Guinea Pig Feeding Schedule: How to Feed Your Guinea Pigs?

Guinea Pig Feeding Schedule

If you’ve had cavies for a while, you’ve undoubtedly noticed from the start that your little ones have a serious appetite. Day-in and day-out (and sometimes, throughout the night, as well), your fluffy friends spend a sizable chunk of time eating, snacking, munching and crunching, and simply enjoying the varied buffet they’re served. Between the fruits and veggies, the hay and pellets, the lettuce and… well, anything else they can nibble on… guinea pigs are truly big-time eaters.

Yet, it’s vital to measure and monitor their food to increase health and lower the chance of diseases. It’s not enough to feed your piggies, you must serve them a very specific diet. Sure, there are many options, but what should you keep in mind?

Is it true they can eat herbs and grass? How much fruit should you feed them? What veggies should they eat? Should you choose the pellets with the dry fruit or the plain variety? Does it matter what hay they eat? Is there any food that can harm them?!

There’s a ton of brilliant questions with regards to feeding our guinea pigs, and luckily, we have all the answers – and an example feeding schedule!

A Healthy Meal Plan for Guinea Pigs

As proud piggie parents, it is both our duty and privilege to oversee our guinea’s nutrition and keep them healthy, happy, and well-fed. It can be quite a tough task as their hunger seems to be truly insatiable!

Guinea pig feeding chart guide

First, let’s review the basic elements of a guinea pig diet. There are several must-feed items you’ll need to provide for your pet on a daily basis. They are:

  • Hay
  • Food pellets
  • Vegetables (and occasional fruit)
  • Water

When feeding your pets, you’ll want to stick to offering them hay, pellets, fresh water, vegetables, and fruit (though in careful moderation). In general, piggies tend to be picky with their meals, and they have been known to refuse food that isn’t fresh.

Hay and pellets, on the other hand, have more of a shelf life. However, stick to well-known brands that have a reputation for supplying quality goods.

Now that we know what guinea pigs need to stay healthy and fit, let’s examine each item closer.

Unlimited Hay

Guinea pig hay

Not only do piggies love their hay, they need it to keep their teeth at bay! Aside from dental health, it’s also required to maintain an optimal digestive tract. Thus, without exception, guineas must have unlimited access to hay.

When picking hay, select varieties that are soft and green. Pass on hay that’s yellow and hard as that’s not actually hay, it’s straw!

When choosing hay for your pet, there are many options available:

  • Timothy hay (ideal for all pigs)
  • Meadow hay (Muffy’s personal favorite!)
  • Oat hay

Note: Alfalfa hay is high in calcium, so should only be used for babies and nursing guinea pigs.

To spice things up a little, you can add a bit of dry grass like:

  • Blue grass
  • Brome grass
  • Orchard grass

It is best to have a pile of hay in their enclosure as guinea pigs love to play and burrow into it, so it serves as enrichment as well as food. If you get a hay feeder, choose the one where your piggies can’t get their head stuck in!

For a special treat that can’t be beat, put your piggies “out to pasture” in the yard. Let them graze on fresh grass, but make sure what they’re eating is free from dangerous chemicals and pesticides. As a rule of thumb, if kids can safely roll around and play on it, it’s likely safe enough for piggies to eat. Though, do stay away from “pee spots” that are popular with dogs!

Food Pellets

Guinea pig pellets

Food pellets are another important part of guinea pig’s diet. It is recommended to feed your pets 1/8 of a cup of pellets per day, per piggy.

Guinea pig pellets should be fortified with vitamin C, as guinea pigs don’t produce their own. However, vitamin C degrades quickly so you should try to use the entire bag in around 6 weeks. Keep the pellets in a cool dark place to help preserve the vitamins.

The healthiest guinea pig pellets are free of additives, fruit bits, seeds, and artificial colorings. If you want the highest-quality pellets for your guinea pigs, you can’t go wrong with Oxbow Garden Select.

Vegetables & Leafy Greens

Guinea pig eating vegetable

Yummy veggies are also an essential part of your furry friend’s nutritional requirements. They have a long, impressive list of necessary nutrients, vitamins and minerals. It’s vital to a guinea’s health to have a colorful variety on a daily basis.

Like humans, guinea pigs cannot generate Vitamin C. When there’s a lack of this vitamin in their diet, they can contract scurvy, a condition that causes them to become very sick and possibly die. Thus, it’s critical to get their daily requirement.

