Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Can guinea pigs eat cantaloupe?

The humans decided to give us a new food to review: cantaloupe! We give it 4/5 stars. While delicious, it took a while for us to recognize it as food so we weren't immediately interested. When we were only a few weeks old we only ate hay. Gradually, our owners decided to introduce fresh fruits and vegetables. At first we ignored it since we didn't know if it was safe to eat or not. Lola was brave enough to try the carrots in our bowl and after that, Buffy followed suit.

We have to be careful with new foods, since we can't eat just anything. Once our owners put chives in our food bowl. Chives! Yuck. We screamed and screamed to let them know that chives were most definitely not okay for guinea pigs to eat. FYI, we can't eat onions or potatoes either. They not only taste terrible to us, but they can cause serious harm to our digestive tract. Just because chives are green does not mean we like them!

Anyway, back to the story of the delicious melon we tried today. Our owner held out a slice for us to sniff. At first we were nervous, but then we sniffed it and it seemed tasty:
What's this? Can we eat it?


Hmmm. Intriguing. Lola took a bite first, and Buffy tried to bite a piece. We enjoyed nibbling on the melon:
Lola steals the melon.
But then Lola got greedy and tried to run off with the slice of melon for herself! I, Buffy, am usually so passive, but I was not about to let Lola steal it from me so I snatched it back:
Note the angry look in my eye. My melon.

Within minutes the melon was gone. Afterwards, we ran around the room and wheeked happily. We hope the humans will give us more soon!

19 comments:

  1. We had two cats that LOVED cantaloupe, but the piggies... not so much!

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  2. Thanks for the comment! It's helpful for readers to see whether other piggies agree or disagree with our food reviews when deciding what to feed their piggies.

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  3. My guinea piggies LOVED it!! First time trying it and they just ate it rigt up! :)

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  4. Which piggy ate more? Astro is the dominant one (I think) so he usually eat ALL the food (He doesn't like peas though...) Astro and Mika usually have little competitions on who can eat more grass, lettuce, carrots or parsley! (lol - and cerlary) They just GOBBLE IT UP!!!

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  5. One of my piggies liked it but the other one didn't........

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  6. buddy and cookie fight over it they love it so much

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  7. My pigs love chives and head straight for them when out in the garden ,are they very bad for them ? If so I should cover the chives up, I have not noticed and side effects of them eating chives.

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  8. My pigs love chives and head straight for them when out in the garden ,are they very bad for them ? If so I should cover the chives up, I have not noticed and side effects of them eating chives.

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  9. At first, we thought that chives were just bad to feed to guinea pigs all around. However, since we wrote this post, we've learned that you can feed us the green top portion of chives once or twice a week.

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  10. my guinea pigs turbo and toster,well at least turbo likes it,toster not so much

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  11. can guinea pigs eat tangerines?

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  12. Can they eat the brine of the melon

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  13. I would avoid it, since even if they can eat it, it likely contains pesticides.

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  14. Gummy and Millie's MommySeptember 14, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    My Piggies LOVED it. My less active one was not eating it. I held her for a minute and she attacked it. Then my dog got to close. I had to yell at him. She got scared and stopped eating. I picked her up again and when I put her down she loved it again.

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  15. We just tried some out on Toby. She took a few nibbles but then left it. Hmmmm. I think she was hoping for her morning romaine. Will try again for a snack:) Adorable blog! My 10 yr. old daughter loves it:)

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    1. Romaine is a year round favorite :) Glad to hear you and your daughter enjoy the blog!

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  16. hey its Anne's daughter I love your blog and guinea pigs

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  17. I live how this is from the piggies perspective...great idea! We have Ginger and Bam Bam (got his name honestly!!) some cantaloupe tonight and they loved it!��

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