Who doesn’t love these cute little furballs we call guinea pigs? Any kid would love to have this playmate and we can sure see why! The downside is that with these animals we have to be very careful about what to feed them.
Can we, for example, feed guinea pigs tomatoes? Many owners have certainly asked themselves this question and in this article, we have provided the answers. Read on to find out!
Can guinea pigs eat tomatoes?
The fact is that we love to eat tomatoes and they give us so many benefits, does this mean that they are also good for our small animals?
Of course, guinea pigs can eat tomatoes but only in moderation. So if you have fresh tomatoes leftover from a meal, feel free to share them with your furry friend! However, tomato leaves and its plant are not safe for guinea pigs. They are poisonous enough to your guinea pig.
The health benefits of tomato
Tomatoes are known to be a great support for bone and cardiovascular health. They also have anti-cancer benefits especially for prostate cancer, breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, and lung cancer.
Other benefits of tomatoes can lead to a reduced risk of some neurological diseases (such as Alzheimer’s). Diets that include tomatoes lead to a reduced risk of obesity.
Disadvantages of tomatoes
The fruit part of the tomato is safe if you remove the green part of the tomato plant as it could be toxic to your guinea pig. The leaves and stem are poisonous. So be careful and make sure you take them off before feeding your guinea pig. Otherwise, your pet can get really sick.
If you grow tomato plants yourself, make sure your guinea pigs have no access to them. They may start eating the plant. In addition, wash the fruit very well as the peel may contain some impurities that can affect the health of your guinea pig.
It is also advisable to feed your guinea pigs organically grown tomatoes. Pesticides and other chemicals are harmful to your guinea pig’s delicate digestive system.
The last thing you don’t want for your pet is that he’s sick, right? If you don’t buy organic products, you can carefully wash the tomatoes with apple cider vinegar. This way you will also eliminate pesticides.
The nutritional factors of tomatoes
When confronted with the actual fruit, tomatoes are good for guinea pigs and can be integrated into their diet. Tomato dishes can be a fantastic variation that would break the usual routine of foods your guinea pig eats. They will also offer a new flavor and provide nutrients to the needs of your guinea pigs.
We have therefore thought to offer you useful details on the nutritional content of this red and juicy snack. Take a closer look at it and see how amazing the tomatoes are!
The tomato contains a total amount of carbohydrates of 5.8 grams. It also includes proteins, some sugars, and dietary fiber. It has 0% starch and selenium but is rich in vitamin C and vitamin A.
As for minerals, tomatoes contain manganese, copper, fluoride, zinc, sodium, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, and iron. Vitamin K, E, B12, B6, folate, niacin, riboflavin, and thiamine are also present in this red fruit.
1 serving of tomatoes contains 32% vitamin C which is perfect for your furry friend! The organism of guinea pigs is not able to produce vitamin C by itself, so it is essential that they get it from the foods they eat.
The downside is that tomatoes also contain sugar, which can have detrimental effects on your pig’s belly. You can add tomatoes to their diet as long as they are given in moderation.
The question arises: what is the portion for this food? Experts say a small serving twice a week is more than enough for them.
What you need to remember is that the most important food for guinea pigs is and should be kibble fortified with vitamin C and good quality hay. Freshwater must be accompanied in both.
Guinea pigs eat tomatoes but like other fruits and vegetables, they must be eaten in moderation. If you feed your guinea pigs moderately you can add the nutrients they need to their daily diet and avoid any unpleasant consequences that could affect their general health.
This article is purely informative, at Shelterapet we do not have the right to prescribe veterinary treatments or make any type of diagnosis. We encourage you to take your pet to the vet in case of any kind of discomfort.