List of fruits and veggies?


Post   » Tue Apr 01, 2008 10:18 am

I am looking for a site that gives a list of the foods that cavy's will eat and their favorites! I have found list that give 4 or 5 of each or lists of ratio with calcium,asorbic acid...I just want 2 list one for fruit and one for veggies...I know they can have more then 4 or 5 items! Why can't I find such a simple list? Can anyone help me out with this? PLEASE and THANK YOU


Post   » Tue Apr 01, 2008 10:24 am

There's this one:

Guinea Pig Cages Sample Menus

And this one:

Guinea Pig Cages Nutrition chart

and this one:

And you can do a search of the forums or visit the main Care and Medical Guide inthe top right hand corner of this page.

Sometimes a lot of information is a good thing. If it's broken down into only four veggies then your pig isn't getting enough variety. The menus are a good place to start.

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In Memory of Mama

Post   » Tue Apr 01, 2008 11:16 am

Here's a list that I put together when I first started w/ piggies. I got it from different members on GL and guineapigcages. I've also been including it in the folder when my fosters are adopted.

Food Guidelines

1) Pellets (some good quality pellets)
• Oxbow Cavy Cuisine (timothy based), for cavies over 6
• Oxbow Cavy Performance (alfalfa based) for cavies
under 6 months
• KM’s- You can find both alfalfa and timothy based pellets
• Mazuri (5664)

2) Hay (some good quality hay). Cavies of all ages should receive unlimited grass hay. Alfalfa can be mixed in for pigs under 6 months, pregnant or nursing sows can also benefit.

• Timothy/Orchard Grass/Bluegrass/Bermuda Grass/Sweet
• Alfalfa (good for cavies under 6mons old, pregnant or
nursing cavies)

3) Veggie/Fruits list

- Everyday Foods
• Lettuces (should be a staple in any pigs diet) Romaine,
Green/Red leaf, Butterhead/Boston, Frisee, Curly
Endive, Belgian Endive, Radicchio, salad mix (w/out
iceberg lettuce) *Iceberg lettuce should not be given.
It can cause diarrhea and has very little nutritional
• Cilantro/Chinese Parsley/Coriander greens
• Swiss Chard, Red Chard
• Grass-wheat, winter rye (grown in pots from seed),
chemical/waste free forage outdoors
• Bell/Sweet Peppers-red, green, yellow, purple (not hot
or chili)
• Carrots-1 small/medium baby carrot or equivalent of
regular carrot per pig
• Corn Silks and husks
• Zucchini
• Sweet Potato leaves
• Cherry or Grape tomatoes (no more than 1-2 per pig
cut in half)

-Every Other Day Foods
• Celery (cut into small pieces, strings removed)/Celery
• Argula
• Cucumber
• Peas in pods, Pea shoots (not dried)
• Green beans, string beans, snap beans
• Summer squash/Winter squash
• Roma or regular tomatoes (cut into small pieces; leaves
are poisonous)
• Yams (not sweet potatoes, there is a difference)
• Clover
• Garden cress

-Once or Twice Weekly Foods
• Carrot tops/leaves
• Dandelion greens
• Parsley
• Collard greens/Mustard greens
• Water cress
• Beet greens
• Spinach
• Kale
• Dandelion (stems, flower, even root OK)
• Artichoke
• Asparagus
• Basil/Dill/Mint/Thyme
• Chives (feed in moderation)
• Green onions tops (feed in moderation)
• Green Leek tops (feed in moderation)
• Sweet onions (feed in moderation)
• Beets
• Turnip

-Feed Once or Twice Weekly (in small portions)
• Broccoli, Broccolini
• Broccoli Rabe
• Cauliflower/Broccoflower
• Brussel Sprouts
• White/Red/Tuscan/Savoy Cabbages
• Kohlrabi leaves

-Feed Rarely
• Sweet potato (leaves are edible)
• Raisins/Craisins
• Bananas

-Fruits (should be fed in moderation 2-3x wkly)
• Orange/Tangerine/Mandarin
• Grapefruit
• Lemon/Lime
• Cantaloupe Melon/Honeydew Melon
• Currants-yellow, red, or black (leaves are edible)
• Strawberries/Gooseberries
• Kiwi Fruit/Mango
• Feijoa/Pineapple Guava
• Papaya/Paw Paw/Tree Melon
• Persimmon-American or oriental
• Rosechip
• Pumpkin
• Pineapple
• Apple-avoid seeds/Crabapple
• Pear/Asian pear
• Plum/Prune
• Nectarine/Apricot
• Peach
• Cherries-remove pit
• Cranberries (fresh, cut in half), Raspberries,
Blackberries, Bilberries, Blueberries
• Watermelon
• Passion fruit/Granadilla
• Grapes/Figs

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Post   » Tue Apr 01, 2008 2:28 pm

You want this:


It is pretty simple. I would expand the "romaine" listing to include all sorts of greens. Focus on greens vs. fruit.


