Can Guinea Pigs Eat Cantaloupe? (benefits and risks)

Many guinea pig breeders ask whether or not a guinea pig can eat Cantaloupe, is it good or harmful, so I did this article to answer all these questions.

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Cantaloupe?

yes guinea pig can eat Cantaloupe but in moderation, as Cantaloupe, like other types of fruit, contains a high level of sugars that may cause a guinea pig to have diarrhea. It also contains a lot of calories that may cause obesity to the guinea pig

But cantaloupe also contains many important vitamins and proteins that help the guinea pig, such as vitamin C that the guinea pig needs because it cannot produce naturally. It also contains vitamin K and A and a good proportion of calcium and iron needed to build and strengthen the bones, so I advise you to give cantaloupe to the guinea pig in moderation. Where once or twice a month is good

You must be careful when you give your guinea pig any kind of fruit, due to the high sugar content, which may cause the guinea pig to have diarrhea. Therefore, I advise you to always give him the fruit in a very small amount, and it is preferable that he not eat the fruit every day. You can give it to him every two days. That is better, he should also eat Fruit in a diet with vegetables, fruit should not be the main meal of the guinea pig

is Cantaloupe safe for guinea pigs?

Yes, it is very safe for the guinea pig and it contains a high nutritional value that benefits the guinea pig, such as vitamin C, K and A, but the high percentage of sugars present in the cantaloupe harm the guinea pig and cause it to have diarrhea, so you should give it to the guinea pig in moderation, no more than twice a month

Nutritional value

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
  1. Energy 141 kJ (34 kcal)
  2. Carbohydrates8.16 g
  3. Sugars 7.86 g
  4. Dietary fiber 0.9 g
  5. Fat0.19 g
  6. Protein0.84 g
  7. Thiamine (B1) 4%0.041 mg
  8. Riboflavin (B2) 2%0.019 mg
  9. Niacin (B3) 5%0.734 mg
  10. Pantothenic acid (B5) 2%0.105 mg
  11. Vitamin B6 6%0.072 mg
  12. Folate (B9) 5%21 μg
  13. Choline 2%7.6 mg
  14. Vitamin C 44%36.7 mg
  15. Vitamin K 2%2.5 μg
  16. Calcium 1%9 mg
  17. Iron 2%0.21 mg
  18. Magnesium 3%12 mg
  19. Manganese 2%0.041 mg
  20. Phosphorus 2%15 mg
  21. Potassium 6%267 mg
  22. Sodium 1%16 mg
  23. Zinc 2%0.18 mg
  24. Water 90.2 g

risks of feeding Cantaloupe to Guinea Pigs

As I mentioned, Cantaloupe is safe for a guinea pig if it is given moderately, but if you overdose it for a guinea pig, this will cause many health problems for the guinea pig, such as diarrhea and obesity.
Therefore, be careful and do not give cantaloupe or another type of fruit in abundance to the guinea pig because it is not in great need for sugars and because also sugars cause it many health problems

WHAT CAN Guinea Pigs Eat

Guinea pig loves to eat vegetables in general, so the guinea pig's diet should consist every day of vegetables with a small piece of fruit, but do not give him much fruit because it contains a high percentage of sugars that may cause him diarrhea and obesity, there are some vegetables that a pig cannot A guinea pig should eat it, which is a vegetable that contains a high percentage of oxalate because it may cause a guinea pig to have bladder stones

vegetables that you can give to your guinea pig

  1. Roman lettuce: Roman lettuce is one of the best vegetables that you can offer your guinea pig, but only Roman lettuce and not any other type of lettuce such as ice lettuce because it contains a high percentage of water that may cause your guinea pig to swell
  2. Tomatoes: Tomatoes are good, but it is preferable to give them tomatoes that contain a low percentage of salts
  3. Cucumber: Cucumbers are also a good choice for your guinea pig due to their high nutritional value