can guinea pigs eat grapes

If you wish to lower calcium in your guinea pig’s diet, chickweed is the best choice (other plants listed are higher in calcium).
* NOTE: Guinea pigs eating a lot of romaine seem to excrete more powdery calcium deposits in their urine.
Who knows what will turn your pig’s head? Whatever you offer your cavies, introduce foods slowly, offer a variety, and be sure to provide unlimited high quality hay and plain pellets.
And if you choose to provide grass or other forages, avoid areas next to busy roadsides or those frequented by dogs or livestock.
Chickweed, young clover, young plantain and especially dandelion (another favorite) are other popular forages, especially welcome when young and tender.

Because of the high calcium content, it is not recommended to give Alfalfa to adult guinea pigs as there is a risk of formation of bladder stones.
Be cautious about vegetables from the freezer – if the food is too cold, guinea pigs can get diarrhoea.
Guinea Pigs need constant supply of clean, daily fresh, room-temperature plain water for optimal performance.
Guinea pigs will eat most types of fruit, but some vets believe that grapes can lead to kidney disease and are best avoided.
Lack of hay can lead to misalignment of the teeth that may require surgical correction, and gastrointestinal stasis – shutting down of the digestive tract which often leads to guinea pig death.
NOTE: Guinea pigs have a sensitive digestive system which is easily upset.
Don’t feed your guinea pig the same vegetables everyday – Variety is the key for maintaining guinea pig’s health.
Guinea Pigs’ teeth are continually growing, so they need to be constantly grazing and grinding (hay) to prevent teeth from over growing.
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Besides grapes, guinea pigs also eat other unusual foods such as banana peals and watermelon shells.
I wasn't sure my daughter (3) put some of her grapes in with the guinea pig she ate them and seems fine.
Piggies should also receive one cup daily of fresh vegetables such as Romaine lettuce, curly green or red lettuces, endive, escarole, parsley, cilantro, bell pepper (any color), squash, cucumber, etc.
As long as you remember a golden rule when feeding fresh foods to guinea pigs, every thing should be given in moderation.
My guinea pigs have a good variety of fresh foods, usually around 4 types of fresh food daily.
Fresh foods play an important role in your guinea pigs diet, along with unlimited quality hay, pellets and water.
Guinea pigs can have an upset tummy and diarrhoea, if they eat fresh food that is too cold.
Remember every guinea pig is different, some guinea pigs may like certain foods like carrots or kale, but may turn their noses up at other foods like baby tomatoes or celery.
Every day, I feed my guinea pigs fresh vegetables and occasionally a little fruit.
My favourite fresh food for guinea pigs and is loved by most guinea pigs.
You can of course, give your guinea pigs fresh grass from your garden.
Pease note: Bell peppers are not to be confused with red hot chilli peppers which are a totally different food and should never be given to guinea pigs.
Fresh foods also help to make your guinea pigs diet tasty and interesting.
Here is list of fresh foods that are suitable for guinea pigs and are very popular with my little group.
Pigjes Homepage: Guinea Pig Shopping List An excellent page about suitable vegetables and fruits for guinea pigs, includes pictures.
Sometimes, guinea pigs will follow their cage mates lead and try a new food, only when they see their cage mate tucking in.
In the left-hand menu, there is also an excellent page on garden plants that are suitable for guinea pigs.
Guinea Lynx: Vegetable Chart An excellent page that gives you information on calcium, phosphorus, water and vitamin c content in vegetables.
I’ll update this page whenever my guinea pigs have tried a new food that they enjoy.
But for your guinea pigs safety, please visit Guinea Lynx: Poisonous Plants to read about garden plants.
I limit my guinea pigs fruits and just give fruit as an occasional treat, as they are high in sugar.
Guinea pigs have a sensitive digestive system and its easily upset, so always introduce any new food slowly.
To find out more, please visit Guinea Lynx: Scurvy Although good quality pellets contain vitamin c, its not an adequate amount for a guinea pig, their diet needs to be supplemented with vitamin c vegetables.
Sometimes though, guinea pigs will just refuse to eat the new food, even after a whole week of trying.
As a family, I find we are eating more healthier since sharing our life with guinea pigs and hardly any foods gets wasted.
Never put guinea pigs out on wet grass, always make sure the grass is dry and never use grass that’s been cut by a lawn mower.
Always wash any fresh food first, you don’t have to shake the excess water out, its an ideal way to give your guinea pig extra water.
Cabbage is quite a gassy vegetable and has been known to cause bloat in guinea pigs when fed in large quantities.
Vitamin c is especially important in a guinea pigs diet.
