Your pet guinea pig depends on you completely for it’s food and nourishment. In order for your furry little friend to stay as happy and healthy as possible you will need to make sure he’s eating the right types of food and getting all the necessary vitamins and nutrients. This article will help you learn everything you need to know to be a knowledgeable and loving guinea pig keeper.
The primary guinea pig food for your guinea pigs will be pellets. Young guinea pigs, under 10 months old, can be fed alfalfa hay-layered pellets. However, when they reach 10 months of age you should switch them to timothy hay-layered pellets because alfalfa hay is high in calcium and high doses of calcium are not good for adult guinea pigs. A good guinea pig pellet should also be hard and firm, making it necessary for your pigs to bite, chew and gnaw through it. Guinea pigs naturally like chewing and gnawing on things so your little piggies will definitely love munching on their hard pellets.
Be sure that you get pellets that are specifically formulated for guinea pigs and is therefore a complete food, meaning it has all the right nutrients in it. This includes an extra-dose of vitamin C which is a vital supplement to your guinea pig’s health. As in humans, vitamin C is not naturally produced in guinea pigs. A lack of vitamin C may cause your pet to develop scurvy. If the pellet food you are feeding your guinea pig isn’t fortified with vitamin C, supplements can be found in pet stores and can also be added to their drinking water. It’s best to give your pet guinea pig approximately 20mg of vitamin C supplements each day.
Guinea pigs also love to eat fresh vegetables, and they are also important source of required nutrients and vitamins. Green leafy vegetables help provide your pig with additional vitamin C. A list of healthy vegetables that your guinea pig will like include watercress,turnip greens, Swiss chard, spinach, mustard spinach, kale, dill weed, dandelion greens, cabbage, beet greens, cilantro, collards, and chicory greens.
I have found that the best food bowl for your pet is a heavy ceramic bowl because its hard to tip over while eating, and the sides of the bowls should be high enough to hold back any dirty and contaminated bedding. Your guinea pigs needs a constant source of clean, fresh water, and the best way to make water available is via a water bottle equipped with a “sipper” tube. Take care to keep your guinea pig’s water bottle clean because they can tend to become contaminated and clogged as the guinea pig chews on the end of the sipper tube which can backwash food particles up the tube.
This should be just about everything you need to know about guinea pig food and feeding your furry and friendly companions. If you’re new caring for guinea pigs then there are many things you need to learn about proper guinea pig care. So, click here now to pick up even more tips to ensure excellent guinea pig health.