Everybody that has a guinea pig is always tempted to feed the cavy some super-tasty delicious foods. Yes, this means even foods ‘for humans’. The cavy owners know how cute it is to give the little furball something we eat. Now we will talk about a very common ‘human’ food – the eggs. Most people love eggs – sunnyside up, scrambled, poached, boiled, we can go on forever. But, is this food item healthy or tasty for the cavies? We have to keep in mind that we are talking about a herbivore-vegetarian animal. So, let’s find out more about this.
Can guinea pigs eat eggs? The simple answer is: no. Guinea pigs are, as we said, herbivore-vegetarians, which means they should consume non-animal products. They can eat roots, herbs, leafy greens, veggies and fruits, even some flowers, but no animal products. The eggs might be considered a treat only, but given extremely rare. However, even this is not recommendable – avoid eggs as much as you can. The digestive system of cavies is designed to digest vegetarian foods.
Eggs are known to be very healthy and beneficial for humans but why is this food so harmful to cavies?
Health Benefits of Guinea Pigs Eating Eggs
The good thing is that an egg has very little fat in it. Another benefit, a great one, is the zero amount of sugar. The vitamin D in eggs helps with maintaining healthy bones. The egg has proteins, best animal proteins of non-meat products and the amount contained is normal for the day.
With the potassium, the electrolytes will be balanced, and many diseases will stay at bay. The zinc will heal wounds fast and create healthy DNA cells. The selenium keeps the brain healthy, stops inflammation, and keeps the thyroid in good shape and health. And the B12 vitamin prevents anemia, improves mood and prevents birth defects.
Nutrition Facts of Eggs
In one normal size egg, there is:
- Total of 70 calories
- 5 g fat (enough for the energy requirements for the day ahead)
- 185 mg cholesterol (cholesterol is needed for some basic functioning, but also cholesterol increases the risk of cardiovascular problems, and this amount is too high)
- 70 mg sodium (lots of sodium, but this is not a major risk here)
- 0 g carbs (without carbs there is no source of fast energy)
- 0 g fibers (without fibers, the digestion will be slower and more complex)
- 0 g sugar (no sugar is good because cavies cannot consume sugars anyway)
- 6 g protein (this amount of protein is good. It will give enough slow-release energy for the whole day)
- 1% vitamin D (helps in forming of healthy bones and bone tissues, also keeps the immunity good too)
- 28 mg calcium (too much calcium for cavies and this amount will make urinary stones. Otherwise, calcium is good for healthy and strong bones, but for cavies, this mineral is not good)
- 1 mg iron (a small amount, but enough for healthy blood)
- 69 mg potassium (prevention from hypertension, stroke, problems with kidney or heart, and reducing stress too. It also makes a balance of electrolytes, and keeps the nervous system healthy too)
- 1 mg zinc (keeps immunity healthy, keeps DNA cells healthy, and helps in faster healing of wounds too)
- 15 mcg selenium (a good antioxidant that protects from cancer, from heart problems, boosts immunity, keeps thyroid gland healthy, fights inflammation, keeps the brain healthy)
- 4 mcg vitamin B12 (helps in creating DNA cells, prevents from anemia and blood problems, prevents birth defects, supports bone health, reduces depression)
Even for humans, too many eggs, or eggs every single day is not recommended. This is mainly because of its cholesterol amount. But, for cavies, there are other obstacles too, not enough beneficial nutrients in eggs. If it’s really ‘urgent’ to give cavies a try of eggs, let it be the tiniest bite-size you can make, and only once a week or once every few weeks.
Risks to Consider When Feeding Eggs to Guinea Pigs
One of the risks is that eggs have zero vitamin C. Without it, cavies get scurvy (rough coat, swollen joints, internal bleeding, no appetite…). Another risk is the high level of cholesterol. This is a danger for humans too, let alone cavies. Cholesterol damages blood vessels and cardiovascular health, so beware.
There are no carbs in eggs, which means no source of fast energy. No fiber too, and this means slower or more complex digestion. Fibers help with easy and fast digestion, and eggs have zero of them.
The greatest risk is the calcium levels. Calcium in cavies creates urinary problems; stones in bladder or kidneys. This makes eggs a very unhealthy food for guinea pigs if we consider other ‘tricky’ nutrients too.
Quick Facts on Eggs
- Cavies can’t eat eggs, because eggs lack lots of nutrients the cavies need
- There is little fat, no sugar, vitamins, and minerals – all this is good for the cavy
- Also, eggs have zero vitamin C – the essential vitamin for the cavy’s health
- Eggs have lots of cholesterol – this is bad for heart and blood vessels
- Eggs lack carbs and fibers – this means no instant energy and slower digestion
- Also, eggs have lots of calcium, and this creates urinary stones in guinea pigs
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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