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Can Guinea Pigs Overeat?

If there’s one thing that guinea pig’s are really good at, its eating. They will have a nibble at anything and if like the taste of it, they will eat it.

One of the main reasons for this is that their teeth are constantly growing and they need to keep chewing in order to grind down their teeth.

So this means that they always looking for things to chew on.

So is there a danger that they could overeat at all?

Fortunatley, guinea pigs are pretty good at self regulating themselves. They don’t eat all the time and do get full like we do.

So its important that they always have access to hay to chew on to grind down their teeth as well as vitamin c pellets and fresh water.

But just as importantly its important that they have the space where they can run around so as give them the exercise they need otherwise they will get quite large.

can guinea pigs drink soy milk

Can Guinea Pigs Drink Soy Milk?

Also called Soya milk, soymilk, soybean milk, fake milk, or soy juice, soy milk is a drink made from soy beans. It is a traditional drink in Asian cuisine and is produced by soaking dry soybeans and grinding them with water.

So can guinea pigs drink soy milk and if they can how much can they drink?

Unfortunately, guinea pigs cannot drink any kind of milk at all. Guinea pigs are strict herbivores and cannot have any kind of dairy product. They are just too bad for them and will hurt their tummies either making them sick or giving them diarrhoea.

So steer clear of giving them any kind of soy milk

can guinea pigs eat green onions

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Green Onions

 A green onion is another name for the vegetable that often goes by the name scallion, spring onion, salad onion, table onion, shallot, green shallot, onion stick, long onion, baby onion, precious onion, yard onion, gibbon, or syboe, depending on what part of the world you are in.

It has hollow green leaves but it doesn’t have a root bulb that is fully developed unlike a normal common onion.
We often have green onions as part of a salad and they taste just great.
So if we can eat them, can guinea pigs eat green onions and if so how much of them can they eat?
Let’s dig a little deeper and take a look at its nutritional data to find out a little more about this interesting vegetable.
As usual we’re looking at the phosphorus, sugar, fat, oxelate acid, and calcium content.
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A good amount of vitamin c and a is also incredibly beneficial.
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 301 kJ (72 kcal)
Carbohydrates 16.8 g
- Sugars 7.87 g
- Dietary fiber 3.2 g
Fat 0.1 g
Protein 2.5 g
Thiamine (vit. B1) 0.06 mg (5%)
Riboflavin (vit. B2) 0.02 mg (2%)
Niacin (vit. B3) 0.2 mg (1%)
Pantothenic acid (B5) 0.29 mg (6%)
Vitamin B6 0.345 mg (27%)
Folate (vit. B9) 34 μg (9%)
Vitamin C 8 mg (10%)
Calcium 37 mg (4%)
Iron 1.2 mg (9%)
Magnesium 21 mg (6%)
Manganese 0.292 mg (14%)
Phosphorus 60 mg (9%)
Potassium 334 mg (7%)
Zinc 0.4 mg (4%)
Link to USDA Database entry
Percentages are roughly approximated
using US recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA Nutrient Database
Green onions although deliciously tasty, are quite high in phosphorus, sugar, and has fractions of calcium and oxelates in them.
So there are a lot of nutrients that are not good for guinea pigs.
Because of this, green onions should not be given to guinea pigs and they should be unfortunately avoided if you own guinea pigs.
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Can Guinea Pigs Eat Their Own Pooop?

So the grossest thing happened today. I was sitting holding ‘Rocket’ one of my boars and he happened to do a poo on my lap. Any guinea pig owner will tell you that this is an occupational hazard so I wasn’t phased by it.

I didn’t have any tissues near by and didn’t have a towel on my lap. The only thing was, as I was sitting there looking at what to do with this poop sitting one my lap, Rocket sniffed it and promptly gulped it down.

Seeing your guinea pig eating their own poop is the most bizarre thing!

But is this normal and is it okay for guinea pigs to eat their own poop?

As humans we are naturally repulsed by such a thing and it is pretty disgusting.

Actually, for guinea pigs its pretty normal.

You see a guinea pig’s poop holds valuable nutrients for it.

Their bodies can’t hold all the nutrients they require and so by eating their own poop, they can look to eat the nutrients they require a second time.

If you hang around them for too long, you will see them eating their own poop out of its own anus. This can often mean reaching behind its body and scooping it out of its anus.

Gross huh?

But its perfectly healthy and the guinea pigs will gain a great deal of good nutrients from doing so.

So don’t worry at all about this happening.

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Can Guinea Pigs Eat Green Peppers

We’ve already seen how much yellow and red peppers are liked by guinea pigs.

What about green peppers?

If you know about peppers you will know that there are different colours because of their maturity. We looked at that in this post   :)

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Green Peppers are those that are right at the beginning of their maturity. They haven’t even began to ripen yet and so are not as sweet as yellow, red or purple peppers.

But can guinea pigs eat them, lets take a look and find out.

As usual we’re looking at the calcium, sugar, fat, oxelate acid and phosphorus content to see if they are any good for guinea pigs. These factors determine whether a guinea pig can eat foods of not.

Also a healthy amount of vitamin c and a is very good for guinea pigs.

Calories 27 • % Daily Value*
Total fat 0.2 g 0%
Saturated fat 0 g 0%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 2 mg 0%
Potassium 212 mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 6 g 2%
Dietary fiber 0.9 g 3%
Protein 1 g 2%
Vitamin A 4%
Vitamin C 305%
Calcium 1%
Iron 2%
Vitamin B-6 10%
Vitamin B-12 0%
Magnesium 3%

As you can see green peppers have a remarkable amount of vitamin c which is fantastic news for guinea pigs.

They are also low in fat, contain no sugar,phosphorus and oxelate acid. This makes them virtually ideal for guinea pigs.

Indeed they can eat green peppers pretty much once a day as part of their diet.

I normally cut them up into strips, but piggies will take green peppers which ever way you feed it to them. All they’re concerned about is that its in their cage and ready for them to eat in some shape or form :)

Can guinea pigs eat green pepper stems?

No they can’t unfortunately, they need to be cut off as they are too tough for them to chew through.

Can guinea pigs eat green pepper seeds?

Unfortunately, they can’t as their is an issue of chokage. So do strip them away from the pepper when you are cutting them up for guinea pigs.

Can guinea pigs eat fried green peppers?

No guinea pigs can’t eat any cooked foods at all. Feed to them raw.