can guinea pigs eat cranberries

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Cranberries?

Around October to December is the time of year when everyone starts to remember Cranberries and start to use them again.

Cranberries are red-ruby coloured berries that grow wild on shrubs throughout Europe and north america.

can guinea pigs eat cranberriesCranberries come into their own around Christmas but are good for much more than accompanying the turkey. Their sour flavour lends itself well to both sweet and savoury dishes, as well as drinks.

With the thanksgiving festivities almost upon us and Christmas looming in the distance, its a good time to look at whether guinea pigs can eat cranberries as well.

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So lets take a look further at its nutritional data to find out more about it.

Cranberries, raw
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 46 kcal (190 kJ)
Carbohydrates 12.2 g
– Sugars 4.04 g
– Dietary fiber 4.6 g
Fat 0.13 g
Protein 0.39 g
Water 87.13 g
Vitamin A equiv. 3 μg (0%)
– beta-carotene 36 μg (0%)
– lutein and zeaxanthin 91 μg
Thiamine (vit. B1) 0.012 mg (1%)
Riboflavin (vit. B2) 0.02 mg (2%)
Niacin (vit. B3) 0.101 mg (1%)
Pantothenic acid (B5) 0.295 mg (6%)
Vitamin B6 0.057 mg (4%)
Folate (vit. B9) 1 μg (0%)
Vitamin C 13.3 mg (16%)
Vitamin E 1.2 mg (8%)
Vitamin K 5.1 μg (5%)
Calcium 8 mg (1%)
Iron 0.25 mg (2%)
Magnesium 6 mg (2%)
Manganese 0.36 mg (17%)
Phosphorus 13 mg (2%)
Potassium 85 mg (2%)
Sodium 2 mg (0%)
Zinc 0.1 mg (1%)

source: wikipedia

So what we’re looking for is a minimal amount of calcium, phosphorus, oxelate acid and sugar, plus a nice bonus of vitamin c and vitamin a.

Looking at the data above, it seems to tick all the boxes but with it having some of the above, I wouldn’t feed it to them daily. 2-3 times a week should do nicely!

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Dried Cranberries?

They do contain quite a bit of sugar, so feed them to your piggies sparingly, but yes they can eat them.

Can Guinea Pigs have Cranberry Juice?

Yes they can. Some piggie owners have diluted it in water. This thread on the guinea lynx forum is helpful about it, here. Just be careful about how much sugar it contains.

For more foods that guinea pigs can and can’t eat check out our guinea pig foods section.

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2 thoughts on “Can Guinea Pigs Eat Cranberries?

  1. Hi, Lynda! It sounds like Buddy the guinea pig lives a fantastic life! Guinea pigs can live an average of 5 years as pets; some may live longer, some shorter. It s true that these fuzzy friends sometimes do not stick around long enough, which is why we must love them lots when they are here with us

  2. My guinea pigs are divas. They will let you know right away if they like it or not. If they like it of course it’s a party but, if they don’t they will hide it under the litter where they potty.

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