What do guinea pigs eat on a daily basis?


What is a typical daily diet for a guinea pig? My daughter has been wanting one as a pet for over a year and now that she is going to be10, I think she can handle the responsibility so we want to get her one for her birthday. I just want to make sure their diets aren’t too complex or expensive. 

July 18, 2020 1:00 AM
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You want to feed them daily pellets plus a mix of fresh vegetables. You can do fruit as well but this should be fed less. Their diet should be 30% pellet, 60% vegetable, and 10% fruit.

July 22, 2020 12:11 AM


Hay, water, and fortified pellets is the staple of the diet. This should make up roughly 60% of their diet. I think the post above mine has the numbers reversed or something because fresh veg is only 30%.

July 25, 2020 2:00 AM

I have always hear that hay and pellets should be offered at all times and then you give them a fresh bowl of vegetables each day and they will adjust and eat as they wish. Some eat more pellets than others.

July 25, 2020 2:18 AM

You will want to feed them a diet of mainly guinea pig food which tends to come in pellets and hay. This along with water and a small plate of fresh vegetables and a few fruit bits here and there is what they will eat daily.

July 27, 2020 1:14 AM

They will eat their pellet diet with hay every day. Some people will offer them fresh vegetables every other day or once a day. I think it is best to include a small bowl of fresh veg every day though.

July 27, 2020 10:52 PM

Hay, pellets, and water need to be given daily. You can give them fresh fruit and vegetables every other day or a few times a week but most people will recommend offering this daily.

July 29, 2020 1:23 AM

Mine eat hay, pellets, and a mix of 3 or 4 different fresh vegetables. I will give them fruit every other day in the evening. I don't like to keep it in there long as it attracts fruit flies and ants in the summer.

July 31, 2020 2:20 AM

Lots of fruits and vegetables are good for guinea pigs.

Kale, spinach, blueberries, tomatoes, celery. Just to name a few.

August 5, 2020 11:53 PM

Mine has pellets mostly and a little hay now and again. Water is always available.

Every few days I'll give some pepper, peas or carrot. Depending on what we have.

August 6, 2020 12:17 AM