Again, according to Muffy’s and Lily’s vet, it’s important to think of providing a rainbow of vegetables since every veggie color provides different nutritional values. As such, each piggy should get 1 cup of mixed vegetables per day, ensuring they always have a small amount of veggies that have vitamin C (such as bell peppers).

Choose from these yummy vegetables:

  • Bell peppers (contain more vitamin C than an orange, any color)
  • Cucumbers (not in excess as it can cause diarrhea due to its high water content)
  • Tomatoes (avoid leaves and stems because those are poisonous)
  • Carrots (not every day due to high sugar content)
  • Coriander
  • Broccoli (in moderation, too much may cause gas)
  • Parsnip
  • Zucchini

Don’t forget leafy greens:

  • Mixed greens
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Curly endive (red and green)
  • Radicchio
  • Kale
  • Celery
  • Arugula
  • Swiss chard (red and green)
  • Dandelion leaves
  • Spinach (limit due to oxalic acid which contributes to calcium oxalate stone formation)

Hay and pellets are high in calcium while leafy greens are high in magnesium, which is what they use to break down calcium. If calcium isn’t absorbed properly, it forms deposits in the body such as bladder and kidney stones, causing health issues later on.

Guineas love a wide variety of leaves in their diet, so make sure to change the types of greens you feed them once in a while. Ideally, you’d be offering a different assortment every day, though you may find that your pets end up with favorites.

Don’t feed these vegetables:

  • Potatoes
  • Rhubarb leaves
  • Chili peppers
  • Iceberg lettuce

For the most part, leafy green varieties are safe, with one exception: iceberg lettuce. With its low nutritional value and high nitrate content, iceberg can cause diarrhea and lead to dehydration.

Potatoes and their skins, along with rhubarb leaves, have toxins and are considered hazardous to guinea pigs.

See a more detailed list of safe and unsafe veggies and fruits.


Fruit for guinea pigs

Even though fruits are such a delicious food group that’s high in much-needed vitamins and minerals, it’s best to keep their rations to a minimum as they’re also high in sugar content.

Offer some of these popular piggy picks:

  • Kiwi
  • Apple
  • Pear
  • Banana
  • Watermelon
  • Grapes
  • Melon
  • Oranges
  • Berries (such as strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries)

Fruits should be viewed more as a treat, keeping their portions to 1-2 servings per week.


Guinea pig drinking water

Guinea pigs should always have access to water. Your pets can get dehydrated after just 24 hours without water.

Change the water in their cage every day, though it does depend largely on what you’re using to give your guineas water.

  • Water dispenser: If you’ve opted for a water dispenser like me, you can safely avoid changing the water for a day, assuming you have a large-sized dispenser. To ensure your pets always have an adequate, fresh supply, check the dispenser every day. Personally, I like the design of our Choco Nose No Drip Water Bottle dispenser.
  • Water bowl: Some guineas use water bowls that can get quite messy throughout the day. If this is the case in your home, change the water and rinse the bowl at least once a day. Fecal contamination is common since these little guys can’t be reliably litter trained, so mind that water bowl!

I suggest having at least two water sources in your pet’s cage in case the bottle malfunctions or the bowl gets spilt while you’re away. This way, you can be sure your pets are safe even if something happens. Having an extra water source can also reduce territorial fights and resource guarding, which sometimes happens among male guinea pigs.

How Often to Feed Guinea Pigs?

Guinea pigs should have access to food and water at all times as they are at risk of GI stasis if they go just several hours without it. While hay should be in their cage 24/7 for them to nibble, pellets and veggies should be offered in limited quantities. Whether you’ll feed pellets and vegs once or twice a day comes down to your preferences and daily schedule.

So, let’s recap how often you should feed your guinea pigs:

  • provide unlimited hay at all times – switch any soiled hay with a fresh batch daily
  • 1/8 cup of pellets/day per guinea pig – you can give pellets once a day, for example in the morning
  • 1 cup of mixed vegetables/day per guinea pig – you can split this into two feedings, once in the morning and once in the evening (or whatever suits your schedule)
  • fruits should only be offered 1-2 times a week

Guinea Pig Feeding Schedule

Looking for a little help in the feeding department? Check out this example feeding schedule to help make sure your little fluffy pals have a healthy nutrition plan.

You can copy this feeding schedule here (File -> Make a Copy) and create a similar schedule for the week after!

Keep in mind that this is just an example of how you can feed your guinea pigs in a week. Make sure to mix things up and add other veggies too and don’t always follow the same feeding schedule. Variety is the key to your guinea pigs’ health!

