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can guinea pigs eat citrus fruits

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Citrus Fruits?

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

What Fruits Can Guinea Pigs Not Eat

What Fruits Can Guinea Pigs Not Eat?

We’ve seen that fruits are great additions to a guinea pig’s diet. The vitamin c content that most fruits have to bring a much-needed supplement to their nutritional intake.

However, there are some fruits that they can’t eat as often as others.

What Fruits Can Guinea Pigs Not Eat?

Here is a list of those that they shouldn’t eat. Well, not regularly anyway. If they have a nibble at them, they won’t hurt them but nothing more than once or twice a month at the most, if that.

The thing is that some of them actually have a very good amount of vitamin c, but their other content is just not good for them.

So here you go;

Currants – The fresh fruit of currants are very small and sweet, with quite an intense flavor. However, they contain too much acid, calcium and sugar for guinea pigs.

Coconuts – The various parts of the coconut have a number of culinary uses and make a great snack, however, they have too much acidic, sugar and phosphorus content for piggies

Damsons – They are most often used for cooking, and are commercially grown for preparation in jam and other fruit preserves. It as too much water content for guinea pigs though.

Dates –  Dry or soft dates are eaten out-of-hand or may be pitted and stuffed with fillings. However, they are just too sweet for piggies.

Grapefruit – Grapefruit are a popular citrus fruit that are often eaten for breakfast or snacks. They are also used in for the flavorings. However, they are very high in sugar for guinea pigs to eat.

Jackfruit – Jackfruit is commonly used in South and Southeast Asian cuisines, however, it has too much sugar for piggies.

Kumquats – They resemble the orange, but it is much smaller, being approximately the size and shape of a large olive. Kumquat is a fairly cold-hardy citrus. They are too acidic and sugary for guinea pigs.

Lemons – This yellow fruit is used for culinary and non-culinary purposes throughout the world, primarily for its juice, which has both culinary and cleaning uses. It is too sweet and acidic though for piggies.

Olives – It is of major agricultural importance in the Mediterranean region as the source of olive oil; it is one of the core ingredients in Mediterranean cuisine.  It is too high in fat and salt for guinea pigs.

Passionfruit – Passion fruits are round or oval. They can be yellow, red, purple, and green. They are very acidic and sweet for piggies though.

Prunes – A prune is a dried plum of any cultivar. They are too much acid and phosphorus for guinea pigs, however.


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

can guinea pigs eat grapefruit

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Grapefruit?

Grapefruit is named because its fruits grow in bunches like grapes.

They are the largest kind of citrus fruits and contain inside, flesh that is segmented quite like oranges.

You can purchase seeded and seedless versions.

image wikipedia

People often have them as part of their breakfast or in fruit salads. So if we can eat them, can guinea pigs eat grapefruit and if so, how much can they eat?

Lets find out by taking a look at its nutritional data to get a closer look at it.

As usual, we’re looking in particular at its phosphorus, oxelate acid, fat, calcium and sugar content that it has.

Total Fat 0.1 g 0%
Saturated fat 0 g 0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0 g
Monounsaturated fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 0 mg 0%
Potassium 135 mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 11 g 3%
Dietary fiber 1.6 g 6%
Sugar 7 g
Protein 0.8 g 1%
Vitamin A 23%
Vitamin C 52%
Calcium 2%
Iron 0%
Vitamin D 0%
Vitamin B-6 5%
Vitamin B-12 0%
Magnesium 2%#

source usda

As you can see grapefruit has no fat, oxelates and phosphorus and is low in calcium but it is high in sugar which is not good for piggies.

However, it is incredibly high in vitamin c which is great news for guinea pigs.

So guinea pigs can eat grapefruit but only sparingly. Because of the sugar content, once a month should suffice but nothing more than that. But its a great treat for guinea pigs because of its fabulous vitamin c content.

Can guinea pigs eat grapefruit peels?

They can, but only sparingly like grapefruit segments. On a monthly basis in small amounts should suffice.

Can guinea pigs eat red grapefruit?

Yes they can but again, only sparingly like regular grapefruit. On a once a month basis should suffice in small amounts.

Can guinea pigs eat pink grapefruit?

Yes they can, but like the other forms of grapefruit, on a monthly basis in small amounts only.