Squidgypigs Guide To The Basics

In addition to hay and a good quality dry food every Guinea Pig should have approximately a cupful of fresh vitamin C rich veg a day. Squidgypigs recommend a mixture of Spring Greens, Savoy Cabbage and Romaine Lettuce as a basic staple.

Squidgypigs - Guinea Pigs and Spring Greens
Squidgypigs – Guinea Pigs and Spring Greens

However just as us humans enjoy a much richer and varied diet than what we need to survive; your Guinea Pigs too will benefit from a variety of fruit and veg. Today we take a look at Treat Fruit and Veg for Guinea Pigs.

The Squidgypigs Guide to Treat Fruit and Veg

Carrots

  • What’s up Doc? Carrots are probably the most notorious vegetable for small pets and unsurprisingly most piggies enjoy munching down on a carrot.
  • Carrots aren’t quite as healthy as you may suspect. High in sugar and calories if fed in too high a quantity they present a serious risk of causing obesity and diabetes in addition to dental problems. 
  • As with human treats the key is moderation and consideration for the overall diet. 
  • There is nothing wrong with a slice or two of carrot (or indeed a whole baby carrot) a couple of times a week if paired with comparatively low calorie veg. 
  • The peel/skin is perfectly edible but wash first.


Kale

  • I’ve never known a Guinea Pig that didn’t absolutely adore kale and due to it’s high vitamin C content you can be assured that it loves them back too. 
  • However kale also has a high calcium content that could cause bladder problems so it is best kept for a treat rather than a dietary constant.
  • Altogether a lovely treat that your fluffers are sure to enjoy.


Pumpkin

  • As detailed on our  Halloween Page Guinea Pigs can eat pumpkin skin and flesh. 
  • Seeds should be removed because they could present a choking risk.


Strawberries

  • Strawberries are very high in vitamin C but sadly like many fruits they are very high in both natural sugar and acid and should therefore be fed sparingly to avoid dental problems, sore lips and dietetic problems.
  •  The green tops are perfectly edible by Guinea Pigs and the outer seeds are too small to cause a problem.


Apples

  • Juicy, crisp and readily available; the humble Apple is a popular sweet treat for piggies and their human companions.
  • Sadly like Strawberries they are very high in both natural sugar and acid and should therefore be fed sparingly to avoid dental problems, sore lips and dietetic problems.
  • The skin is perfectly edible if washed but the seeds are poisonous so should be removed before presenting to your piggies.


Tomatoes 

  • Tomatoes are high in vitamin C so are a good treat for piggies. 
  • You should however always ensure there is no green leaves or vines attached, these are poisonous. 
  • Additionally due to the high acidity of tomatoes feeding too often could create sores on your pig’s lips.
  • The internal seeds are harmless however the juice may stain some light coloured piggies.


Celery

  • Celery is generally enjoyed by Guinea Pigs however due to the relatively low nutritional value it should be kept as an occasional treat. 
  • Unless you are going to supervise the whole consumption of the celery stalk (as below) celery should always be fed with the strings removed and with the stalk cut into small chunks, this is to avoid choking or even digestive blockage. 
  • Celery leaves are edible and usually adored.


Cucumber

  • Similarly to kale I’ve never met a Guinea Pig that didn’t love cucumber. 
  • However due to it’s relatively low nutritional value it shouldn’t form a large part of their diet. 
  • Due to it’s high water content in hot weather cucumber can be liberally added to any piggy’s usual diet to aid cooling and hydration. 
  • The skin is perfectly edible (just wash it first) and the internal seeds are too soft to present a problem.

In Part Two of our Guide to Treat Fruit and Veg we shall be looking at more exotic additions to your treat repertoire.

Squidgypigs - Ned enjoying an apple
Squidgypigs – Ned enjoying an apple

See also: What to do when your Guinea Pig won’t eat.

Has your Guinea Pig tried all of these suggestions? I’d love to hear what Fruit and vegetables your Guinea Pigs enjoy. What is their favourite? What do they dislike? Please feel free to share in the comments section.
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