Can guinea pigs eat grass? We know there are animals that only eat grass. It is a delicacy, and a source of many nutrients they need for them to survive. But does the same apply to guinea pigs?
We did a quick research on it and in the following paragraphs, we will show you what we managed to discover.
Can guinea pigs eat grass?
We know that guinea pigs should have a diet based on hay, freshwater, and treats containing vitamin C. But what about grass? Can they munch on it or would their little stomachs suffer from it?
If you are a new guinea pig owner, you need to know what you can feed your little friend. So to answer your question, grass is part of the main type of food that attracts them. They can eat as much as they want every day.
They will love it so much that they will prefer grass to any other food you give them. It is an excellent food for guinea pigs thanks to its abrasive nature, in fact, it helps them with the problem of tooth growth.
How much grass should a guinea pig eat?
The next question that may come to your mind is: how much grass can they eat? Should it be given moderately or on a few occasions?
Piglets can eat a lot of grass, and their health would not be affected in any way. Hay and grass should make up 80% of your guinea pig’s diet. Just remember to check that it does not contain pesticides or other chemicals.
What to look for
As with any other food you want to give your pet, there are things to check. For example, your guinea pig has never eaten florid summer grass before and may have tummy problems.
Another aspect to consider is that after winter, it should be done gradually. Be careful not to give it too much out of the blue. It is best to slowly introduce the grass into your pigs’ diet.
Take small portions, increasing them a little each week. By following this method you will ensure the highest success rate.
Grow your own weed
If you get the chance, you should start growing your grass as soon as possible. Managing a vegetable garden is fantastic, you can set up a small corner in which to plant grass for your guinea pig. This way, you will be sure that it is completely natural and has not been in contact with chemicals and other pesticides. You can also plant it in a pot if you don’t have space.
Regarding the type of grass to plant, catnip or wheat will do just fine. Wheat, however, appears to be healthier and more appropriate for your pets. If you don’t have the time and space to grow your weed, you can always buy it from specialty stores.
Grass and its many forms
You may be wondering if it is okay for your little pig to eat wet grass. A little wet grass isn’t a problem as long as your pig doesn’t get wet. However, check that the humidity has not caused mold to develop.
Don’t completely replace their diet with grass. Your guinea pig’s diet should be based on hay, and grass should be the second option.
Guinea pigs can also eat grass with clover. They can also eat dandelion, but whether they like it depends on their tastes. So offer it a piece of dandelion and find out if it likes it or not.
Caution Concerning Weed
- Avoid grass near major roads (car fumes can contaminate it)
- Avoid grass that has been treated with chemicals, such as pesticides and herbicides.
- Avoid grassy areas with moss, mold, and mildew.
- Avoid grass visiting other animals (dogs, cats). Their feces can transmit parasites.
- Don’t let your guinea pig eat too much fresh grass if it’s not used to it.
- Don’t leave your pets loose in a grassy area. Keep them in a cage or enclosure so you don’t lose them.
- Check that your pet has not caught fleas or ticks in the open air.
Guinea pigs can eat grass and they love it. In fact, it can even become your pig’s staple food and they can eat as much of it as they want. There will be no problem if you take the precautions we discussed earlier. Grass is great for your pet and you can give it to your little friend on a daily basis.
This article is purely informative, at Shelterapet we do not have the right to prescribe veterinary treatments or make any type of diagnosis. We encourage you to take your pet to the vet in case of any kind of discomfort.