A grape is a fruit, high in several important nutrients. Due to its high nutrient and antioxidant contents there is a huge health benefit of eating grapes. But, can guinea pigs eat grapes?
Absolutely, yes, guinea pigs can eat grapes. Most pigs adore red or purple grapes.
Grapes are not poisonous to guinea pigs at all. BUT, their digestive systems are incredibly sensitive, and they won’t cope well with to many grapes.
How Many Grapes Can Guinea Pigs Have?
As many other fruits, grapes need to be fed in moderation. One or two small grapes per pig each week is your safe limit.
Once or twice a week is perfect as a reward.
Do not overload your guinea pigs with grapes. You will want to check how the animal reacts to the grapes over the next 24-hours or so. Some pigs will have a sensitive digestive system. This will cause diarrhea or other types of sickness.
Are Grapes Safe or Bad For Guinea Pigs to Eat?
In general, grapes are safe in small quantities, but as said earlier not more then once or twice a week, otherwise it is not safe due to its high sugar concentrations.
The same goes for all fruits which are safe for guinea pigs — apples (no pips), blueberries, strawberries etc. And also for sweet vegetables like carrots — small amounts as a treat only.
If given a lot more then once or twice a week or more than one-two grapes a time, a bacterial dis-balance is possible. Beside that, it may also cause a pig’s desire to eat only fruits, not their normal, healthy food.
They will ignore the healthier food like hay or leafy green vegetables that they need to be consuming.
Can Guinea Pigs Eat Raisins (Dried Grapes)?
Yes, Guinea Pigs can eat raisins, but it should be given in moderation. Their sugar content is even higher than that of the regular grapes. This means that they can have raisins but in smaller quantities than regular grapes.
Exercise caution and moderation when feeding grapes to your pig.
Remember, they are just like us and an imbalance in their diets can prove really problematic.