List of vegetables, fruits, herbs and leaves for guinea pigs

Variation in the menu of your guinea pigs is essential for a good health. That’s why it’s so important to provide different sorts of foodstuffs on daily basis, eventually supplemented with dried variants. The phytonutrients are present only in smaller quantities, but their positive effects on your piggies’ health can be huge in many ways. Every substance has another function. That is the reason why it is so important to offer a varied menu, which offers a broad range of phytonutrients and prevents the risk of an overdose of specific substances. The more variation the better. (Oh…. Of course this also counts for the pet parents!)

Are you experiencing trouble to come up with something else than a piece of carrot, some bell peppers of a piece of lettuce? Then have a good look on this list with safe foodstuffs as an inspiration source. There are more ingredients that guinea pigs can eat and might not be mentioned. Do you doubt? Then don’t provide it, better safe than sorry! 

You can download the complete list here!

Some remarks:

  • Always provide raw food
  • Vary within one meal, especially with cabbage sorts and vegetables that contain a lot of moisture
  • Trying something new? Provide it in small quantities first to make their tummies used to it
  • Are they not eating a new foodstuff? Keep on trying for a few times, sometimes they just need to get used to the taste!
  • Don’t pick grass and herbs right next to the road or at places where lots of dogs have been
  • Only give herbs in small quantities because of their strong qualities

Vegetables

Endive

Artichoke

Celery

Cauliflower

Kale

Carrots with foliage

Broccoli

Chinese cabbage

Iceberg lettuce

Celeriac

Cucumber

Lettuce

Maize

Corn leaves

Paksoi

Bell pepper

Parsnip

Pumpkin

Radishes

Beetroot

Red cabbage

Rucola

Savoy

Spinach

cabbage

Brussels sprouts

Bean sprouts

Tomato

Lamb’s lettuce

Fennel

Winter carrot

chicory

White cabbage

Fruit

Strawberry

Apricot

Pineapple

Apple

Banana

Cherries

Kiwi

Mango

Melon

Papaya

Pear

Plum

Rosehip

Watermelon

Herbs

Coriander
Dill

Grass

Clover

Daisy

Mint

Oregano

Dandelion

Parsley

Celery

Thyme

Plantain

Sorrel

Leaves

Strawberry leaf

Bamboo leaves

Birch leaves

Beech leaves

Grape leaf

Raspberry leaf

Hazelnut leaves

Cherry leaf

Reed leaves

Walnut leaves

Willow branches

Do not provide

Avocado

Beans

Garlic

Raw potato

Onion, leeks, etc. 

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