We all want your fuzzy, bouncy, chirping guinea pigs to grow up to be big, strong and healthy, so I put together a cheat sheet to help your chunky rodent pals get the most out of mealtime:

Store bought pellet food is an excellent base for your guinea pig’s diet. 1/8th a cup each day should do it, but be sure to buy food specially made for guinea pigs to make sure the food contains vitamin C and other nutrients essential for a healthy guinea pig.

Always provide fresh hay for your guinea pig, as it serves as fiber, bedding material and an important tool used to wear down the rodent’s constantly growing teeth.

Not only do guinea pigs appreciate some yummy greenery in their diets, the extra vitamins, minerals and nutrients are important for your pet’s ongoing health. A few guinea pig favorites include spinach, kale, carrots, lettuce, peas, tomatoes, celery and corn on the cob. Mix and match to discover your guinea pig’s favorite type of salad!

The ultimate guinea pig treat is a piece of fruit, and it’s a nice indulgence to give them a fresh snack several times each week. You don’t want to overdo the fruit, since it contains a relatively high amount of sugar, but your guinea pig will flip when you share some bits of banana, apple, blueberries, pears, strawberries and oranges! Do your guinea pig, wallet and yourself a favor by ignoring commercial treats, as they often contain a ton of sugar, corn-based products and other filler that your animal buddy just doesn’t need.

Whatever you feed your guinea pig, I’d recommend a large ceramic bowl because they are chew-proof and tip-resistant, and always offer your pig fresh water! Bon appetite, guinea pig pals!

Sources: ASPCA, Humane Society

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