Guinea Pig Feeding Schedule ExampleVegetables & Fruit
*with unlimited hay and 1/8 cup of pellets per piggy
Bell pepper
Coriander (Cilantro)
*with unlimited hay and 1/8 cup of pellets per piggy
Fruit Day!
*with unlimited hay and 1/8 cup of pellets per piggy
Bell pepper
Dandelion greens
Lettuce mix
*with unlimited hay and 1/8 cup of pellets per piggy
Bell pepper
*with unlimited hay and 1/8 cup of pellets per piggy
Bell pepper
Lettuce mix
Fruit Day!
*with unlimited hay and 1/8 cup of pellets per piggy
Bell pepper
Swiss chard
*with unlimited hay and 1/8 cup of pellets per piggy
Bell pepper
Lettuce mix

Free Weekly Guinea Pig Meal Plan Printable

Free Guinea Pig Feeding Schedule printable
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Are my guinea pigs getting enough vitamin C rich veggies? Can I give them fruits today or they already had plenty of fruits this week? Are they getting enough variety in their diet?

These are all common questions among guinea pig owners. Keeping track of what our guinea pigs eat can be pretty overwhelming.

Our Guinea Pig Feeding Schedule should help you plan a healthy fresh food regimen for your furry friends. Print out our feeding schedule template to keep track of veggies, fruits and plants you’ll feed your pets during the week.

You can create a new meal plan each week to ensure variety in your pet’s diet or create several weekly plans and follow them sequentially to make it easier (just make sure the weekly fresh food plans you create provide a nutritious, well-rounded diet).

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What kind of feeding schedule do you have for your piggies?

Let us know in the comments!

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  1. I like to feed my piggies store bought forage in the winter, how often can i feed them that? The one i buy is : Rosewood naturals, nature’s salad. Right now i give it to them once a week but they love it. Can i give it to them more often?

    1. Hi, I researched the product you are talking about (Rosewood Naturals, nature’s salad) and some of the ingredients are oat and wheat flakes which are not healthy for guinea pigs and experts say they shouldn’t be offered to guinea pigs. So I definitely wouldn’t give it to them more than once a week.

  2. Thank you so much!! As a new guinea pig owner I’m so glad I found your site, hope now my guinea pig will be more comfortable and healthy in her home

  3. I have two male guinea pigs. Should I be separating them when feeding them or is it okay to feed them together. One male is larger than the other though they did come from the same litter. Could one be eating more/a part of the other’s food? In addition, should they be fed at a specific time every day (schedule)?

    1. Hi, guinea pigs don’t have to be separated for feeding if they are OK with sharing food. But if you’re worried one might be eating most of the food and the other one is not getting their fair share of food, you can add a few more food bowls to avoid squabbling. If that doesn’t help either, you can separate them during their feeding time so that each one gets the proper amount of food. You can try monitoring them for a few days to see if one is eating more or if there is any kind of issue.

      To answer your second question…There is no exact time in a day when you have to feed your piggies. They need to have their hay available at all times and you can give them their pallets and vegetables when it’s convenient to you. Some guinea pig owners feed their guinea pigs 2 times a day, for example they provide pellets in the morning and veggies in the evening. Some feed them once a day and give pellets and veggies at once. So it’s up to you. Just make sure to provide hay, pallets, and veggies on a daily basis. And you can give some fruit a few times a week too.

    2. What fruits can i give my guinees every week ? Basicaly if you were to personally put fruit on the schedule where and what?

  4. My guinea pig just arrived at my home and he doesn’t allow me to grab him. But what is worrying me is that he is always eating and runs around his cage when he’s hungry. I give him broccoli, romaine, timothy hay, pellets and sometimes like twice a week, sweet mini peppers. Then he still wants more. but at times he lays down and squeaks or makes noises while pooing that worry me. I have no idea if it’s my fault or what. I’m in need of help.

    1. Hi, guinea pigs tend to be big eaters and they love to eat all the time. So I wouldn’t worry about it. As long as your guinea pig has an unlimited amount of hay, he should be fine. And of course, he should get some veggies every day too.

      If your guinea pig squeaks or makes noise while peeing or pooping, it could be a sign of a health issue so I would check with the vet.

      Also, squeaks might be due to loneliness or boredom. I have to mention that guinea pigs really should be kept in pairs or groups so if it’s possible for you, I would definitely recommend you get a guinea pig friend for your guinea pig. It’s almost the same as having one guinea pig cost-wise and time-wise.