The charts are found at the forum menu of diet and nutrition in the sticky notes section – you will also find there sample menu’s for ease of use.
Like Gabbels said watch the sugar, especially, I’d think, if you happen to be feeding other sugary feeds at the same times of the grapes.
I recall reading elsewhere on the forum that 2 grapes at a time is your safe limit.
But the important thing to remember when asking can guinea pigs eat grapes, is that you should only feed the seedless kinds.
Grapes – be they the red or green variety – are enjoyed by many guinea pigs.
Of course, the most important thing you can for your guinea pig is to make sure that you provide fresh water and top quality timothy hay.
Pet owners everywhere agree that guinea pigs are popular pets because of their ease to take care of.
We hope this post on guinea pigs and grapes was helpful.
Hi, Thanks for the information it is good to know I’m doing the right thing for my guinea pigs 🙂 I just have one question which I don’t think has been answered in the comments… In the article you said that the seeds from bell peppers should be removed because they are spicy… Is that the only reason? I have been feeding my guinea pigs these for a few months now and it seems to be one of their favourite foods! I also volunteer at a guinea pig shelter and have been recommending it (woops).
I’d imagine it could be gassy, and onions can be really dangerous for other pets like cats and dogs, so I’d say it’d be best to focus on some of the other really tasty foods that guinea pigs and that is really healthy for them like carrots, dark, leafy greens, and red or green bell peppers.
Thanks for your question! Cabbage won’t kill your piggie if you give them a little piece, it’s just a very gassy food, so if guinea pigs eat it, they can get stomach aches, gas, and will be uncomfortable.
No worries! I think your guinea pigs are probably going to be just fine if this happened a few days ago and they’re still acting normally! Iceburg lettuce certainly won’t kill them!! It’s just not good to feed them a lot of it because it could give them diarrhea.
hi my names tylor and I would like to know if guinea pigs are posted to squeak the whole time when u bring it out? I am asking this because my mother bought me a guinea pignot even a year ago and all he does is squeak and squeak when I bring him out and hold him but sometimes he stop because he hears my family or the cat playing with his toy out in the kitchen and i think he does this because hes afraid……. Is this normal? but he doesn’t squeak in his cage only if he hears me feeding him, or messing with a plastic bag.
@bt55: oh thank you! Every time I go to the pet store to get food for my guinea pigs I think of how little information or effort is put forth to educate people on how to take care of the pets that they purchase there.
@jaloney: That’s a question I ask myself too, jaloney! They also have the big ‘hamster ball’ things that say right on them they can be for guinea pigs, and that’s dangerous to their spines! I’m not sure why they make the food with seeds/corn.
Yes guinea pigs do need hay in there diet because it helps them digest their food better and is very healthy for your piggie.
Guinea pigs, along with any pet, require what’s called ‘socialization’, which is just a fancy way of saying that you’ll need to make sure you take time to gently approach your guinea pig and play with it, hold it, pet it, help it to get used to hearing your voice and feeling your touch.
Thank you so much for this handy information! We just purchased two guinea pigs (Abraham and Harry) and have already fallen in love! The petstore told us they could have a few treats from our frig but we weren’t sure if we could trust that info or not! Now we know for sure what to give them.
Is it ok to still keep the other older guinea pig in the cage with the new mom and her baby or will they need to be seperated now? The 2 original pigs have been together for a month now.
In contrast to hay, too many pellets will make your guinea pig overweight…. Some piggies will pick at their food and others will clean their plate! If you notice your guinea pig gaining weight, there are a number of things you can do to make sure it doesn’t get out of hand while still being able to keep your guinea pig from going hungry.
same as feeding hampsters guinea pig food or guinea pigs rabbit food etc… but… if you feed a mouse rabbit food…. sort of weird…..best not to.
I know this page is about food for guinea pigs, but do you have any advice on how to get Noodlez to become used to me? It seems like he’ll eat out of my hand sometimes but most of the time he doesn’t and always seems to run away whenever my hand comes near him.
What i do know is that the Oxbow ‘Cavy Performance’ food is ideal for baby or pregnant guinea pigs because it has a high concentration of alfalfa, which is great for a growing guinea pig.
Why do guinea pigs need hay in their diet? Guinea pigs have unique digestive systems that require a constant supply of fiber to help them digest their food and prevent impactions.
@southpaw23: ok thanks so much i was so worried because i had two guinea pigs and one died on thursday so i want to make sure i do the right thing for the ether one.
@anonymous: guinea pigs are very picky eaters, my chocolate wouldnt eat a great variety of vegetables until we got our second guinea pig (now she eats everything) but at one time she stopped eating them altogether, we took her to the vet and it turned out she has snapped her front teeth off.
