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can guinea pigs eat toast

Can guinea pigs eat toast?

I don’t drink coffee I take tea my dear
I like my toast done on one side …”

(Englishman in New York)

Nothing like kicking off a post with some random song lyrics about toast from Sting!

Toast is one of the most common breakfasts in the world and is eaten in more countries than I could possibly name here.

So it may occur that your kitty could take a slight fancy to a piece of toast if they see it sitting on a plate unattended.

Hence why I have written this post!

So what is toast?

Toast is sliced bread that has been browned by exposure to radiant heat.

This browning is the result of a Maillard reaction altering the flavor of the bread and making it firmer so that it is easier to spread toppings on it.

Toasting is a common method of making stale bread more palatable.

Bread is often toasted using a toaster, but toaster ovens are also used.

Toast is commonly eaten with butter or margarine and sweetened toppings, such as jam or jelly.

Regionally, savory spreads, such as peanut butter or yeast extracts, may also be popular.

When buttered, toast may also be served as an accompaniment to savory dishes, especially soups or stews, or topped with heartier ingredients like eggs or baked beans as a light meal. (source)

Can guinea pigs eat toast?

Yes, they can eat toast.

Whether or not they will it is another thing as its not really the sort of food that piggies normal eat, that’s not to say they wouldn’t try it and they would certainly give it a good sniff to check it out.

However, it holds no nutritional value for them and so it is not a food that they should eat often. If they do take to it and start eating it, then it should be just a treat for them only.

As it provides no nutritional value for them it eol just be fattening for them so just give it to them in small amounts.

It should be eaten dry and without any kind of spread on it.

However, they may not enjoy it very much as it is quite bland for them as a food.

What foods should Guinea pigs eat instead?

Instead of toast, they much prefer veggies, fruits and greens as food and they are nutritionally much better for them.

They will eat as much as you give them so take care what you feed them.

If in doubt check out the individual food on our site to check its suitability. 

As well as that they should have a regular supply of meadow or Timothy hay for them to chew on and grind their teeth.

Also, have their water topped up consistently so they always have something to drink from and keep refreshed. 

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