You may have heard of guinea pig pellets or muesli which is a mix or supposedly essential ingredients for your guinea pigs diet. The benefits of these mixes are supposed to…
- Make up a portion of their vitamin c content
- Provide good variety in their diet
- Wear down their teeth
- Provide them with a healthy diet
Unfortunately, many companies don’t care about the welfare of our animals and they make rubbishy foods with ingredients that are terrible for them! Some feeds would be equivalent of you giving your children chocolate bars every single day! It is no wonder that so many guinea pigs are obese, but because guinea pigs are rather round anyway, it often goes amiss.
Products to AVOID in pellet mixtures!
• Animal products
• Beet pulp
• Corn products
• Seeds, Nuts, or Oils
• Rice Bran or Rice Flour
• Vegetable Fibre
• Food colourings
• Propyl gallate
• Corn syrup
• High fructose corn syrup
• Propylene glycol
• Butylated hydroxyanisole
• Too much wheat
• Too much soy
• Sodium nitrate, or sodium metabisulfate
• Potassium sorbate
This doesn’t leave us many options does it? Most of the products on the market have any number of these things in them!
To avoid bladder stones caused by too much calcium, guinea pigs must have a 1.3:1 calcium to phosphorus ratio.
Despite all the positive comments on this brand, I have to say that it is very poor. Guinea pigs aren’t supposed to eat corn and the peas, wheat and soy are not really regulars in their diet so I would only recommend this as a last resort feed. I know that some people find it tough to get hold of the other better brands so I won’t judge those who use this.
Be sure to let me know what you think in the comments below! I cannot claim to be an expert and have gathered as much information as I could before writing these reviews.
Overall I rate this two stars ⭐️⭐️
Feed in two tablespoons per cavy
Unfortunately I couldn’t find a whole lot of information about the crispy muesli guinea pig band as it is not that well known. Even the ingredients are elusive. I couldn’t find any other reviews by experts or nutritionists so I had to decide based on the lists and my own judgement.
Overall, since there isn’t really any clear information I have to advise others to stay away from this muesli. I am not sure about some of the ingredients and couldn’t find any information about them.
Rated 0 stars
Harrington’s guinea pig food is debated among many guinea pig owners as it contains both healthy and questionable ingredients.
This doesn’t rule it out altogether, so take a look at my review and see whether it is a safe pellet for your guinea pigs diet.
We rate this ⭐️⭐️⭐️
A safe food in moderate amounts!
I confess that I always get quite excited when I see a list of more natural ingredients that our guineas would probably find themselves foraging for in the wild if they could. A girl I know tries to replicate this in various ways-she spreads their veggies around so that they have to search for them, and picks weeds and leaves from bushes. In this way she creates a semi wild environment for them.
Despite the seeds these pellets contain, I have to say that I like the look of the recipe and would recommend it to anyone unable to get the top best brands.
1/8 cup every day
I rate these pellets three stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Generally, I’d say stay away from colored foods, but Kaytee fiesta has one of the longest, and most off putting list of ingredients that I have ever seen so far. In fact, it is so bad that humans shouldn’t eat it either!!! Apart from seeds and nuts it also contains food coloring’s, rice flour and yeast extract (msg)!
I give it a big, fat NO!
KMS hayloft pellets seem to be another of those cherished by many owners and loved by fussy guinea pigs! At the moment it can only be brought by the KMS website (let me know if this changes) and while you’re there, you may want to order some of their hay! It is supposed to be very good, very fine and favored by many people.
In fact, apparently these pellets are supposed to be very good for all other types of small animals like rabbits! Obviously you must take this with caution and check the ingredients.
Feed 1/8 of a cup per pig per day.
I gave this brand five stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Mazuri seems to have a lot of mixed views. Some say that it is fine, others want to avoid it. Overall, you have to weigh up all the odds and say “are the wrongs more then the rights” and then make your decision. There are bad ingredients in most brands, and unfortunately because of the high amount of calcium 1.1% it is just not good for guinea pigs.
You could possibly give them these pellets as treats if they enjoy them, not a bad idea, but not as a regular part of their diet.
I rate this two stars ⭐️⭐️
This is my all time favorite brand because, as some of you know, I live in New Zealand and I just had to include this for those kiwis out there who are looking for the best type of pellets! I can say first hand that my guinea pigs just love them.
Top marks for taste, ingredients, analysis, research and the result of FIVE different types of pellets for pups, mothers, expecting sows, 1-4 year old pigs, seniors and sick ones.
Follow the feeding instructions on the packet for each different formula.
I rate this FIVE STARS! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Oxbow is a very different brand in the way that it seems to understand what guinea pigs require in their diet. I was shocked at the response from reviews, forums and owners around the world who rave over the Oxbow pellets in a big way.
I highly recommend this brand! Oxbow recommends 1/8 of a cup per pig each day.
I rated it 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I was very impressed with this brand of pellets that so many guinea pigs and guinea pig owners have fallen in love with! Comparing them with oxbow, we’ve found that they’re quite similar so I recommend 1/8 cup per guinea pig per day!
Seeing as this brand doesn’t have alternative solutions for babies or pregnant sows…
I rate this 4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Unfortunately this is not a suitable brand for your guinea pigs to have as part of their everyday diet. It contains ingredients that guinea pigs don’t need and is missing the essential hay and vitamin c.
Avoid this at all costs!
I give it a one star rating ⭐️
This is an excellent choice of pellets coming very close with Oxbow and KMS on the table. Its high fiber and low protein content provides an excellent staple in your guinea pig’s diet. Its so great to come across more brands that are a whole lot better then the previous ones we have reviewed: I think I was bracing myself for a ton of bad brands and only a few good ones!
Four star rating!!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Each day I will be blogging about a different pellet food so let me know if there’s any you’d like to see reviewed!