The texture and size of the popcorn makes it tempting and feel like having as a snack. Like discussed earlier, you can feed some varieties of popcorn to birds. But, can you feed popcorn to the guinea pigs? Animals that are adopted as pets have a special taste developed as compared to the other wild animals. Some people train their pets to eat everything cooked at home while some train them with some special foods made particularly for them.
A healthy diet is important for everyone including your pets. As we have learnt earlier, there are a number of nutritious facts about popcorn. So, are they safe for our pets too? Let’s have a look at the further section for the answer to this question.
Can Guinea Pigs Eat Popcorn?
As humans, the nutrition that we look for is different from the nutrition that animals require for their growth and development. For many animals, the nutrition chart is completely different. So, while you adopt a pet, you must go to the vet and understand the nutrient requirement for that animal and what all foods can fulfill that requirement.
As the guinea pigs are concerned, No, guinea pigs cannot have popcorn. This is because; popcorn is high in fats, proteins and calories that guinea pig cannot digest properly. If proper digestive food is not offered to the pets like guinea pigs, then they put on a lot of weight and become obese.
There is a fact that the pets love to eat whatever the pet owner does, so if your guinea pig too wishes to have popcorn along with you, then you can feed it to them but, in a very less quantity and not so frequently. As there is a very little amount of salt in the popcorn, it will not be dangerous for guinea pigs to have it.
The popcorn that you feed in small quantity to your guinea pig shouldn’t have any additives or flavors added to it. It has to be plain popcorn or you can also feed them with plain kernel out of all the varieties of popcorn. A small quantity of it won’t cause any damage to your pet’s health.
Can Guinea Pigs Eat Air Popped Popcorn?
No, guinea pigs cannot be fed with air popped popcorn as they might not contain high fats, but contains high amount of phosphorus that may cause phosphate stones in their stomach that will cause a lot of pain to them later. If you want to feed it to them, you can feed twice or thrice a year that too in very small quantities.
Can Guinea Pigs Eat Corn?
Yes, Guinea Pigs can eat corn but in very limited amounts. Corn too contains high sugar that can cause obesity to your guinea pigs and eventually some more diseases like heart problems or poor circulation. It is recommended to feed corn not more than once in two weeks for their safety and health.
So, overall, you can feed popcorn to your guinea pigs but in a very small quantities and very occasionally. You can prepare the soft and cruchy popcorn in air fryer for them.