It's important to remember that fresh is always best. Dried works well if dried naturally without added sugars or preservatives, please read labels if you purchase dried fruits. Freezing is ok if the vegetables were not blanched or par cooked before freezing and if there are no added sugars, salt or preservatives. Cooking or blanching takes away nutrients.
Fruits and veggies are often preferred by cavies vs. purchasing packaged treats.
Citrus or acidic fruits are acceptable but in moderation.
Fruits and vegetables that are "gassy" to people are also gassy to cavies and should only be fed in moderation. No "burp" or low acid varieties of some of our favorites are available and great for cavies too.
Some fruits and veggies are also very high in water and should only be fed in moderation to avoid diarrhea.
Cavies can eat or chew on leaves & small tender branches from fruit bearing trees & bushes. Apple, pear, mulberry, raspberry are some acceptable varieties. Cavies cannot have leaves, branches from fruit trees or bushes that bear fruit w/ a pit, the fruit itself is okay.
Remember variety is important to the cavy diet. Again, this is not an all-inclusive list but it does list many common foods and plants that your cavy can enjoy. If you're not sure about something, it is probably best to avoid it. If you would like a more extensive list, we can email those lists to you upon request.
Apples (avoid core and seeds)
Apricots (fruit only)
Blackberries & young, tender leaves
Broccoli (stems and flowers)
Cabbage (in moderation)
Carrots & tops
Celery Stalks (small pieces) & Leaves
Cherries (fruit only)
Clover, flowers, leaves
Dates (treat only, high in sugar)
Dandelion greens & flowers
Figs (treat only, high in sugar)
Grapefruit (in moderation)
Grapes (high in water)
Grasses (common varieties ok, NO ornamental)
Lettuce varieties (avoid iceberg, it's high in water and low in nutrition)
Mulberry fruit, leaves
Oranges (in moderation)
Peaches (fruit only)
Pears, fruit & leaves, tender branches
Plums (fruit only)
Raspberries & young, tender leaves
Strawberries, fruit & leaves
Sweet Peppers (red, green, yellow, orange)
Sweet Potatoes (NO white, yellow, red potatoes)
Tomatoes, flesh (acidic, moderate amnts)
Watermelon (moderation, high in water)
Avocado (too high in fat)
Coconut (too high in fat)
Dried Beans & Peas
Flowers (decorative or commercially grown plants of any kind)
Garlic (too pungent)
Onions (not poison but too pungent)
Potatoes (yams or sweet potatoes are ok)
Rhubarb stalks, leaves (poisonous)
Spicy hot herbs and spices
Tomato leaves, plants (poisonous)-Tomato fruit is ok
Again this not an all-inclusive list.
There may be other dangers not listed here.