I owned guinea pigs when I was a kid, and now my kids have guinea pigs. I have learned a lot from owning so many guinea pigs during my life. A lot has changed over the years, and there are so many great foods available for piggies. We have currently have five guinea pigs, and their health is important to us. Here is what I recommend for their diet.
Disclaimer: this post contains Chewy.com and Amazon affiliate links.
I order most of our pet supplies on Chewy.com, but I also order from Amazon (and that includes everything from cat food and cat litter to guinea pig supplies). I like the convenience of not having to drive to the store, and it is nice to be able to order and have pet supplies arrive at my door a day or two later.
Guinea pig pellets
Guinea pig pellets are a staple for your pet’s diet. Because this is their primary food, you want to make sure that it is a good quality. Guinea pigs should not have a lot of seeds, so avoid pellet mixes that have seeds as fillers. And just like I do for myself, I check the label for unwanted ingredients, such as dyes. I often see cheap foods that are filled with seeds and brightly, artificially colored pieces.
I personally like a high-quality food such as Oxbow Guinea Pig Pellets. These pellets have different blends, such as a formula for younger guinea pigs vs. adult guinea pigs.
Tip: We have 5 guinea pigs, and they go through a surprising amount of food. I order large bags of food, as much as 30 lbs at a time, so that it is more economical. Chewy and Amazon both offer a variety of sizes, and it is nice not to have to lug big bags home from the stor.
Hay is an important part of your guinea pig’s diet, as they should be able to forage on hay. It helps to wear down their teeth, and provides grazing activity, as well as nutrition. We choose high-quality Oxbow Western Timothy Hay. The hay should be fresh, and when I order Oxbow hay, it is always a nice green color. Lower quality hay is often more yellow, with thicker pieces.
I order a 25-lb bale of hay at a time and store it in a plastic storage bin, but you can order from a variety of sizes, from 15oz to 40lbs.
There are blends of hay as well as alfalfa, but you want to mainly stick with timothy. Alfalfa has a lot of protein and calcium, which is not good on a regular basis.
Sometimes we also order hay cubes to switch things up or when we have a petsitter watching the pigs, as the compressed cubes are less messy.
Tip: I have heard a lot of horror stories about hay feeders. We have a solid bin that came with our old guinea pig cage, and now I just set it on the cage floor. Just about feeder that is a wire rack or mesh can be a possible danger for a guinea pig to get tangled in it.
Fresh fruits and veggies
It is important to give your guinea pigs fresh fruit and veggies. That being said, always make sure that a fruit or veggie is something your guinea pig can have – I always check Google first when I’m not sure! We also don’t give them too much fruit, so as to limit their sugar.
Another fun thing we do sometimes is grow grass in a sprouting tray. We usually do this in the winter when veggies are not in season.
We like to find healthy treats for our piggies, like Oxbow guinea pig treats. We also like Rosewood Naturals, which has some neat treats in their product line, such as dried flowers. We try to stay away from treats that have seeds in them, or artificial ingredients such as dyes.
Our guinea pigs also go crazy over pea flakes! These are a huge hit with piggies and make for an awesome treat.
Tip: Store foods carefully
Part of choosing good foods is also making sure we store the food carefully so it stays fresh, especially the food we buy in bulk. I use a big rolling bin for the guinea pig pellets, smaller food storage containers for the kids to pour out the pellets from, and a large plastic tub for storing the hay.
Check out my other guinea pig blog posts:
Gift Ideas for Your Guinea Pig
Fun Guinea Pig Toys for All Ages
Tips for Using Cage Liners for Guinea Pigs
Pros and Cons of Guinea Pig Fleece Cage Liners
Guinea Pig Food: What We Feed Our Piggies
Basic Supplies for Guinea Pigs
How to Grow Grass for Guinea Pigs Using Seed Sprouting Trays
Why Guinea Pigs Make Great Pets for Kids
Aw! We have two guinea pigs and they eat hay and guinea pig food with pellets and dried fruit. They seem to enjoy it!
I had guinea pigs when I was younger. They are so cute and great to have as pets. This post is very helpful on what to feed them.
I’ve always wanted to have a guinea pig but got a rabbit instead when I was younger. It’s nice to see that the brands have better ingredients for guinea pig foods today
I will have to look for these treats. I am sure my pets will love them.
Guinea pigs are so adorable. I would love to get one someday. My daughters really want one too.
What a happy little pack, I bet! My DiL likes to cut costs on hay by buying a small bale of timothy hay at the local tractor supply store. 50lbs for roughly ~$30!
My friend has a Guinea pig. I am sure that these advice will help her to take a better care of her pet!
This looks like a really nice treats for my son’s Guinea pigs! They’ll love this for sure!
My 2 Guinea pigs would really love this for sure! I’m gonna let my husband see this! Thanks for sharing this with us!
Your guinea pigs are so cute! A healthy diet is so important to keep pets (and humans) feeling good!
I had so much fun with our guinea pigs when we had them. They got so happy when they got their treats.
It is so interesting to read about your pets diets! We have a hamster that has a similar feeding as well.
We had guinea pigs when I was small. Reading this, I remember the importance of fresh hay and the pellets. They’re so cute!
They are so cute & it sounds like you have them on a great diet, they look healthy & happy. I bet they make a lot of happy little squeaks; they sound so adorable with the noises they make.
This post brought a smile to my face. That first photo is just so adorable…I’d honestly love a guinea pig..they are such so cute!
I didn’t even think about the fact that alfalfa shouldn’t be given daily. I am slowly doing research and hope to get a guinea pig so this is really helpful.
They’re so super cute. My granddaughter just lost her hampster. I was thinking maybe we’ll try to get her a guinea.
Awww your little piggies are soooo adorable. It sounds like they are on a great diet.
We’ve had guinea pigs back when I had no kids yet…they’re so cute! And while I do not know a lot of what to feed them they thrived, thanks for sharing this, I now have cats but maybe somewhere down the line I’d get to pet guinea pigs again…