Can guinea pigs eat apples?

Mm mm a juicy sweet fruit that just about everybody likes, but can guinea pigs eat apples? Lets find out!

🍎Yes they can! 1-2 timcan-guinea-pigs-eat-appleses a week in small amounts.

Apples, like most fruits are high in sugar, which is why they shouldn’t be consumed in large amounts. Unfortunately the apple seeds are poisonous so you must make sure that they are cut out of the core before you serve. The peel is fine as long as you wash any pesticides off before feeding.

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8 thoughts on “Can guinea pigs eat apples?

  • October 3, 2016 at 9:31 pm
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    I had no idea you could feed apples to a guinea pigs. I told a friend of mine about this that has 2 of them and he had no idea as well. Thanks for the info. I also pointed him to your site and he has learned so much.

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    • October 3, 2016 at 9:37 pm
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      I’m glad that I could help πŸ™‚

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  • October 5, 2016 at 8:47 pm
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    Hi Emma,
    The title grabbed my attention, because I just assumed that coming from the wild guinea pigs would naturally eat apples. I read some place else that “too much fiber will cause diarrhea in guinea pigs,” and so we are to be careful how much apples they are fed. What is your take on this?

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    • October 6, 2016 at 12:18 am
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      Hi Josephine
      As with all animals, feeding too much of anything will cause health problems and it is essential that you slowly introduce foods into their diet to prevent them getting stomach upsets. Apples, like most fruits, are high in sugar and too much sugar will cause diarrhea so what you read was correct. Apples should only be a small part of their diet, once or twice a week as a small segment each.
      Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

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  • October 8, 2016 at 6:00 am
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    Whoops! As I just mentioned in your other post, my two guys seem to really LOVE apples. I have been cutting up one a day for them to split. They are small apples but still I had no idea fruits had to be limited. When I didn’t give them apples for a few days they seemed to get upset. The previous owner told me they need them each day or they make a fuss. lol

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    • October 8, 2016 at 9:19 pm
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      Oh dear, too much fruit can and will give them cheilitis, mouth sores, because of the acid. Do limit their fruit to twice a week to be on the safe side πŸ™‚ I’m sure your piggies will forgive you!

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  • October 11, 2016 at 8:43 am
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    The title grabbed my attention because I have so many apples falling from the trees which, when I still had sheep, were eaten by them with much delight. So there seems to be a difference between small animals and big ones. Or is it the race?

    Guinea pigs remind me a lot of rabbits – btw. I love seeing your photos! – which I really liked having, time ago, but they were frequently ill. The only pet-rabbit I had died when the dog thought it could play with it in a little violent way. Then the dog was sad and tried for a long time to make it move again.
    For this reason I probably wouldn’t choose to have a guinea pig as a pet – but I LOVE to see them in other people’s places

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    • October 11, 2016 at 7:12 pm
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      Awwww, yep dogs and rabbits (or guinea pigs) can be best friends, but then something goes wrong and it is always the smaller one who suffers. I hope you get to have guinea pigs one day because they are such fun pets to have! You can certainly dog proof your cage as well. They don’t have to be free range together πŸ™‚

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