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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.

can guinea pigs eat bread

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Bread?

We all have bread in our homes and its a staple of our everyday diet. With it being so prominent in our food regimes, can guinea pigs eat bread?

This is an interesting question is ‘no’. It certainly wouldn’t be the first thing i’d think about giving a guinea pig. So I decided to look into it a bit further to see if I could really give bread to my guinea pig and whether or not they would like it.

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can guinea pigs eat bread

Here are some things that other guinea pig owners have said about feeding guinea pigs bread.

  • It wont kill them. Its just not particularly good for them and gives them no nutritional benefits
  • Soft bread can stick in their mouths and is liable to make them choke if you are not careful
  • It should be served as a treat only.
  • Too much will make them feel bloated.
  • White bread as with humans, is not as good as brown bread for them. If you have to give them bread then brown is the best for them.

Taking this into account, I decided I wouldn’t feed my guinea pig bread as there were more negatives than positives when it came to giving it to my guinea pig.

So what about other types of bread-based foods. Were they any better?

Can guinea pigs eat banana bread?

It isn’t bad for them, but it is not great for them all the same. If they like it, it will might be worth it for a rare treat but nothing more than that. Make sure it has no nuts in before you give it to them.

Can guinea pigs eat toast?

Just like bread, toast is fine for them to eat. It just wont provide any thing of benefit to the piggies. Like junk food for them really.

Can guinea pigs eat bread crust?

Again just in small amounts, and be careful for choking. But they might enjoy nibbling on it. There’s certainly nothing wrong with it.

Can guinea pigs eat bread sticks?

When the kids were younger we used to have bread sticks around quite a lot. Guinea pigs may enjoy nibbling on these as well. But again not too much and use as a treat only.

Verdict: can guinea pigs eat bread?

If I was going to give my guinea pig bread, then it would be brown bread. But its just not worth it. If you feel you would like to give them bread, then give them a small amount as a treat, and if they like it then that’s fine.