Guinea pigs can be incredible pets and they have been our companions for a long time. In fact, Guinea pigs have been our companions and pets from all the way back in the 16th century. It is understandable that you want to give your guinea pig treats and in this article, we will answer the question, can guinea pigs eat strawberries?
The straightforward answer to this is yes, guinea pigs can eat strawberries however, you cannot feed them more than a quarter to half a teaspoon and you should not do so more than once a week. If you feed them too much strawberry they can start to develop some health problems.
In this article, we will discuss whether or not guinea pigs can eat strawberries. We will also discuss all the important factors that you should consider before feeding them strawberries, we will also take a look at whether or not they can drink strawberry juice, and finally, we will take a look at some of their favorite foods. So, for everything you need to know, keep reading.
Should You Feed Strawberries To Your Guinea Pig?
I understand that most people who have guinea pigs really care for them so it makes sense that you would want to give them a treat. After all, guinea pigs do enjoy strawberries. The question is, should you feed it to them?
You can feed strawberries to your guinea pigs however, there are a few things that you need to take into consideration. It is important to remember that strawberries contain a lot of sugar relative to the recommended sugar intake for a guinea pig.
It also contains a lot of calcium, again, more than what is recommended for a guinea pig. So, with all of this in mind, let’s take a look at a quick list of things that you should consider when feeding your guinea pig strawberries and then we will discuss each of them in detail.
- Only feed your guinea pig small amounts of strawberry at a time.
- Do not feed your guinea pig strawberries every day.
- Never add anything to the strawberry such as sugar and salt.
- Make sure that your guinea pig has water to flush its bladder and kidneys.
Only Feed Them Small Amounts Of Strawberry
Regarding the amount of strawberry that you should give your guinea pig, in one sitting you should not give them more than a quarter or a half of a teaspoon of strawberry.
We already know that strawberries contain a lot of sugar and calcium relative to what a guinea pig should consume so in this section, we are going to look at some of the problems that can arise if you feed them too much strawberry. Here is a list of those health problems:
- Kidney stones
- Teeth Problems
I know that the list above looks kind of scary and it might put you off of feeding your guinea pig strawberries and that is the last thing I want to happen. Feeding them strawberries in small amounts is great for the guinea pig because it is a fruit that they love.
This is a very important section. Just because you are feeding your guinea pig the right amount of strawberries in a single serving, you should still not give them the treat every day. Giving your guinea pig a strawberry should be seen as giving them a treat and you do not want to do so more than once a week because you can cause the same problems that we listed above.
If you feed your guinea pig strawberries too often you run the risk of amplifying the symptoms listed above. They must not get used to it either. When your guinea pig gets used to something they might become stubborn when you give them foods that aren’t sweet treats.
We see this all the time in other animals. Once they get used to a food or a treat, they may develop a tendency to reject their normal food.
Do Not Add Anything
We will keep the section brief because it is pretty much self-explanatory. Strawberries already contain sugar, calcium, and other nutrients. The last thing you want to do is add unhealthy products like refined sugar to the strawberries.
If you add even a small amount of sugar to the strawberry, you are pretty much guaranteeing that your guinea pig will have health problems. So, please try and avoid it at all costs. You will not be doing them a favor, you will be only doing harm to the animal.
Make Sure The Guinea Pig Has Water
In this article, we listed a few problems that may arise if you feed your guinea pig’s too much sugar. Amongst those problems were kidney stones, diabetes, and bladder problems. The best way of trying to prevent this is by making sure that the guinea pig has water.
I know this seems almost impossible but just after eating strawberries, you want to make sure that your guinea pig drinks as much water as possible. So, you should try and encourage it.
Can Guinea Pigs Eat Frozen Strawberries?
This is another section that we will try to keep as brief as possible because the answer is pretty much straight forward. Should you feed guinea pigs frozen strawberries?
No, you should never feed your guinea pig frozen strawberries or any other frozen foods, fruits, or sweets for that matter. Frozen foods are not natural to them and they do not do well at digesting them and you can be doing some serious harm to your guinea pig if you feed them frozen strawberries.
Can Guinea Pigs Drink Strawberry Juice?
This is a great question and if you are asking about whether or not you can feed them strawberries, I am sure that this question has also popped up in your mind. Let’s try and answer it.
You can in fact give your guinea pig strawberry juice and trust me, they will love it but that is where the problem lies. Your guinea pig won’t drink the strawberry juice with the consequences in mind so when giving them strawberry juice, you need to be the one who understands the best way to give that strawberry juice to your guinea pig.
The Best Way To Give Your Guinea Pig Strawberry Juice
When giving your guinea pig strawberry juice you always want to make sure that the strawberry juice is 100%. The best way to do this is to use a juicer and juice the strawberries yourself. Never add anything to it such as preservatives, sugars, salt, and other flavorings.
You also want to dilute the strawberry juice with some water. Never place the strawberry juice in their water drinking bowl and never dilute the strawberry juice in their water bowl. You want to give it to them as a quick treat and that’s it. As we mentioned above, keep their water bowl full of fresh water for at least 24 hours after giving them any form of sugar.
Bonus: What Is A Guinea Pig’s Favorite Fruit?
We are going to list four fruits that are simply irresistible to guinea pigs. For all of these fruits, it is important to apply the same principles of this article to all of them. With that out of the way, here is that list:
Giving your guinea pig small treats such as little portions of strawberry is great for them. I guess you could boil it down to the old saying, all good things should be done in moderation. This couldn’t be more true when it comes to the health of your guinea pig.