Can Guinea Pigs eat apples, definitely yes!
Apples are one of the Guinea pigs favourite foods, containing needed fibre, vitamin C and lots of Antioxidants.
Fibre is important to give our Guinea Pigs a healthy digestive system and to keep bowels moving. Vitamin C prevents our Guinea pigs getting scurvy and Antioxidants are excellent for the immune the system to stop our Guinea pigs becoming sick.
Can Guinea Pigs eat any type of apple?
Guinea pigs can enjoy any apple except cooking apples, which I will discuss shortly.
Like ourselves, they like the apples to be fresh and ripe, not sour; guinea pigs dislike sour apples. They enjoy red or green apples but only in moderation and as a treat. Apples should not be used as a daily food source.
Apples are high are natural sugars and too much sugar could cause obesity and painful stomach problems for our little pets. One apple contains 18 grams of sugar, the equivalent of a human dessert!
Cooking Apples – Guinea Pigs must not eat cooking apples. Cooking apples are sometimes very tart and bitter giving the Guinea Pigs upset tummy, or worse constipation or vomiting.
Guinea pigs should not eat anything cooked.
Guinea pigs are used to foraging and eating cooked foods is not natural for them, natural raw fruit and veg are always best.
Can Guinea Pigs eat the peel, core and seeds of an apple?
Guinea pigs can eat the apple peel. The apple peel provides fibre which is very important in our guinea pigs diet and very enjoyable for them. Guinea Pigs must not eat the seeds of an apple though, they not only are a choking hazard but also contain Cyanide – which is very toxic.
Guinea pigs can eat the core but you must remove the seeds. But no guinea pig will enjoy a rotten apple so do not feed them any old apples, just the same as you would not want to eat a rotten piece of fruit. Remove any uneaten fresh food before it has a chance to turn rotten
Introducing apple onto your guinea pigs diet
As mentioned, apples are very high in sugar so apple given to your guinea pig must be in moderation. Guinea pigs can also be very picky with their foods and they don’t always like every fruit or vegetable.
Start by giving your guinea pig apple just once a week so you can check for any side effects, looking out for any change in behaviour or change in their stools
Always make sure you wash the apples so they are clear of any pesticides and chemicals.
When first giving apple to your guinea pig, cut the apple into small pieces, removing all seeds! You can either give your guinea pig the apple by hand depending on how comfortable your guinea pig is with you, or if you have a new guinea pig or baby guinea pig, leave the small pieces in their cage.
If your guinea pigs start to nibble on the apple that’s a good sign, they are enjoying the apple, or your Guinea pig may drag the pieces of apple into a hiding place to eat if shy or new.
Monitor how your Guinea pig is eating the apple over 24 hours, if it’s left maybe your guinea pigs just does not like apple! Or maybe they are new to you, or in a new cage, in which case they are known to hide the food out of sight and eat when no one is looking.
But normally, they cant get enough and will happily chow down without a care in the world.
How much apple should I feed my guinea pig?
You must remember apples are a treat for your guinea pig, apples are high in sugar so can cause obesity and strain on your guinea pigs organs if they become overweight.
Apples are one of your guinea pigs favourite treats and they will really enjoy receiving apples, but not a whole apple! Apples must be cut into small pieces with seeds removed once or twice a week, as mentioned all in moderation.
Too much apple is not only bad for your guinea pigs waistline, but apples are also very acidic and excessive amounts eaten can have serious side effects for the guinea pigs.
Eating excessive amounts of apple can give your guinea pig mouth sores which are very painful.
You can check in your guinea pigs mouth for sores mouth. Sore mouths can often happen not just from excessive eating of apples, but from a build-up of food in the front teeth, which acidic apples may aggravate.
If you do notice soreness of the mouth, stop with fruit as a whole until the sores have cleared up. If your guinea pig stops eating, or it doesn’t clear up after a few days, consult a Vet.
Also, too much apple can also give your guinea pig diarrhoea. If your guinea pig suffers from diarrhoea reduce the amount you feed and monitory until the stools have returned solid, or stop giving apples altogether if they really do not agree with your Guinea pig.
Want to know what other fruit and vegetables are safe for your guinea pig? Check out our complete guide to what Guinea Pigs Can Eat