Guinea pigs love herbs, and mint is a safe herb for them to eat, but how often should they have it and in what quantities?
Mint is extremely high in calcium and this maybe a concern to many guinea pig owners as there is a lot of talk about calcium and bladder stones.
Although you might be inclined not to feed mint to your guinea pigs because of the high calcium content, do bear in mind that guinea pigs need calcium in their diet.
Herbs, including mint, are extremely low in sugar compared to most fruit and vegetables which is a real positive as feeding them too many fresh foods that are high in sugar can cause diarrhoea and other problems.
Fibre is extremely important for a guinea pig’s digestive system and mint is very high in fibre with 8g per 100g. This is twice as much as kale!
Guinea pigs can eat both the leaves and the stems of the mint. They can also eat both peppermint and spearmint.
Mint is one of those herbs that is really easy to grow either in your garden or on your windowsill. It is readily available to buy in pots at supermarkets or garden centres.
Having a few pots of herbs is really handy and can save you a lot of money as buying the cut herbs for your guinea pigs from the supermarket can be a little expensive.
Despite its high calcium content, mint has a good amount of vitamin C and is high in fibre so is a good food to include in your guinea pigs diet.
Most guinea pigs really love this herb and you can feed mint a couple of times a week but make sure you don’t feed too much. A cup of mixed fresh veggies and herbs (a little fruit too occasionally) each day is a good amount.
Feeding just one or two vegetables regularly and excessively may cause deficiencies or encourage health issues so always feed them with as much variety as possible.
Below is the nutritional value per 100g of mint