@anonymous: It’s hard to pinpoint the number one thing that’s best to feed a guinea pig since all guinea pigs, like people, have different tastes and preferences.
9 1/2 is a very long time for a guinea pig to live! So I wouldn’t want to tell you to expect your guinea pigs to live that long, but it’d be even less likely for a piggie to live much older than that.
If you want to feed your guinea pig lettuce, be sure to give them a dark green leafy green and peel the leaves away from the more fibrous stem if possible – red leaf, green leaf, and romaine are good in small quantities.
From what I understand (and as I always say, I’m not a vet but this seems to be the consensus) is that pumpkin seeds and other nuts/seeds, other than posing a choking hazard, contain a lot of fats and oils that guinea pigs don’t really need in their diets.
I hope you’ve taken the time to read through this page and will also read up on other guinea pig care articles on the Web for the sake of your guinea pigs’ health.
I was just at the pet store and the food they carry for Guinea Pigs has corn and seeds in it.
Regarding your other question, guinea pigs are good at masking illness so it’s not always super easy to tell if they’re sick.
As with the good foods list, this list is also not comprehensive, so if you’re unsure, be sure to wait to feed your guinea pig the food in question until you’ve either talked to a vet or asked someone who might know (like me!).
when i feed my guinea pigs i make sure that the grass i give is only grass, as i found out that a weed that grows in the grass which climes and has a wight flower can kill them.
My veterinarian has said in this case with the Oxbow brand, you could technically omit the other vitamin supplements in vegetables and the guinea pigs would be fine.
Guinea pigs unfortunately aren’t as adept at managing seeds and are liable to choke, and the fats contained in seeds and nuts are unnecessary to a piggie’s diet.
Unfortunately, I don’t see anything for guinea pigs or rabbits in your shop yet, but it takes awhile to get an Etsy shop up and running! I tried making homemade guinea pig treats once and they piggies wouldn’t eat ’em! It’s tricky to find a safe recipe for guinea pigs since you can’t really use flour.
As for the hay question, I’m not sure! We put ‘tumbleweeds’ of hay in our guinea pigs’ cages just freely and not in a bowl, and I know that as they walk over it and probably pee in their cages, they don’t want to eat that anymore, so when we add fresh they eat the fresh hay instead (which makes sense).
He was at a local shelter and I adopted him on the spot, then read up all about guinea pigs and realized just how special and interesting they are, and how much unique care they require! I realized a lot of people don’t know how to properly care for them, so I wanted to share a little of what I’ve learned to try to help more people have happy healthy guinea pigs.
Hello, thank you so much for the info! Some of this was so unsuspecting, thanks to you my guinea pigs are healthy and happy, they give you many thankful squeaks, love, Ava and her guinea pigs Pepper and Spice.
Even though guinea pigs and hamsters are both rodents and can eat similar vegetation, the manufactured pellets and food mixes are very different.
It is possible for a guinea pig to eat cabbage and cauliflower, you’re correct, but these foods do cause gas and there are more nutrient-rich foods available to feed guinea pigs that won’t hurt their stomachs.
I wouldn’t feed your guinea pig any food that isn’t specifically for guinea pigs.
I’ve recently bought two guinea pigs and i wanted to know more about what food give them and then i found this website, its utterly great.
These are unnecessary to a pig’s diet and guinea pigs are prone to choking, so if it looks like birdseed or hamster food, move along to the next choice.
you can share whatever food you like! guinea pigs don’t eat bacon but it sure is delicious.
Iceburg lettuce isn’t toxic to guinea pigs or anything, it’s just not a good idea to give them a LOT of it, at the risk of them getting diarrhea.
I have 3 guinea pigs and feed them hay pellets and fruits and veggies But one of my guinea pigs is really really REALLY overweight.
I would assume that once guinea pigs are weaned off of their moms, you can start offering small amounts of fruits and veggies to help them slowly adjust to a new diet.
Yeah, generally even toast shouldn’t be fed to them because it’s made up of wheat and other fillers and processed ingredients that really aren’t good for your guinea pigs to eat.
Guinea pigs are not only prone to choking but also do not require the oils and other fats contained in seeds that are healthy for hamsters.
@anonymous: thx for telling me all this stuff cause ialmost feed my guinea pigs potato pelling.
Guinea pigs can sometimes be prone to choking, and things like nuts and seeds often have a high fat content and are unnecessary to their health.
While guinea pigs do enjoy a variety of flavors and types of fruits and vegetables, there are some foods that you shouldn’t feed to your guinea pig.
There are other foods guinea pigs can and can’t eat, but I’m not always 100% sure on all of them.
