Can a guinea pig eat cabbage?

In this article, we will answer the question “Can a guinea pig eat cabbage?”, and why should you feed cabbage to your guinea pig?

Can a guinea pig eat cabbage?

Yes, guinea pigs can eat cabbage. Its rich content of Vitamin C (44%) and Vitamin K (72%) is good for guinea pig’s health. But its intake should be limited due to its rich content of phytochemicals. 

Benefits of feeding cabbage to guinea pigs 

Cabbage is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and is low in fat. The combination of Vitamin C, A, and D is the perfect age rewinder vitamin. Besides, they help in healing rashes, insect bites, and wounds.

Minerals like sulfur, calcium, magnesium, and iron promote hair growth. Cabbage boosts immunity due to its incredibly rich Vitamin C content. The amino acids of the cabbage have anti-inflammatory properties while the beta-carotene is good for vision. 

Cabbage provides a decent amount of glutamine and vitamin K, that reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s. Moreover, cabbage prevents constipation and prevents sore muscles.

Last but not the least, cabbage is good for bone health due to its calcium and Vitamin K content. The following table shows the nutrition facts of 100g cabbage.

Energy 25 kcalFolate 11% (43 μg)
Carbohydrates 5.8 gVitamin C 44% (36.6 mg)
Sugar 3.2 gVitamin K 72% (76 μg)
Dietary fiber 2.5 gCalcium 4% (40 mg)
Fat 0.1 gIron 4% (0.47 mg)
Protein 1.28 gMagnesium 3% (12 mg)
Thiamine 5% (0.061 mg)Manganese 8% (0.16 mg)
Riboflavin 3% (0.040 mg)Phosphorus 4% (26 mg)
Niacin 2% (0.234 mg)Potassium 4% (170 mg)
Pantothenic acid 4% (0.212 mg)Soidum 1% (18 mg)
Vitamin B610% (0.124 mg)Zinc 2% (0.18 mg)

Risks of feeding cabbage to guinea pigs

Feeding large amounts of cabbage to your guinea pig leads to raffinose accumulation in the gut which causes flatulence.  

Being a rich source of Vitamin K, cabbage tends to congeal the blood of your guinea pig if fed in massive amounts. Moreover, the rich sulfur content of the cabbage causes disorder in the stomach and bloating if present in large amounts.

Serving size and frequency of feeding cabbage to guinea pigs

It is important to include veggies in the regular diet of the guinea pigs. But cabbage is not for regular intake. It is recommended to feed cabbage only twice or thrice per week to your guinea pigs. 

Serving size should not exceed one cup at a time. 1 cup includes 1-2 leaves only. A Guinea pig can easily nibble on the whole leaf so you won’t have to cut it into smaller pieces.

What type of hay is best for guinea pigs?

The majority of the dietary needs of a guinea pig should be fulfilled by hay and grass. An adequate amount of hay and grass improves digestive health and promotes the dental health of the guinea pigs. 

Baby guinea pigs should be fed more of the Alfalfa hay because of its rich calcium content. Too much calcium causes bladder stones in adult guinea pigs. Therefore, adult guinea pigs should be fed timothy hay that has a lower calcium content.

What should a guinea pig’s diet look like?

High fiber pelleted food containing protected vitamin C is encouraged to feed to your guinea pig. Apart from grass and hay, guinea pigs can be safely fed the following veggies.

Asparagus: Asparagus is a good vegetable choice for guinea pigs. It is rich in oxalate, phosphorus, and Vitamin C.

Broccoli: It is a rich source of Vitamin C, which is great for guinea pigs. However, broccoli’s intake should be limited because of its high Vitamin A content.

Carrots: Carrots are a guinea pigs’ favorite vegetable but their intake should be limited due to their high content of sugar, oxalates, and vitamin A. too much sugar makes your guinea pig obese and leads to diabetes and tooth decay. Whereas, too much oxalates from oxalates stones.

Cauliflower: Cauliflower is great for occasional intake because of its high Vitamin C content. However, too much cauliflower leads to flatulence.

Corn on the cob: Corn is a decent source of vitamin C. Because corn on the cob has a high starch content, limit its intake to only 1-2 times per week.

Cucumber: You don’t have to peel the cucumber before feeding it to your guinea pig. However, you need to make sure your guinea pig does not eat a lot of cucumber seeds.

Green beans: Green beans are a good source of vitamin C but also provide a rich amount of calcium and phosphorus, therefore, must be fed sparingly.

Conclusion

In this article, we answered the question “Can a guinea pig eat cabbage?”, and why should you feed cabbage to your guinea pig?

References

https://www.exoticdirect.co.uk/news/what-can-guinea-pigs-eat-food-unsafe-food-and-dietary-requirements

Hello, I'm Sana Ameer. I'm a student of Food Science and Technology at UVAS. I like to bake and I aspire to become a Food blogger.