Poisonous foods for Guinea Pigs

Guinea pigs have a rather complex diet made up of grass, unlimited timothy or meadow hay, fresh veggies and pellets with additional forge thrown in. See our list of wild plants that guinea pigs can eat: Guineapigsforever.com/wild-plants-for-guinea-pigs

It is important to check before trying out new foods. TheΒ  food chart has a list of foods that are safe for guinea pigs to consume, so check the food chart to see if the food is there. If it isn’t on the safe foods chart or the poisonous foods chart (you can use the search bar to find out), ask me, or do some more research to find out what other people are saying about the food.



  • Aconite
  • Amaryllis
  • American Holly
  • American Nightshade
  • Anemone
  • Angel’s Trumpet
  • Antirrhinums
  • Autumn crocus
  • Avocado
  • Azalea
  • Baking
  • Bird of Paradise
  • Birdseye Primrose
  • Bishops weed
  • Bittersweet
  • Black locust
  • Blue Cardinal
  • Bluebells
  • Bread
  • Bryony
  • Bulb grown plants
  • Buttercup
  • Caladium
  • Castor oil plants
  • Cherry leaves
  • Cherry trees
  • Chiles
  • Chilly
  • Chives
  • Chocolate
  • Christmas pepper
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Clematis
  • Coconut
  • Coffee
  • Columbine
  • Cooked food
  • Corn cockle
  • Cowslip
  • Crocus
  • Cycads
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodil
  • Dahlias
  • Daily
  • Dairy
  • Daphne
  • Deadly Nightshade
  • Deadly nightshade
  • Delphinium
  • Dicerna
  • Dieffenbachia
  • Dock
  • Dog mercury
  • Dog/cat treats
  • Energy drinks
  • English ivy
  • Euphorbia
  • Fast food
  • Feverfew
  • Figwort
  • Firethorn
  • Fools parsley
  • Foxglove
  • Frozen foods
  • Garland flower
  • Garlic
  • Glory lily
  • Golden chain
  • Goutweed
  • Ground elder
  • Gyancith
  • Hellebore
  • Hemlock
  • Holly
  • Horseradish
  • Hot herbs and spices
  • Hot pepper
  • Hyacinth
  • Hydrangea flowers
  • Iceberg lettuce
  • Indian spruce tree
  • Ink berry
  • Iris
  • Ivy
  • Jack-In-The-Pulpit
  • Jam
  • Jelly
  • Jerusalem cherry
  • Juniper
  • Kingcup
  • Laburnum
  • Laurels
  • Leyland cypress
  • Lilac
  • Lily
  • Lily of the valley
  • Lupine
  • Lupins
  • Marsh marigold
  • Matrimony vine
  • May apple
  • Meadow saffron
  • Meats
  • Mistletoe
  • Monkshood
  • Morning glory
  • Mountain laurel
  • Mushrooms
  • Nightshade
  • Nuts
  • Oaks
  • Oleander
  • Olive
  • Onion weed
  • Onions
  • Paprika
  • Philodendron
  • Pickled veggies
  • Pigweed
  • Pine needles
  • Poinsetta
  • Poison Hemlock
  • Poppies
  • Potato
  • Pothos
  • Preservatives
  • Privet
  • Rabbit food
  • Ragwort
  • Red Sage
  • Red maple leaves
  • Rhododendron
  • Rhubarb
  • Rosary pea
  • Sandwich spreads
  • Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Seeds
  • Snowdrop
  • Spring Adonis
  • Spurges
  • St Johns Wort
  • Star-Of-Bethlehem
  • Sweets
  • Taro
  • Tea
  • Tomatillo leaves & stalks
  • Tomato leaves & stalks
  • Trumpet flower
  • Tulip
  • Vetch
  • Walnut or Black Walnut
  • Water Hemlock
  • Wisteria
  • Wolfsbane
  • Yellow Oleander
  • Yew

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8 thoughts on “Poisonous foods for Guinea Pigs

  • February 2, 2017 at 1:25 am
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    Thanks for the article. Good info to know. I just want to know what idiot would feed their guinea pig energy drinks?!? I would not even buy one of those for a human!! And I would say half of that list, I have never even heard of.

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    • February 2, 2017 at 2:23 am
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      Haha I once saw a rescue article in guinea pig magazine where some people gave their guinea pigs chicken nuggets! I mean its a no-brainer, but believe it or not some people want to know πŸ˜‰

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  • February 2, 2017 at 6:28 am
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    Thanks for the info Emma! It’s great to see a long list of foods guinea pigs have to choose from. I see Chiles on the list. Is there any one in particular? Like can they eat spicy ones?
    Keep it up!

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    • February 2, 2017 at 8:34 pm
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      Hi Seth!
      Definitely not spicy chilies! They are too hot for guinea pigs πŸ™
      Thanks
      -Emma

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  • February 3, 2017 at 1:24 am
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    Hi,
    I just noticed you have white clover on both the lists of what pigs can and can’t eat. It needs to come off the poisonous foods list, they definitely can eat white clover.

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    • February 3, 2017 at 2:03 am
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      Hi!
      Thanks for that! πŸ˜€
      -Emma

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  • February 15, 2017 at 3:13 am
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    Hi Emma!

    Great resource to have! Thanks for sharing. I saw taro on the list and I was like, Oh no! Poor guinea pigs! Lol. I love taro. But I’m sure they have enough yummy foods.

    πŸ˜€

    -Amiel

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    • February 15, 2017 at 3:26 am
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      Thanks for your comment Amiel! πŸ˜€

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