A care guide on benefits, exceptions & the portion size
Guinea pigs are the creatures which are also known as cavies. You can say they are the domesticated kind of rodents. They are raised as pets and food. Though because of the selective breeding there are variations in texture, patterns and color. They can live up to 8 years but they are susceptible to heat strokes. They have small triangular mouths with 20 teeth. (note: guinea pigs must chew their teeth as they cannot afford to have them so long). Small ears (petal shaped) are present on their body, eyes set on side of heads. They are not found in wild life anymore. They are the social animals. They live in herds. They are also fall in the set of crepuscular i.e., active during dusk and dawn. They are herbivores and can over eat make sure they don’t get obese from overeating. Introduce the nutritional dietary changes to make the balance in guinea pigs feeding schedule. Cecotropes are an aid to digested food helping guinea pigs to absorb nutrition. They may look bizarre at first glance but you must know that this is the aid for the digestion of food and provides the supplemental help for your pets. As these pallets are nutritional for them.
Zucchini is one of the best vegetable for guinea pigs also known as courgette and squash (summer squash) occurs in different varieties ranging in size, shapes and colors from lighter yellow to dark green. It is slightly sweeter and one of the guinea pig’s favourite food. Low in sugar, sulphur and salt. It is not so high in oxalates and extremely munchable. The greener the zucchini is the higher the antioxidant in it. This vegetable is rich in vitamin A which is good for immune system. It also has Carotenoids (lutein, beta carotene, zeaxanthin) which benefits eyes, skin and heart. It has vitamin B6, vitamin C, potassium, iron, fibres which helps in digestion and stabilizing the blood sugar levels.
100gms or 2-3 bite sized slices in a day are recommended. Better to give in an amalgam of veggies or fruits. It can be offered 4 – 6 time in a week (not recommended daily). It is better to not choose much longer zucchinis as it may cause bloating and gas in guinea pigs which results in their lethargy. Yellow zucchini has more sugar as compared to the dark green zucchini but still it is safe to eat.
Note: introduce them slowly and observe if any adverse reactions are show or not.
Can zucchini cause illness in guinea pigs?
Yes, too much of anything is dangerous. If overdosed it may cause gastric upset in furry friend`s tummy, vomiting and diarrhoea and dehydration may also indicate. If consumed on daily basis, then it can become toxic as it has the cucurbitacin which can cause diarrhoea and vomiting.
Can guinea pigs eat zucchini skin?
Yes, they can have it as it’s a non-toxic matter. But some piggies might have not like the skin. Though skin has many antioxidants.
Can guinea pigs eat zucchini seeds?
Yes, they are soft and small. If you find any bigger seed better to remove it to avoid the choking hazard.
Can guinea pigs eat zucchini flowers?
Yes, they have nutrients (vitamin C and beta carotene) soft in texture. Wash them well before serving. Both male and female flowers are edible.
Can guinea pigs eat zucchini leaves?
Yes, but recommended for only 2 times in a week in small sizes as they may cause stomach problems. if consumed in larger quantity.
Can guinea pigs have canned food?
No, it must be in raw fresh form.
Can guinea pigs have canned food?
No, as sugar is high in canned foods.
Can guinea pigs have frozen food?
No, cold or frozen food can lead to diarrhoea and vitamins can also be loosen. Also bacteria can be multiplied.
What can guinea pigs not eat?
While planning guinea pig’s food chart to avoid choking, bloating, gas, nutritional imbalance or illness make sure it does not include chocolate (any caffeine based matter), garlic, mushrooms, onions, avocados, cabbage, meat, bread, dairy products, nuts, iceberg lettuce, potatoes, seeds.
It is not necessary that all guinea piggies like zucchini but it can be experimented on their diet schedule if they like so or not. Understanding the fact that what can guinea pigs eat is necessary as they can get sick or ill of over dosed or feeder wrongly. Also keep an eye on mouth sores too. If sores appear stop giving them food instead provide them with oranges or citrus foods only. A fusion of fruit bowl is suggested. Adding zucchini to the guinea pig’s food chart is like adding a life to your pets but make sure you remove the food remains after 5 -6 hours as out-of-date or rotten food can cause sicknesses or ailment in your friends.
For the basic care you need to follow these thumb rules to have a happy little furry friend:
- Feed them with low carbs and sugars.
- Provide chlorinated fresh water to them.
- Don’t serve them food older than 5 – 12 hours.
- They should have 10% of fruits and vegetables in their diet.
- Make sure they are having supplemental vitamin C
- Elude swollen mouths
- Feed them with an amalgam of food
Better to follow the following steps while feeding zucchini to your pets:
- avoid giving stored or frozen
- choose the raw fresh green for guinea pigs
- Wash them
- Peel the skin (optional)
- Remove stem
- 2-3 thin bite sized slices are recommended
- Remove seeds (optional)
- offer 4 – 6 times in a week (not recommended daily)
- remove remains of food after sometime to avoid bacterial contaminations
If you ever noticed that guinea pigs are having the following symptoms consult your vet immediately:
- Crusty eyes
- Hair loss
- Weight loss