The Proper Diet
HAY IS #1
IF GUINEA PIGS AND RABBITS DO NOT HAVE FOOD MOVING THROUGH THEIR SYSTEMS AT ALL TIMES, THEY CAN GO INTO STASIS, A VERY SEVERE ISSUE THAT CAN QUICKLY RESULT IN THE DEATH OF YOUR PET (IT ONLY TAKES 12 HOURS OF NO FOOD FOR THIS TO HAPPEN!)
THAT IS WHY HAY IS REQUIRED IN UNLIMITED AMOUNTS 24/7. HAY IS NOT A TREAT. HAY IS NOT OPTIONAL. HAY IS A NECESSARY STAPLE TO YOUR PETS’ LIFE!
Types of Hays You Can Feed
Timothy Hay – is very easy to find both online and in pet stores. Timothy hay is high in fiber and low in protein and calcium. This hay contains coarse stems that provide great nibbling material for keeping teeth ground down while remaining nutrient rich enough to give your pigs what they need.
As for all hay cuttings, 1st and 2nd cuttings are the most beneficial, but tend to be off-putting to some pigs due to the coarseness of the stems. I recommend a mixture of a 1st or 2nd cutting with a 3rd cutting or softer hay such as Orchard Grass to give them variety!
PELLETS SHOULD ONLY MAKE UP 5-10% OF YOUR GUINEA PIGS’ DAILY DIET. THEY ONLY REQUIRE 1/8 CUP PER PIG PER DAY (1 TABLESPOON FOR SHERWOOD PET HEALTH TIMOTHY PELLETS). WE WILL HAVE A DEDICATED TOPIC ON PELLETS SOON:)
I HAVE INSERTED SOME GRAPHICS FROM SHERWOOD’S WEBSITE BELOW.
Oxbow Pellets are second best (IMO)
X Soybean Hulls- Guinea Pigs should not be fed soy. They cannot properly digest soy and it’s simply a cheap filler
X Soybean Oil- again, soy should be avoided and this is another unnecessary ingredient
X Cane Molasses- SUGAR! This is usually the fourth ingredient in most pellets…that’s a lot a sugar! Some have argued that molasses is actually lower on the glycemic index than bananas, but bananas contain natural sugar. You also must take into account you are feeding pellets daily. This is too much sugar for piggies. AVOID