can guinea pigs eat turkey

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Turkey?

So we’re approaching Thanksgiving and Christmas so there may be piggie owners wondering about some of those traditional festive foods.

Turkey is a food that most people have for their festivity dinners and personally i absolutely love it?


So if we can eat it…

Can guinea pigs eat turkey?

The straight answer is no they can’t unfortunately.

And there are two reasons for this

Firstly, Guinea pigs can’t eat any meats at all and secondly, it’s cooked which is also a big guinea pig no no.

So why can’t guinea pigs eat meat?

The reason is that guinea pigs are herbivores and therefore can’t digest meat at all.

can guinea pigs eat turkey

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What would happen if I gave my guinea pig turkey?

If they are presented with it they may have a nibble at it but will quickly turn off it. Guinea pigs are naturally quite curious and love to sniff out new foods. Even when I present my finger to my piggies they have a nibble at it 🙂

So it isn’t worth attempting to feed your piggies turkey at all.

If you do want your guinea pigs thanksgiving or Christmas foods, give them raw veggies which haven’t been cooked


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

2 thoughts on “Can Guinea Pigs Eat Turkey?

  1. Hello. My guinea pigs are kept in our big outside avaiary. Ive noticed they’ve started to eat the birds and killing them. Is this normal?

    1. Hi Claire guinea pigs are normally passive creatures but can be known to attack when they feel under threat, so they may feel threatened by the birds around them. How long have you had the guinea pigs in the aviary for?

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