Can Guinea Pigs eat Peppers?

When we talk about peppers, we are actually talking about the types called- Bell Peppers and not the chilies and hot peppers which are too hot for guinea pigs. Bell peppers are also known as capsicums, and come is several different colors because they change as they ripen but are picked earlier on. First are the green peppers, which can change to yellow, orange and red but they also come in other varieties such as purple and white! The big question is- can guinea pigs eat peppers?


Actually peppers are so great for guinea pigs to eat that they are recommended as a staple food and can be fed everyday! Each pig can have a quarter daily but make sure to cut off the stem as it is too hard for them to bite through. Those who have had it before may wonder about all the seeds. As a general rule, seeds should be thrown out because they are a chocking hazard to cavies, but don’t worry about the odd one. It is very fiddly to get each and every seed out of a bell pepper!

Green bell peppers: Perfect- can be given every day!

Yellow/Orange/Red: Higher in sugar and can be given every second day!



3 thoughts on “Can Guinea Pigs eat Peppers?

  • January 16, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    good to know. I would think that they were not as dogs can’t eat peppers but then again what do I know(apparently). Peppers are very good for you so I guess it does make sense. My granddaughter loves eating raw peppers but I am obvioulsy comparing your GP to my kin. Great article. Thanks for sharing.

  • January 17, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    Following your blog now I know everything that Guinea pigs should eat and not should eat.

    Just a curious question, how would you know that Guinea pigs can eat this food? Do you have a test Guinea pig or something lol just kidding 😀

    Thanks for sharing Emma!

    • January 17, 2017 at 10:52 pm

      Hi Anis!
      There is a lot of information on the internet about all the stuff that these foods are made up of and experts in guinea pig nutrition have pieced together which ones are better then others.
      Haha test guinea pigs would be handy to find out whether they actually like the food as opposed to whether it is actually good for them- but all guinea pigs are different so what one likes another may not!


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