A guinea pig meal planner is something that I think EVERY guinea pig owner should have and use as part of your daily guinea pig care routine – whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a complete newbie.
Because it makes life SO much easier, that’s why!
With this handy, weekly meal planner and sample weekly guinea pig menu…
- Never guiltily wonder “Now what the heck did I feed my fur babies this week?” while you’re at the grocery store again.
- No more last-minute trips to the pet store because you forgot to buy your guinea pigs’ food.
- No more wasted money on food that your piggies don’t even like.
- And best of all, an easy, stress-free way to lay out a feeding schedule for your guinea pigs.
What could be better than all of that?
FREE PRINTABLE GUINEA PIG MEAL PLANNER TEMPLATE
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Now that we have that out of the way, let’s take a look at what goes into filling out weekly guinea pig meal planner.
I like to think of meal planning for guinea pigs as a kind of “choose your own adventure” book. There’s lots of different paths you can take, and it all depends on what your piggies like and what’s available to you.
But with that said, here are some general guidelines to help get you started:
- Guinea pigs should only be offered a cup of produce (veggies mostly) each day
- A lot of people are comfortable feeding half a cup of produce in the morning and the other half in the evening.
- Most of the produce should be leafy greens; fruit should only be given as an occasional treat.
- Feed all veggies in rotation and make sure you feed a wide variety of well…everything.
- Make sure you take it easy on the calcium rich veggies. Only feed those in moderation, too.
The meal planner is designed to give you an at-a-glance idea of what you will need to buy at the grocery store in order to have a week’s worth of meals for your piggies.
It even has a suggested, sample menu for your cavies (pretty cool, huh?).
This is something that I wish I could’ve had when I first started out feeding my guinea pigs, as it would’ve saved me a lot of time and money.
It’s also a great way to make sure that your guinea pigs are getting a variety of different types of food, and that they’re not always eating the same thing.
FINAL THOUGHTS FOR USING YOUR WEEKLY MEAL PLANNER TEMPLATE
If I were you, I’d probably print the food planner weekly and write down whatever foods that you want for your piggies’ eating schedule. Then keep the old sheets in a folder or binder.
That way, you can always look back on past meal planners and get some ideas for future ones.
And if your little friends get sick, then you can easily trace their illness back to a specific food – if you need to.
Keep in mind that guinea pigs always need unlimited amounts of high-quality grass hay (I recommend second or third cut), fresh water, and a tablespoon of uniform grass pellets daily.
Avoid junk foods like seeds, nuts, and dried fruits – not only are they bad for your cavies’ health, but they can also get stuck in their teeth and they’re choking hazards.
So there you have it – a weekly meal planner specifically designed for guinea pigs and a sample menu that you can follow.
I hope this helps make feeding your piggies a breeze.