  5. Great stuff! How much do you think the given daily values of food would change for pigs under 6 months of age? Are these values for pigs of all ages? Thanks!

    1. Hi, great question! Young guinea pig under 6 months of age should have grass hay and pellets available at all times. It is essential for their growth that they nibble on the hay and pellets whenever they want. When it comes to vegetables, they don’t necessarily need as much as adult guinea pigs need (1 cup) but there is no official recommendation by guinea pig experts on how much veggies young guinea pigs can eat – at least I couldn’t find any expert info on the subject. So I can’t tell you the exact amount but I believe that half a cup to 1 cup of veggies a day should be fine. I would check with your vet if you’re having specific questions about young guinea pigs’ nutritional needs to be on the safe side. One thing you need to make sure when it comes to veggies – it’s very important for young guinea pigs (as well as adults) to get enough vitamin C from their meals. So make sure to offer veggies that have plenty of vitamin C such as leafy greens, bell peppers, broccoli, cauliflower… I hope this helps!

      1. I currently have a cavy that’s just over a year and a pup that’s only a couple months old. They live together and love each other. My question is, how do I feed the pellets? They have different dietary requirements. The adult pellets aren’t good for the baby and vice versa. Help!

      2. Hi, in your case, it is best to offer only Timothy pellets (and hay) in the cage. Then, during lap time with your young cavy, give him some alfalfa pellets and veggies that are high in calcium like parsley, dandelion greens, and spinach. Young guinea pigs should not have any health issues even if they don’t get alfalfa pellets or alfalfa hay (as long as they get enough calcium from Timothy and veggies) while the adult cavy could be at risk of developing bladder stones if they eat Alfalfa.

    1. Hi, if you want to make your own cage, it is best to make a C&C cage – that type of cage is very popular among the guinea pig owners. All you need for the C&C cage is storage cube grids, zip ties to attach the grids and coroplast for the bottom. There is a great video tutorial on how to make a C&C cage here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f04DTmuJDuE. Hope this helps!

  6. I have a female guinea pig and I often wonder if I am feeding her properly.

    She has pellets, with the dried fruit etc, water and timothy hay on a daily basis, also I offer her fresh carrots every morning,
    romaine lettuce every evening.

    Is this too much or sufficient?

    1. As long as she has unlimited amounts of hay, 1/8 of a cup of pellets, and approximately 1 cup of healthy veggies a day, she should be fine. Although, you should be mindful of the veggies you offer. For example, as carrots are high in sugar, they should be offered in moderation, 2-4 times a week. Also, you could offer more types of veggies other than carrots and romaine lettuce. For example, you can add other types of lettuce (except iceberg), peppers, cucumbers, zucchini etc. There is a great guide on veggies and how often each vegetable can be fed on this link: http://www.happycavy.com/what-can-guinea-pigs-eat/

    2. Hi! I just got a Guinea Pig Today! She is a female and 3-5 months of age. Very small. I keep in her cage, hay, pelleted, and today I have lettuce and blueberry’s. (As well as water” but, I just keep it in her cage throughout the day. Should I put them in at different times?

    3. Hi Camille. Hay should be available at all times in the cage. You can give her pellets and veggies once, twice, or three times a day if you wish but make sure to stick to the measurements we mentioned in this post – you don’t want to overfeed your pet or keep them hungry. Also, you can try offering more veggies along with lettuce so her diet is more diverse.

    1. Hi, vitamin C supplements are not necessary if your guinea pig is getting enough vitamin C with their food. So if you’re worried about your guinea pig’s vitamin C levels, make sure you’re providing enough vitamin C rich veggies such as peppers (red pepper has the most vitamin C), spinach, broccoli, parsley, kale… You can buy pellets with added vitamin C but you’ll have to keep the package in a cold dark place to prevent vitamin C from degrading too soon. If you think your guinea pig might not be getting enough vitamin C with their food, you can use supplements in the form of tablets or liquid (using a syringe). It is not recommended to put vitamin C in their drinking water because the exposure to the air will make the vitamin C degrade. Also, guinea pigs sometimes don’t want to drink water with added vitamin C because of its taste and you won’t know for sure how much vitamin C they got from it.

      Guinea pigs require 10 to 30 mg (per 1 kg of guinea pig weight) of vitamin C a day. You can take a look at this list of veggies and fruits that have lots of vitamin C to make sure they’re getting enough vitamin: http://www.guinealynx.info/diet_order-c.html

      BTW make sure not to go overboard and give too much vitamin C to your guinea pig as extremely high doses of vitamin C are also unhealthy and can lead to health issues.

