Melons are a watery fruit or more specifically a berry, which shares the same name as the plant which bears it.
There are many different cultivars of melon that have been produced, most notably the muskmelon. Some varieties of melon are considered a vegetable.
They are a popular food that are grown in tropical climates and shipped around the world because of their popularity.
So can guinea pigs eat melon?
Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.
In particular, their acidic, water, sugar, fat, salt, phosphorus, and calcium content is of most interest as far as guinea pigs are concerned.
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 150 kJ (36 kcal)
Sugars 8.12 g
Dietary fiber 0.8 g
Thiamine (B1) (3%) 0.038 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (1%) 0.012 mg
Niacin (B3) (3%) 0.418 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (3%) 0.155 mg
Vitamin B6 (7%) 0.088 mg
Folate (B9) (5%) 19 μg
Vitamin C (22%) 18 mg
Vitamin K (3%) 2.9 μg
Calcium (1%) 6 mg
Iron (1%) 0.17 mg
Magnesium (3%) 10 mg
Manganese (1%) 0.027 mg
Phosphorus (2%) 11 mg
Potassium (5%) 228 mg
Sodium (1%) 18 mg
Zinc (1%) 0.09 mg
Melon also contains about 92% of water per volume. (source)
As you can see, melon contains a huge amount of water, lot of acidic content and sugar plus a hint of phosphorus and salt.
As a result, melon is not a good food for guinea pigs to consume.
Because of its water content, this means that they may get diarrhea if they eat it as it will unsettle their stomach’s.
It is definitely a food to avoid as far as piggies are concerned.
The same goes for the melon skin which surrounds it.