“YES!” Guinea Pigs can eat Pumpkins, but that’s not it, there is a lot more to know and cautions to keep while treating your cute pocket pet pumpkin. So, let’s dig deeper.
Autumn knocks on the door and the season of pumpkin starts. Delicious treats of Pumpkin muffins, Pumpkin spices, and more, and with this abundance of pumpkin, this question is natural to occur to every Guinea parent; Can Guinea Pigs eat Pumpkin? Are pumpkin products safe for my pet? How much pump consumption is safe for the Piggie?
Can Guinea Pigs eat Pumpkin?
Pumpkin is a winter squash with a copious amount of nutrition like vitamin A, vitamin C, antioxidants, and carotenoids. These nutritions can benefit Guinea Pigs as:
- Vitamin A: improves vision and helps in strengthening the immunity system.
- Vitamin C: Guinea pig’s body cannot produce Vitamin C, therefore they need to intake it from their diet.
- Anti-oxidants: prevents Guinea’s body from degenerative diseases caused by free radicals.
- Carotenoids: It avails the eyes, skin, and heart, it also provides defense from several cancerous elements.
- Fiber: Pumpkin is rich in fiber with help in stabilizing blood sugar and making a better digestive system.
So, a big yes to the question, your Guinea Pigs can eat Pumpkin. The squash has low sugar content and high water quantity which further benefits the pet’s health.
Can Guinea Pigs eat Pumpkin seeds?
Though Pumpkin Seeds are not poisonous and edible for most animals, it is often recommended not to feed it to your little furry friend. The most prior reason being it can cause a serious choking hazard and also the serve looks far tidier without seeds.
The perfect pumpkin treat!
Serving the right proportion of any food is equally important as serving the right food.
- When you are treating your Guinea with Pumpkin, make sure that you use fresh and raw pumpkin.
- Rinse the pumpkin properly, to remove any layer of bacteria or pesticide over the skin.
- Cut the pumpkin and remove the thick stem at the top.
- Pealing the pumpkin skin is not necessary until your pet doesn’t eat it at all.
- Cut it into small pieces or slices, for sake of convenience to your furry friend.
- Do not forget to remove the pumpkin seeds.
- Remove the uneaten pumpkin from the cage after some time, don’t let your Guinea Pigs eat the leftover which has been in the out for a long, it is unhealthy for them.
How much pumpkin is safe to feed?
Overfeeding anything is definitely dangerous. Feeding too many fruits and vegetables will destabilize your little pet’s diet which if not changed can cause various health disorders.
If you are treating them pumpkin for the first time then do not feed them a lot, start with small portions of about 100 grams, and if they like it then increase the service gradually.
After feeding them Pumpkin for the first time, look out for at least 24-hours. If the piggie doesn’t reflect any abnormal behavior, then try offering them more in the next day or two.
What not to feed?
Since now you know that pumpkin is safe for your pet, you can safely feed them it as a snack. Not more than once-twice a week at first and slowly increase the frequency.
It is strictly advised not to feed your Piggie canned pumpkin or pumpkin pie because it includes preservatives and has a lot more other things than pumpkin. It is also not advised to offer them cooked pumpkin as heating already decreases the nutrition content and would be lees appetizing for your little furry friend.