Guinea Pig Pellets

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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.





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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
• Sucrose
• Propylene glycol
• Ethoxyquin
• 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.


Burgess Pellets

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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

Read the full review here…


Crispy Muesli-Guinea Pig

guinea-pig-pellets-3Unfortunately 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

Read the full review here…





Harrington’s guinea pig food

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!

 

 

Take a look at my review and see…


JR Farm Pellets

guinea-pig-pellets-4I 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 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Read the full review here…


Kaytee Fiesta

 

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!

0 Stars

but if you’d like to read the full review you can read it here…


KMS hayloft pellets

KMS Hayloft Pellets

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! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

See the whole review here…


Mizuri Guinea Pig Pellets

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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 ⭐️⭐️

Read the full review here…


Little Chintas in New Zealand

chintas-pelletsThis 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! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Read the full review here…


Oxbow guinea pig pellets

Oxbow Guinea Pig Pellets

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 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

You can read the review here…


Timothy hay pelletsSmall Pet Select Timothy Hay Pellets

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 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

You can read the full review here…


Small World Pellets

Small world pellets

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 ⭐️

 

You can read the full review here…

 


Sweet Meadow Timothy Guinea Pig Pellets

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!!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The full review here…


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!

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10 thoughts on “Guinea Pig Pellets

  • October 27, 2016 at 11:10 pm
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    It’s sad the way most people feed their pets. Like humans junk food, pet junk food abounds. Ingredients that are bad for a pet’s health and cheap processed food is the norm. Guinea pigs are so cute, and we must feed them well and healthy!

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    • October 27, 2016 at 11:22 pm
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      It is sad! There are a huge amount of guinea pigs with health problems and short life spans because of this rubbish we are feeding them! 🙁

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  • October 27, 2016 at 11:32 pm
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    Yikes! That’s a lot of garbage to feed a cute little animal!
    Sadly, I probably would have just assumed it was ok from the product advertising. Good to read info like yours… thanks!

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    • October 28, 2016 at 12:05 am
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      You and hundreds of other people 🙂 Not to worry, I started off feeding my little ones a terrible diet from a cheap pellet mix at the supermarket, but I know better now!

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  • October 28, 2016 at 12:41 am
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    Wow! I did not know that these companies didn’t care about the guinea pigs of the world. That’s sad. We can all be glad that you are out there to be the guinea pig angel they need.

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  • October 29, 2016 at 7:48 am
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    Thank you so much for all the information you put here! I love animals and I do believe that lots of people feel the same way but not all of us has the time to search for everything we need to know about healthy food for them. That’s why I find this site very helpful and time saving! Keep writing and more people will come here to buy. It’s not even that expensive! Come on! Guinea pigs eat tiny! 🙂
    Thanks again!

    Timea

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    • October 29, 2016 at 10:03 pm
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      Thank you for your thank you! 🙂

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  • November 6, 2016 at 2:06 am
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    Very nice review on the various pelleted foods. Some of these I’ve heard of, but others were new to me. I’m a pet lover, so I can really appreciate your efforts to educate the public about the proper food for their pet. Commercial feeds are always questionable no matter what kind of pet you have. I’ve had small animals in the past, but right now only have dogs. We have four of them, but we’re very careful about which brands of food to buy. I have a friend who’s in his late seventies, and he’s had guinea pigs for so many years he can’t remember when he hasn’t had them. He just loves them. He can’t have a larger pet where he lives, and the guinea pigs are just perfect for him. I’ll have to tell him about your site. He’ll love it!

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    • November 6, 2016 at 3:50 am
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      I hope he will enjoy my site and find it useful! I agree that nothing on the shelves is entirely trustworthy until it has been thoroughly looked over. I should probably look into our dog’s and cat’s food too! Thanks for your comment 😀

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