My guinea pigs absolutely love bell peppers too I just always scrape out the seeds.
@LilacsintheRain: Hi there! Oh my goodness that poor piggie, and how sweet of you to be researching how to care for her! I am surprised she has survived the weeks already, as guinea pigs are such prey animals and not meant to be let out in the wild.
Even though guinea pigs and rabbits are similar creatures in some ways, they have different dietary needs and shouldn’t be fed pellets or treats that are meant for a different animal.
Guinea pigs can eat cabbage!! Ive had about 6 of them all living for atleast 4 years and they had cabbage everyday its their favourite! Also, lettuce gives them stomach ache and cucumber does the same when too much is given.
This is a wonderful thing because guinea pigs, like humans, are one of the few species of animal whose bodies aren’t able to generate vitamin C.
But to answer your question about the food and hay, we usually put a handful of hay right on the blanket for our guinea pigs to eat.
Rabbits,guinea pigs,mice, rats and hampsters have very similar digestive systems and all eat the same basic variety of food.
They definitely love to chew on things, though! There are a lot of ‘toys’ for guinea pigs in big pet stores but they’re kind of hit or miss.
Guinea pigs LOVE to chew on things, and their bedding is usually made of either a recycled paper material or wood.
My guinea pigs seem to like the taste the best, and this formula has a special type of vitamin C that is meant to last a long time.
They do sell vitamin C pills/dissolvable losenges for guinea pigs but since vitamin C disappears so quickly when exposed to light, it can be hard to know if you’re really getting the benefit if you mix it in with their water.
Different guinea pigs have different preferences, but generally, they love to sample a variety of different fruits and veggies.
One of our guinea pigs chews on his all the time and the other doesn’t bother much with it.
I’d say continue to be gentle with her, and as for things to chew — my guinea pigs love these little logs you can get at pet stores.
It’s good the guinea pigs pick around the seeds.
@anonymous: No they can not eat onions…. Most guinea pigs will not eat what isn’t good for them, so a good rule to remember is if they don’t eat it is usually isn’t good for them.
Hamsters loooove pumpkin seeds, but guinea pigs are more prone to choking and don’t require seeds like that in their diet.
If you have a baby guinea pig, the Cavy Performance pellets are the ones to go for, but for healthy young to adult guinea pigs, Cavy Cuisine is the one to buy.
They carry it at my vet’s office as well as PetSmart and one of our guinea pigs won’t eat any other pellets but that kind.
Guinea pigs cannot eat hamster food, rabbit food, gerbil food, etc.
The pet shop sold my husband a bag called "small animal food" for my daughetrs new guinea pig which is a combination of pellets, hay, dried corn and round red beans! The dried food from the pet shop is mainly left untouched and its diet has mainly subsisted of carrots and cucumber the last 2 days.
It sounds like your guinea pigs aren’t getting along, likely because the 1 year old is having trouble needing to feel dominant over the baby.
@dodgeracer4: haha hm I’m not sure kaitlyn! Guinea pigs are a lot more in tune than people think.
That said, guinea pigs at the pet store shouldn’t be so young! They need more time to nurse with their mothers.
The only things I can think of is possibly if you’re from somewhere very warm, your guinea pigs could have gotten heat stroke, or they may have eaten something poisonous while outside, like if your lawn had been fertilized or something.
Unfortunately you really must get your piggie to a vet! It sounds like he has an infection that may require antibiotics, or he may have something called bumble foot, which can afflict guinea pigs at any age.
good tips and agrees with what Guinea Lynx writes (Guinea lynx is a site recommended by my vet and the place I adopted our pigs providing professional advice).
Speak to them softly to get them used to your voice and as you continue feeding them over time, they’ll come to understand that you are the bringer-of-veggies and be excited to see you! As far as potty training, guinea pigs aren’t generally trainable in that way like a cat or dog is.
We’ve had one of our guinea pigs for going on 6 years and he still runs around his cage if we try to touch him, but once we corner him and scoop him up, he’s happy as can be in our laps.
Guinea pigs love to munch away! Baby carrots as well.
I saw one pet store once that didn’t even give their guinea pigs hay, and kept the males and females together and just warned people if they adopted a female that she ‘could’ be pregnant.
wow i read this website and it was help full i didn’t know half of the stuff that guinea pigs worn t aloud.
Some guinea pigs are pickier than others, but generally they love leafy greens and peppers.
Generally, introducing a baby to an older guinea pig is a safer bet than introducing two young guinea pigs to each other if they’re both male.
It’s not good for fully grown guinea pigs to eat a lot of alfalfa hay, but for babies and pregnant sows, it’s ideal.
