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can guinea pigs eat mouse food

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Mouse Food?

Guinea pigs and mice are often owned by the same owners as they are popular household pets who can be looked after in cages within an owners home.

Often they their cages are in close proximity to each other and so this leads to the question.

Can guinea pigs eat mouse food at all?

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Unfortunately they can’t at all and there are some good reasons for this.

1.They are from different groups. Guinea pigs are herbivores which means that they eat plants and greens only where as mice are omnivorous which means that they only eat means that they eat meat and plants. This means that they need different kinds of diets in order to keep them healthy.

2. Mouse food often contains animal fats and other types of animal product which is really bad for guinea pigs.

3. It is vital that guinea pigs have vitamin c in their diet to ensure that their bodies get the vitamin c that it doesn’t make itself.

Mouse food does not have this where as guinea pig food does contain this.

This isn’t the best reason as guinea pigs can always be given other types of food that contains vitamin c, or vitamin c pellets but it is a contributing factor.

So on the whole it is best to stick to giving mice and guinea pigs separate foods because of their different dietary requirements.

I understand that this is more expense but it is best for them both in the long run.