Give your guinea pig hay, dry food, and fresh food. Hay’s raw fibers are important for digestion. Your guinea pig loves vegetables, fruit, and fresh herbs. But don’t give too much fresh food to avoid intestinal problems. Give him pressed granules or mixed food. Make sure your guinea pig gets vitamin C every day. He does not make it himself, he has to get it through his food every day.
For this, we sell special guinea pig food. This can also be done through drops in his drinking water or a pill. Guinea pigs can be checked for obesity by sensing the fat reserves. These are located next to the front legs in the armpits and next to the hind legs in the groin. Normal reserves are not palpable, but overweight is. Overweight guinea pigs can, in addition to breathing problems,
The chinchilla has very sensitive digestion, so watch what you give. Give him fresh hay and special chinchilla food every day. As an extra you give, for example, a raisin or a piece of dried apple. Avoid moist fruits or vegetables, and don’t give them cabbage, lettuce, sunflower seeds, and peanuts, or other nuts.
Make sure your degu always has clean hay, so it will get enough fiber and wear its teeth. Always give him really good food. If that is not available, guinea pig or chinchilla food is a good alternative. Supplement it with little bits of fruit and vegetables, which you slowly get used to. It should not have too much sugar, because degus get diabetes quickly.
Ferrets are meat eaters by nature. So give your ferret a special dry food with a lot of proteins and fats, and as little fiber and carbohydrates as possible. Chicken meat or cat food is also allowed. Do not give fruit and vegetables, his stomach cannot tolerate that. Take care of foods that contain added sugars, which can cause health problems.
Hamsters need both plant and animal foods. Give your hamster hay and willow branches to wear out his teeth and supplement it with completely mixed hamster food. But note that he doesn’t just pick out the seeds and nuts here. Because these are quite fat and low in calcium. You can supplement the dry food with insects, mealworms, and vegetables or fruit. Watch out with too much-wet food, he takes that to his pantry where it can get moldy.
Gerbils don’t need a lot of food. Choose a complete food for gerbils or small rodents, which is low in fiber and fat. Supplement it with fruits and vegetables that are not too wet. For example, apple and carrot and occasionally spoil it with mealworms and dog or cat food. Make sure he always has hay and give him branches of willow or birch for his gnawing needs.
Mice are omnivores. They mainly eat grains and seeds and are low in fiber but need enough vitamins and minerals. Give them a complete food for mice or other small rodents. This contains the nutrients they need. You can supplement this with an occasional amount of vegetables or fruit, mealworms, or a boiled egg. Gnaw on branches of, for example, willows or birches and give him hay regularly.
Rats naturally eat everything. Buy special full rat food, which contains enough protein and low fiber. As an extra, give him vegetables, fruit, bread, boiled egg, and potato. Make sure your rat doesn’t get too fat, it happens quickly. Do not give him food that contains a lot of sugar, salt, and fat.