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Fruit and Vegetable Chart

A very common question among new and old cavy breeders is – what fruits and vegetables can I feed my cavies?  There are lots of yummy snacks in the produce section that are much healthier, and often cheaper, than those in the pet section.  Small animal treats often are filled with sugar, flavorings, and preservatives that aren’t good for your pet.  Next time, skip the fake stuff and go straight for real treats.  The following chart is a general guideline of how often to feed various fruits and vegetables.

I feed what is in season and/or on sale for the week, but never more often than recommended.  For example, if peppers aren’t in season, I might not feed them for several weeks even though they are listed under “daily.”  But if apples are in season, I may feed them once a week for several weeks – but never more often than that.

Serving sizes must also be taken into account when considering how much and how often to feed.  I generally consider 1/4 to 1/2 cup to be a serving, but it also depends on the size of the pig.  A serving to a 2 pound pig isn’t going to be the same as a serving for a 3 pound pig.  Use reason when feeding fruits and vegetables and remember to also take into consideration your pig’s personal preferences when feeding!

Daily

Bi-Weekly

Weekly

Monthly

Swiss Chard
Carrots
Cilantro
Endive (Belgian, curly)
Lettuce (butterhead, romaine, green/red leaf)
Peppers (green/yellow)
Radicchio
Raspberries
Strawberries
Sweet Potato leaves
Tomatoes (cherry)
Zucchini

Artichoke
Arugula
Bell Peppers (red)
Blackberries
Blueberries
Broccoli Leaves
Cabbage (green, red, savoy)
Celery
Cherries
Chicory Greens
Cranberries
Cucumber
Dandelion Greens
Green Beans
Grapes
Parsley
Squash (summer/winter)
Sweet Peas
Tomatoes (red)
Yam

Apples
Apricot
Asparagus
Basil
Beets
Bok Choi
Broccoli
Brussels Sprouts
Cauliflower
Collard Greens
Corn on the Cob
Dill
Kale
Kiwi
Mango
Melon (cantelope, honeydew)
Mustard Greens
Oranges
Papaya
Peach
Pear
Pineapple
Plum
Pumpkin (raw)
Spinach
Thyme
Turnips
Turnip Greens
Watercress
Watermelon

Banana
Beet Greens
Radishes
Raisins
Sweet Potato