Can Guinea Pigs Eat Bananas?

By Dave
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The good news is guinea pigs can eat bananas. While some guinea pigs love the taste, others will avoid bananas completely. There’s plenty of nutrition in bananas and they can form an occasional part of your pet’s diet.

I spent many hours researching whether bananas are a good food choice for guinea pigs. Bananas are not an essential part of their diet, but they can be a lovely treat. Below I’ve outlined the benefits and the concerns about feeding them to your pet.

Are Bananas Safe For Guinea Pigs?
Banana Benefits
Can Guinea Pigs Eat Banana Peels?
How Often Can Guinea Pigs Have Bananas?
Alternatives
The Bottom Line

Let’s start with the important question first.

Are Bananas Safe For Guinea Pigs?

The short answer is yes! Bananas are a safe and tasty treat for your piggies when eaten in moderation. But bananas are very high in sugar and this could lead to health issues for guinea pigs when overeaten. Avoid feeding your guinea pig any commercial products. Banana chips and other refined banana products have added sugar so you should never feed them to your pets.

Banana Benefits

Bananas are a great source of vitamin C. Guinea pigs can’t make vitamin C themselves (much like us). So they need to meet their requirements from food sources. There are lots of good alternatives for vitamin C however, such as bell peppers, parsley and kale.

They’re also rich in potassium. Potassium is important for heart and kidney health in guinea pigs. Just remember that a little goes a long way here.

The fiber in bananas is also a big plus for your guinea pigs. The peels are especially high in fiber (more on this in a minute). Excessive fiber can cause stomach problems of course, so try to avoid overfeeding with bananas.

Bananas (100 grams)
Protein1.09 g
Sugars12.2 g
Fibre2.6 g
Potassium358 mg
Vitamin C8.7 mg

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Banana Peels?

Banana peels are a great source of fiber for your guinea pigs. Although some pets may choose to avoid it as they contain far less sugar than the juicy bananas. Feed your guinea pig a complete slice of banana with the peel still on.

A word of advice with banana peels. Only use organic bananas if you intend to keep the peels on as commercial bananas are heavily treated with pesticides. You should wash all fruits and vegetables before feeding your pets as well.

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How Often Can Guinea Pigs Have Bananas?

Due to the high sugar content, bananas should be an occasion treat and not a daily food. Start with just a small piece the first time you feed your guinea pig. If the banana is well tolerated then next time a small slice of banana is plenty. In general the bulk of a guinea pig’s diet must come from grass hay and be supplemented with green leafy vegetables. High sugar fruits should be given minimally and are not a required part of a guinea pig’s diet.

Alternatives

Bananas are by no means an essential food for your pet. Many fruits and vegetables contain vitamin C. To help them meet their vitamin C needs, feed your guinea pig broccoli, kale, parsley or bell peppers. Strawberries and oranges are also great sources but be mindful of the overall sugar intake you’re giving to your guinea pig.

The Bottom Line

Bananas are a perfectly fine food for your guinea pig when given in small portions and only occasionally. Test your pet’s reaction with just a small quantity if they haven’t tried it before. Don’t be afraid to include some of the peel too, you might just find your pet loves it!

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Dave loves animals and loves writing about them as well! He specializes in discussing small pet behavior.