Can Guinea Pigs Eat Honey?

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Honey

Nature offers many different super-tasty foods. Fruits and veggies are not the only tasty thing from nature, there is also sweet and tasty honey. Honey is the heavenly nectar which works as a possible substitute for anything sweet. Yes, when we crave something sweet we can always reach for some honey, regardless of what we feel like eating. The honey is such a versatile product, and it’s also a great substitute for white sugar, chocolates, or even fruits – plus the best thing is that it’s insanely healthy.

Can guinea pigs eat honey? No, guinea pigs cannot eat honey because this is a sweet food item is mostly sugar, and it doesn’t matter that it’s natural. Honey could cause major digestive problems for cavies (they have a different digestive system that’s unfit for sweet foods). Also, the honey contains way too much sugar to be acceptable for rodents, and it is liquid and sticky. This is not the common food for guinea pigs – they eat fresh, non-sticky foods that grow from the ground. The honey’s stickiness is even a choking hazard for cavies and they would need a ton of water to push the honey down the throat. They wouldn’t be able to throw it up if it gets stuck!

So, we saw straight away that cavies cannot eat honey, or in other words, they shouldn’t. There are some customized special treats for cavies that are sold in pet shops or stores for pet food. These treats apparently are made with honey or have honey used as ‘glue’ for two crackers or two biscuits. Honey in these treats is allowed if it is even used because the amount of honey is low.

Health Benefits of Guinea Pigs Eating Honey

The good thing about honey is that there are proteins and carbs in it. The carbs are in much larger doses than proteins, however, these two are good energy sources. The carbs give energy fast, and proteins release energy a bit slower after digestion.

Then, there are fibers in honey. Fibers improve digestion overall, and they help with better bowel movement.

Honey also has natural sugars, and this still doesn’t make honey a good sweet food item for guinea pigs! But, considering white sugar foods are worse than natural sugar, we can say honey is a better type of sugar. However, for guinea pigs, the amount of sugar in honey is way too much for them to digest.

In honey there is zero fat and zero cholesterol. This is great because it means honey is not unhealthy for the blood vessels and the heart will stay healthier. The vessels won’t be clogged and the whole cardiovascular system will be healthy.

There are also vitamins in honey and the most important of them all is the vitamin C. With vitamin C, the cavies will be safe against the scurvy disease. It manifests with swollen joints, no appetite, diarrhea, rough coat, internal bleeding and more.

Also, there is riboflavin and vitamin B3. The first one brings more oxygen throughout the body and breaks down the main proteins and carbs. The B3 removes bad cholesterol and helps the brain work better.

Further, there are vitamins B6 and B5. Vitamin B6 is for producing the serotonin. The B5 helps when food is converted to energy after digestion. It also helps with the production of red blood cells.

Honey also has the iron for healthy blood and potassium for the health of all organs and the balance of electrolytes and water. Lastly, the manganese protects from illnesses, and the selenium protects from cancers and keeps the whole immunity in good shape.

Nutrition Facts of Honey

So, in 100 g (3 oz) of honey, there is:

  • Total of 300 calories (very caloric)
  • 4 g carbs (energy)
  • 2 g fiber (for good digestion and resolving problems with the bowel movements)
  • 82 g sugar (this is a lot of sugar, the amount is too high. Cavies cannot digest such sugary foods properly)
  • 0% fat
  • 3 g protein (for a prolonged release of energy even after the digestion)
  • 1% vitamin C (vital vitamin for the cavies to prevent scurvy. This is a small amount, but still beneficial)
  • 2% riboflavin (helps in breaking down carbs and proteins, also contributes to good health and for more oxygen in the body)
  • 1% niacin aka vitamin B3 (it lowers cholesterol in the body)
  • 1% vitamin B6 (helps to produce the good feeling hormone – serotonin)
  • 2% iron (healthy blood)
  • 1% pantothenic acid aka B5 (converts food to energy and helps the body use that energy)
  • 1% potassium (prevention from stroke and hypertension, prevents kidney and heart issues too, makes muscles stronger, keeps nerves healthy, balances water and electrolytes)
  • 2% copper
  • 1% zinc (fast healing of wounds)
  • 4% manganese (protects from free radical damage and diseases in general)
  • 1% selenium (acts like an antioxidant, prevents thyroid problems, heart issues, it boosts the immunity too, prevents from certain cancers)
  • 0% cholesterol (this is good because cholesterol is known to damage blood vessels and clogs them)

Risks to Consider When Feeding Honey to Guinea Pigs

One of the risks is the high amount of sugar. The amount is too high and the honey is too dense with a sticky texture. This can be even a choking hazard for guinea pigs unless they push down the honey with a ton of water (impossible!).

Quick Facts on Honey

  • Cavies can’t eat honey – it’s too sweet and sticky
  • Honey has carbs, proteins, fibers
  • Also, it has vitamin C

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.