  7. We bought our pet guinea just a few months ago. He allows us to hand feed him and nibbles our fingers but we have a hard time getting him out of his cage to clean and interact with him. He use to be very shy and would hide when we would open the cage but seems more social now. How do we get him to open up to us picking him up out of his cage so that we aren’t “chasing” him??

    Also, we only have the one guinea but read more about how we should have adopted two. What would be the best way to introduce a new guinea pig to our current male??
    Would it be better to adopt a female over another male?? Would age matter??

    1. Hi, thank you for your question. Yes, it’s best to have at least 2 guinea pigs because they can get lonely if they don’t have a company of their own kind. They are very social animals that live in herds in the wild so being on their own is not natural to them.

      If you adopt a female, there’s a big chance you’ll get baby guineas every now and then. To prevent that, it might be best to go with a male guinea pig. But since adult males can get quite territorial, especially if they don’t know each other, it might be best to adopt a male baby guinea pig. That way your guinea’s dominance isn’t questioned by the new guinea pig so they are more likely to live in harmony.

      We wrote a guide on introducing guinea pigs so take a look: https://www.animallama.com/guinea-pigs/guide-introducing-guinea-pigs/

      When it comes to your guinea pig being scared… It can take months for cavies to finally feel comfortable around their owners and stop seeing humans as a threat. You might want to try some of our bonding tips so that your guinea pig associates you with good things and starts trusting you more. Here is our post on bonding with guinea pigs: https://www.animallama.com/guinea-pigs/bonding-with-guinea-pigs/. Hope this helps!

      1. We purchased our first guinea pig “Clutch” from Pet Supermarket back in 2016. He was a very scared guinea pig and the employee said she was surprised he was getting adopted as he was so timid. I didn’t care. I accepted that he will either love being social or he will be satisfied with just being taken care of with love. I felt I was saving his life at this point. It took me about one year before he would get comfortable with us and another year before I could actually pick him up and hold him. He taught me patience for sure. He still doesn’t love being held and we respect that. I pick him up and hold him about once every two weeks so he isn’t shocked if we ever had to handle him. He is great for his nail trims with the vet at my work, but just isn’t fond of being held. He is however social and trusts me. He comes out when he hears my voice and will eat from my hand and let me rub his crest in a circular motion (his favorite pet). I work at a humane society in Florida and just a few months ago we had a 6 month old female come in as a stray. We had discussed getting another guinea pig, but I was always worried about introducing them. I ended up adopting “Tesla” (our son loves cars). My guinea pigs are not housed together due to being the opposite sex and we feel it is too late to neuter our male. We have considered breeding them once to make packs of males and females, keeping up to two of each sex. I have fallen in love with guinea pigs, as I was always a rabbit lover as a kid. Guinea pigs are much more engaging and they crack us up with their demands whenever they hear us in the kitchen LOL

      2. Some guinea pigs are just timid by nature and might never get completely comfortable with being held and picked up. But they are great pets anyway, we just have to respect their limits and enjoy their personalities as they are 🙂

  8. I feed my guinea pigs 1 tbsp of Oxbow pellets and check their hay/water supply in the morning before work. When I get home and feed the rest of the household they receive a veggie bowl, which usually consists of lettuce (I offer spring mix with kale or romaine with spinach), herb (usually parsley or cilantro) baby carrot, green beans, peppers (change up the color daily), once in a while I offer cucumber. Before bed I check their hay/water supply and offer them an additional tablespoon of Oxbow pellets. I basically offer them what we usually eat. Once in a while I will throw in something new. I recently offered brussell sprout which my male would eat the outer leaves, but my female barely touches it. Once a week a might give them a small sliver of a banana in the morning as they always hear me in the kitchen prepping snacks and lunch for the day. If not a banana, I might give them a berry of some sort. This fruit treat happens roughly 3 days per week. Once in a while I will give them a yogurt drop (I know they aren’t good for them, but they love them).

    1. Hi! Hay should be available at all times. When it comes to pallets, veggies and occasional fruit, it doesn’t matter what time of day you give it to them. It can be in the morning, in the evening… Any time that suits your schedule. The important thing is they get a suitable amount of food so that they’re not hungry or overeating. You can create a schedule that works for you. For example, pellets in the morning, veggies in the evening etc.

