FEEDING GUINEA PIGS
Like all animals, a guinea pig must always have fresh drinking water available. The most suitable for this are the typical drinking bottles with nipple, since loose drinking bowls quickly become dirty. Guinea pigs also need fresh hay, which must be constantly available to ensure good digestion. It also helps to wear down the teeth and thus prevent dental problems.
It is best to use a sturdy, heavy food bowl for the caviar pellet that they cannot overthrow. Always give a guinea pig a special cavia pellet! They cannot produce vitamin C themselves, just like people and chimpanzees, and must therefore absorb this through food. In other rodent pellets this is not added. To be sure, check the amount of vitamin C added, which should not be less than 1 500 mg per kilo of food. Never give the animals an overfull food bowl with mixed guinea pig food. The animals then only choose the tastiest, so that they cannot take their balanced ration. In terms of quantity, 30 to 40 grams of dry food per guinea pig per day is sufficient. Refilling is allowed if the container is empty. If you give a pressed pellet instead of mixed, then you do not have this problem and you are sure that your guinea pig will get everything he or she needs. You can find various guinea pig feeds with our sponsors.
You can also give the animals extra vitamin C via green fodder: endive, cucumber, chicory, carrots (including the green ones), grass, bell pepper (the red one contains the most vitamin C), rose hips, apple, kiwi, peel of watermelon, orange, tomato, parsley (not with pregnant sows, can give birth to contractions) ... It is best not to feed cabbage types, as this can cause gas formation. Even if they get a good grain with a lot of vitamin C, it is advisable to still give green food, it often makes a world of difference in their condition. More information about this can be found in the article that was previously published in Vlaams Neerhof: Guinea pig starts with "C" of vitamin C
Pet shops also sometimes sell salt licks for guinea pigs. An animal that receives a good diet (grain, green food and hay) does not need this at all. Even more: too much salt can lead to serious urinary problems.