It can be hard to resist the urge to give your pet a tasty treat. But, giving your pet a treat they’re not supposed to have can be dangerous – like peanut butter.
Peanut butter should never be given to guinea pigs – not even as a rare treat. The thick texture makes it a choking hazard. Guinea pigs can’t easily digest the fat, sugar, and preservatives in peanut butter. Additionally, the calories and additives will make make guinea pigs overweight.
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Sadly, cavies can get very sick if you feed them the wrong things. So, it’s important to understand why food items like peanut butter can be very dangerous.
Keep reading to learn more about why peanut butter is a snack you NEVER give your guinea pig.
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Risks Associated With Feeding Them Peanut Butter
Why Is Peanut Butter Bad For Guinea Pigs?
Omigosh, where to begin? There’s several reasons why peanut butter is very bad for guinea pigs.
Let’s dive into the nutritional content of peanut butter to find the answers. There really aren’t any health benefits for cavies.
Most store-bought peanut butter is modified with additional ingredients like:
trans fat (gobs of it)vegetable oilstons of sugar
Eating too much fat and sugar is linked to tons of illnesses like obesity, diabetes, and other problems (that we’ll cover later).
There’s a snapshot of the nutritional breakdown of peanut butter in the table below.
But, honestly, the sky-high calorie and oil content tell the whole, sad story.
A two tablespoons of peanut butter has: 190 calories, 15 grams of fat, and 3 grams of sugar. That’s a lot for any piggie to be eating!
The table shows the nutritional breakdown of two tablespoons of peanut butter.
|Saturated fats||3.05 g|
|Monounsaturated fats||6.63 g|
|Polyunsaturated fats||3.63 g|
|Vitamin B-6||0.142 mg|
|Vitamin E||2.92 mg|
Plus, it doesn’t have any Vitamin C. And Vitamin C is necessary for piggies to avoid scurvy (which is caused by a Vitamin C deficiency).
Keep in mind that guinea pigs can get very sick if you give them too many calories . Your cavy needs pellets or hay as their main source
Think about it this way. Even if you feed your guinea pig a little bit of it, it’s like you’re letting them gorge on an entire chocolate bar. Not good.
“Aquita, what about feeding a little bit here and there?”
Why isn’t feeding a little bit here and there OK?
Because you don’t want to shorten your piggie’s life. If you feed your pet fatty, sugary foods like peanut butter that have a high calorie count (even infrequently), that’s what’s going to happen.
And this is up to you.
It’s not like your cavies can tell you, “Hey, I’ve had enough of this peanut butter. Can you get me something healthier instead?”
Don’t play fast and loose with your pet’s health. Your cavies rely on you to make the best decisions for their health and well-being.
OK, we’ve established that it’s bad to feed too feed even a little bit of peanut butter – even as a rare snack or treat.
Now, let’s take a closer look at what could happen if you do choose to feed