Using a treat will also make sense when you meet a guinea pig, such as when you bought it and brought it home. In this case, you can offer something tasty to lure the animal and get it to communicate with the help of a piece of apple, pear or berry.
So, below are the main treats for guinea pigs.
Apples are suitable for feeding raw and dried. The chemical composition of apples is extremely varied. The fruits contain up to 16% sugars (fructose prevails), fiber, a lot of pectin, up to 1% malic, citric and other acids (including up to 40 mg% ascorbic), up to 0.3% tannins, vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, E, PP, P, K, carotene, salts of iron, manganese, potassium, sodium, calcium. The aroma of the fruit is due to essential oils.
Sweet apples are a favorite treat for guinea pigs. Dried apples can be soaked in water 2-4 hours before feeding and boiled lightly. Feed small unripe fruits, but give them a little, so that there is no disorder.
The content of nutrients and vitamins in unripe apples is much less than in fully ripe apples. You should not feed rodents apples with traces of rot, crumpled or stained with soil. If the affected areas of the fetus are small, then it is better to cut them off, and wash the fruit itself thoroughly, after which it can be used for feeding.
Strawberries or strawberries are a popular fruit plant. The berries are red, aromatic, sour-sweet, in various varieties of various shapes and sizes. The largest ones reach 5 cm in diameter. Berries contain up to 15% of sugars, represented mainly by fructose and glucose, about 1% of acids (citric, malic, etc.), pectin substances, up to 100 mg of vitamin C, as well as vitamins B and E, carotene (provitamin A) , salts of iron, phosphorus, calcium, manganese, cobalt.
Strawberries improve appetite and have a beneficial effect on digestion, have diaphoretic and diuretic properties, and normalize salt metabolism.
It is better to limit yourself to one or two berries and observe the reaction of the guinea pig’s body.