Guinea Pigs need to keep their digestive systems busy with a mix of two kinds of fibre moving through the gut at all times (these types of fibre are called digestible fibre and indigestible fibre). Guinea pigs get this fibre mainly from good quality hay, such as Burgess Excel Timothy hay.
Guinea pigs have complex digestive systems. Food is passed through the gut and small droppings, called caecotrophs, are produced. Guinea pigs then eat caecotrophs, allowing the food to be re-ingested.
Guinea Pigs can’t get enough nutrition from fibre when it passes through their gut the first time. Guinea Pigs excrete caecotrophs (soft sticky type droppings) which are then reeaten for vital nutrition
Guinea pigs also need additional vitamin C in their diet as they cannot synthesize their own. Burgess Excel has been specifically formulated to have all of the vitamins and minerals your guinea pigs need.
Indigestible fibre is moved through their digestive system and excreted as separate, rounded, hard droppings. This type of fibre keeps the digestive system moving and their appetite stimulated.
A guinea pig will stretch out to show that they are happy and relaxed.
Guinea pigs are active for up to 20 hours per day and sleep only for short periods.
Digestible fibre is moved up into an organ called the caecum – which is like a giant appendix.
Good bacteria in the caecum ferment the fibre, making it easy to digest. This emerges in the form of clumps of sticky droppings – we call these droppings caecotrophs. Guineas then re-eat the caecotrophs directly from their bottom and the essential nutrients are then absorbed when the digestible fibre passes through for the second time.
If guinea pigs don’t get the right amounts of both digestible and indigestible fibre, it can rapidly lead to serious health problems. At Excel, we call the correct ratio of these two types of fibre ‘Beneficial Fibre’.
Sticking to The Excel Feeding Plan will ensure your guinea pigs get the right amounts of fibre in their diet. The Excel Feeding Plan was developed in conjunction with one of the world’s leading small-animal vets, to provide a perfect daily balance of fibre and nutrition.
If you have a question, please email us or call us on 0800 413 969. Our dedicated consumer care team are available to answer any questions you may have. If you are concerned about the immediate health of your pet, please seek the advice of your vet as soon as possible.Email us