Can guinea pigs eat grapes? Good or Harmful

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Can guinea pigs eat grapes? Good or Harmful

If you own a guinea pig, you may be wondering if the food you consume is usually good for it too. At some point, you may be wondering, “ Can guinea pigs eat grapes? ” We will find the answer together and provide many other tips regarding the care of your guinea pig

Can guinea pigs eat grapes

The answer is yes, but attention must be paid to some facts that we will present shortly. Guinea pigs can eat grapes but in small quantities. You can try to give them a small grape to see if they like it or leave or not.

If the guinea pig loves and eats grapes then you can give it from time to time as a reward. Do not give it grapes in excessive quantities, it can damage its health and your little friend could get sick. If it doesn’t like to eat it, don’t insist.

The amount that appears to be safe for guinea pigs is 2 grapes per day. More would be harmful to their health and we don’t want that. Make sure that the grapes you are serving are seedless so the animal does not choke on the seeds.

You can cut them in half and remove the seeds. This will make it much easier for your little friend to eat.

Facts you should consider before feeding grapes to your guinea pig

grapes do not offer a large amount of vitamin C, and we all know that guinea pigs need this vitamin to survive. If we choose to give it grapes, we should try to understand if it appreciates the flavor first.

We must always do this when we want to introduce a new fresh food into its diet. If it like to eat grapes, you can give it more, but only as a reward, because grapes have high levels of sugars which can be harmful to your guinea pig.

For example, you can give it grapes no more than 2 or 3 times a week.

You should also take into consideration the fact that, over time, grapes can cause your little friend’s kidney problems. That said, you should think twice before deciding to introduce this new treat into its diet.

What other foods can I feed my guinea pig?

From previous articles, we know that guinea pigs can eat pellets and hay, but what are the fresh foods that can be a pleasure for them without being harmful to their health?

Here is a list of the fresh foods that guinea pigs can eat :

  • Vegetables: broccoli, cucumbers, cabbage, celery, cherry tomatoes, red or green peppers, dandelion leaves, carrots, parsley, lettuce, endive
  • Fruits: pear, apple, apricot, blueberry, blackberry, cranberry, melon, mango, peach, papaya, plum, pineapple
  • You have to take care of the food you provide to the guinea pig and you shouldn’t give it anything in large quantities because it can cause more harm than good. Food should always be cut into small pieces in order to facilitate ingestion. Keep in mind that fresh foods are meant as a surprise every now and then, not a daily meal. For example, giving them grapes every day will cause liver problems, because grapes have high sugar levels.
  • Furthermore, water is very important in a guinea pig’s diet. It keeps your friend hydrated and away from health problems. The water must be fresh, without minerals, and should be changed every day, as it can easily become contaminated and therefore make your pet sick. So, always remember to change its water every day and even twice a day during the summer months in order to keep it away from health problems and avoid dehydration.
  • Food isn’t the only thing that’s important to your pet’s life. It also needs a quiet place that won’t cause it stress. Your love and appreciation are also very important. Find time to play with your pet, show it your affection and it will be able to warm up your darkest days and make you smile.
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About Amanda

Passionate about animals, Amanda draws her expertise from her training as an educator, pet behaviorist as well as her extensive experience with animal owners. A specialist in dog and cat behavior, Amanda continues to learn about our four-legged companions by studying veterinary reference books but also university research sites (UCD, Utrecht, Cambridge, Cornell, etc..)

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