Guinea pig pellets are also known as nuggets. With such a vast range of pellets to feed your guinea pig it is tempting to simply opt for the cheapest one available.
However, deciding purely on price means you may be compromising on the best nutritional value and it's important your guinea pigs have the correct balance of vitamins and minerals.
Always make sure you buy a quality pellet food. We use Burgess Excel Pellets which are excellent quality.
Pellet food is an easy way to give your guinea pig the essential protein, fibre, nutrients and vitamins that are required to keep their teeth, skin and bones healthy.
They are produced to make portioning your pets daily food requirements far more simple than measuring (and buying) enough fresh forage and vegetables to sustain them as they would in the wild. Pellets keep fresh for longer and are also easy for your cavy to eat. Don't forget that they cannot survive on nuggets alone and will need fresh vegetables and unlimited hay as well as part of their diet.
What Ingredients Should the Pellet Food Contain?
Your pellet food should be made up of at least 20% fibre and 15-16% crude protein. Anything less means that the nuggets are not good enough quality.
You can also buy pellet food which has a vitamin C supplement included. Like rabbits, guinea pigs do not produce vitamin C and require this to be added to their diets. Whilst they can often get this from fresh vegetables it is best to ensure that they receive enough from their regular diet.
What to Look Out For
- Avoid any packaged food that contains vegetable fibre, beet pulp, corn products, seeds nuts and oils.
- The food should be dye-free and additive free.
Check the alfalfa content of your feed as this is a rich source of calcium – good for young and growing cavies but not good for adults. Once they are six months old or more then switch from an alfalfa based pellet to a Timothy grass based one.
Frequently Asked Questions About Guinea Pig Pellets
Below we have answered some questions that people frequently ask:
How Many Pellets Should they have Daily?
This depends on the weight of your guinea pig. They should have 6 grams of dry food for every 100 grams of their body weight.
What Are the Best Pellets for Guinea Pigs?
As explained in our general guinea pig food page, different brands will have varying quantities of nutrition and it is important to get the balance right. Here are some of the best and trusted guinea pig pellets (click on each to find out the price on Amazon):
How Should I Store the Nuggets?
Always store the pellets in a dry and dark place and seal the bag or box that it is kept in to prolong its freshness.
Also, make sure you use the food within 90 days of when it was produced. Never use food that is out of date to feed your guinea pig.
What Sort of Food Bowl is Best for the Pellets?
Guinea pigs sometimes put their feet on the edges of the feeding bowls when they’re eating. To ensure the food bowls don’t tip over, make sure you buy heavy ceramic ones (not too small but not too deep either) to prevent spillages.