Guinea Pig Food Nuggets-v-Muesli
Choosing the right guinea pig food for your loved pet can prove difficult as there are so many brands and types out on the market today. In fact it can be a mind blowing experience. This page is here to help you make the right choice on what food to buy for your Guinea Pig.
So how do I pick the right type of Pellet/Muesli for my Guinea Pig?
Firstly I would recommend against a muesli type of food due to the high seed and nut content. These tend to be very high in Carbohydrates which will lead to excessive weight gain. It also promotes Selective Feeding (Picks out the bad bits and leaves the Vitamin Enriched pellets behind).
Remember your Guinea Pig needs lots of Vitamin C daily to promote good health –
A balanced pellet food is generally recommended for Guinea Pigs which needs to contain plenty of Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) in high quantities. For example reading a bag of Guinea Pig Pellets recently had Vitamin C quantity at 800mg/kg which works out at 0.80mg per Gram of pellets which works out at 24mg per 30 grams of pellets. The recommended daily intake for a Guinea Pig is around 30mg daily so you would need to give your Guinea Pig 37g of pellets to cover the daily intake of Ascorbic Acid. Ideally I would recommend at least 800-
Ingredients To Avoid In Cavy Pellets :
- Animal Products –
Including but not limited to Animal Fat, Animal Digest, Bone Meal and Eggs
- Beet Pulp –
Generally considered as Low Quality Fibre that can clog the Villi of the Intestine.
- Corn Products –
Corn is not a normal feed for Cavies and may contribute to Allergies. This can also be high in Fat, Sugars and Starch depending on the product and type.
- Nuts, Seeds, and/or Oils –
Besides not being a Natural Food Source often present with no Nutritional Content and may also be high in Protein and Fat contents.
- Rice Bran/Rice Fibre
- Vegetable Fibre –
any and every by- product could contain Sawdust.
Sweeteners, Colouring’s, and Preservatives to Avoid :
- HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup)
- Corn Syrup
- Propylene Glycol (Causes Premature RBC death)
- Food Colourings (Red, Blues, and Yellows)
- Propyl Gallate
- Potassium Sorbate
- Butylated Hydroxyanisole
- Sodium Nitrate, Sodium Nitrite, or Sodium Metabisulfate
Most Guinea Pig Pellets are Alfalfa Based. Alfalfa Based pellets are suitable for Young, Growing, and Pregnant Cavies. Once your Guinea Pig is over 6 months old it is recommended that you change to a Timothy Based Pellet, which provides less calcium. Be Sure to find a Pellet specifically designed for Guinea Pigs which contains extra Vitamin C, and remember to avoid Mixes which contain Seeds, Nuts, Dried Fruit and Dyed Pieces.
Seeds With Husks can be a chocking Hazard!!
You should never give your Guinea Pig Rabbit food. There are many reasons for this and they are as follows :-
If you have Rabbits & Guinea Pigs you should put your Rabbits on to Guinea Pig Food as any excessive Vitamin C will be disposed of through there bladder.