Your pocket pet likes to eat just like you! But unlike humans, they practically live to eat and they will munch on whatever it is you give them. The voracious appetite of your tiny guinea pig is a sign of its happy, healthy and little cavy life. They are easy to please because they enjoy any type of food but that doesn’t mean you can throw anything to them. Before you let them gnaw on their guinea pig treats, read on to know which is good for your tiny furry friend.
The Basic Guinea Pig Diet
Guinea pig can live with just water, guinea pig pellets and grass hay. Yes, it is very easy to feed them and keep them alive. But you don’t want your beloved pet eating just that three all his life when you are enjoying on several types of food in a day.
Like humans, guinea pigs drink a lot of water and it is very essential to their health. Fresh water is a priority in their diet since most of their diet staples are mostly dry-say pellets and grains so he should have an access to clean water 24/7.
Guinea Pig Pellet
Pellets have all the necessary vitamins and minerals that your furry friend need. It contains Vitamins like A, B-12, C, D and E as well as minerals such as Phosphorous, Niacin, Biotin and Selenium help your cuddly cavies grow and develop into healthy active adults. Be careful in choosing what guinea pig to give your baby because some of the pellets in the market contain nuts, seeds and other preservatives and sweeteners that your cavies doesn’t need.
Alfalfa Pellets this type of pellet should be given to your cavies once they reach the age of 6 months or older because this pellet is high in calcium, fat and sugar. Your vet will also recommend this for old, pregnant and nursing mothers. Depends on your pet’s age, you can give them ¼ or 1/8 cup of alfalfa pellet daily or you can offer these as guinea pig treats to your little ones.
Timothy Hay Pellets you can give your pet unlimited serving of timothy hay pellets because it is low in fat, rich in fibre and sufficient protein and it is moist and delicious. They are mostly readily available in most pet shops so it is very easy to provide.
Guinea Pig Hay
Make your guinea pig giggle with glee by serving him a heaping bowl of guinea pig hay because hay mimics the natural environment of guinea pigs in the wild. So they are drawn to the smell, taste and textures of grass hay naturally. Grass hay also aids in their proper digestion as well as helps keep chewy cavy teeth healthy—gnawing on hay helps to wear down busy teeth to keep them from growing too long. Your guinea pigs diet should make up about 70-80% of grass hay.