Do you know the answer to what Vegetables guinea pigs can eat? If you are new to owning a guinea pig, it can be really confusing to know which vegetables are safe from those that are harmful. Maybe you have kept guinea pigs for a while and want to change up their diet but don’t know how?
This is the second article in our ultimate guide on what food guinea pigs can eat. We are on a mission to add some new, exciting and most importantly safe foods to your guinea pigs’ diet!
Find Out More:
- Guinea Pig Vegetable Guide – At A Glance
- Can Guinea Pigs Eat Asparagus?
- Can Guinea Pigs Eat Beetroot?
- Can Guinea Pigs Eat Bell Peppers?
- Can Guinea Pigs Eat Bok Choy?
- Can Guinea Pigs Eat Broccoli?
- Can Guinea Pigs Eat Brussel Sprouts?
- Can Guinea Pigs Eat Cabbage?
- Can Guinea Pigs Eat Carrots?
- Can Guinea Pigs Eat Cauliflower?
- Can Guinea Pigs Eat Celery?
- Can Guinea Pigs Eat Corn?
- Can Guinea Pigs Eat Cucumbers?
- Can Guinea Pigs Eat Green Beans?
- Can Guinea Pigs Eat Kale?
- Can Guinea Pigs Eat Lettuce?
- Can Guinea Pigs Eat Okra?
- Can Guinea Pigs Eat Pumpkin?
- Can Guinea Pigs Eat Spinach?
- Can Guinea Pigs Eat Potatoes?
- Can Guinea Pigs Eat Tomatoes?
- Can Guinea Pigs Eat Turnips?
- Can Guinea Pigs Eat Zucchini?
Guinea Pig Vegetable Guide
Most guinea pig owners wish there was a complete and comprehensive list of all the vegetables that clearly define what is safe and not safe. Wish no longer as we have created one and best of all it’s completely free! We don’t believe in charging for information that should be freely available!
So feel free to download the below free guinea pig vegetable chart!
Can Guinea Pigs Eat Asparagus?
Guinea pigs can indeed eat Asparagus. Asparagus are full of vitamin C that guinea pigs are unable to make themselves. Guinea pigs can actually eat all types of Asparagus as well not just green!
Can Guinea Pigs Eat Beetroot?
Yes, your guinea pigs can eat Beetroot. Remember it’s going to get really messy though! We would advise against feeding beetroot to your guinea pig if they are very light or white in colour! If your guinea pig does get dirty though due to beetroot, a simple brush should help remove the stain. If it’s really bad choose a mild guinea pig-friendly shampoo.
Can Guinea Pigs Eat Bell Peppers?
Bell Peppers (also known as Capsicum and Sweet Peppers) are safe for your guinea pigs. They can eat all colours too! It’s a great way to bring some variety to your guinea pig’s plate!
Can Guinea Pigs Eat Bok Choy?
Guinea pigs can eat Bok Choy. It is full of calcium (but not too much!) and many other vitamins. Bok Choy can cause bloating though, so be sure to keep a watch over your guinea pig if they are trying it for the first time.
Can Guinea Pigs Eat Broccoli?
Yes, broccoli is safe for guinea pigs. Worried about which part to give them? they can eat all of it – stems, floret and stalk! It is very rich in Calcium which can cause health issues. See our free guide to ensure you are feeding them the correct amount.
Can Guinea Pigs Eat Brussel Sprouts?
Christmas sprout anyone? Whilst Brussel sprouts are safe for your guinea pigs, we recommend only feeding them it sparingly. It can cause kidney stones. Our advice? We only feed our piggies Brussel sprouts at Christmas since it’s the only time we eat them!
Can Guinea Pigs Eat Cabbage?
Yes, guinea pigs can eat cabbage. Cabbage makes an excellent green to feed to your piggie plus they can eat the four main types – green, napa, red/purple, and savoy.
Can Guinea Pigs Eat Carrots?
Whilst guinea pigs can eat Carrots, it’s important not to feed them every day. They contain high amounts of sugar and vitamin A. Carrots can be fed to your guinea pig three times a week.
Can Guinea Pigs Eat Cauliflower?
Just like Broccoli, all parts of cauliflower can be enjoyed by your guinea pigs.
Can Guinea Pigs Eat Celery?
Celery is safe for your guinea pig to eat. Don’t cook it first though! The crunch is great for your piggies ever-growing teeth! It acts just like them chewing a branch and may help your wooden cage toys last longer!
Can Guinea Pigs Eat Corn?
Guinea pigs can eat sweetcorn, corn on the cob and even the husks and silk! If feeding sweetcorn stick to once a week but the husks/silk is fine 3-4 times a week. The corn can be fed straight from the cob as well! If you have long-haired guinea pig though be ready with a comb!
Can Guinea Pigs Eat Cucumbers?
Cucumbers are perfect to be fed to your guinea pig during the hot weather! They make a great addition on a hot day! Our long-haired guinea pig chocolate usually enjoys her cucumber straight from the fridge whilst lying on a cool pad!
Can Guinea Pigs Eat Green Beans?
Yes, guinea pigs can have some small pieces of green beans provided they are fully ripe. Be careful not to feed them too much though as they can cause a fair few health problems. Personally, we avoid green beans.
Can Guinea Pigs Eat Kale?
Kale may be a superfood but it’s only suitable for your guinea pigs once to twice a week. Don’t cook it either – they prefer it raw!
Can Guinea Pigs Eat Lettuce?
As a general rule, guinea pigs can eat lettuce. However, there are many different types! Iceberg should be avoided as it contains no nutritional value for them. If they fill up on it, they’re too full to eat the other nutrient-rich foods. Romaine lettuce and red and green lettuce are safe for everyday feeding!
Can Guinea Pigs Eat Okra?
Okra is fine to feed your guinea pig. They can enjoy a full piece 1- 2 times a week.
Can Guinea Pigs Eat Pumpkin?
Whilst guinea pigs can eat pumpkins they can only have a cube once a month. To us, this doesn’t seem worth introducing into our guinea pig’s diet.
Can Guinea Pigs Eat Spinach?
Our guinea pigs adore spinach! Whilst they are only allowed four leaves her piggy, that doesn’t stop them from wheeking for more! Stick to baby spinach over the regular kind, it’s easier for them to digest.
Can Guinea Pigs Eat Potatoes?
Regular white potatoes are actually poisonous to guinea pigs so steer clear of those completely. Interestingly enough, guinea pigs can eat sweet potatoes! They are able to have one cube monthly, be mindful though – sweet potatoes contain ALOT of sugar. Personally, we don’t feed our guinea pigs them.
Can Guinea Pigs Eat Tomatoes?
Tomatoes are safe to be fed to your guinea pig. They are great for vitamin C and can have one cube about once a week.
Can Guinea Pigs Eat Turnips?
Turnips are a great source of vitamin C and so make a great weekly addition to your guinea pig’s diet.
Can Guinea Pigs Eat Zucchini?
Zucchini is completely safe for your guinea pig.
Always monitor anything new that your guinea pigs are given to eat. The best way to know what your guinea pigs like and dislike is by keeping a close watch over how they behave.
Be mindful of changes to their droppings, urine and behaviour in order to discover what vegetables your guinea pigs really like! Check out the RSPCA’s guide on introducing new foods to your guinea pigs diet.
If in doubt always contact your vet for advice.