Citrus is a genus of flowering trees and shrubs in the rue family, Rutaceae.
Plants in the genus produce citrus fruits, including important crops like oranges, lemons, grapefruit, pomelo and limes.
Many citrus fruits, such as oranges, tangerines, grapefruits, and clementines, are generally eaten fresh.
They are typically peeled and can be easily split into segments.
Grapefruit is more commonly halved and eaten out of the skin with a spoon.
There are special spoons (grapefruit spoons) with serrated tips designed for this purpose. Orange and grapefruit juices are also very popular breakfast beverages. (source)
Can guinea pigs eat citrus fruits?
No they can’t at all. They are not good for them.
Citrus fruits are far too acidic for guinea pigs and generally should be avoided as a food for them.
For more foods that guinea pigs can and can’t eat check out our guinea pig food list
We’ve already looked at mandarin oranges and seen that guinea pigs can eat a small amount of them.
They contain a good amount of vitamin c which is great for them.
However what about canned mandarin oranges?
Can guinea pigs eat canned mandarin oranges?
Canned mandarin oranges are good because they hold their nutritional values throughout the year.
This means that we can eat them whenever we want to and don’t have to rely on them being in season.
As long as the can isn’t opened then they are fine.
However the thing with canned mandarin oranges, as opposed to fresh ones, is that they are often quite high in added sodium or sugar.
They are also contained in syrup in the can.
This is pretty bad for guinea pigs as will hurt their tummies if they eat them.
So if you are going to feed canned mandarin oranges to your guinea pigs then it is worth looking for those that are free of additives (if they exist at all?) and feed them small amounts at the very most.
But on the whole, stick to normal fresh mandarin oranges and you won’t go wrong.
For more foods that guinea pigs can and can’t eat, check out our guinea pig food list.