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What foods stop your guinea pig from eating more hay?

What foods stop your guinea pig from eating more hay?




The more fruits, veggies, grains, and greens that you feed your guinea pig, the less hay they will eat.


Meet  Mario & Yoshi, 

Their caretaker cut back drastically on vegetables and greens, and now only gives them as treats.

They eat much more hay now, they're more energetic, their poops are consistently well formed and they drink more water, which helps to flush their bladder.

Read their story

Do you have a hard time getting your guinea pig to drink enough water?

You may be worried that your guinea pig will not get enough water and nutrients in their diet if they aren't eating their salads and veggies...

click here to learn how to help your guinea pig drink more water.

Does Grass Hay Provide Enough Nutrition to Keep Your Guinea Pig Healthy?


Grass hay is a great source of fiber but you need to fill the holes/deficiencies by supplementing their diet with additional protein, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients.

Also, guinea pigs need vitamin C add to their diet.

Example of a healthy well balanced diet.


Sherwood pellets are the best way to provide these nutrients. They provide all the needed minerals and vitamins (including vitamin C) and are better balanced than farm raised salads and veggies. Sherwood pellets also help your guinea pig to eat more hay. As a result you'll see your guinea pig transform into a Healthier and Happier member of your family.


To encourage your guinea pig to eat more hay just cut back on veggies, greens and treats. You'll then see them eat tons more hay and drink more water than ever before. It will flush their urinary tract. Then introduce Sherwood's hay-based pellets to provide them with balanced nutrition and watch them transform into a Healthier and Hoppier guinea pig!

ps. If you have cut back feeding greens and treats and your guinea pig now eats more hay, has better poop, and drinks more water please share their story below!

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  • shelleyanne wrote

    I have a guinea pig that has white wee so am interested in your product

  • sef1268 wrote

    Interesting website.

  • matsuri_cos wrote

    I’m going to start feeding my piggies their sherwood pellets this Saturday :)

  • Skinnypigplover82 wrote

    How big and what shape should the Guinea pigs poop be eating Sherwood

  • Bng0648 wrote

    I’m learning so much. I’m hoping to help my piggie who is currently bloated.

  • Sara_Hettle_CVT wrote

    Hi @rapchef2 great question and this answer is multi-faceted. Part of this is in the very nature of wild vs domestic animals even down to physiology. Greens, grass, and fruit are starchy (carbs) and sugary (even hay). In nature, these animals are sprinters (white muscle fiber) and burn carbs and starch very quickly. They are insulin sensitive for better endurance, stimulating them to be faster and stronger. If not sprinting, they are not burning enough and tend to deposit more fat. These guys in the wild are eating whatever they need to in order to survive (which is generally only about two years) and their bodies are constantly being worked to flee from predators. A house rabbit or guinea pig, even free-roam, live a much more sedentary lifestyle and are prone to gaining fat and muscle loss. Eating these things can also cut down on their hay and water intake which can further contribute to sludge and digestive issues, bacterial overgrowth and more. If you are ever interested in a call from Dr Sherwood, he can explain much easier and better than I can over this post, it really is fascinating.

  • rapchef2 wrote

    I am wondering why fresh greens are not considered healthy. It seems wild rabbits eat grass and garden veggies exclusively and don't have access to hay. Wouldn't guinea pigs be similar? Why would fresh greens not be healthy for pet rabbits and pigs?

  • ExLibris81 wrote

    Hi, I live in the UK and would love to try this - though very difficult to get hold of Sherwood Pet Health products - would be great if they could come to the UK!

  • justdd wrote

    I only have rabbits but want to learn about the guinea pigs also.

  • Sara_Hettle_CVT wrote

    Hi Shanna! You are doing better than I was for sure, already thinking about this. I switched because of my piggy's digestive issues and ended up seeing amazing changes for the entire gang. If you need any help with transitioning or anything please let me know, I have 10 bunnies and 3 piggies on it and though the pigs took a while to transition, it was very worthwhile for us. I think you will really see some amazing changes. Shrimp would love to welcome you all to Sherwood!

  • Shanna wrote

    So glad that I've found this site and these products. I have always thought that giving piggies too much veggies was hurting their stomachs and apparently, I was right. I have one piggy suffering from stomach issues, presently, and I plan to order.

  • Wilfred wrote

    Thank you , it is helpful:)

  • Motherofguims wrote

    Learned about Sherwood’s food at skinnypigs1 videos. Eagerly awaiting my 1st order and
    Looking forward to seeing my three piggie girls get healthier and hoppier

  • PNE wrote

    I am just learning about Sherwood. I have a herd of 5 right now and want the best for them. The additives in food bother me a lot... But, the alfalfa scares me so I am here to learn more.

  • Sara_Hettle_CVT wrote

    I love all these stories, thank you all so much for sharing and for the investment in your piggies care; if you're on here, you clearly care a great deal! The hay struggle is certainly real. It took me years to find a hay all my rabbits love, but the piggies are still being picky and get a different hay. A couple of the bunnies also enjoy orchard grass, but it looks like 2nd cut timothy is the go to for the most part.