Fresh vegetables can be given to your guinea pigs once a day to keep them happy and healthy. To ensure that you are not overfeeding, keep the portion size to 1 cup of veggies per guinea pig. It’s also important that you have a variety of different vegetables for them since each type will provide its own nutrients. Here is a list of some popular vegetables that guinea pig owners love to give to their piggies!
1. Red Leaf and Green Leaf Lettuce
Leafy greens should take up 85%-90% of your guinea pig’s veggie diet so lettuce is a vegetable that can be fed to your piggies once a day. Feed them around a cup of leafy greens per guinea pig.
Cucumbers are another vegetable that can be a staple to your guinea pig’s diet. However, it doesn’t provide too much nutritional value so be sure to mix in other veggies with it. Cucumbers are very high in water content so it’s a great treat in the summers to cool them down. You can feed them a few slices a day per guinea pig.
3. Bell Pepper
Bell peppers are a great source of Vitamin C for your guinea pigs. Green and yellow bell peppers can be fed to them daily because they are lower in sugar content. On the other hand, red and orange bell peppers are higher in sugar content and should be fed to them less frequently. Generally, 1/6th - 1/8th of a bell pepper a day is enough for a single guinea pig.
Zucchini is another great source of Vitamin C for your piggies and can be fed to them almost daily. It also has the right amount of calcium in it to maintain healthy bones. Guinea pigs need the right amount of Vitamin C from their intake to maintain a sound immune system and to also prevent them from getting scurvy. A bit less than half a cup of zucchini a day would be just enough for a guinea pig.
Celery can be fed in moderation around 1-2 times a week. If fed too much of it, it could lead to urinary tract stones. Celery stalks have strings that run along the length of it so be sure to chop it up into ½” pieces to ensure that the guinea pig does not choke. A sixth of a stalk of celery should be plenty of celery for a single guinea pig, never give it a whole stalk of celery!
Guinea pigs absolutely love carrots, but these are one of the veggies that you have to feed in moderation. Carrots are high in Vitamin A and sugar so feeding your piggies too much of it may need to tooth problems, diabetes, and even oxalate stones. You can give some to them a couple of times a week in portion size of around 1 to 2 baby carrots.
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The key to a happy piggy is to keep things mixed up now and then. Introduce them to new vegetables and see which ones they like the best. There are so many more vegetables that are not on this list that can be enjoyed, so be sure to do your research before giving it to them. Happy veggie feeding!