Spinach is such a lovely munchy crunchy goodness.
We human peoples love to crunch it down in a salad or a smoothy… and feel good about ourselves.
But what about our piggie friends?
Can guinea pigs eat spinach? The Answer is Yes (but not too much).
Let’s explore this in a few more details though
IS SPINACH GOOD FOR MY GUINEA PIG?
Yes, absolutely it is. It’s packed full of Vitamin C and Calcium, both of which are essential for your piggie’s health.
But the thing you need to remember here is that spinach is one of the highest calcium foods on the planet. Because of this, you need to be careful not to overload your piggie with this leafy wonder – or he could end up getting bladder or kidney stones (which are mostly made of calcium).
HOW MUCH SPINACH CAN I GIVE MY GUINEA PIG?
There are no hard and fat guidelines, but use common sense. Don’t overload them with it. Just a few leaves or a small handful is more than enough of this potent leaf.
For things to feed your piggie daily, check out our list of other guinea pig foods.
CAN GUINEA PIGS HAVE SPINACH EVERY DAY?
Nope, that is going to increase the risk of overloading them with it. Limit spinach intake to once or twice a week at most.
However bare in mind that Guinea pigs under six months old need more calcium than adults. They’re growing most rapidly during this stage and need to build strong bones. A little extra spinach during this stage of their development is a good thing, but remember that their risk of developing stones increases after 12 months of age.
WHAT ABOUT THE STALKS?
Can guinea pigs eat spinach stalks you ask? Well, maybe ask your piggie. Oreo adores nibbling on spinach stalks – possibly more than the leaves! So that’s a definite yes!
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