Can Guinea Pigs Eat Celery Leaves? Stalks? Strings?

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Celery, also known as Apium graveolens, is a vegetable that can be used in many dishes. But can guinea pigs eat celery leaves? Stalks? Stings? What are the health benefits and risks of feeding it to your guinea pigs? How much is safe for them?

As someone who loves celery, I was curious too. So In this article, I’ll be answering all these questions and some more.

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Celery?

Yes, celery is safe for guinea pigs. But, like with all treats and vegetables, moderation is key. 

Celery is packed with 95% water and can be a refreshing snack for your guinea pigs, especially on a hot day. However, it’s not something they should be eating every single day. 

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Celery Stalks?

The crunchy, watery part of the celery plant is called the stalk. It’s the part most commonly used in cooking. The stalks are totally safe for guinea pigs.

 Many guinea pigs enjoy nibbling on celery stalks. It’s a good source of hydration and has a nice crunch that can help keep their teeth healthy. Just be sure to cut it into small, manageable pieces to prevent choking.

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Celery Leaves?

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Celery Leaves?

Absolutely! Celery leaves are safe for guinea pigs and can be a tasty and nutritious part of their diet. These leaves are actually a bit more nutritious than the stalks because they contain more calcium and vitamin C. 

Just like with the stalks, make sure to offer them in moderation. Too much of anything can upset their delicate stomachs.

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Celery Strings?

Celery strings are those fibrous bits that run along the stalk. And sometimes it can be tough for guinea pigs to eat because it might be a choking hazard

Now some guinea pigs can eat the celery with the strings with no problem, but it’s a good idea to either peel off the strings or chop the celery into smaller pieces.

Either way, better safe than sorry.

Nutrition in Celery

Celery is considered a superfood by many nutritionists because it has quite a lot of vitamins and minerals. Here’s the nutrition facts of one cup (or 101 grams) of chopped celery:

  • Calories: 14
  • Protein: 0.7g
  • Fat: 0.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 3g
  • Fiber: 1.6g
  • Sugar: 1g

Vitamins and Minerals:

  • Calcium: 40.4 mg
  • Phosphorus: 24.2 mg
  • Potassium: 263 mg
  • Sodium: 80.8 mg
  • Vitamin C: 3.13 mg

*mg = milligram, g = grams

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Celery Strings?

Celery Nutrition Benefits for Guinea Pigs

Celery is more than just water. It’s low in calories and has some nice health benefits for guinea pigs. 

According to a European Journal of Pharmacology study, celery has compounds that may help reduce inflammation and improve cardiovascular health. The same study also shows that celery has some benefits of calming your piggies too. 

Besides that, here are a few more nutritional highlights of celery:

  • Vitamin C: It’s essential for guinea pigs since they can’t produce it themselves.
  • Vitamin K: Important for blood clotting and bone health.
  • Fiber: Helps keep their digestive system running smoothly.
  • Potassium: it supports proper organ function and maintains healthy blood properties.
  • Folate (B9): supports cell division, growth, red blood cell production, and proper nervous system function.
  • Calcium: to maintain strong bones and muscles

As you can see, while celery isn’t a nutritional powerhouse, it can be a refreshing addition to their diet. 

Celery for Guinea Pigs – Risks

Celery is generally a good vegetable for guinea pigs to eat, but like all foods, too much of it can have some risks.

Celery contains both calcium and oxalates, which in large amounts, can contribute to the formation of bladder stones and other urinary tract problems. 

These stones are not only painful but can also lead to serious health issues for your guinea pig. 

But don’t worry too much! These risks are generally minimal if you feed celery in moderation as part of a balanced diet. 

And as mentioned, the fibrous strings in celery stalks can be a choking hazard to some guinea pigs. These tough strings can be difficult for guinea pigs to chew and digest. 

how often can guinea pigs eat celery?

How Often Can Guinea Pigs Eat Celery?

A good rule of thumb is to feed about one 2-inch piece of celery to your guinea pigs 2-3 times a week.

Mix it up with other veggies to provide a balanced diet. Remember, the bulk of their diet should be hay, supplemented with fresh veggies like lettuce, cauliflower and a few fruits.

How can I give my guinea pigs celery?

There are a lot of ways to feed celery to your guinea pigs. The most common way is to chop it into medium-sized pieces. 

But that can be a little boring, no? So here are some other ways to prepare celery for your potato-shaped furballs. 

Homemade fried rice for guinea pig

Conclusion

In summary, guinea pigs can safely enjoy celery, including the leaves, as long as it’s given in moderation and prepared properly. It’s a hydrating snack with some nutritional benefits, but don’t overdo it to avoid any digestive issues.

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