Post   » Tue Apr 01, 2008 2:33 pm

Thanks Lynx. That was actually the link I was looking for. Don't know why I missed it the first time.

But the other links are good too.

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Notorious P.I.G.

Post   » Tue Apr 01, 2008 5:21 pm

I didn't know about sweet potato leaves. What about regular russet potato leaves? We planted some potatoes a couple of months ago and the leaves are really coming up! Are they OK for piggies to eat?

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In Memory of Mama

Post   » Tue Apr 01, 2008 5:26 pm

I'm not sure about the leaves but I'm almost postive that potatoes are dangerous to them.

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Bugs Mom

Post   » Tue Apr 01, 2008 5:37 pm

The potato leaves are poison for humans Athena so I sure wouldn't feed to my piggy. They are as bad as tomato leaves.

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Notorious P.I.G.

Post   » Tue Apr 01, 2008 7:39 pm

Eeek! Thanks, Bugs Mom. I didn't know that! We will just enjoy looking at the plants.

Now I want to plant some sweet potatoes.

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Post   » Tue Apr 01, 2008 8:15 pm

Sweet potato leaves are just fine - and really nourishing! They are eaten in other countries.

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Bugs Mom

Post   » Tue Apr 01, 2008 8:22 pm

Oh yes, sweet potatoes and the leaves are great. They are not also a true potato but rather a different thing all together.

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Notorious P.I.G.

Post   » Tue Jun 10, 2008 11:58 am

I felt pretty dopey going to the garden center and asking for sweet potato seeds and being nicely told just to stick the real thing in water, like a potato.

But now we have roots and itty-bitty leaves sprouting out from the one I cut in half and have in water. I'm so excited! I think the pigs will be able to eat some leaves in........4 months...

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Bugs Mom

Post   » Tue Jun 10, 2008 12:18 pm

You should not feel "dopey" Athena, they really do sell starter kits for potatoes. Silly garden center.

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Post   » Tue Jun 10, 2008 12:58 pm

Must. Not. Laugh.


Post   » Tue Jun 10, 2008 1:21 pm

Why is it that my boys turn their noses up to most of the "almost daily" options on that fruits and veggies list? Stinkers.


Post   » Tue Jun 10, 2008 2:38 pm

You can also get ornamental sweet-potato vines with yellow-green or purple leaves, which go very nicely in hanging baskets. Same species, just different coloring, like red-leaved lettuce.

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one pig at a time.

Post   » Tue Jun 10, 2008 2:44 pm

Why is it that my boys turn their noses up to most of the "almost daily" options on that fruits and veggies list?
Mine will eat just about anything and everything and actually enjoy lettuces the most. I think I have a bunch of scavengers. They eat us out of the house! Just walk into the room with something in your hand to feed them and they act like they may jump right out the cage to get it no matter what it is. Poor pigs.

My vet tells me all of the time that they need to be put on a diet. It hurts my feelings because I don't think they are fat, just healthy looking. When I tell her that she says I am in denial. I just can't say no to their little faces and I feel that with more than one or two in a cage I need to make sure to put in enough food to feed everyone, even the less dominant piggies. It is non-win situation.

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Post   » Tue Jun 10, 2008 4:35 pm

In order to get enough leaves to feed your pigs, please do plant those sweet potato plantlets in the garden. Once they take hold, they will grow like kudzu and you'll have tons for your pigs.


Post   » Tue Jun 10, 2008 5:08 pm

I got radish greens (the actual radishes are eaten by humans) in my farmshare this week. I'm assuming they're fine for the pigs?

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Bugs Mom

Post   » Tue Jun 10, 2008 5:35 pm

Lady Bug says to tell you the radish tops are SUPER! She wishes I'd give her more of them. I really don't give her very many and, since I grow them myself, she gets the young greens before they form the root.

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