It’s the spookiest time of the year. When witches and ghosties stalk the streets and the things that go bump in the night come out to play! It’s also the time of year when whee bring those pumpkins into our homes and create fun and scary jack o’laterns!
Following on from our guide to apples for piggies whee are going to answer the question: “Can guinea pigs eat pumpkin?”
As with all things; whee know hoomans love getting the whole family involved in the festivities of Hallo-wheek. Whether this is through dressing up, telling spooky stories to one another or sharing terrifying treats; pets can get involved!
The simple answer is yes, whee can eat pumpkin! But there are a few things you should know first.
4 Things you should know before giving your piggy pumpkin:
- Whee can eat the pumpkin rind/skin or flesh and also the stringy pulp inside the pumpkin though whee would recommend you remove that too before giving it to us.
- You should avoid giving us the leaves as they are high in calcium and the seeds are a definite no-no too with high chances of them getting stuck in our teeth or throat.
- Pumpkins are high in vitamins A and C, and fibre. Both vitamins are very important to help us maintain good health. Vitamin C helps us process proteins and fight infections. Vitamin A is vital for us to have a healthy immune system. As whee cannot produce these vitamins ourselves, whee must get them from the foods that whee can eat, like pumpkin.
- Whee should only eat pumpkin once or twice a week. It’s a treat that may not be to efurrypigs taste but provide good variation to our diet.
To keep things interesting you could skewer cubes of pumpkin on a willow twig or apple stick (both of which you can find in most good pet shops) and give it to us like that. Whee will have great fun throwing it around or playing tug of war with it!
Or if you are feeling creative you could make a pumpkin garland. Mummy is planning on making us one with cubes of pumpkin and apple alternately on a piece of string and tied across our cage. If you place it a little higher than normal this will cause us to climb or stretch a bit and work for our treats which makes them not quite so naughty!
Remember, even though whee can take part in the pumpkin eating and eating the “apple-bobbing” apples whee should NEVER be fed sweets or chocolate.
Happy Hallo-Wheek efurrybody!
Nacho, Noah, Buddy & Basil
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? ^_^