Every owner of a cavy is thrilled when it comes to the feeding time. Because the cavies are excited to hear us coming with food! Every time they hear the fridge door open, or someone being in the kitchen, they start skipping or jumping around happily, knowing they will get some munchies or food treats. And it is our job to make sure we give them only the best and the healthiest foods, otherwise our cavies might get ill. So, today we will talk about tomatoes. Yum! But, these are even better – grape tomatoes! Those nice, bite-size, flavorful, small tomatoes that look like huge cherries are the best thing ever. We will see if cavies can benefit from them as well.
Can guinea pigs eat grape tomatoes? Yes, cavies can eat grape tomatoes and they love them too! Cavies love all types of tomatoes, the grape, cherry, Roma, all kinds. This veggie is beneficial and tasty for the cavy, it’s like regular food and treat at the same time. The edible parts of these tomatoes are the flesh, seeds, and skin. The stem and leaves are not good for cavies and they shouldn’t eat these.
There is no one that would refuse the super-tasty grape tomatoes. They are amazing by themselves, in salads, as toppings on meals, or in smoothies – very versatile, healthy, and tasty! And luckily, our cavies love them too. They go crazy for grape tomatoes, especially if you purchase them fresh and a bit crunchy. Of course, there are some bad nutrients found in some parts of the tomatoes, but the flesh itself is safe for the guinea pigs and it has good nutrients for them.
Health Benefits of Guinea Pigs Eating Grape Tomatoes
The grape tomatoes are not very caloric, and this makes them perfect for those with special nutrition plans or diets. Also, they have no fat, as a food item, this makes the grape tomatoes a light and easy food for the organism.
Since there is no cholesterol too, this makes grape tomatoes a perfect food for cardiovascular health. The cholesterol is enemy number one for the clogged blood vessels and hypertension (or heart problems).
With the potassium in this veggie, there is less risk of stroke, pressure problems, kidney problems, and there is less stress. Cavies prefer less stress too, of course!
With the carbs and proteins, there will be both fast and slow release energy, depending on the serving size consumed. There are also fibers in the grape tomatoes and this can improve the digestion of the cavies. The cavies will have regular and better bowel movements. With vitamin A, almost all organs of the cavy will be healthy.
Most importantly there is vitamin C in grape tomatoes, which is crucial for rodents. If they are in deficit of vitamin C, they are prone to scurvy and that’s dangerous. It leads to swellings in joints, internal bleeding, loose stool, rough fur…
Lastly, there is iron which is also important for healthy blood. Iron is vital for curing anemia and other blood-related issues.
Nutrition Facts of Grape Tomatoes
So, in 100 g (3 oz) grape tomatoes, or 13 grape tomatoes, there is:
- Total of 27 calories (not very caloric and suitable for all nutrition plans)
- 0 g fat (this means blood vessels will not be clogged with fats)
- 0 mg cholesterol (this is great because it will also keep blood vessels unclogged and the heart healthy, cholesterol is known to cause cardiovascular problems)
- 2 mg sodium (a normal amount of salt for a veggie)
- 247 mg potassium (prevention from stroke, high pressure, kidney and heart problems, stress)
- 5 g carbs (fast energy)
- 2 g fiber (for good digestion and bowel movements)
- 3 g sugar (a normal amount of sugar for a veggie)
- 1 g protein (for slow release energy that lasts longer during the day)
- 9% vitamin A (a strong antioxidant that protects from free radical damage and illnesses. This vitamin keeps lungs, vision, skin, kidneys, heart healthy)
- 43% vitamin C (the most needed and important vitamin for cavies – they cannot be healthy without this!)
- 6% iron (good for blood)
Basically, the frequency of serving is not strict – you can give grape tomatoes to the cavies almost every other day. It depends how often you feed the cavies with grape tomatoes, but in general, a quarter of a normal tomato is fine, or in this case, 2-3 small grape tomatoes.
Remember, do not feed the cavy stems and leaves of (grape) tomatoes! These parts contain the toxins that can harm the cavy. See the ‘Risks’ section below for more details on this.
Risks to Consider When Feeding Grape Tomatoes to Guinea Pigs
In the stems and leaves, there is a plant poison called ‘solanine glycoalkaloid’. This is toxic for cavies, so they can eat the flesh and skin of tomatoes only – never the stem and leaves! This same toxin is seen in potatoes too, as well as eggplants.
Also, there is a bit of sugar in grape tomatoes, so don’t feed the cavy too much of this veggie to avoid the excess sugars.
Quick Facts on Grape Tomatoes
- Cavies can safely eat grape tomatoes, and they love the taste too
- The edible parts are the flesh, skin, seeds
- The toxic parts are the stem and leaves
- There is a minimal amount of calcium which is good
- Also, grape tomatoes have many vital nutrients, including vitamin C
- Cavies can eat 2-3 small grape tomatoes every other day (or a quarter of a normal tomato)
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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