Guinea Pig Food Chart - Safe Fruit & Veg

What Can Guinea Pigs Eat?

Guinea pigs can eat a variety of vegetables and fruit but remember that hay and pellets should form the major part of their diet. Guinea pigs love fruit but don't feed too much as fruit contains a lot of sugar. 

Our guinea pig fruit and veg list tells you which foods are safe for your cavies to eat including nutritional values and how regularly they can be fed any particular food. Please note this is a guide to help you know what is good and what isn't and it isn't a strict dietary regime for your guinea pig! You might also be interested in checking out our page on what guinea pigs can't eat (poisonous / unsafe foods)...

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There may be food that is suitable but isn't on this list however never feed your guinea pig any plant unless you know it's safe for them

Nutrition

There is a lot of varying information around the ideal calcium to phosphorous ratio but between 1.5:1 and 2:1 (calcium:phosphorous) is believed to be the best level. If you notice white deposits in the cage where they have urinated, this is an indication their diet is too high in calcium.  In this case you will need to look at feeding them a low calcium diet to prevent them getting bladder stones which can be very painful for them.

Foods high in oxalic acid should not be given in large quantities but they do need plenty of vitamin C in their diet. Find out more about the different types of food that guinea pigs need.

Feeding Tips and Advice

Here are some points to remember when feeding vegetables and fruit to your guinea pigs:

  • Although vegetables should be fed daily, don't give them too much as it could result in diarrhoea and obesity
  • Fruit must only be given in very small quantities and very occasionally
  • Always wash fruit and vegetables thoroughly before serving to get rid of any nasties like pesticides
  • Guinea pigs love lettuce but Iceberg is not suitable as it has very little nutritional content and can result in loose stools
  • They can be fussy pets but they can get a taste for something if you persist in small amounts
  • There are certain foods that are poisonous for guinea pigs. Click here to view the dangerous foods

More on a guinea pig's food needs

List of Safe Fruit & Vegetables

Apple

Apples

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Apricots

Apricot

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Asparagus

Asparagus

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Baby Corn - also known as cornlets

Baby Corn

Feed a couple of times a week
more info
Bananas with Skin and a Peeled Banana

Bananas

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Basil (herb)

Basil

Feed a couple of times a week
more info
Beetroot with greens

Beet Greens

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Beetroot

Beetroot

Feed a couple of times a week
more info
Blueberries

Blueberries

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Broccoli with leaves and stalks

Broccoli

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Butternut Squash

Butternut Squash

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Green Cabbage

Cabbage (Green)

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Red Cabbage

Cabbage (Red)

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Savoy Cabbage

Cabbage (Savoy)

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Carrots

Carrots

Staple Food: Feed a few times a week
more info
Cauliflower with leaves

Cauliflower Leaves

Staple Food: Feed a few times a week
more info
Celery with leaves

Celery (Stalks and Leaves)

Feed a couple of times a week
more info
Sour Cherries

Cherries (sour)

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Sweet Cherries

Cherries (sweet)

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Collards (Greens)

Collards (Greens)

Feed a couple of times a week
more info
Coriander (Cilantro)

Coriander (Cilantro)

Staple Food: Feed a few times a week
more info
Courgette (Zucchini)

Courgette (Zucchini)

Feed a couple of times a week
more info
Cranberries

Cranberries

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Cress

Cress

Staple Food: Feed a few times a week
more info
Cucumber

Cucumber

Staple Food: Feed a few times a week
more info
Dandelions: Leaves and Flowers

Dandelions (Leaves/Greens and Flowers)

Feed a couple of times a week
more info
Dill

Dill

Feed a couple of times a week
more info
Fennel bulbs

Fennel

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Bunch of Green and Red (Black) Grapes

Grapes

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Green Beans

Green Beans

Feed a couple of times a week
more info
Curly Kale

Kale

Staple Food: Feed a few times a week
more info
Kiwi Fruit

Kiwi Fruit

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi

Feed a couple of times a week
more info
Lettuce (butterhead / boston / bibb)

Lettuce (Butterhead / Boston / Bibb)

Feed a couple of times a week
more info
Red Leaf Lettuce

Lettuce (Red Leaf)

Staple Food: Feed a few times a week
more info
Romaine or Cos Lettuce

Lettuce (Romaine/Cos/Little Gem)

Staple Food: Feed a few times a week
more info
Mango

Mango

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Cantaloupe Melon

Melon (Cantaloupe)

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Honeydew Melon

Melon (Honeydew)

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Watermelon

Melon (Watermelon)

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Mint (Peppermint)

Mint (Peppermint)

Feed a couple of times a week
more info
Nectarines

Nectarine

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Pak Choi / Bok Choy

Pak Choi (Bok Choy)

Staple Food: Feed a few times a week
more info
Papaya (pawpaw)

Papaya (PawPaw)

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Parsley

Parsley

Feed a couple of times a week
more info
Passionfruit

Passionfruit

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Peaches

Peach

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Pears

Pear

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Fresh Peas

Peas

Feed a couple of times a week
more info
Green Peppers

Peppers (Sweet Green)

Staple Food: Feed a few times a week
more info
Sweet Red Peppers

Peppers (Sweet Red)

Staple Food: Feed a few times a week
more info
Yellow Peppers

Peppers (Sweet Yellow)

Staple Food: Feed a few times a week
more info
Fresh Pineapple

Pineapple

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Plums

Plum

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Pumpkins

Pumpkin

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Radishes

Radishes

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Raspberries

Raspberries

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Rocket Salad Leaves (Arugula)

Rocket Salad (Arugula)

Staple Food: Feed a few times a week
more info
Spinach Leaves

Spinach

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Sweet Potato

Sweet Potato

Treat: feed occasionally
more info
Corn on the Cob (Sweetcorn)

Sweetcorn (Corn on the Cob)

Feed a couple of times a week
more info
Swiss Chard

Swiss Chard

Staple Food: Feed a few times a week
more info
Thyme (herb)

Thyme

Feed a couple of times a week
more info
Ripe Red Tomatoes

Tomatoes

Feed a couple of times a week
more info
Turnip

Turnip Greens

Feed a couple of times a week
more info
Watercress

Watercress

Feed a couple of times a week
more info