You say “to-May-to, I say to-Mah-to”… what is better than a beautifully ripe, juicy tomato in a fresh garden salad? Nothing. And our piggies agree!
But the question we all want to know is… Can guinea pigs eat tomato?
In short, yes! You can feed your guinea pigs nice, ripe tomato (not too soft) of any variety and they will love it. Just like us humans, piggies can’t produce Vitamin C naturally in their bodies, so supporting them with a fruit so naturally high in Vitamin C is a great way to tell your pigs you love them!
How much to give them and how often?
However, this is another guinea pig food that should be given to your piggie in small amounts. The amount of tomato you should give your guinea pigs is one slice (or 1 cherry tomato) twice per week at most.
Can guinea pigs eat tomato seeds?
The seeds of many fruits are not suitable for your guinea pig. However, the seeds in a tomato are perfectly safe.
What about tomato skin?
All of the red part of the tomato – skin, flesh, seeds – are safe for your guinea pig.
And tomato leaves?
No, no, no!
Only the red flesh, skin and seeds are safe for guinea pigs. Guinea pigs should never be fed any unripened or green parts of the tomato – no tomato leaves, stem, or vine. Tomato leaves and the green parts of tomatoes
are (maybe – but let’s err on the side of caution) poisonous to guinea pigs and can cause gastrointestinal issues which can be fatal since tomatoes are technically part of the deadly nightshade family.
Poor Oreo seems more interested in everything except the camera (don’t worry – he didn’t eat any of this fern!) Milo was a born star!
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