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Forbidden Foods for Guinea Pigs

Josie F. Turner
By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. Updated: February 22, 2018
Forbidden Foods for Guinea Pigs

While the provision of fruit and vegetables is absolutely crucial for guinea pigs, it's also true that there are certain foods which they should not eat under any circumstances. These foods could pose a problem for the normal functioning of the guinea pig's digestive system, which is why it's important to quickly check this list to make sure that you're not giving your pet anything dangerous.

Keep reading this AnimalWised article to find out the complete list of forbidden foods for guinea pigs.

You may also be interested in: Forbidden Foods for Dogs

What foods are bad for guinea pigs?

Before starting with the foods which are totally forbidden for guinea pigs, you should pay attention to some that should not be given to these rodents very often:

  • Grapes
  • Oats
  • Barley
  • Pips
  • Seeds
  • Bread
  • Parsley

When taken in small doses these foods aren't harmful to your guinea pig's health, but regular consumption may cause problems for their body. Check out our informative article on recommended fruits and vegetables for guinea pigs.

Forbidden Foods for Guinea Pigs - What foods are bad for guinea pigs?

Forbidden foods for guinea pigs

Now pay attention to this list of forbidden foods to find out what you should never give your guinea pig - you'll be thankful for it:

  • Meat
  • Animal derivates
  • Sweets
  • Mushrooms
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Madonna Lily
  • Salt
  • Potatoes
  • Avocado
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Ivy
  • Rhododendron
  • Onion
  • Preserves
  • Sugar
  • Mint

Why shouldn't you give these foods to your guinea pig?

Products of animal origin such as meat, eggs or milk come very ill-advisedly, because the guinea pig is a herbivore, meaning it only eats products of a vegetable origin. Under no circumstances should you give it this kind of food, since it's completely outside its natural diet.

Even though they originate from vegetables, there are certain species of spices and plants which aren't appropriate because they can be poisonous if consumed in large quantities. Ivy, for example, is also poisonous for dogs and cats.

Finally, we must add that products containing sugar are completely inadvisable for guinea pigs, since they should not consume this type of food. Its consequences include blindness and intestinal problems, among other things.

Forbidden Foods for Guinea Pigs - Forbidden foods for guinea pigs

If you cater to your guinea pig's diet and avoid foods that can do them harm, your pet will live a long and happy life (for a guinea pig).

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Hatch is sheltered by Wisteria, are leaves or flowers of a Wisteria poisonous to guinea pigs?
Administrador AnimalWised
Hi Nader,

Yes, they are considered toxic to guinea pigs, so should be kept away.
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