Can Guinea Pigs Eat Cantaloupe?

Cantaloupe is one of the fruits people either love or hate, with very little in between. It’s often the subject of fruit salad and pops up at many family events. You may see it so often you ask yourself, “Well, can guinea pigs eat cantaloupe too?”

The Short Answer: Can Guinea Pigs Eat Cantaloupe?

The short answer to “Can guinea pigs eat cantaloupe?” is yes, they can. As with many fruits and vegetables, moderation is key since too much cantaloupe can cause health problems, just like in humans.

Considerations with Guinea Pigs and Cantaloupe

While cantaloupe does contain less sugar than many other fruits, the sugar level is still a concern. Fortunately, this is easily solved with proper moderation and offering your guinea pig a rotation of fresh produce.

Cantaloupe also lacks the best calcium-to-phosphorous ratio (Ca:P). These nutrients work together, so a proper ratio of 1.33:1 helps deliver better bone and joint health. For guinea pigs, however, a produce rotation tends to level this out.

Trio of young guinea pigs

How to Serve Your Guinea Pigs Cantaloupe

Cantaloupe requires a little more preparation than many other produce options, so you may only give it when your family is eating it. Guinea pigs should not be given cantaloupe skin since this is where pesticide residue tends to collect.

Additionally, guinea pigs should not be given cantaloupe seeds. The seeds could become a choking hazard to your guinea pigs. In the interest of safety and not generating emergency vet bills, it’s best to remove them.

Guinea pigs can be given one to two 1-inch cantaloupe cubes as a serving. This size may seem like a small amount, but guinea pig digestive systems did not evolve to handle cantaloupe. This moderation ensures their digestive systems are not overloaded.

Two guinea pigs under a chair

Nutrients in Cantaloupe

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is a multitasker in the body. It’s critical for vision, the immune system, reproduction, growth, and development. This vitamin is often associated with carrots, but cantaloupe has a good amount for your guinea pig.

Vitamin C

Since they do not make their own, vitamin C is essential for guinea pigs. Cantaloupe offers a solid amount of vitamin C, though it’s not as concentrated as citrus fruits.

Calcium

Calcium is critical for strong bones and teeth. Less commonly known, calcium is also critical for muscle and nerve function. If your guinea pig is not getting enough calcium, they can start to have problems moving around or with their internal organs.

Phosphorous

Phosphorous is essential for maintaining DNA and RNA, among other maintenance responsibilities. This essential mineral also contributes to the absorption of other vitamins and minerals.

Water

Cantaloupes are loaded with water. While too much water can cause bloating and diarrhea for your guinea pig, if you stick to the serving size, your guinea pig’s body will enjoy the extra hydration.

Was this article helpful? Subscribe to the Guinea Pig Center email list for more!