For humans, celery is a low-calorie vegetable filled with an abundance of antioxidants and vitamins, making it a delicious yet healthy snack. But what you’re really wondering is: can guinea pigs eat celery? Of course they can. This is a common question among owners and has become a popular treat for guinea pigs of all breeds. But there are some things you should know before you start feeding your pet stalks of celery.
Things to Consider When Feeding Guinea Pigs Celery
Always taste test any fruits or vegetables before you feed them. Don’t just throw a stalk into their cage and expect them to eat it every time. It takes time for them to warm up to a new treat, especially with baby guinea pigs.
The reason why people say “stalks” of celery is because they are essentially long strings. If you plan on feeding your guinea pig celery, make sure to cut up small pieces perpendicular to the celery stalk. It can be hard for them to chew up the strings effectively with their small jaws. And if they don’t, it will be tough for them to digest the vegetable.
When feeding them any type of fruits or vegetables, celery included, make it more of a treat rather than part of their daily intake of food. A guinea pig diet should never consist of mostly vegetables, but rather Timothy hay and food pellets. In the event that you do feed them too much celery, they will have diarrhea, which can be lethal if symptoms continue for a long duration.
How Much Celery is Too Much?
Fortunately, celery doesn’t have nearly as much fiber as, say apples or spinach. It contains roughly half a gram of dietary fiber per stalk. This means that it’s okay to include celery in their diet a couple times a week or more depending on how they react to it.
Although not the most pleasant duty as an owner, looking at your guinea pig’s stool to see what food affects their digestive system is important. If you see wet stool or diarrhea, stop giving them celery and increase their intake of Timothy hay. Timothy hay is good for their digestive systems and is quite effective at battling symptoms of diarrhea.
Celery contains a lot of water. In fact, roughly 95% of celery is water. So because of the high percentage of water, celery can sometimes make them “diuretic” or in other words, urinate a lot.
Creating Celery Dishes For Your Guinea Pig
If solely celery isn’t doing it for your guinea pig, try mixing other kinds of fruits and vegetables to form a celery salad! Yes, that’s right. You can mix different vegetables and create a salad for them.
Some favorites to mix with include: spinach, apple slices, baby carrots or even tomato slices. You can even use celery leaves if you can find them. Try out different mixes to see which your guinea pig enjoys the most. You will be able to tell by the loudness of theirwheeking and other positive guinea pig sounds.
However, it’s important you do a little bit of research before you include an ingredient in their celery salad mix. These animals can’t eat every fruit or vegetable that humans can. For example, stay away from iceberg lettuce as the base for their salad. And, always make sure to cut things up into small pieces to make it easier for them to chew and digest.
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Celery is definitely a favorite for guinea pigs of all types. My Abyssinian guinea pig, Ziko, absolutely lives for these refreshing crunchy treats. Just follow these simple guidelines on how to feed your cavy celery and they’ll surely thank you for it. If you have any more questions, feel free to leave it in the comments section below!