Can Guinea Pigs Eat Satsumas?

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Satsumas?

A satsuma has a less intense flavor and loose skin compared to a mandarin, orange or tangerine but it is a similar fruit.

Additionally it is a little less juicy and is a easier fruit to peel.

So can guinea pigs eat satsumas safely at all?

Before we can decide we need to look at all the nutritional facts for this fruit.

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.24g 0%
Saturated Fat 0.03g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 10.1g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1.4g 6%
Sugar 8g ~
Protein 0.6g ~
Vitamin A 10% • Vitamin C 34%
Calcium 3% • Iron 1%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Vitamins %DV
Vitamin A 517.56IU 10%
Retinol equivalents 25.84μg ~
Retinol 0μg ~
Alpha-carotene 76.76μg ~
Beta-carotene 117.8μg ~
Beta-cryptoxanthin 309.32μg ~
Vitamin C 20.29mg 34%
Vitamin E 0.15mg 1%
Vitamin K 0μg 0%
Vitamin B12 0μg 0%
Thiamin 0.044mg 3%
Riboflavin 0.027mg 2%
Niacin 0.286mg 1%
Pantothenic acid 0.164mg 2%
Vitamin B6 0.059mg 3%
Folate 12.16μg 3%
Folic Acid 0μg ~
Food Folate 12.16μg ~
Dietary Folate Equivalents 12.16μg ~
Choline 7.75mg ~
Lycopene 0μg ~
Lutein+zeazanthin 104.88μg ~
Minerals %DV
Calcium 28.12mg 3%
Iron 0.11mg 1%
Magnesium 9.12mg 2%
Phosphorus 15.2mg 2%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Potassium 126.16mg 4%
Zinc 0.05mg 0%
Copper 0.032mg 2%
Manganese 0.03mg 2%
Selenium 0.08μg 0%
Water 64.73g ~
Ash 0.29g ~

As you can see this fruit is pretty sweet and acidic. It also has a hint of phosphorus content, fat and calcium.

The positive note is that satsumas have a lot of vitamin c.

Therefore Yes a guinea pig can eat satsumas but only once or twice a week at most because of the acidic and sugar content.

This fruit is a nice additional to their diet as its a great source of Vitamin C which is lacking from guinea pigs.

Make sure however to peel the skin before feeding to your piggy.