Guinea pigs need constant access to high-quality hay. In fact, approximately 75% of their diet should be hay (pasture, oaten, or Timothy hay). The remainder of their diet should consist of a measured daily amount of pellets, as well as green vegetables and herbs. We stock and recommend Oxbow pellets for guinea pigs.
Contrary to popular belief, guinea pig mixes (bags of seeds/chaff/fruit pieces) that you can purchase at the supermarket should NOT be fed. Please ask us for more information on guinea pig nutrition. Foods to avoid feeding include corn, peas, beans, bread, cereals, nuts, grains, seeds and human sweets/treats.
Guinea pigs should be housed in an enclosure that is as large as possible, and it should be well-ventilated, with the bedding changed regularly. Hay, shredded paper or straw are ideal bedding materials. Guinea pigs are susceptible to heat stress, and they should be moved indoors on hot days. Water should be supplied with dripper-type water bottles as water bowls often become soiled. Provide two dripper bottles in case one becomes blocked.
Guinea pigs should always be kept with at least one other guinea pig as they are very social animals and should not be kept alone. Regular veterinary checks are recommended and desexing will be discussed on a case-by-case basis. Microchipping guinea pigs is recommended as they have been known to go missing.