Do you have a cucumber in your fridge that you’re not sure what to do with? Wondering if your guinea pig can eat cucumber. Don’t worry, we can help! Dr Elly answers
Can Guinea Pigs Eat Cucumber
The answer is yes, guinea pigs can eat cucumbers! Cucumbers are a good source of water and vitamin C for guinea pigs and can make a great snack. They are also low in sugar and calories, making them a healthy treat for your guinea pig. Just make sure to wash them thoroughly and remove the seeds first, as they can be a choking hazard.
Are Cucumbers Good For Guinea Guinea Pigs? Health Benefits of Cucumber
Cucumbers are a refreshing and healthy treat for guinea pigs. They are low in calories and fat and have a high water content, making them a perfect summer snack. Cucumbers also contain important vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, potassium, and phosphorus.
In addition, cucumbers are a moderate source of fiber, which can help keep your guinea pig’s digestive system functioning properly.
Below is the Nutritional Value of some of the important essential nutrients in cucumbers per 100 grams. Cucumbers are predominantly water (95%) to be exact so many of the nutrients are very low per 100 grams.
- Energy: 15kcal (low)
- Protein: 0.65g (low)
- Total Dietary Fiber: 0.5grams (low)
- Sugars: 1.67grams (low sugar)
- Potassium: 147mg
- Phosphorus: 24mg
- Vitamin C: 2.8mg
- Calcium: 16 mg (small amount of calcium)
Dangers and Risks of Feeding Cucumbers
There are some small risks associated with feeding cucumbers to guinea pigs. The biggest one is that the seeds may pose a choking hazard and should be removed before feeding.
Cucumbers also contain a compound called cucurbitacin, which can cause stomach upsets in guinea pigs if fed in high amounts. So it is important to feed cucumbers to guinea pigs in moderation and to remove the seeds before offering them this crunchy veggie.
How to Feed Cucumber to Your Guinea Pig
- If possible, purchase organic cucumbers that have not been sprayed with pesticides
- Wash thoroughly
- Remove the seeds and peel if you prefer (but it is not necessary)
- Cut it into slices or coarsely dice so that it is easy for your guinea pig to eat
- As with all other foods, remember that the best way to introduce something new to your guinea pig’s diet is by starting with small pieces and increasing them only slowly once you are sure that your guinea pig can handle the new food item.
How Much Cucumber Should I feed?
A good rule of thumb is to feed your guinea pig two slices of cucumber for every pound of body weight. For example, if your guinea pig weighs two pounds, you would give them two slices of cucumber. Only feed in small amounts to avoid tummy troubles.
In addition to cucumbers, your guinea pig’s diet should consist of quality grass hay such as timothy hay, fresh leafy vegetables, and a small amount of guinea pig pellets. This will ensure that your furry pet is getting all the nutrients they need to stay healthy.
Can Guinea Pigs Eat Cucumber Every Day?
Guinea pigs can eat cucumbers on a daily basis, but they should only have a few slices per day as part of a balanced healthy diet. They are especially a great treat of a hot day.
Can Baby Guinea Pigs Eat Cucumber?
No, baby guinea pigs can’t eat cucumber as their digestive system is not developed enough. They can start to eat cukes at around six months of age.
What Happens If Guinea Pigs Eat Too Much Cucumber?
While cucumbers are perfectly safe if fed in moderate amounts too much of a good thing can be a problem. Cucumbers contain a compound called cucurbitacin, which can cause stomach upsets and digestive issues in guinea pigs if fed in high amounts. This can result in diarrhea, gas and bloat.
Store-Bought Cucumbers vs. Organic Cucumbers
You can feed your guinea pig either store-bought or organic, but if you can, purchase organic. Organic cucumbers have not been treated with chemicals that could be harmful to your guinea pig.
Can I feed my Guinea Pig Gherkins?
Cucumbers that are labeled “pickled” aka gherkins should not be fed to your guinea pig as they contain vinegar, which can upset your guinea pig’s stomach as well as hurt their mouths.
Alternatives to Feeding Cucumbers
In case you don’t have cucumbers on hand, or your guinea pig is not a fan of this veggie, there are a few other different vegetables that make good alternatives – especially leafy greens.
Some other safe fresh vegetables for guinea pigs include:
- Green beans
- Sweet Potato
- Romaine lettuce
All of these vegetables are healthy options for your guinea pig and can be fed to them in moderation as part of a balanced diet.
Can Guinea Pigs Eat Cucumber Seeds?
No guinea pigs can’t eat cucumber seeds. Cucumber seeds are slippery and slimy and can get easily lodged in your furry friend’s throat. scoop them out or cut them out before serving.
Can Guinea Pigs Eat Cucumber Skin?
Can guinea pigs eat cucumber peels? The answer is yes! The cucumber skin is great source of vitamins and minerals for your guinea pig. They also contain the bulk of the fiber. Beware that they may not like the bitter taste of the skin of the cucumber (neither do I!).
Just be sure to wash the cucumber thoroughly before giving them to your guinea pig, as they can contain harmful pesticides and bacteria.
Can Guinea Pigs Eat Cucumber Leaves?
Yes, guinea pigs can eat cucumber leaves. Cucumber leaves are a good source of nutrients for guinea pigs. The leaves are high in fiber, which helps keep the digestive system healthy. They also contain vitamins A and C, both of which are essential for guinea pigs.
However, it’s important to introduce cucumber leaves slowly into your pet’s diet. Start by offering a small amount and gradually increase the amount as your pet gets used to the new food.
Can Guinea Pigs Eat Cucumber Stems?
Yes, Guinea Pigs can eat Cucumber stems. Guinea pigs need to wear down their constantly growing teeth and eating the cucumber stems can help with this. Just make sure to wash them thoroughly!
What Type of Cucumbers Are Safe for Guinea Pigs?
There are a few different types of cucumbers that are safe for your guinea pig to eat:
- Telegraph or pole cucumbers – These are the most common type of cucumbers and can be found at your local grocery store.
- English cucumbers – These cucumbers are shorter than pole cucumbers and have thinner skin. They can also be found at most grocery stores.
- Persian cucumbers – These small cucumbers have a thin skin and are usually seedless. Persian cucumbers can be found at some specialty stores or online.
- Kirby Cucumbers – These are the most commonly used cucumbers for pickling but are fine to feed to your guinea pig.
Cucumbers are a perfectly safe vegetable for guinea pigs to eat and can make a great healthy snack on a hot summer day. They are a moderate source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Just be sure to wash them thoroughly before feeding them to your pet and introduce them slowly into their diet. Cucumber seeds and pickled cucumbers should not be fed to guinea pigs as they can be harmful to their health.