Can Guinea Pigs Eat Daisies?

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Daisies

The guinea pigs are the famous small house pets. They are the most popular small house pets because they are budget-friendly happy vegetarians! The cavies are so cute and lovely because they eat fresh produce and vegetarian foods. A vegetarian-herbivore pet can eat fruits, veggies, but also some herbs, roots, or even some flowers! Yes, almost everything that grows from the ground.

Daisy is a flower, it is a pretty nice white-yellow flower all of us know. In this article, we will see if this plant is good or not for the guinea pig. Daisy is a pretty flower, but it might not be so ‘innocent-looking’ for rodents. Opinions vary when someone says daisy is a food item for cavies.

Can guinea pigs eat daisies? The answer is complicated. Yes and no, but most likely no. Technically this can be eaten by cavies, but it should be avoided, if possible. Guinea pigs can technically eat daisies, but they shouldn’t because of flower toxicity. There are various types of daisies out there, and certain types might be toxic for guinea pigs. This makes daisy a risky food for the cavy. For humans, daisies are not that risky – we even use them for cooking. But, with the cavies, it’s the opposite – eating them might put our pets at a big risk. Some of the side-effects are nausea, vomiting, stomach pains and problems, and more serious problems can be allergies or even choking!

Even though flowers are technically ok for vegetarians or herbivores, most flowers have toxins that can harm guinea pigs. Guinea pigs can eat dandelions for example, but daisies are the opposite, the forbidden flower. It’s just a riskier option.

Health Benefits of Guinea Pigs Eating Daisies

If the cavy just tries one bite of this plant, the smallest serving possible, it probably won’t hurt him. Many people are even ok with the idea of their cavy roaming around the garden and eating daisies – this is wrong. But, if the cavy just tries daisy, just for taste and one bite – don’t panic. Just make sure the cavy won’t continue eating the daisy. So, in a way, this is a minor ‘benefit’ – if the cavy just tastes this plant.

Another interesting thing is that this flower contains vitamin C. This vitamin is the best thing for cavies – it keeps them healthy all the time. It’s crucial for their health, because cavies naturally don’t make it. They get vitamin C from supplements or foods. But, it’s too bad the daisy plant is dangerous for cavies. If cavies could eat this safely, they would get their much needed vitamin C.

Nutrition Facts of Daisies

There are many various opinions about daisies as food for cavies. Some say this plant is very toxic and not nutritious. Others say this plant can be sometimes a treat for the cavy. Opinions are divided too when it comes to the overall nutrition of this plant. The common regular daisy consumption is ok for us humans. We use it for cooking and we can eat it. Sadly, there are not enough factual researches or proven ways that show how toxic it is for cavies.

But, there are some known facts on what are some main components;

  • Chlorogenic acid (an antioxidant that speeds up metabolism of sugars. Also lowers hypertension)
  • Carotene (for healthy skin, good immunity, good eyesight)
  • Flavonoids (plant pigments that often protect from heart problems, cancer and asthma)
  • 270 mg potassium (healthy muscles, healthy heart, electrolyte balance, good metabolism)
  • Minerals and vitamins (including vitamin C)
  • Total of 22 calories per 3 oz (100 g daisies)

Risks to Consider When Feeding Daisies to Guinea Pigs

If the cavy eats too much daisies or a slightly toxic daisy, don’t panic. Simply take the cavy to the vet if you notice strange symptoms. For example, it’s possible to notice stomach pains, flatulence, gas, bloating, nausea, constipation, and loose stool in the cavy.

Still, there might be some dangers humans and cavies have in common when it comes to consuming this. The scariest risk is an allergic reaction. This plant apparently has some very strong components that can cause swelling or irritation in the throat. This is a choking hazard!.

Quick Facts on Daisies and Guinea Pigs

  • Daisies are a notorious food item for cavies (possibl toxic for rodents)
  • Daisies are not food for cavies – in fact, they are not recommended
  • Cavies can just taste a daisy, not consume it fully
  • There are many types of daisies, and most of them are harmful for cavies
  • Excess daisies can cause stomach problems in cavies (pains, flatulence, constipation or loose stool)
  • Daisies contain vitamin C (the vital vitamin for cavies)
  • A bite of this plant is fine, more than that is a hazard for the cavy
  • Daisies can cause an allergic reaction like swelling of the throat
  • Thee are over 4,000 types of daisies worldwide
  • Daisy plant originally tastes like mustard
  • Older daisy plants are astringent

Most types of daisies are toxic for guinea pigs, or at least can cause digestive problems. Also, with the lack of detailed researches for daisies as food for cavies, it’s always best to stay safe and avoid feeding this to the cavy.

Before I let you go, one final thought on food. With food, you can’t ever be too careful which is why I get all guinea pig food from a reliable source such as Amazon. If you are not sure what to order but believe your little piggies deserve some great treats please check our Helpful Guide to the Best Guinea Pig Treats to get some ideas. We have also made a full list of foods that guinea pigs can and can’t eat (150+ Types of Foods). Be sure to also check our recommended products page for everything you will ever need to assure a happy life for your Guinea Pigs. Hope this information was helpful and you have found the answer you were looking for.

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Clarissa Moolbrock

Clarissa Moolbrock is one of the founders and editor at Guinea Pig Tube. She is also an author of "Complete Guinea Pig Care Guide: The Essential, Practical Guide To All Aspects of Caring for Your Guinea Pigs" (available on Amazon). Being a veterinary technician helping animals and sharing her experience and knowledge with other guinea pig owners is her passion. Her life goal is to popularise guinea pigs as pets and that is why she has started Guinea Pig Tube website.