Can Guinea Pigs eat Carrots!

When we think of a guinea pigs diet without the knowledge that we now have so widely, the first thing you tend to think of are carrots and lettuces which is the stereotypical food for guinea pigs and rabbits. Though surprisingly, carrots aren’t actually very good for rabbits because it is high in sugar. So can guinea pigs eat carrots?

Yes!

Actually carrots are also a staple because they have a fantastic amount of vitamin c and guinea pigs can eat the leaves, tops and all! As a bonus they are also very good for keeping the teeth worn down. Feed one carrot per day!

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  • January 28, 2017 at 9:36 pm
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    Came across you site because I was after information for my daughter – she is desperate for a pet guinea pig and I am dragging my heals somewhat. Trying to find out a little more about upkeep and costs etc. I also know it will probably end up with me looking after it! Good to know that feeding them is not going to be too difficult. Just out of interest, what is the average life expectancy of a guinea pig? Thanks.

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    • January 29, 2017 at 1:16 am
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      Hi Steve
      Guinea pigs live from 6-8 years and need to be kept in pairs or more as they do better with company. Haha feeding them is quite a mission! You will need unlimited hay, pellets and fresh veggies everyday. Please see my diet section for more information on dietary requirements as getting this right will ensure that they live a long and happy life!
      Regards
      -Emma

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  • February 15, 2017 at 2:25 am
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    I used to have two rabbits and am considering getting a guinea pig so just doing some research before I actually get one. I think I found more than I was looking for. I’m surprised that rabbits shouldn’t eat carrots. I fed my rabbits that all the time but I guess that’s why they didn’t make it. I’m glad to know that I can rest assured that carrots would be okay for the guinea pig. One question though. Would it be better to cut the carrot into smaller pieces or leave it whole or does it not matter at all? Thanks.

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    • February 15, 2017 at 2:41 am
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      Hi Lindsay
      Thats wonderful that you are considering getting a guinea pig- make sure you get two not one so it isn’t lonely. I am impressed that you are doing your research before getting them well done! I was surprised that rabbits couldn’t have carrots very often too! I guess it is just something everyone assumes. It doesn’t matter if the carrot is chopped up or given whole as they will eat the whole thing anyway but make sure to give it out evenly as they will fight over one. Feel free to ask me any questions you need and let me know when you finally get your first pair!
      Good luck!
      -Emma

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