Breakfast is almost always cereal or biscuits and milk. Wholegrain and soft sweet biscuits dipped in milk, such as Weetabix, are the most delicious instant breakfast foods. And we must admit that when we eat these breakfast foods, we are occasionally tempted to feed a few biscuit pieces to our guinea pigs. This biscuit, however, is not good for them.
Guinea pigs cannot eat Weetabix. Processed and seasoned foods, such as Weetabix, are unhealthy for them and bad for their stomachs. Their diet must consist of raw foods, pellets, fruits, and veggies.
Nutrition Facts of Weetabix
Per a 100 g (3 oz) of Weetabix Original, these are the nutrition facts:
- High in calories – 362 calories. This is too much even for us humans. So, for the guinea pigs, this would be a very fattening food.
- A moderate amount of fat – 2g. The amount of fat in Weetabix is normal, and this amount of fat is not a health risk.
- High in carbs and protein – 69 g of carbs and 12 g proteins.
- High in sugar – 4.4 g. This amount of sugar is not good at all for the guinea pigs because they don’t digest sugars well. If they consume processed foods with sugar, they will get cramps and diarrhea.
- High in fiber – 10 g. This amount of fiber is too high for the guinea pigs. Excess fibers can cause them loose stool and flatulence.
- Riboflavin (B2) – 1.2 mg. The B2 vitamin converts the foods into energy. Also, this vitamin improves the oxygen flow through to every cell.
- Niacin (B3) – 14 mg. This vitamin lowers cholesterol and high blood pressure. It prevents diabetes, heart problems, and improves skin quality.
- Iron – 12 mg. The iron is one of the most vital minerals for the organism. It is found in the red blood cells. Iron removes fatigue and weakness, boosts the immunity and helps to prevent anemia.
Is Weetabix Bad for Guinea Pigs? | Possible Risks
- Unhealthy weight changes – Weetabix are not very diet-friendly or good for maintaining a healthy weight. They are too high in calories, carbs and also some proteins. The calories and carbs in excess can always contribute to rapid weight gain.
- Problems with digestion – Weetabix contain a lot of sugar. When the cavies digest such sweet foods, they have tummy cramps, gasses, or even loose stool and diarrhea.
- Stool changes – There is a lot of fiber in the Weetabix. However, for the guinea pigs, excess of fiber can upset their stomach. This can result in flatulence, stomach pains, gas, softer stool, or, in the worst-case scenario, diarrhea.
Quick Facts on Weetabix
- Weetabix is a UK brand.
- The shape of these biscuits is like a small palm (9.5cm x 5cm).
- Weetabix is exported to over 80 countries.
- These biscuits were first produced in the UK in the year 1932.
- ‘Weetabix’ is the UK version of the Australian ‘Weet-bix’ (of the 1920s).
- There are also Weetabix Minis. They are a small, bite-size version of the regular biscuits. It has various additions: chocolate, fruit & nut, banana, honey & nut.
- ‘Weetabix’ also produces chocolate powder, mini-biscuit with chocolate chips, golden syrup biscuit, banana-flavored biscuit, and Weetabix gluten protein granules (in the shapes of biscuit and pipe shapes).
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.
List of Sources
Nutrient Requirements of Laboratory Animals: Fourth Revised Edition
An Investigation Into the Relationship Between Owner Knowledge, Diet, and Dental Disease in Guinea Pigs (Cavia Porcellus)
The Effects of Diet on Anatomy, Physiology and Health in the Guinea Pig