Do be aware that owners in the past have complained that grapes have caused kidney problems for their guinea pigs.
Grapes are high in sugar which is the reason that you should give them to your guinea pigs sparingly as its not good for their tummies.
As you can see grapes are quite low in vitamin c so adds no value to guinea pigs in that aspect.
I decided to dig a little deeper and find out whether this was a viable options and found some things to think about before giving grapes to your guinea pig.
If you do feed your guinea pig grapes give them seedless grapes so you guinea pig doesn’t choke on any seeds from seeded grapes.
Yes, guinea pigs can eat grapes.
But taking all the considerations into account, it is your prerogative if you want to give grapes to your guinea pig.
When I cut up some grapes for my guinea pig ‘rocket’ he didn’t take to them and left them well alone.
If you do give your guinea pig grapes then be sure to only do this 2-3 times a week.
Cavy Savvy is a guinea pig blog written from the perspective of three guinea pigs: Lola, Buffy and Broccoli.
Hi Cameo, thanks for stopping by! Sometimes when you get a new guinea pig, it can take some time before they get accustomed to new foods.
Don’t feed guinea pigs mown grass clippings and if a lawn is perfectly bright green it means it has probably been sprayed with chemicals or a substance that may well be harmful to your guinea pigs.
You can also feed guinea pigs the following fruit: bananas, grapes, honeydew melons, pears, water melon and strawberries and kiwi.
You should feed your guinea pigs a bowl of pellets in the morning, pellets without all the bits in are better because your guinea pigs can’t selective feed.
There is a wide range of food you can give them like pellets, something that you should feed your guinea pigs once a day.
Although all the different kinds of food I have mentioned are designed for Guinea Pig’s, you can not really compensate giving Guinea Pigs fresh vegetables daily.
Guinea Pigs like humans do not produce Vitamin C and need to be given it daily to ensure good health.
i have just been reading through the fresh foods you feed your guinea pigs and i got to the section about grapes.
Peppers: These are very full of vitamin C and very good for Guinea Pigs.
I wanted the vet’s advice and he said he wouldn’t give a Guinea Pig this and in fact he felt all of the real dark green leaved vegetables were no good in their diet.
To maintain a good diet each Guinea Pig should be given 10mgs of vitamin C per day to 1kg body weight.
Pets Stores and Super Markets sell Guinea Pig food that has a vitamin C supplement.
The vet said it’s been proven to cause kidney trouble in dogs but just hasn’t been proven yet in guinea pigs.
I have read time and time again that no kind of seeds should be fed to Guinea Pigs.
Potatoes should never be offered to them, I read online that Guinea Pigs tend to know what they can and can’t eat from it’s taste.
I have since read on many sites that you should never feed a Guinea Pig potatoes so I kind of figure the theory about they know what to eat is right from the way Kornage turned his nose up at them.
Ice-burg lettuce is not suposed to be fed to Guinea Pig’s because it contains toxins, however dark leaved lettuce is a good source of vitamins.
I have been advised to include this in the list of things that should be fed to Guinea Pigs on a regular basis.
However in Super Markets and Chain Pet Stores they sell the pre-bagged Gerty Guinea Pig food in sealed bags.
Fig.3 This is a no name Guinea Pig food with added vitamin C.
Fig.2 This is hard pellets of Guinea Pig food with added vitamin C.
I do not feed them this often as I have read that apples can cause blistering around the Guinea Pig’s mouth from the acid in them.
The lady who wrote to me said she gave her Guinea Pigs 3 heads a day to eat in thier diet.
When I got Kornage I hadn’t kept Guinea Pigs before and didn’t really know a lot about them.
i know that grapes are very high in natural sugars and as a result are fattening to guinea pigs, especially if they don’t do a lot of exercise.
It is very important to a Guinea Pigs digestive system that you do not incorporate this in to their diet.
Cakes, biscuits, chocolate and dairy products should never be given to Guinea Pigs.
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Good foods for guinea pigs to eat are: apples, bananas, pears, strawberries, grapefruit, honeydew melon, kiwis, tangerines, yellow plums, oranges, watermelon, grapes, lemons, …cauliflower leaves, broccoli, turnips, peppers, parsley, red beets, cucumbers, celery, spinach, tomatoes, and zucchini.Bad foods for guinea pigs to eat are: Iceberg lettuce, all varieties of green cabbage, Chinese cabbage, cauliflower, and red cabbage.Poisonous foods for guinea pigs to eat are: Potato peelings and raw beans.
