Last Updated on January 3, 2023 by israel
Hi guys, have you been wondering or even asking the question, “can guinea pigs eat pears?” In this blog post, I will tell you if guinea pigs can actually eat pears and the advantages/disadvantages of feeding pears to guinea pigs.
What Are Guinea Pigs?
The guinea pig or domestic guinea pig, also known as the cavy or domestic cavy, is a species of rodent belonging to the genus Cavia in the family Caviidae.Wikipedia
What Are Pears?
Pears are fruits produced and consumed around the world, growing on a tree and harvested in the Northern Hemisphere in late summer into October. The pear tree and shrub are a species of genus Pyrus, in the family Rosaceae, bearing the pomaceous fruit of the same name.Wikipedia
Can Guinea Pigs Eat Pears?
Yes, guinea pigs can eat pears; pears provide a large variety of nutrients, e.g., vitamins A and C to guinea pigs, and guinea pigs enjoy eating them. It is essential to know that pears contain fruity acid and can be dangerous to guinea pigs when over-consumed.
Apart from the fact that pears contain a lot of vitamins and provide a lot of nutrition to guinea pigs, it is also essential to know that guinea pigs actually love eating pears.
Pears can serve as a great side dish for your guinea pigs, they would love it but you should be careful not to feed them too much.
Can Guinea Pigs Eat Pear Skin or Peel (Back of Pear)?
Yes, guinea pigs can eat the back/peels of pears, however, it is advisable to wash the back of pears before feeding them to your guinea pigs. The peels (back) of pears may contain many chemicals, as some companies use chemicals to preserve fruits so please ensure to clean them well.
Can Guinea Pigs Eat Pear Seeds?
No, guinea pigs shouldn’t eat pear seeds. Pear seeds contain cyanide a powerful toxin that causes nausea stomach upset e.t.c although it is in small quantities, prevention is better than cure.
Can Guinea Pigs Eat Pears Leaves?
Yes, guinea pigs can eat pear leaves, however, they should eat them moderately. pear leaves contain a high amount of calcium so they should be eaten moderately. Ensure the pear leaves you feed to your guinea pigs are clean and haven’t been sprayed with insecticides.
Can Guinea Pigs Eat Canned Pears?
No, guinea pigs shouldn’t eat canned pears. Canned pears contain preservatives and other artificial juices which are detrimental to the state of health of your guinea pigs. Canned pears also contain excess sugar which can cause stomach upset in guinea pigs.
What Nutrients Do Pears Contain?
Pears offer a variety of nutrients and vitamins to both humans and animals (guinea pigs in particular) here are a few of the nutrients that can be found in 100g of pears.
- Vitamin C (6 mg)
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K (4.4ug)
- Potassium (116mg)
- Proteins (0.36g)
- Sugar (9.75g)
- Fat (0.14g)
There are many more vitamins and nutrients in pears the above list is just a few of them.
Advantages Of Feeding Your Guinea Pig Pears (Health Benefits)
There are many health benefits of feeding pears to your guinea pigs, here are some of the major health benefits of feeding pears to your guinea pigs.
- It aids digestion.
- It increases blood flow.
- It builds the white blood cells.
- It strengthens the heart.
- Stronger Muscles: Pears are rich in fiber and they help build and develop stronger muscles for our guinea pigs and human in general.
- Stronger Bones: Pears contain a fair portion of calcium, calcium helps build the bones. so pears do help in strengthening the bones of humans and guinea pigs.
- Longer Life: Fruits, Pears in particular can increase the life span of a guinea pig because of the additional vitamins that pears provide.
Disadvantages of OverFeeding Pears To Your Guinea Pigs
In as much as pears provide a lot of vitamins and nutrients to guinea pigs, it is very very dangerous to feed a lot of pears to your guinea pigs, here are some of the disadvantages of feeding your guinea pigs too many pears.
- Stomach Upset: Pears contain too much sugar and citric acid which can cause stomach upset when consumed in much/large quantities.
- Stooling: Your guinea pig can start stooling frequently whenever it consumes too many pears.
How Often Should I Feed My Guinea Pigs pears?
For Adult Guinea Pigs:
You can give an adult guinea pig a maximum of 2 pears in a week, It shouldn’t exceed this number to reduce the risk of overfeeding.
For Young Guinea Pigs:
You should feed a young or baby guinea pig a maximum of one pear per week so as not to cause stomach upset for them.
Can Rabbits And Guinea Pigs Eat Pears?
Yes, both rabbits and guinea pigs can eat pears, but they should eat them moderately, too much pears can harm both your guinea pig and rabbit.
READ: Do Beavers Eat Fish?
What Is The Best Fruit Can I Feed My Guinea Pigs?
Guinea pigs can eat a variety of fruits, these fruits should be consumed moderately and not too much, some of the fruits your guinea pigs can eat include
- bananas e.t.c
Conclusion On Can Guinea Pigs Eat Pears?
From this blog post, we can say that the answer to the question “Can Guinea Pigs Eat Pears?” is es, guinea pigs can eat pears; pears provide a large variety of nutrients, e.g., vitamins A and C to guinea pigs, and guinea pigs enjoy eating them. It is essential to know that pears contain fruity acid and can be dangerous to guinea pigs when over-consumed.
Pears provide lots of nutrients and vitamins but should be fed moderately to your guinea pigs.
This post was written by Israel for Animals District