A guinea pig’s diet should mainly consist of an unlimited supply of hay, 1/8th cup of pellets and 1 cup of fresh veggies and fruit every day.
Not all types of veggies and fruit can be served daily, that’s why you should know how much of each your guinea pig can eat.
Let’s take a closer look at mandarins.
Can guinea pigs eat mandarins or tangerines?
Guinea pigs can eat mandarins also known as tangerines, mandarin oranges or as we know them in South Africa, naartjies.
Although mandarins are safe to eat for guinea pigs and a good source of vitamin C, it is very sweet and acidic. Be sure to only feed them a small portion once or twice a week.
Too much of this acidic citrus fruit can cause guinea pigs to develop mouth sores. The sugar level is also on the high side, but if you don’t over feed, there is no need to worry.
Can guinea pigs eat mandarin skin (peels)?
Guinea pigs can eat mandarin peels when they are properly washed and prepared for your pet. Citrus peels are entirely safe for guinea pigs to consume.
Mandarin peels contain a high amount of Vitamin C, similar to the fruit itself, but it should be given in moderation. You can only feed them a few small pieces of the peel to prevent them from developing any unwanted health issues. Not all guinea pigs like the taste though.
How to serve mandarins to guinea pigs?
- Only serve fresh mandarins at room temperature.
- Wash mandarin skin thoroughly if your guinea pig is going to eat a piece of the skin, to remove any possible pesticides.
- Take out one or two slices of mandarin per guinea pig.
- Remember to remove seeds if there are any, not all mandarins contain seeds.
- Serve to your guinea pig.
- Watch them enjoy it.
Guinea pigs can safely enjoy mandarin slices as well as the skin, but all in moderation. Only 1 or 2 slices per guinea pig once or twice a week to enjoy the benefits without causing any health issues.