It is pretty much necessary for any living thing on Earth! Change the water whenever needed, preferably once every two-three days.The entire digestive tract of a guinea pig is about 2.3 meters long.These materials are needed for a guinea pigs’ survival: Vitamins, minerals, carbohydrate, fats, proteins, and of course, water!These vitamins are needed for a guinea pig to survive: Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, Thiamine, Riboflavin, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, and Vitamin K.These minerals are needed for a guinea pig to survive: Calcium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Potassium, and Sodium.Guinea pigs are not able to store water for a long period of time, and that is why it is necessary to replenish their water any time the water bottle gets low.
If you feed them hay along with water, it is suitable for the winter! This is only if no fresh veggies or fruits are available.You can gather plants from outside to give to guinea pigs.
It is usually a reddish color, unlike the salt wheel that is always white.Vitamin C is very important to guinea pigs! They can get this from fresh fruits.
While guinea pigs do enjoy a variety of flavors and types of fruits and vegetables, there are some foods that you should never feed to your guinea pig.
Yes, some guinea pigs do very much enjoy lemons and other citrus fruits well other may not so much care for it.
My three guinea pigs love them! But don’t give them too much because they are a very sweet fruit and sometimes they give the piggies stomach aches.
Like people guinea pigs have different personalitys and tast, i…t depends on the indivdual pig.
YES rabbits and guinea pigs can eat grapes, but only as a treat because they are high in sugar.
yes, Guinea Pigs can eat celery… Yes, guinea pigs can eat some celery.
the strands of celery can wrap around the guinea pig intestine, making it impossible for them to digest their food properly.
These should form the main part of your guinea pigs’ fresh food diet, as they contain more nutrients and vitamins than fruit but without the high sugar levels.
It is a good idea to feed your guinea pigs vegetables as a part of their daily diet, and give them fruit as an occasional treat to introduce variety.
Feeding your guinea pigs vegetables and fruit as a regular part of their diet provides them with a wide range of essential vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C.
Fresh food provides a great number of essential nutrients, and should make up a significant part of your guinea pigs’ diet.
When introducing any new food into your guinea pigs’ diet (incuding new types of vegetables or fruit), you should do so gradually, starting with small pieces alongside their normal diet.
So what fruits can guinea pigs eat? Well guinea pigs, known colloquially as cavies, eat fruit like it’s going out of style; and they would love to eat it all day, everyday.
Tropical fruits, citrus, apples, pears, stone fruit, berries, melons, and even grapes are all good treat options.
Fructose, or fruit sugar, is metabolized differently in guinea pigs than it is in humans.
These nutrients can be found in larger amounts in leafy green veggies, but guinea pigs eat fruit preferentially.
Grapes and melons are not the best fruit for guinea pigs, but they are moderately safe.
What is the answer to Can guinea pigs eat grapes? The answer is yes, mostly.* Grapes provide your cavy with both vitamin A and vitamin C.
*Please note that while there is a general consensus that guinea pigs can eat grapes, there is a possibility that they may cause kidney failure.
Grapes are known to cause kidney failure in dogs, but it is still unclear if they have the same result in guinea pigs.
Guinea pigs do not naturally produce their own vitamin C and therefore need to be fed fruits that contain vitamin C, such as grapes.
Remember that while it is generally safe to let guinea pigs eat grapes, your cavy may not enjoy the flavor.
Be sure to wash the grapes before you give them to your cavy and be sure that they were not treated with any chemicals prior to consumption by your guinea pig.
However, the possibility that grapes can negatively affect a guinea pig’s kidneys has been suggested by some veterinarians.
Although guinea pigs eat grapes, they should only be eaten one or two times a week.
Guinea pigs prefer using a water bottle rather than a bowl if given the choice.
I’ve owned about eight guinea pigs over the past twenty years, and I’ve always taken them to Avian and Exotic Animal Hospital.
This is an important feature as guinea pigs can get their feet caught in the wire and break a leg very easily or develop pressure sores on the weight baring surfaces of their feet.
Can I feed my guinea pigs beets? They like the beet tops/greens, but I can’t find any food list that includes the actual beets.
Guinea pigs are very active pets so buy the largest cage possible.
I have been feeding my guinea pigs iceberg lettuce once in a while.
I have had guinea pigs that have lasted 5 to 7 years and fed them iceberg lettuce.
There are cages that are specifically made for guinea pigs that do not have wire on the cage bottom.
Guinea pigs are among the cutest pets that people own.
After seeing a sick piggy I’d purchased at a pet store, you recommended I consider Wee Companions next time, and adopt a healthy rescue guinea pig.
Guinea pigs are born fully haired, eyes open and ready to run.
Guinea pigs enjoy playtime and run and jump with obvious joy.
Guinea pigs have a unique dietary need.
Someone told me it is poison to guinea pigs.
