The main diet of guinea pigs consists of an unlimited supply of hay, 1/8th cup of pellets and 1 cup of fruit and veg daily.
The main question here is whether they can eat pineapple, and if so how much is safe?
Can guinea pigs eat pineapple?
Guinea pigs can eat pineapple, in fact, it is packed with Vitamin C that is an essential part of their diet. This however doesn’t mean that they can eat it every day.
Pineapple should only be given about once a week.
A small serving of pineapple is a great boost of vitamins and minerals that your guinea pig needs to stay healthy. Even a small piece of pineapple can supply your guinea pig with their daily dose of Vitamin C.
Despite all the health benefits and the fact that most guinea pigs love pineapple, the acidity and sugar levels limits its consumption to once a week.
High acidity levels can cause mouth sores in cavies and too much sugar can cause diarrhea and other health problems.
Can guinea pigs eat pineapple leaves?
Guinea pigs can’t eat pineapple leaves.
The leaves’ edges are covered in small thorns that can cut and get stuck in your guinea pig’s throat.
Can guinea pigs eat pineapple skin?
Guinea pigs can not eat pineapple skin which is covered in thorns. The texture is too rough and sharp for piggies to eat.
Can guinea pigs eat canned pineapple?
Guinea pigs should never eat canned pineapple. There are too many additives like sugar and chemicals that are harmful to guinea pigs.
Do guinea pigs like pineapple?
Some guinea pigs will love pineapple and beg for more, while others won’t like it at all.
It is best to offer a small piece and observe. If your guinea pig eats the pineapple, great, they can have one piece a week. Even if they beg for more, you’ll have to be strong and don’t give in. Too much pineapple can cause health issues.
If they don’t eat it, that’s fine too. Just remove the piece of pineapple and offer them some other fruit like apple, blueberries or strawberry.
How to serve pineapple to guinea pigs
- Only serve fresh, ripe pineapple.
- Trim the top off and remove all the skin around the pineapple.
- Cut the fruit into cubes (about 1 inch long)
- Serve 1 piece to your guinea pig. (They can only have 1 piece of pineapple per week)
- Watch them enjoy, knowing that it has many health benefits for guinea pigs.
Pineapple is an excellent source of Vitamin C and other nutrients that your guinea pig needs, but they should only eat it in small amounts.
Do not feed more than one inch cube per week.
Pineapple is a nutritious snack, but not a daily staple.