Each guinea pig needs 1/8 of a cup (two tablespoons) of pellets, 1 cup of veggies, and unlimited hay each day. Avoid pellets with colored pieces and dried fruit or vegetables. A common misconception is that guinea pigs can eat rabbit pellets. Guinea pigs need pellets fortified with vitamin C, something rabbit food lacks. Two of the best brands of guinea pig pellets are Oxbow and Small Pet Select.
Guinea pigs need leaf vegetables everyday (Piggies cannot eat iceberg lettuce!) Some everyday favorites for piggies are, leafy lettuce, pepper, cilantro, and zucchini. Some off-limit foods are potatoes, anything cooked, or anything with hard seeds. For more information, go to Happy Cavy's safe foods list.
From birth to 4 months, piggies eat alfalfa hay. Guinea pigs aged 4 months or older need unlimited access to timothy hay.
Here at Camp Cavy we prefer to use fleece bedding. If you don't want to use fleece, there are a few other options. You should not use pine or cedar bedding as it irritates the piggie's respiratory system. Carefresh is the best option for bedding if you're not using fleece.
Guinea Pigs need plenty of room to run. For two female guinea pigs, at least a 2x4 C&C cage (or size equivalent of 27 inch by 56 inch living area // 30 inch by 60 inch exterior ) is necessary. A pair of male guinea pigs require at least 2x5 C&C (or size equivalent of 27 inch by 70 inch living area // 30 inch by 76 inch exterior) because boys have a tendency to be more energetic and territorial. Cage size and food quality are extremely important to the health and wellness of guinea pigs.