you can spare would be gratefully appreciated. Tomorrow I will take myself off in search of a large cage and the accouterments you have listed here. Yes, I would like to message directly. At the moment, this is my top priority concern. Where can I reach you? And thank you from the both of us :)


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southpaw23 22 months ago Hub Author

@LilacsintheRain: Hi again! You're welcome to send me an email any time at lesley@theguineapigguide.com I hope the little sweetie takes the veggies and you'll be able to grab her. She is a fighter, for sure! I am thinking of both of you and hoping for a safe capture into your home, and I am here for you to help in any way I can!


prosperityjane 22 months ago

Please keep us updated on this little guinea pig!


prosperityjane 22 months ago

Please keep us all updated on this little guinea pig!!!!


LilacsintheRain 22 months ago

@southpaw23: I don't agree about the vet. Vets these days are more interested in handing you a bill than EVER they are about the best interests of the animal or you. They will load you up, selling you all sorts of things for an animal they know is too far gone or is so fragile that none of these meds will help. They run tests for things they already know the answers to just so they can hand us a padded bill. I moved here seven years ago and I went through FIVE unscrupulous vets before I found one that really cares about the best interests of the animals; it's a national disgrace an a particular problem in Floriduh.

If I were her, I'd first clean the foot with liberal amounts of hydrogen peroxide; which can be purchased anywhere that sells pharmaceuticals. Then I would look for any signs of a break in the skin or any kind of skin eruption; if there is one, this is the place to focus. You can also get a tube of topical antibiotic cream from your grocery store and put that on it. The hydrogen peroxide kills anaerobic bacteria and the topical cream will kill aerobic bacteria. Keep the foot and the cage clean. Remove any "poop" clots, especially from his feet. Don't forget the bedding in the cage will collect urine and this can be very bad for not only his feet, but his lungs. Urine rots like anything else and will be full of bacteria. The best way to heal anything is to keep it as clean as possible. I would clean that foot four times a day and watch its progress carefully. I would put small amounts of the hydrogen peroxide in a clean spray bottle, and keep spraying that foot. If it doesn't show progress in say three days, then I'd head for a vet. It's a real shame that vets have become such crooks. My vet bills are higher than my health bills for both my mother and myself!


LilacsintheRain 22 months ago

@southpaw23: Too much salt will dehydrate them and drive up their blood pressure (strokes). Best to stick to fresh fruits and veggies and keep a fresh supply of water close at hand.


LilacsintheRain 22 months ago

@sierra-bouthillier: I'd stay away from zucchini, too. Not only does it have seeds they could choke on, the skin contains toxins that neither humans nor animals should eat.


LilacsintheRain 22 months ago

@Barbara116: Tang is full of sugar. I would be concerned about their teeth. You can get chewable "ascorbic acid" in the health food store. This is vitamin C minus the sugar. I get it in tablet form for me. You could grind it up into a powder and add it to water until it is a light orange. I have doves and this is what i do for them. They love it and they look SO much healthier.


LilacsintheRain 22 months ago

@Image Girl: You can't feed any animal chocolate. Some chocolate beans are okay but most are not and it's not worth it to play Russian roulette with the health of pets. I don't bother about the cocoa beans they can eat; I just have a hard fast rule, "No chocolate of any kind for animals." Always best to check online to find the best diet and particular health needs for each animal type.


AnimalHouse 21 months ago

Thank you for sharing those guidelines on caring a guinea pig. Well presented lens! Nice job!


dellgirl 21 months ago

This is an informative lens, itâs very thorough and so well done! Thank you for sharing it, I learned something new here.


mistaben 21 months ago

I really like your ideas, fantastic info!


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avigarret 21 months ago

This is a terrific and extensive lens that should be read by all owners of Guinea Pigs. Not only will it prolong the lives of these adorable bastards, but also make their lives more enjoyable.


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Dianna206 21 months ago

I found a brand of guinea pig food that includes pumpkin seeds. Not the salted kind of course, but it has all kinds of things mixed in it in addition to the pellets. My guinea pig actually picks out the pumpkin seeds first and eats them! On this lens, you say that it's not good for them. Should I pick them out of the bag or something? Thank you!


Rockbleeder 21 months ago

Thanks for this article. I had a guinea pig before but I left it to my parents' house. It died after some months. I still don't what caused its death.


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Simplesimone 21 months ago

Thanks for posting all the things a guinea pig can eat. My six year old nephew is getting two for Christmas, this has been a very helpful lens.


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soniathereviewe1 21 months ago

We are guinea pig freaks too. :-) RIght now we only have 1, and she's enjoying life with 2 male bunnies. Guineas are such gentle creatures. :-)


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soniathereviewe1 21 months ago

We are guinea pig freaks too. :-) RIght now we only have 1, and she's enjoying life with 2 male bunnies. Guineas are such gentle creatures. :-)


shannon-l-nolder 20 months ago

@LilacsintheRain: but a cage and bring the guinea pig inside or it will die


kiernanmay317 20 months ago

i have a guinea pig and i love her SOOO much and i do not want her to get hurt or feel bad so i loved this cite personally (her name is Cinnamon but i can't feed her cinnamon) (this is just for laughs)


taemeiser-wagner 20 months ago

Can guinea pigs eat graham crackers? Im new "mom" with 2 pigs.


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JeffGilbert 20 months ago

This is great info. Very well researched and also from speaks from personal experience. Great lens!


2LilPiggies 19 months ago

Hello my husband bought our sons a guinea pig each for their bdays a couple weeks ago. We got a mommy and one of her babies well within the last week the mommy has got super huge. She's doubled in sized we feed her the food were suppose to and only give them carrots and slicesof apple as treats. Could she have gotten pregnant before we got her?????? The baby is still the same size so I know were not over feeding them. Please help!!!!


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MBurgess 18 months ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Level 1 Commenter

Very thorough outline on what it takes to properly care for a guinea pig. I have had 3 and I absolutely love these creatures! Thanks for sharing this helpful lens!


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southpaw23 18 months ago Hub Author

@taemeiser-wagner: Hi there! Sadly graham crackers aren't in a guinea pig's natural diet. For something crispy and sweet as an alternative, you could try a small slice of apple! Thanks so much for your question and best of luck with your new peegs! <3


Faddyswooshpets 17 months ago

Hi I never knew Guinea pigs had such extensive diet. I thought it was just water, hay, lettuce and pellets. Thank you.


Margot_C 17 months ago

I had no idea there were so many things you shouldn't feed your guinea pig. Some of them were no-brainers, but a couple were surprises. Thanks for being such a good advocate for these little guys.


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Cynthia Haltom 16 months ago

I was unaware that there are so many food that are harmful to guinea pigs. This is very useful information that I can share with my grandson.


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Meganhere 16 months ago

Guinea pigs are great pets for children. I love them.


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anyavnclv lm 15 months ago

Thanks for the info! I will forward this link to my sister so she can better care for her Guinea Pigs.


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Socialpro54 LM 15 months ago

This is an informative lens, it's very thorough and so well done!

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