You can clean your guinea pig’s water bottle with a 50/50 mixture of white vinegar and water.
We are not in favor of any animal — not just guinea pigs — being brought into a home as a "gift." The addition of any animal to a home should be a thoroughly considered decision made by the ENTIRE FAMILY, including the parents, to ensure that everyone is committed to caring for an animal for the rest of its life.
Guinea pigs seem to run hot or cold with celery — they either love it (and the leaves) or they don't.
Using these tips can help you ensure that you don’t overfeed celery, or that your guinea pigs don’t become quickly bored with it.
Guinea pigs do love celery leaves, and some do love the satisfying crunch of the celery stalks.
It’s best to think of celery as an "accent" to your guinea pigs’ daily salad, served in small quantities.
Not a week goes by that we don’t get asked about feeding celery to guinea pigs.
Or that we run across someone who is feeding too much celery to their guinea pigs on a daily basis.
Cindy will occasionally give the rescue pigs garden-fresh celery, thinly sliced, from the top of the stalk, just below the leaves, but above the main part of the stalk that we humans are accustomed to using for dipping.
Additionally, by mixing it in with other veggies, you can make meal time a little more interesting for your guinea pigs as they forage through breakfast (or dinner).
Guinea pigs cannot manufacture Vitamin C, and so it’s absolutely vital to provide them with plenty through their diet, but grapes make a better option than, say, a piece of orange, because citrus fruits have been known to cause loose stools in guinea pigs.
While some fruits such as slices of apples or bananas should be limited to once a week, you can give your guinea pig a couple grapes every day if you want.
When feeding vegetales and fruit, it should be good quality and fit for humans to eat.  Do not feed vegetables that have yellow leaves, are mouldy or been hanging around too long and are soft and bendy.  These will have very little goodness left in them.  Guinea pigs need vitamin C from the fresh vegetables and fruit fed daily.  Never feed fruit or veg that has been frozen.
It is very important to give your guinea pig the correct diet.  The most important food is large amounts of good quality hay to be availale day and night.  Secondly good quality vegetables and fruit (a good size mugful of fruit and veg a day for two guinea pigs) and thirdly dried guinea pig food.  Also it is important for your guinea pig to have fresh water daily, making sure the bottle and nozzle are kept clean.
There are two types, one is all brown kibble and the other looks like a muesli mix.  The kibble stops them being selective eaters as each piece will have all the goodness in it.  With a Muesli mix some guinea pigs will pick out the bits they like and leave the rest, which means they have not had a balanced diet.  If that is not the case with your guinea pigs then muesli is absolutely fine.
There are also lots of different hays and grasses on the market ie Timothy Hay, Alfalfa, Botanical, Oat Hay, Readigrass and Orchard Grass, these are all ideal for feeding but please bear in mind Alfalfa hay should only be used for baby guinea pigs.  Meadow hay is ideal for feed and bedding.
The dried foods we recommend are Wagg Guinea Pig Crunch, Wagg Optimum, Excel, Cavy Cuisine, Pets at Home nuggets (not the muesli type).  But please keep checking the ingredients list as sometimes manufacturers do change them.
Seems like GPigs are fairly "resistant" to alkaloids which are the mostly mentioned question mark chemicals in grape leaves, but there are notable exceptions (why GPigs are very good to study toxicity in those specific, toxic-to-GPigs, alkaloids).
Given the slightest opportunity, I find cavies will eat all sorts (in small amounts) that they shouldn’t without apparent ill effects (potato leaves & buttercup leaves, for instance).
Can guinea pigs eat grapes? Yes but as with all fruit be sure to feed sparingly as fruit is high in sugar which can cause digestion issues for your guinea pig if fed in excess.
A guinea pig play area fence I made from 4, 4ftx12" metal shelves that are usually used in closets in apartments and most homes! I used zip ties that can be removed to secure them together.
A guinea pig play area fence I made from 4, 4ftx12" metal shelves that are usually used in closets in apartments and most homes! I used zip ties that can be removed to secure them together.
Can guinea pigs eat watermelon? Yes, but remember fruits are high in sugar so if you feed watermelon just make sure to do so sparingly.
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Problems with blue green algae usually occur following prolonged hot dry spells and often in association with high phosphate and nitrate levels in water.  Fish can take up toxic amounts without being affected.  Animals that may be affected are usually dogs which have been swimming in stagnant water or in pond water where the algae are blooming in fair, windless conditions.  Swallowing of contaminated water or subsequent ingestion on grooming can result in toxicity.  The toxic effects that may be seen in affected animals are variable but can include vomiting, salivation, muscle tremors, dullness and staggering.  Fatalities have been reported to occur.  Veterinary treatment should be sought immediately.  It is important to keep animals away from infected water.
