can guinea pigs eat red peppers

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Red Peppers?

So we had red peppers for dinner tonight.

They were great, we had them with pasta and pesto and they were delicious. So when we were tidying up after dinner we had some left over and so decided to investigate whether I could give them to my guinea pig.

So, can guinea pigs eat red peppers?

can guinea pigs eat red peppersTurns out that red peppers are highly recommended by guinea pig owners as being one of the best vegetables that you could give to your guinea pig. So being happy with this advice I went ahead and cut some up for him to put on a plate.

However before I put them out I took into account some of the considerations that others advised on red peppers

Here are some facts about red peppers and guinea pigs.

  • Red peppers are great for guinea pigs to eat as they contain a high amount of vitamin c. They don’t have as much vitamin c  as green peppers but are still very good for them.
  • It is best to give about a quarter of a pepper to a guinea pig
  • Red peppers do contain a high amount of sugar, so do bear that in mind.
  • Don’t confuse red bell peppers and hot red peppers, they are very different. We are talking about bell peppers here.
  • Red peppers also hold a lot of water so can cause some bloated-ness in guinea pigs if they have too many
  • They can also cause diarrhoea if they have too much
  • Red peppers tend to be sweeter than green peppers.

As promised as soon as I put them down for him, he promptly went straight at them and devoured them. Red peppers are a big hit with my guinea pig. Check it out here

Here are some other things to questions answered about other red pepper foods and guinea pigs.

Can guinea pigs eat hot red peppers?

No, don’t let them anywhere near them, they are quite dangerous for guinea pigs to eat

Can guinea pigs eat red pepper seeds?

Don’t let them have the seeds. They could very easily lodge in the throat of the guinea pig and choke them.

Can guinea pigs eat red pepper stems?

No don’t let them have the stems. There is a danger that they might choke whilst eating them and are far too tough for them to chew through.

Final thoughts

I will definitely be giving my guinea pig red peppers again. They were a big hit, and he loved them cut up into small pieces which he consumed with gusto!

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