Kiwi is an organic fruit with green flesh stuffed with a sweet and tart flavor and a punch of Vitamins and minerals. We all know that they are healthy for human beings, but what about guinea pigs? Can guinea pigs eat Kiwi, and are they beneficial for them?
Yes, guinea pigs can eat ‘kiwi.’ Kiwi is full of Vitamin C and other nutrients that are essential for guinea pig’s health. One must add this juicy fruit to little guinea pig’s diet. Only a small amount of kiwi once or twice a week is enough for your little guinea pig.
You will find all the answers to your questions related to Kiwi and guinea pigs in this blog.
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Can Guinea Pigs Eat Kiwi?
Guinea pigs can eat Kiwi; in fact, they love it. If we talk about guinea pigs, they love Kiwi because of its incredible sweet taste from the high fructose level (sugar).
Kiwi contains Vitamin C that is essential for your little guinea pig. Other than that, there are plenty of reasons to give Kiwi to your guinea pig.
When is Kiwi bad for Guinea Pigs?
Kiwi is a powerhouse of nutrients, but some nutrients in excess amount can harm your little guinea pig. For instance, Kiwi has a large amount of fructose and calcium that can be bad if given in excess to guinea pigs.
Health Benefits of Kiwi to Guinea Pigs
There are several health benefits of Kiwi to guinea pigs. The most apparent reason among them is that Kiwi is packed with nutrients. If you feed 150 g of Kiwi to your guinea pig, it will get:
- 1.09 g of protein
- 0.54 mg of potassium
- 15 milligrams of calcium
- 3 mg of sodium
- 0.11 mg of zinc
- 4.8 mg of vitamin C
- 22 micrograms of vitamin K
- 3 mg of folate
- 0.54 mg of iron
- 11 mg of magnesium
- 30 mg of phosphorous
- 1.5 g of fiber
How much Kiwi Can Guinea Pigs Eat?
Kiwi is a good source of nutrients for little guinea pigs. The most essential nutrient is Vitamin C, but some nutrients like fructose and calcium in excess can lead to several health problems. Because of this reason, the serving size of Kiwi must be monitored. You only need to feed few chunks of Kiwi to your guinea pig once or twice a week.
How to prepare Kiwi for your Guinea Pig?
The best way to prepare kiwi is discussed in the next steps:
- Choose the right kiwi for your guinea pig
- Kiwi must be fresh and ripe properly because unripe can lead to several health issues
- Wash the kiwi properly and clean its skin from any pesticides to avoid any complications
- After this, peel the skin of the kiwi
- Then make small slices of kiwi for your guinea pig to make it easy for digestion
How to Feed Kiwi to Guinea Pigs?
We know that guinea pigs can eat kiwi just like other fruits but not too often. You should monitor the amount of kiwi you are feeding to guinea pig. Only a small amount of kiwi once or twice a week is enough for your little guinea pig.
Can guinea pigs eat kiwi berries?
Just like regular Kiwi, guinea pigs can also eat kiwi berries. Kiwi berries are sweeter in taste and more petite than everyday Kiwi, i.e., grape-sized kiwis. Their skin is also softer and edible. When it comes to nutrients, kiwi berries are similar to regular green Kiwi and have the same health benefits for guinea pigs.
Can guinea pigs eat golden Kiwi?
Guinea pigs can also eat golden Kiwi; this type of Kiwi is safe for them but only in moderation. Golden Kiwi is a Kiwi type with smooth and hairless skin with golden-brown color. The inside of this Kiwi has a yellow color and fewer seeds than a green kiwi.
Can Guinea Pigs Eat Kiwi Seeds?
Some seeds are harmful to guinea pig’s health. But what about Kiwi’s origins? Can guinea pigs eat kiwi seeds?
Yes, guinea pigs can eat kiwi seeds because of their soft texture. These seeds are easily edible to guinea pigs, and they are entirely safe for them.
Can Guinea Pigs eat Kiwi Leaves?
There is not much research on this topic, whether guinea pigs can eat kiwi leaves or not, but I will not recommend feeding kiwi leaves to your adorable guinea pig. The reason is that leaves are rich in calcium which is not suitable for guinea pig’s health.
Can Guinea Pigs eat Kiwi Peel/Skin?
Guinea pigs can quickly eat the green part (flesh) of Kiwi, but what about its peel/skin? Can they also eat kiwi skin/peel?
No, Guinea pigs can’t eat the peel/skin of Kiwi. Kiwi’s skin is dangerous for guinea pig’s health due to its hairy texture. The skin also can contain some pesticides that are harmful to your little guinea pig’s stomach. You need to peel off the Kiwi skin before feeding it to your little pet.
The fuzzy, hairy layer of the Kiwi is neither excellent nor tasty for the guinea pig’s fragile stomach. But, the green flesh of the Kiwi is safe to consume.
Guinea pigs love and enjoy eating kiwis. They must be fed only once or twice a week just as a treat to your guinea pig. After all, Kiwi provides several nutrients and vitamins to guinea pigs good for their well-being.
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