You may have noticed the influx of diet blogs we've been posting! The fruits of our labor is here: The Guinea Pig Fruit Master List. (Pun intended.)
Of course, this doesn't include every single fruit that exists on planet Earth, but it does include the common ones that you can find at your local grocery store! It's important for you as guinea pig parents to know what is safe for your piggies to eat, as well as how often and how much. This is the cornerstone of taking good care of your guinea pigs!
Guinea pigs need around one cup of fresh fruits and vegetables to supplement their regular diet of hay, so it's important to include a balanced variety.
Below is a chart linking to each fruit's blog post, along with some quick nutrition and serving facts. Each blog goes into detail about the vitamins and other nutrients in fruits for guinea pigs. We recommend doing all your reading and homework here on anything you may be considering adding to your guinea pig's diet!
We've also taken the liberty of including the Ca:P (calcium to phosphorus) ratio, so you can quickly gauge which produce combos work for your guinea pig! All of these nutrient amounts are for 100 g portions.
Check out our Veggie Master List too!
Click on each blog to learn more about nutritional benefits of each individual fruit for guinea pigs.
|THE GUINEA PIG FRUIT MASTER LIST|
|Fruit Name||Vitamin C||
|Suggested Serving Amount||When||Yes or No?|
2 one in. slices
|1-2x/week||Yes! A bit of apple a week keeps the vet away!|
1 half in. slice
|1-2x/week||Yes, once in a while!|
1 in. slice
|1x/week||Yes, but only a little!|
|Blueberries||9.7 mg||0.6:1||1 in. floret||2-3x/week||Yes, a sweet treat!|
|Cantaloupe||36.7 mg||0.6:1||1 in. cube||1-2x/week||Yes, in moderation!|
|Cherries||7 mg||0.8:1||1 cherry (no pit)||2-3x/week||Yes, as a treat!|
|Dragon Fruit||6.4 mg||0.33:1||1-2 square in.||1x/month||Yes, as a sweet treat!|
1 half in. cube
|1-2x/week||Yes, once in a while!|
|Grapes||4 mg||0.7:1||1-2 grapes||1x/week||Yes, in moderation!|
|Honeydew Melon||18 mg||0.6:1||
1 in. cube
|1-2x/week||Yes, it's as sweet as its name sounds!|
|Kiwi||92.7 mg||0.65:1||1 tsp.||1-2x/week||Yes, and they'll love it!|
|Lemon||53 mg||1.6:1||none||never :)||No, because of some sour consequences!|
|never||No, sour consequences part two!|
1 square in. cube
|1-2x/week||Yes, tropical and delicious!|
|Nectarine||5.4 mg||0.3:1||2 one in. wedges||1-2x/week||Yes, another sweet treat!|
|Oranges||53.2 mg||2.9:1||1 wedge||1-2x/week||Yes, orange-you glad they can?|
|Papaya||60.9 mg||4.8:1||2-3 square in. chunks||1-2x/week||Yes, tropical and sweet!|
1-2 one in. wedges
|1-2x/week||Yes, as a sweet treat!|
|Pears||4.3 mg||1:1||2-3 square in. cubes||1-2x/week||Yes, crunchy and juicy!|
|Persimmon||7.5 mg||0.5:1||1 half in. slice||1x/month||Yes, once in a blue moon!|
|Pineapple||47.8 mg||1:1||1 square in. cube||1x/month||Yes, once in a while like a tropical vacation!|
|Plums||9.5 mg||0.4.1||1-2 small slices||1-2x/week||Yes, just as good for them as it is delicious!|
|1x/month||Yes, not too often!|
|Raspberries||26.2 mg||1.8:1||1-2 raspberries||2-3x/week||Yes, it's berry good!|
|Strawberries||58.8 mg||0.7:1||2 small berries||1-2x/month||Yes, but we probably shouldn't make the same berry joke twice.|
|1-2x/week||Yes, it's like a shot of vitamin C!|
|Watermelon||8.1 mg||0.9:1||2-3 square in. cubes||1-2x/week||Yes, water-rich and hydrating!|
Of course at the end of the day, this is just a guide for you to refer to, but the best thing to do when figuring out what is best for your guinea pig's diet is to carefully monitor them and their bodies' reactions! If there are changes in their behavior, their urine, or poops, then it's a sign to either reduce the amount of something you're giving them, or stop altogether!