  9. Hi Monika.
    I’ve been reading a lot of guinea pig articles but there’s something I’m still confused about! Somewhere they suggested weighing your food, instead of measuring by cup. And it would equal to 8 oz per day. But when I tried that, I realized there’s a HUGE difference between one measuring cup of veggies and 8oz!! The feeding bowl I use, is about a cup big. I fill it morning and evening, with mostly different kinds of lettuce or fresh grass (safe private property grass!) and a few slices of other veggies.
    Trying the weighing technique, an overflowing bowl was only 2oz! A bowl stuffed and overflowing with lettuce and a big piece of cucumber, more than I would usually give, only got me to a little over 4 oz. Which is still only half the amount in ounces they suggest per day. But in volume more than one cup! So… What’s right?
    According to “food measured by cup” I should actually free only half of what I do. Fill the bowl only half full morning and evening. But that doesn’t feel like it’s enough and the other seems like way too much!
    Of course he always has hay and water available! And gets 1/8 cup of pellets. Sometimes I take him out on the meadow where he can eat fresh grass, sometimes he gets a treat during the day, mostly in a playful or “training” way. I hardly ever give him any fruit or carrots.
    As I’ve been watching and keeping track etc. I think I’m probably feeding him ok. I just wanted to ask someone.
    He also doesn’t seem overweight or skinny. And he seems happy in every guinea piggy way! 🙂 I would be glad for your reinsurance though.

    1. Hi Johanna. Great question! 8 oz is definitely too much for 1 piggy. One cup of veggies should equal to 50 grams. So each piggy should get 50 grams of veggies per day – that’s a little less than 2 oz.

  10. Hello! I just got some Guinea Pigs but I’m very concerned as one of my Guinea Pigs has just been sitting in the same spot all day and when I gently picked her up to move her out to clean she didn’t respond and seemed limp. I was very scared and upset, I’m a new Guinea Pig owner and I’m trying to learn as much as I can. Right now I’m only feeding carrots, parsley, and hay daily. I now realize that’s not really a good diet. I’m just wondering what the portion sizes for the diet schedule are? 1 cup each? What would you recommend? Thank you.

    1. Hi, it sounds like your guinea pig might not be feeling well. In that case it would be best to check with your vet to make sure he/she is alright! When it comes to food, your piggies should have unlimited amount of hay, 1/8 of a cup of pellets per day (per piggy), and 1 cup of mixed vegetables per day (per piggy). Although it doesn’t mean that your piggy is limp because of their diet, there might be something else wrong so checking with the vet would be the best thing to do.

      1. Ah alright. Thank you so much! What would you think the portions should be for each vegetable in the schedule? And I am trying to get her into the vet, not the most cheapest thing around where I live

  11. Hai I’m about to get guinea pigs either on Christmas or in January (my birthday) I was wondering how many times a day do guinea pigs eat?

    1. Hi, they should have hay available 24/7. There is no rule on how many times a day you need to feed them. You can give pellets and veggies once, two, or three times a day, as long as you’re sticking to the recommended amounts mentioned in the article.

  12. Hi. I was wondering if the hay that falls out the feeder is safe? And is it considered unlimited hay? I’m glad I found this site and was able to see a video regarding their cage. Thanks

    1. Yes, it is safe 🙂 Unlimited hay means that they should be able to munch on it whenever they want and they can have unlimited quantities.

  13. my guinea pigs aren’t drinking water out the bottle. they have plenty of lettuce but not drinking the water.

    1. Hi. Did your guinea pigs drink from the bottle before? If not, they might not know how to use it or still didn’t realize there’s water inside the bottle. If they usually drink from the bottle but suddenly stopped, there might be something wrong with the bottle so water is not coming out. Make sure to check if the water bottle is functioning properly. I would also put a shallow bowl filled with water in their cage too, to see if they will drink from the bowl. If they don’t want to drink from the bowl either, I would check with your vet. In the meantime, you can pour some water on the veggies or even mix it with their pallets to make sure they don’t get dehydrated.

  14. We just got a 7 week old guinea pig. We were told not to give her any vegetables for another 2 months. But a lot of sites we’re reading is encouraging lots of vegetables even now… what should we do? They also suggested salt tablets for her to lick whenever she wants, but again, in looking up this information it seems that its not necessary. Please advise. Also, the pellets she didn’t finish eating from yesterday, do I throw them out and put new ones in the dish and leave it in her cage for the next 24hrs? She has been doing well munching on some hay and pellets, but I am concern that maybe I didn’t get her the premium brand (Hagen brand), should I go buy another brand?

  15. I want to personaly THANK YOU! You have given me a very good idea of what I finally need to do, and not just goce them random stuff.

    I appreciate it! Really do!

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