Coconut is an amazing fruit with a lot of surprising health benefits. It has a versatile use in humankind. All of its parts- flesh, water, oil, and milk have outstanding food and external usage value.
So, is Coconut good for your pet too? Can domestic animals have Coconut as food? Can Guinea Pigs eat Coconut? These questions might be hovering in your mind right now. Well, the answer is yes, Guinea Pigs and other domestic pets can eat Coconut. However, it is preferable not to feed them regularly.
It is because of the food value a coconut contains. Coconuts aren’t toxic for Guinea Pig’s; therefore, it is feedable in a small amount sometimes. Excess intake of this fruit can result in severe health issues, though. Read further to know why.
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Nutritional value of Coconut:
Coconut is a big, brown, nut-like fruit. It has a hard brown, inedible shell on the outside and soft, flavourful, edible flesh on the inside. Immature Coconut contains coconut water, which is full of nutritional elements. The meat of the Coconut can also be processed to oil and milk. The nutritional value a coconut carries is summarized below.
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Coconut as food for Guinea Pigs
According to the world-renowned lipid expert and the author of ‘Coconut Therapy For Pets,’ Dr. Bruce Fife, Guinea pigs, do like Coconut if served as food. They like the smell of it. So, if offered, they will readily consume it.
So, you can offer Guinea Pig coconut, as an occasional treat. A small portion of it won’t do any harm. However, different parts of Coconut possess different values. You have to know which part you can feed your Cavy and to which extent.
Coconut flesh- Coconut flesh contains a significant amount of fat and some minerals (as you can see from the list of the previous paragraph) like Calcium, Phosphorus, etc. that is inversely needed for a Guinea Pig. If your Guinea Pig has ill health and is underweight, Coconut’s occasional treat will be like a tonic for your pet. However, otherwise, this rich amount of fat is detrimental to a Guinea Pig. Also, minerals like calcium, Phosphorus can cause bladder stones.
Coconut water- Coconut water is full of electrolytes and contains a little Vitamin C. Vitamin C is essential for Guinea Pigs. Still, coconut water has hints of calcium phosphorus and other acidic contents that are not good for them. Its vitamin property is relatively low compared to the toxic elements. So, you can sometimes offer coconut water as a drink to Guinea Pigs beside regular water, but not as a supplementary drink.
Coconut oil- Animal research world suggests coconut oil, a bad food for Guinea Pigs. Coconut oil is high in cholesterol ( 90% saturated fat !!!) and other harmful Guinea Pigs properties. Despite having some antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antifungal properties that can work in favor of Guinea Pig’s health, It’s better not to use it as a food. Coconut oil is excellent for external usage, though.
Coconut milk- Coconut milk is the liquid of coconut flesh. It is the extracted liquid that is obtained after pressing the flesh. It’s basically the liquid version of meat and contains the same property as the coconut flesh. Therefore, it is also less recommendable as the flesh part.
Coconut shell- This is the outer, hard part of the Coconut. This part is not edible at all for any animal. However, it can be seen as a good chewing toy for Guinea Pigs. Since Guinea Pig’s teeth are always growing, chewing helps their teeth to wear out. So, you can offer the shell to chew, but only when you are there supervising your pet. You won’t want your pet to swallow this stuff.
When you offer your pet coconut shell as a chewing pet, make sure you separate the flesh from it completely. Also, don’t bring it to your pet before adequately cleaning it. Soak, wash, and bleach the shell for proper cleaning.
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Benefits of coconut oil for Guinea Pigs
As you have already learned from the previous paragraph, coconut oil isn’t an excellent food choice for Guinea Pigs, but it is for external usage. Coconut oil is great for Guinea Pig’s skin, just like yours. Here are the benefits of coconut oil for Guinea Pigs-
★ Coconut oil is an excellent moisturizer for your piggie pocket pet.
★ Coconut oil can treat Cavy’s rough and flaky skin.
★ Coconut oil is useful in cleaning clogged grease glands.
★ Coconut oil can work as a conditioner or detangler of Guinea Pig’s fur.
★ Rubbing coconut oil in Guinea Pig’s nails would prevent curling toenails.
Coconut is like fast food to Guinea PIgs. Tempting to eat but full of unnecessary fat and wrong food value. It is always okay to have something different from a regular diet. But you’ve got to
know the limits. So, if you have ever wondered, can Guinea PIgs eat Coconut or not, hopefully by this end of the article you’ve found your answer.