Can Guinea Pigs Eat Grapefruit?

Posted May 20th, 2014 in Can Guinea Pigs Eat...? by WhatCanGuineaPigsEat

Need to know the answer to “Can Guinea Pigs Eat Grapefruit?” Grapefruit is an excellent source of vitamin C, which is an essential nutrient for cavies. Vitamin C helps guinea pigs to metabolize proteins, fight infections, and perform other important bodily functions. As guinea pigs cannot produce this vitamin themselves, they must get it from the foods that they can eat, like grapefruit. In addition to the nutritional benefits, grapefruits can be a good treat for cavy’s on a hot day because they contain a high amount of water.

Yes, guinea pigs eat grapefruit. The can eat pink, red, and white grapefruit. You can feed your cavy grapefruit once or twice a week, at most. A good serving suggestion is no more than about 1/8 of a grapefruit at a time. Like almost all fruits, it is high in sugar and should be fed sparingly and in small amounts. Be sure that the grapefruit is fresh and clean. Be sure that it was never treated with any pesticides or other chemicals prior to feeding it to your guinea pig. Fresh, organic grapefruit is the best option when feeding this fruit to your cavy.

Although grapefruit can be healthy and delicious in small amounts, be sure that you limit how often your guinea pigs eat grapefruit. Grapefruit is very high in sugar. Too much sugar in your guinea pig’s diet can lead to short term problems like digestive issues or an upset stomach. In the long run, your cavy can develop serious health problems like diabetes. Also, because grapefruits are sour, they can easily cause sores in your poor cavy’s mouth. They can also cause diarrhea because of their high water content. Therefore, if you want to feed your cavy grapefruit, be sure to do it sparingly and be aware of any negative effects that it may have on your cavy’s health.

So, can guinea pigs eat grapefruit? Yes, but in extreme moderation. If your cavy enjoys grapefruit and you limit the amount that they eat, then grapefruit can be a tasty treat to supplement your guinea pig’s diverse diet, especially on a hot summer day!

One Response so far.

  1. Piper says:

    Huh. So I can give my guinea pig the grapefruit that I won’t eat? Great! I won’t have to make my boyfriend eat it!

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