Our little furry friends need our attention even when choosing the food we give them and guinea pigs make no exception. When you have a guinea pig, you may be wondering if the food that you are eating is good for it too. At some point you might wonder: “Can guinea pigs eat grapes?” Grapes are favored by many, their sweet and tart flavor has made them popular refreshing snacks. But can you share them with your cavy friends as well? We will find the answer together and provide you with many other tips regarding the care of your pet guinea pig.
Can Guinea Pigs Eat Grapes
The answer is yes but you should pay attention to some facts that we will present to you later on. Guinea pigs can eat grapes but in small quantities and as treats only.
What Is The Safe Quantity For Them?
You can try to give them a small piece of grape in order to see if they enjoy it or they leave it there. If the guinea pig likes and eats the grape then you should give it grapes as treats. Don’t give him grapes in excessive amounts, it can damage its health and your little friend may get sick. If he doesn’t like to eat it then don’t push it. You can introduce some other fruits instead.
Guinea pigs can eat both, red and green grapes. The quantity that appears to be safe for guinea pigs is 2 grapes a day occasionally. More will be harmful for their health and you wouldn’t want that. Make sure that the grapes you are giving to your guinea pigs are seedless, so they wouldn’t choke on the seeds. You can cut them in half and take out the seeds. This way it would be a lot easier for your little friends to eat them.
Facts That You Should Consider When Giving Grapes To Your Cavy
Grapes aren’t a great supply of vitamin C and we all know that guinea pigs need this vitamin in order to survive. If we choose to give it grapes, we should try to see if it enjoys the taste first. We should always do that when we want to introduce a new fresh food in its diet. If it eats the grape, we can give it more but only as a treat because grapes have high levels of sugar which can be harmful for 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, in time, grapes can cause kidney problems to your little friend. Thus, you should think twice when deciding to introduce this new treat into its diet. However, one or two grapes from time to time should be fine to feed to your guinea pig.
Can Guinea Pigs Eat Raisins?
Yes, guinea pigs can eat raisins but only occasionally and in moderation. 1-2 raisins from time to time should be fine to give it to your cavy. Raisins are dried grapes and are high in sugar which can pose numerous health problems if fed in large amounts. Too many raisins in one sitting may cause digestive discomfort or diarrhea. If fed regularly, it can cause diabetes and weight gain.
Also, make sure not feed your guinea pig any chocolate or yogurt coated raisins. Guinea pigs are lactose intolerant and shouldn’t be fed dairy. Chocolate is also not suited for guinea pigs because it contains dairy, is high in sugar content, and may be poisonous to them.
What Other Foods Can I Give To My Guinea Pig?
From previous articles, we know that guinea pigs can eat pellets and grass hay, but what are the fresh foods that can become a treat for them without being harmful to their health?
Here is a list of the fresh foods that guinea pigs can eat:
- Vegetables: broccoli, cucumber, kale, celery, baby tomato, red or green pepper, dandelion leaves, carrot, parsley, romaine lettuce, endive
- Fruits: pear, apple, apricot, blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, melon, mango, peach, papaya, plum, pineapple
Make sure you provide fresh fruits or vegetables to your furry friend. Spoiled foods will make your cavy sick. The rule of thumb is, if the food is spoiled and you wouldn’t eat it yourself, you shouldn’t feed it to your guinea pig either. Moreover, wash the produce thoroughly before feeding it to your pets. Many foods contain pesticides so it’s best to wash any harmful residue off their fruits and veggies. The food should be cut in small pieces in order to facilitate ingestion. Keep in mind that fresh foods are just a treat for cavies, not an everyday meal. For example, if you are giving your guinea pigs grapes every day, these fruits may cause liver problems, because grapes have high levels of sugar.
Also, 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 changed daily because it can get easily contaminated and your guinea pig will have to suffer. So, always remember to change its water daily and even twice a day during the summer months in order to keep your pet away from health problems and dehydration.
Coming back to the previous question, yes guinea pigs can eat grapes in moderation and occasionally only. Don’t feed grapes to your cavy in excess. Eating too many grapes at one sitting may cause him stomach discomfort or diarrhea.
Make sure to introduce any new foods, including grapes, to your guinea pig slowly and in small amounts. Observe your pet after you have fed him grapes. If your cavy shows any digestive discomfort or loose stool, stop feeding him grapes immediately. However, if your pet doesn’t show any adverse signs, you can continue giving him grapes. Just remember to give your cavy grapes occasionally and as treats only. It’s also advisable to consult with your veterinarian before adding any new foods into your guinea pig’s diet. Remember that high quality hay, vitamin C pellets and fresh water is what your guinea pig needs daily. Fruits and vegetables should be given in moderation.
Food is not the only significant thing for your pet’s life. He also needs a quiet place to rest that won’t cause him stress. Your love and appreciation is also very important. Make time to play with your pet, show him your affection and he will warm up your cloudy days and make you smile.