Can Guinea Pigs Eat Oatmeal

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Oatmeal

To answer this question yes guinea pigs can eat oatmeal but it is not recommended as this food contains a large amount of phosphorus and acidic content. Additionally there is a large amount of fat and a hint of salt which aren’t great for a guinea pigs diet as well.

Detailed Answer

Oat is also sometimes known as a common oat, is a type of cereal grain that grows from seeds.

Oats are suitable to be consumed by mostly livestock as feed and also for humans especially as a breakfast food.

Before we can fully answer in detail the answer to the question can guinea pigs eat oatmeal we should look at the nutritional facts.

Nutritional Facts

We know that in particular when it comes to a guinea pigs diet that most important things to look at are the fat, salt, acidic, water, calcium and phosphorus content.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 1,628 kJ (389 kcal)
Carbohydrates
66.3 g
Dietary fiber 10.6 g
Fat
6.9 g
Protein
16.9 g
Vitamins
Thiamine (B1) (66%) 0.763 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (12%) 0.139 mg
Niacin (B3) (6%) 0.961 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (27%) 1.349 mg
Vitamin B6 (9%) 0.12 mg
Folate (B9) (14%) 56 μg
Minerals
Calcium (5%) 54 mg
Iron (38%) 5 mg
Magnesium (50%) 177 mg
Manganese (233%) 4.9 mg
Phosphorus (75%) 523 mg
Potassium (9%) 429 mg
Sodium (0%) 2 mg
Zinc (42%) 4 mg
Other constituents
β-glucan (soluble fibre) 4 g

From what you can see above oats do contain a large amount of phosphorus content and acidic content as well.

There is a hint of salt and a lot of fat and calcium.

What this means for a guinea pig is that they can get oatmeal but only in small portions and only as a treat. This food isn’t ideal for their diet to stay healthy.

Especially the acidic content within oatmeal isn’t great for a guinea pig to be eating.

One other health concern of giving too much oatmeal to your guinea pig is that it could cause them to get gassy and have an upset stomach and therefore the intake of oatmeal by a guinea pig should be limited.

Therefore if you have the option between oatmeal and other foods you want to feed to them there is definitely better options available and overall oatmeal should be avoided.

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