Recently whee were asked on Twitter ‘Can guinea pigs eat apples?’ and with it getting to that Autumnal time of year when hoomans enjoy a good apple pie (as Sammy from One Spoiled Cat reminded us when he said his hooman was making one!) whee thought whee would do a blog post answer!
In short; yes!
Like hoomans, whee guinea pigs enjoy most types of apple.
However anything you hoomans don’t like, whee probably won’t probably like. (eg. sour apples like crab apples) Whee are also not keen on unripe apples as again, the flavour is a bit sour.
Things to think about before giving a guinea pig apples
- Apple seeds/pips contain cyanide and can serious upset our insides so make sure they are ALL removed before giving us any.
- Apple leaves are pretty nommy and whee can eat small amounts of them. However they are high in calcium so don’t give us too many.
- Whee have very small mouths so please chop apple up into small pieces so they are easier for us to digest
- Apples are pretty acidic so please only give us small amounts once a week as otherwise whee may get sores in our mouths and on our lips
- Like anything, too much of a good thing is bad for us. Apples are more of a treat than anything else.
Whee have an orchard near our new Hutch that whee can send the hoomans to and they bring us a little treat back sometimes!
Whee hope you found this useful. Do you have a seasonal treat you particularly enjoy?
Buddy – Guinea Pig Connoisseur
Hello again furfriends! Whee have been busy behind the scenes with some surprises for you, both spooky and seasonal! That’s something for you to look forward to!
For now whee have to share a sweet and funny story Mummy saw in the newspaper – Animal’s Smiling! Ok so it may be a slow news day but this certainly put a smile on Mummy’s face.
So whee thought whee would share some of our favourite smiling pigtures of us!
Hope you are smiling at your compawter and looking as funny as our Mummy probably does!
Have a lovely Tuesday!
Nacho, Noah, Buddy & Basil
Sometimes, when it’s getting cold outside whee really enjoy taking advantage of the creature comforts of home. Like this furry bed I was relaxing in last night on Mummy’s lap when whee were watching SuperVet.
If you’re in the UK whee hope you caught Supervet on Channel 4. It was a furry emotional time and whee think Mummy shed a tear or too at the happy endings. Mummy told her Daddy that he was going to have to drive us to Surrey if whee ever needed an expert vet’s help because she wouldn’t trust anyone but the best with us and Fitzpatrick Referrals is the best!
Whee still love our nearby exotics vet (yes, guinea pigs are classed as exotics!) but if whee need a specialist for anything then Noel Fitzpatrick is our guy!
Don’t forget to have a nice relaxing Thursday like me!
Have a great day
ps. Whee hope you UK peoples will be catching Paul O’Grady For The Love of Dogs 8:30 till 9 on ITV tonight. It’s all about the work of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and there is the promise of puppies in tonight’s episode. Also as it’s National Feral Cat Day there is no better time to think about rescuing and helping animals :)
Today I’m climbing the walls. Why, you may ask. The answer is simple really. Mummy had a super cosy jumper and she put it just out of my reach when I wanted to snuggle and make a nest!
Mummy thinks whee are all going a little stir crazy being stuck inside so she is keeping fingers crossed the rain will stop long enough for us to play in the garden this wheek!
For now she is entertaining us with cardboard toys and new rooms in the house. Then in the evening whee snuggle in front of the telly with her. What is your favourite thing to snuggle in?
Happy Tuesday efurryone
It’s raining again here today and whee are not impressed. This time of year when the trees are changing colour and the leaves are falling is our hoomans favourite season. Usually whee like going out and having a bit of a play, enjoying the slightly chilly air and the sunshine while she takes pigtures of us and the garden. But this year, rain has stopped us repeatedly!
So instead whee are staying in the house and debating hibernating till the sun returns!
I’m going to sleep all day today, at least until the hooman gets home and whee can snuggle up on the sofa together and watching TV with them!
Sweet dreams efurryone and Happy Monday, lets get through this together!
Around a year ago whee gained a new addition to our family. A funny looking, fluffy little fella whee decided to call Noah
Here’s our favourite pigture from when whee first got him!
And here he is all grown up (and looking furry dapper if whee do say so ourselves!) . . .
Even though I’m older than him he is already bigger than me! I guess some piggies are just a little more piggy if you know what I mean
Do you have younger brothers or sisters who are bigger than you? How do you show them you’re still boss even if they’re bigger? ^_^
It may not sound like news to those who follow this blog regularly but guinea pigs are great therapy.
The reason whee are discussing this now is thanks to a lovely story in The Guardian about Why GP’s are prescribing animal handling sessions for older people.
Barbara, 69, is moved to tears by Baxter the demure guinea pig snuffling in her lap. With her fingers in his fur, she tells the other nursing home residents how she misses her four dogs – Dobermans and Rotweilers. But stroking Baxter is a good substitute. “It feels nice,” she says. “I’m happy.”
At Hawthorn Green nursing home in Tower Hamlets, London, where most residents have dementia, 14 over-60s are petting animals and reminiscing, courtesy of community project Furry Tales. Based at nearby Stepney City Farm, Furry Tales offers therapeutic animal handling sessions to local care homes in the fight against social isolation in vulnerable older people.
The team – comprising two guinea pigs, rabbits Harvey and Splodge, a Pekin Bantam hen, volunteers and manager – has just won a £9,120 innovation bursary from Tower Hamlets clinical commissioning group to run a six-month pilot where GPs refer patients to the scheme.
This pilot scheme reminds us of the sadly passed away, world renowned guinea pig expert Peter Gurney (pictured right) and his work with Great Ormond Street Hospital. He took five of his guinea pigs in to spend time with the terminally ill children there.
You may or may not know but Mummy used to be quite unwell when she got her first two guinea pigs Nibbles and Nugget. She always says that without them she wouldn’t be half as confident as she is now. Taming them and gaining their trust was a great way for Mummy to take her mind off how ill she was and in some of her darkest times she had piggy cuddles to get her through them.
Of course this isn’t limited to just guinea pigs. Whee know of dogs and cats who are used as therapy animals and even live near a riding school for disabled children.
This is why whee are squeaking to Mummy about us getting involved in a scheme like this.
Me and Basil would be most likely to be part of it as whee are both furry confident and good at snuggling. Though Basil can be a little badly behaved sometimes he always knows when somefurry is ill and it more gentle.
Noah is far too naughty and Nacho is too shy so it is furry much about pigsonalities being matched to this.
Do you know of a scheme like this near you? If you’re involved in anything similar do you have any tips about how to get involved?
Have a great day efurryone