Daffodils are perennial plants and if mistakenly eaten by pets, such as dogs, the pet may rapidly become unwell and show signs including vomiting, diarrhoea, salivation and lethargy.  In severe cases, in-coordination and collapse may be seen.  Veterinary advice should be sought immediately if ingestion by pets is thought to have occurred.
Rowan, or Mountain Ash, is a deciduous tree common throughout the UK.  The berries are orange-red, or sometimes yellow, and develop and ripen from August onwards, often remaining on the plant until December.  If accidentally eaten by animals, vomiting, diarrhoea and salivation may be seen.  Veterinary advice should be obtained if pets have mistakenly eaten the plant.
Another group of substances frequently involved in pet poisoning cases are the anticoagulant rodenticides.  They are frequently scavenged by dogs and, although few animals may show clinical signs of the poisoning, there are still reported cases where prolonged veterinary treatment with vitamin K1 and sometimes even blood transfusions are required.  Occasional cases have even been reported where poisonings have occurred as a result of ingestion of rodents killed with these baits.  If you are concerned that your pet may have eaten a rodenticide, contact your veterinary surgery immediately.
Accidental ingestion of the berries can result in gastrointestinal effects (salivation, vomiting and diarrhoea) in cats and dogs.  Veterinary advice should be obtained if pets have mistakenly eaten the plant.
There are numerous different species of honeysuckle and although accidental ingestion of this plant by pets can cause mild gastrointestinal effects, such as vomiting and diarrhoea, the plant is considered of low toxicity.  However, veterinary advice should be obtained if pets have mistakenly eaten the plant.
Fresh grapes or raisins have been documented to cause toxic signs in dogs.  Affected animals may become lethargic, inappetant and develop vomiting and diarrhoea.  In severe cases, acute kidney failure and death can result.  Seek veterinary advice immediately.
The Christmas or Winter Cherry is a common houseplant, which produces round berries.  If accidentally eaten by pets, vomiting, diarrhoea and salivation can be seen.  Veterinary advice should be sought in cases of suspected ingestion by pets.
Ivy is a woody evergreen creeping plant that grows along the ground and up walls and trees.  Ingestion of small quantities of material from this plant can result in mild gastrointestinal effects only.  However, veterinary advice should be obtained if pets have mistakenly eaten the plant.
The ingestion of certain plants by pets can also be a cause of illness.  While in many cases animals appear to be unaffected or suffer little more than gastrointestinal upset after eating plant vegetation that they should not, there have been a few reported cases where more severe symptoms have occurred.
The same precautions should be taken for liquid or gel ant killers that contain borax.  While not intrinsically very toxic, these products are frequently ingested by dogs and cats which appear to find them palatable as they are often rather sugary.  If accidentally ingested, the animals usually experience salivation and gastrointestinal irritation.  Veterinary advice should be obtained as soon as possible.
The Yew tree, commonly found in many churchyards and parks, which are popular places for walking dogs, is well known for its poisonous nature.  If dogs accidentally eat parts of the plant, vomiting, diarrhoea and profuse salivation, together with lethargy and in-coordination, can be seen soon after ingestion.  Symptomatic and supportive veterinary care is necessary following accidental ingestion.
Past studies have shown that in the months from August to December there is generally an increase in the number of enquiries UK Veterinary Practices receive concerning the ingestion by pets of conkers, acorns and yew in particular.  The autumn months are generally when trees and bushes are shedding their leaves and seed cases/fruits and when dogs, and sometimes other animals, seem all too keen to try something new or different to eat.
For growing guinea pigs, alfalfa based pellets are fine, but for adults it may be better to search out a timothy hay based pellet.
Alfalfa is richer and higher in calcium and is a good supplement for growing guinea pigs as well as pregnant or nursing guinea pigs, but is not a good staple for most adult guinea pigs.
Most guinea pigs will not overeat (usually eat about 1/8 cup per day) but the amount of pellets may need to be restricted if a guinea pig becomes obese.
The amount of vitamin C required varies somewhat depending on the reference source used, but most guinea pigs probably need about 10-30 mg/day.
When choosing a guinea pig diet or pellet, avoid those with nuts or seeds, dried fruits, corn products, animal by-products, or beet pulp or other fillers.
Choose a good quality pellet designed guinea pigs.
Vitamin C is of utmost importance to guinea pigs, as they are unable to manufacture their own (much like humans).
Grass hays such as timothy hay or orchard grass are the best for adult guinea pigs.
Without enough vitamin C in their diets, guinea pigs can become very ill with scurvy.


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