‘Can guinea pigs eat apples?’
With apples being a big favorite in our house, my daughter eats them all the time and our fruit bowl always needs refreshing with a new supply. Having a lot of them in the house, it would be good to know whether I can give them to my guinea pig or not.
There are all kinds of varieties of apples that they could possibly eat and so if they could eat them then that would be quite useful to know.
I knew there was a vague chance in him liking them as he had nibbled at one before but nothing substantial. So I decided to look into what others were saying. Here were a few things I learnt about giving guinea pig’s apples.
5 considerations to make before giving a guinea pig apples
- Chop apple up into small pieces so they are easy to digest
- Don’t give too much as they will get sores in their mouths because of the amount of acid that apples have in them.
- Give a couple of times a week if your guinea pig likes it.
- Apples are a treat more than anything, and shouldn’t be treated as part of a guinea pig’s staple diet.
- Too much will also upset the guinea pig’s intestines.
What happened when I tried some with my guinea pig?
I cut some up for rocket to try and put a few slices on a plate for him.
As soon as I put them down he was tucking into them and had finished them off when I went back later on.
Apple went down very well with my guinea pig, but this is definitely going to be a treat food to be given every so often, nothing more than that. He would take off each slice from the plate and go and retreat to a quiet place to eat it. Funny!
What about other apple-related foods?
What types of apple can I give my guinea pig?
Most types of apple are fine. Anything that we find not good to eat, however, the guinea pig won’t probably like. So steer clear of sour apples like crab apples.
Can guinea pigs eat un-ripened apples?
Its not a good idea to give un-ripened apples to your guinea pig, because they have particularly sour. We have lots in our garden because we have an apple tree. My guinea pig had a nibble at one, and backed away from it immediately.
Can guinea pigs eat apple seeds or pips?
No, don’t give guinea pigs apple seeds as they do contain cyanide and will do your guinea pig serious harm.
Can guinea pigs eat apple skin?
Yes apple skin is fine for guinea pigs to eat
Can guinea pigs eat apple sauce?
A little bit of home-made applesauce won’t hurt them if you know what is in it, providing there isn’t a lot of sugar. But don’t give them store-purchased applesauce as it’s full of sugar and preservatives and all other things that aren’t good for them.
Can guinea pigs eat apple leaves?
Yes they are fine in small amounts. They do have a lot of calcium in though.
Can guinea pigs eat apple branches?
Our guinea pig run is right next to an apple tree so its a legitimate question. I always make sure the run is clear of branches of fallen sticks, they probably wouldn’t take to them. But I wouldn’t risk it at all as my guinea pig may choke on it.
Can guinea pigs eat apple peel?
Yes absolutely, they will really enjoy it.
How have you found your guinea pigs with them? It would be great to hear from you in the comments.