Many guinea pig owners own multiple pets and so buying food becomes quite an expensive business.
There are many different pets out there that are popular in this day and age which need feeding and maintaining so as to give them a good quality of life.
So if we take mice for instance, can guinea pigs share food with mice so that their owners don’t have to pay out for different types of food?
Can guinea pigs eat mice food?
Mice should be fed a diet of mouse food and also bread as a treat. Bread that has been soaked in water and squeezed out is ideal for them.
Mice don’t actually eat cheese and omnivorous creatures.
In fact, it does not do them any good and is only used in mouse traps as it smells strong and has a good texture for putting on a spike.
How do you keep a mouse healthy?
To keep a mouse healthy, a highly palatable, nutritionally complete diet is needed to meet their specific dietary needs.
A good mix which is made up of wholegrain goodness and includes hazelnuts which are a good source of protein for mice and help maintain excellent health.
There should also be no added sugar, it should be rich in natural ingredients, no artificial colors, highly palatable, rich in natural oxidants, promotes dental wear, helps them maintain healthy skin and coat and suitable for all breeds.
A typical mix also contains such ingredients as wholemeal wheat flour, soybean meal, barley, hazelnuts, oats, dried apples, soya oil, diaclium phosphate, limestone flour, and salt.
All ingredients to give a pet mouse a well-balanced diet.
Can guinea pigs share this kind of food?
However, this type of mix is not good for a guinea pig to share. Sure, if they nibble some of it they will be fine.
But ingredients such as hazelnuts, salt, dried apples and soya oil are just not good for them.
This means that they shouldn’t share mouse food with a pet mouse as guinea pigs have totally different dietary requirements.
A good guinea pig mix will give them the nutritional benefits that a guinea pig needs for a healthy diet and it is not worth compromising on that.
Bread, which is such a good treat for mice, also has no nutritional benefit for guinea pigs either.
For more foods that guinea pigs can and can’t eat, check out our guinea pig food list.