I know that most fruits are ok, but what about lemons?

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Chilis Mom

Post   » Wed Mar 23, 2011 9:30 pm

Hi! I'm new here and also to being a guinea pig parent. Our only piggie (so far) is a male, Chili, who is about 6 months old and has been with us since Christmas.

I have done research on what they like to eat and also what they should eat. While oranges are on the "okay to feed them" list, I cannot find anything about lemons (or limes).

Can anyone help me out and provide some insight? Is it okay to feed him these, if he will eat them? He seems really like the smell of the lemons (this is why we are curious) We are thinking that since they are citrus fruits that it should be okay, but we would like to get some advice before we actually try.

Will appreciate any input.


Post   » Wed Mar 23, 2011 10:00 pm

They might be too acidic for them. I don't know if they would even eat one.

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Post   » Wed Mar 23, 2011 10:08 pm

I don't think they would be all that fond of most lemons or limes. Fruit in general is high in sugar and should be considered a treat. Check out how much sugar there is in fruits and vegs:


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Post   » Wed Mar 23, 2011 10:34 pm

The boys didn't seem to like lemons or limes, don't think I ever gave them to the girls. They do, however, like tangerines and tangelos.

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Post   » Thu Mar 24, 2011 12:19 am

I doubt they'd like it since it's bitter.

Veggies acidic like that can cause chetlis too.

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Post   » Thu Mar 24, 2011 6:18 am

mine refuse it, plus I'd be worried it's too acidic. They adore satsumas though :)

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Post   » Thu Mar 24, 2011 8:37 am

I've let mine lick at lemons since they yelled at me until I held them to the bars.

Lemons make Fred popcorn! I don't know if it's a startle at the sour taste, or if he really loves them.

Either way, I don't actually let them eat the lemons, just lick at them.

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Post   » Thu Mar 24, 2011 10:16 am

I had a few who didn't mind limes but it wasn't something I would give them on the regular

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Post   » Thu Mar 24, 2011 10:32 am

Two of mine like to nibble at lemons. The other two think it is worse than "the hand."

Deb K

Post   » Thu Mar 24, 2011 2:22 pm


Laughed hysterically at the thought of popcorning over lemons because they are too sour!

Made my day!

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Post   » Thu Mar 24, 2011 2:35 pm

I had actually been wondering about this too because Neal REALLY wanted to try limes the other day, but I wasn't about to let him given that I know nothing about them. Next time maybe I'll give him a nibble to convince him he probably doesn't want them. :)

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Post   » Thu Mar 24, 2011 3:00 pm

I was wondering about pink grapefruits because we got some really good ones the other day. Perfect balance of sour and sweet. I will let them try a small piece next time.

My boys do not get fruit often at all. Mostly greens for them, but boy do they love oranges!

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Post   » Thu Mar 24, 2011 9:01 pm

My pigs scream and scream for grapefruit. They love it! They can smell it from several rooms away, actually.

We only feed a few bites per pig...not even a whole section of the grapefruit. But it's a nice few bites, and they seem to like it as a treat.

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Post   » Fri Mar 25, 2011 1:11 pm

Neal LOVES grapefruit. He gets a half of section on occasion.

Last night Neal was wheaking for limes, so I let him lick some of the juice off my fingers. He had a totally visceral reaction where he pulled his face back and made a sour face. It was so funny. He had a look like, that is not what I smelled, what did you just let me taste!?!

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Post   » Fri Mar 25, 2011 1:54 pm

I'm laughing to read people's experiences because it would never occur to me to try these with piggies. Now I almost want to see how mine react!

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Post   » Fri Mar 25, 2011 5:03 pm

Goosey, that was exactly how Charlie reacted to an orange. To an ORANGE. Fortunately, Snickers was on hand, and he said "More for me!"

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Post   » Fri Mar 25, 2011 5:40 pm

AldenM1 - I have one piggy who reacts that way to oranges too!

If i cut up some oranges and put them in a bowl, he will go over and sniff them.
And then shake his head back and forth, while backing up, and giving it the 'stink eye' look.
As if he just smelled a sewer. Its hilarious!

Chilis Mom

Post   » Sat Apr 02, 2011 6:17 pm

Thanks for all of the responses!

ps - I tried the lemon and he wasn't to keen on it. Took one little nibble/lick and that was enough. I also tried a bit of ugli fruit this morning at breakfast and he loved it! (It's a blend of grapefruit, orange, and tangerine.)

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Post   » Thu Apr 07, 2011 10:30 pm

Most of my pigs LOVE pink grapefruit and orange, but turn their noses up at lemons and limes. The first time I think they thought the (small!) piece of lemon was orange or pink grapefruit, and they started hoeing in, before realising that it was icky. Then they made those faces like they have something in their mouth that shouldn't be in there!

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