Guinea pigs are some of the most common pets on the planet. While they are interesting and adorable, they are also complicated, due to the fact their diet and their needs are different than with other pets. There are some surprises, even. Did you know that red peppers are completely safe for guinea pigs?
On the other side, all of this is simple, so if you are a beginner, make sure you have enough time to improve your knowledge and offer the best diet and life to your guinea pig. The situation is the most complicated with the diet. Due to the fact guinea pigs are different than other animals, their diet is different as well. The main question is can they eat asparagus?
Asparagus as a food for guinea pigs
Asparagus is more than delicious and a great vegetable. On the other side, it is expensive, simply because growing it is expensive and has a lot of requirements. On the other side, it is rich in vitamins and delicious. Feeding guinea pigs with asparagus is more than just possible and they like it a lot.
However, you must avoid feeding them with this vegetable every day, simply because it has a lot of nutrients and is the best choice for guinea pigs, if they eat a lot of it. Keep in mind that you must use asparagus in smaller amounts, due to the fact it will have the most benefits to the diet of your pet. Another fact you should know is that guinea pigs have sensitive stomachs, so asparagus should be introduced slowly. This means that you should start with a few pieces for the first a few weeks. After that, you can increase the amount of asparagus and the number of days you are giving it to your guinea pig.
No matter how much you like asparagus, you shouldn’t give it every day to your pet, due to the fact it can cause certain issues, including diarrhea and tummy issues. On the other side asparagus is a great addition to the diet, so your pet is going to like this simple, but delicious addition. Asparagus is rich in vitamins and it has a lot of nutrients, so it will have a positive effect on the health of your pet, but only if you feed your guinea pig a few (2-3) times per week with this vegetable.
Pay attention to the healthy diet
The healthy diet of your guinea pig must include a lot of hay, vegetables and fresh water. The fresh water is mandatory and more important than most pet owners believe, so it must be taken into account, if you care about your pet. No matter what type of diet you use, you will have to provide fresh ingredients as well, due to the fact they are rich in nutrients your pet requires. By doing this, you will be a proud owner of a happy guinea pig.
While asparagus is more than just a great addition to your pet’s diet, you must avoid cooked asparagus. In fact, everything that was cooked should be a part of a diet of your guinea pig. No matter how much a vegetable is good and delicious for you and your pet, in raw form, it should be given to your guinea pig when cooked. Simply said, guinea pigs cannot eat cooked vegetables, simply due to the fact this isn’t a part of their diet in the nature and their organism isn’t prepared for this type of food.
The thing is question is the most common mistake of beginner owners, who believe that if a vegetable is good for guinea pigs in a raw form, it is good when cooked as well. Keep in mind that this is a serious mistake that can cause a lot of different issues and will have a negative effect on the health of your pet.
Different types of asparagus
There are different types of asparagus and they usually come in different colors. For example, they can be purple or green, but they all have the same nutrients. This means that you can use raw asparagus, no matter about the color it has. All of them come from the same species and all of them are equally good for your pet. On the other side, all of them must be avoided as cooked, sue to the fact they have the same properties.
Asparagus is rich in vitamins A, C and D and it has other nutrients as well, so most veterinarians and experts recommend it as a great addition to a diet of your guinea pig. Keep in mind that you must give smaller amounts of it to your pet and feed him only 2-3 times per week with asparagus. If you follow these rules, you will have a happy and a healthy pet that gets a lot of benefits from asparagus, due to the fact it is rich in nutrients. You can also learn more about cavies' diet with our article on guinea pigs and green beans.