Can Guinea Pigs Eat Bananas?

Yes, guinea pigs are able to eat bananas but should only eat small portions.

Bananas are a delicious fruit that contains a high amounts of fiber and vitamins that are good for your guinea pig.

Read on below what parts of the banana are best, how much is too much and the benefits guinea pigs can get from bananas.

guinea pig eating a banana

Are Bananas Safe for Guinea Pigs?

Yes, bananas are safe for your guinea pig as long as you feed them in moderation. If your guinea pig suffers from kidney issues, diabetes or obesity already you should avoid bananas.

Bananas contain a lot more sugar than other fruits and can be dangerous for your guinea pig in large quantities. Any excess sugar can lead to obesity, diarrhea or other common health problems in guinea pigs.

Benefits of Bananas for Guinea Pigs

Guinea pigs can benefit greatly from the potassium and vitamin C that comes in bananas. Potassium is great for internal organs such as the heart, lungs and kidneys to improve function and blood flow.

Bananas can also help fulfill the vitamin C deficiency that guinea pigs have. Giving your guinea pig adequate vitamin C will help them fight off common illnesses such as scurvy. Guinea pigs need around 10mg of Vitamin C every day to stay healthy and they get most of this through their foot intake and vitamin supplements.

Hazards to Feeding Guinea Pigs Bananas

Even though there are quite a few health benefits in bananas for guinea pigs, there are some things you should watch out for.

Bananas have very high amounts of sugar and should be seen as more of a treat than actual food for your guinea pig, similar to feeding your guinea pig apples. Too much sugar can lead to an upset stomach or diarrhea.

Due to the high amounts of fiber in bananas it is not uncommon for guinea pigs to be bloated or even experience cramps and gas after eating some. Make sure you’re only feeding your guinea pig bananas in small amounts to avoid discomfort.

Lastly, you’ll want to moderate their banana intake as too much can hurt their kidneys more if they have kidney issues. If they suffer from kidney problems they will likely not be able to process the banana and it can make them even more sick.

When Can Guinea Pigs Start Eating Bananas?

You shouldn’t feed newborn or baby guinea pigs bananas as they are continuing to develop. A general rule of thumb is to wait until the guinea pig is at least 6 months old for small chunks and amounts and over 1 year for anything larger than a few chunks.

As a newborn guinea pig they should only be eating hay, pellets and drinking their mother’s milk. Food high in sugar can hurt their developing digestive system.

Recommended Serving Sizes & Methods

It is very important to not overfeed your guinea pig. You should not feed your guinea pig bananas every day. Instead you should save them for a special occasion such as a treat for doing something good or while training your guinea pig.

You should try to have a balanced diet for your guinea pig.

A guinea pig’s digestive track won’t have enough time to digest and store all the sugar provided in bananas. If you continue to feed them bananas the sugar will compound and they will gain weight leading to health issues.

You should begin by feeding your guinea pig a banana chunk about the size of your fingernail and give them more from then on. You’ll want to keep an eye on them for choking or any immediate diarrhea as their body processes it.

If your guinea pig gets diarrhea or bloating after eating bananas it shouldn’t last long. If it lasts beyond a normal time period you should speak to your vet. Make sure your guinea pig is drinking plenty of water as they eat the banana to help digest it.