can guinea pigs eat newspaper

Can Guinea Pigs eat Newspaper?

If you have guinea pigs, you will probably put down newspaper for them to bed on. Newspaper acts as the layer between the base of your guinea pigs cage and the hay that they bed on.

However, what happens if they start chewing and eating up the newspaper? (source wikipedia)

Is that Okay?

Can guinea pigs eat newspaper?

Yes Newspaper is fine for guinea pigs to chew on and eat.

Newspapers used to use toxic inks for their print many years ago, but these days the ink used is very much non-toxic.

The standard ink used is called carbon black, which contains ingredients of low threat.

Once the ink dries it becomes stable and has no risk or toxicity through absorption or inhalation. (source ask jeeves)

Every time I lay down a newspaper, it ends up torn, chewed, ripped up by my piggies.

However, they never do eat it all, it is just not to their taste so they generally just chew it and then leave it,

But it is safe for them to chew on and if they so wish to eat. Not that they will do so for long.

For more things that guinea pigs can and can’t eat, check out our guinea pig food list.

4 thoughts on “Can Guinea Pigs eat Newspaper?

  1. I have a guinea pig that chews its toilet mat (like one you use with pet toilet training) and pees right where it has chewed! This means it’s cage gets really messy.

  2. I just started using local newspaper for bedding and a place of relief for my guinea (Mr. Guineasworth or Mr. G for short) and he chews and eats it sometimes so I’m glad it is not as toxic anymore. Thank you for this information!

  3. My mom thought it was bad too give my guinea pig Luna (named after the cat from sailor moon) newspaper but I said nuh uh mom and I just proved her wrong. tanks!

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