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For guinea pig food for your Cavia you are in the right place in our Cavia webshop. Would you like to spoil your guinea pig with healthy, balanced guinea pig food? You will find different types of guinea pig food at an attractive price. Ordering is quick and easy at DRD Rodent Shop!

Guinea pigs are small, folivorous / herbivorous (herbivorous) mammals and belong to the rodent order. They are mostly active at dusk and at night, very sociable and live in nature in social groups. Even if they are kept as pets, they should be kept with at least one of their congeners. Guinea pigs have a life expectancy of about 6 to 8 years and reach a body length of about 30 cm and a weight of 450 to 1,000 g.

digestion herbivores and omnivores

Guinea pigs are native to South America and have spread from Colombia to Argentina. They do not build their own hole, but create roads and hollows in dense vegetation. To take in nutrition, they prefer to choose areas with low vegetation. There they mainly find grasses that contain many important nutrients.

Guinea pigs have their own nutritional needs. The digestive system in particular is important for a healthy and vital life.

Guinea Pig Teeth

There are two incisors in the upper and lower jaw, which, like the molars, continue to grow for life. That means:

a) the position of the teeth must be correct so that tooth wear is possible and the teeth do not grow out of control
b) the choice of feed is an important factor for optimal wear of the incisors and molars. A high fiber content is necessary!

The Guinea Pig Stomach

The stomach is a so-called full stomach. Their stomach is not very muscular and therefore cannot independently transport the foodstuff to the next part of the intestine. The following food portions take over that task. The species-specific food must be tailored to the energy requirements of adult guinea pigs and the needs of growing animals with optimum nutrition.

The appendix

The large cecum is the so-called fermentation chamber. This is where the fine dietary fibers go, which are converted by special bacteria into proteins, vitamin B complex and vitamin K. This is where the cecum droppings are created that are absorbed by guinea pigs.

Vitamins

Guinea pigs cannot produce vitamin C themselves. With an addition via the drinking water, vitamin C is rapidly broken down under the influence of light and oxygen. Administration of stabilized vitamin C via the feed is therefore vital. The daily requirement of an adult guinea pig is approximately 10 mg per kilogram of body weight

Guinea pig Calcium requirement

Calcium is an important mineral. In the body, calcium is mainly located in the bones and teeth. The calcium supply through food is therefore very important to keep the animal healthy.

It is true that an increased calcium content in adult guinea pigs can lead to bladder stones or even bladder stones. Unfortunately, this is no longer a rarity. That is why the choice of the right components is important.

  • Optimal calcium content in the basic feed
    young animals: 0.9% *
  • adult animals: 0.6%

* Young animals require a higher calcium content compared to adult guinea pigs because of their incomplete growth.

Crude fiber for Guinea pigs

Crude Fiber: Crude fiber is very important for health. They support digestion, the cecum and with their rough fiber structure, tooth wear.

Starch: Starch is mainly an energy supplier and must be limited in the feed.

A shift in the crude fiber-starch ratio can lead to health damage in the long term:

  • Too little crude fiber leads to intestinal slowness, changes in the intestinal flora and disturbed cecum function.
  • Too much starch leads to eating breaks, changes in the intestinal flora, swelling, diarrhea, fermentation, adiposity.
    When you take these arguments into account, it becomes clear why the vet recommends a minimum crude fiber-starch ratio of 3: 1.

How do I actually know how much starch my food contains?

The composition is very useful here: whole grain kernels (with starchy flour body), field beans, potatoes or peas are an indication that a higher starch content must be taken into account.

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As a specialist in the field of rodent nutrition, you as a customer benefit from our knowledge and experience. This is also reflected in our purchasing & storage policy, for example. We focus on fresh and fresh instead of much and cheap. Hay, herbs and food must be fresh and stored in the right way, which is why we purchase such products in a smart way so that you always benefit from fresh and fresh food!

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