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The feeding of the guinea pig is similar to that of other animals even so, depending on the stage it is in can vary.
In this AnimalWised article we are going to discuss the food needs of young, adult, elderly and pregnant guinea pigs. In addition, you will also find lists of allowed and prohibited foods so that you have all the necessary information.
Keep reading to know the feeding of the guinea pig according to its age.You may also be interested in: Dog's diet according to its age Index
- Feeding young guinea pigs
- Feeding adult guinea pigs
- Feeding pregnant guinea pigs
Feeding young guinea pigs
Although it is surprising, guinea pigs begin to eat shortly after birth, although they do suckle from their mothers to receive adequate calcium and immune protection. It is after three weeks (at least) that we can consider separating the parent from the young guinea pig.
Once the young guinea pig enters its new habitat, it must have at its disposal fresh hay 24 hours a day since it develops their teeth and favors the digestive system. In the market you will find hay with dandelion flowers for example, a fantastic option and that they love.
Guinea pigs under 15 months should receive two daily rations of feed, fundamental for its growth. Consult your usual store for a quality product that is specific for this breed of rodent.
It is also the time to test your guinea pig fruits and vegetables of all kinds, in this way you will discover their favorite foods and you will have no problem incorporating them into their adult diet. We recommend that you offer him small servings at the beginning so that it does not cause discomfort to his body.
Some examples of fruits and vegetables:
Feeding adult guinea pigs
Once our guinea pig enters adult life (between 7 and 8 months of life) it will continue to need fresh hay available throughout the day and is that guinea pigs do not have intestinal motility need to eat throughout the day to stimulate their digestive system and prevent it from stopping.
We will continue to offer recommended fruit and vegetables for guinea pigs on a daily basis and we will greatly reduce your feed intake which will then constitute 20% of your total diet.
Remember that guinea pigs should not eat certain foods such as sugars, coffee or an excess of parsley, find out about the prohibited foods for guinea pigs.
Feeding pregnant guinea pigs
The guinea pig's pregnancy usually lasts approximately 65 days or so and it is a stage in which we must pay attention to its care and also to its diet..
Pregnant guinea pigs they should get extra calcium and vitamin C, present in many fruits and vegetables. In the market you will find vitamin supplements that your veterinarian will recommend if he deems it necessary, consult with him this process so as not to have any displeasure.