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    Why is cilantro so important in a guinea pigs diet?

    Everyone says cilantro is important in a guinea pigs diet. Iím just wondering why? Marshal (my pig) gets unlimited Timothy hay and pellets, four different kinds of leafy greens a day and vitamin C. I donít mind feeding it to him; Iím just wondering if he actually NEEDS it. And how much a day?


    Thanks for any help!!

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    Re: Why is cilantro so important in a guinea pigs diet?

    Certainly, you don't have to feed cilantro. Mine don't care for it. But, you must feed other vegetables, not just leafy greens. Tomato, cukes, zucchini, celery, limited amount of cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli. The nutrition charts are full of good ideas for variety.
    Veggie chart:
    http://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/...ants-list.html

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    Re: Why is cilantro so important in a guinea pigs diet?

    It isn't so much that it's important that they have this particular item as that it's one of the few that's good for them no matter how much they have, or how often.

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    Re: Why is cilantro so important in a guinea pigs diet?

    It's piggy crack for my guys! I think I might even be able to train them to clean their own cage if I use it for a bribe!

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    Re: Why is cilantro so important in a guinea pigs diet?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hhbean View Post
    It's piggy crack for my guys! I think I might even be able to train them to clean their own cage if I use it for a bribe!
    How soon can you be at my house?? I have some cilantro for you.

    I figured I'd give it one more try, so today bought some cilantro at the market, brought it home and offered it to Chester. Normally, he will at least try everything. I swear to you that he turned up his nose and wouldn't go near it! He carefully walked around it until I removed it from his cage.

    However, due to the conversation that we all had yesterday, I also got some corn husks for him. Oh, joy......his beloved corn husks and silks had returned.

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    Re: Why is cilantro so important in a guinea pigs diet?

    @spy9doc When I first tried cilantro, my Pedro was disgusted by it. Now, it really is piggie crack in his eyes! Just keep trying!

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    Re: Why is cilantro so important in a guinea pigs diet?

    Quote Originally Posted by Duffinvt View Post
    Certainly, you don't have to feed cilantro. Mine don't care for it. But, you must feed other vegetables, not just leafy greens. Tomato, cukes, zucchini, celery, limited amount of cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli. The nutrition charts are full of good ideas for variety.
    Veggie chart:
    http://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/...ants-list.html

    My guinea pig won’t eat a lot of veggies other than leafy stuff. He won’t eat celery, cucumbers or zucchini. And I’ve heard there is a lot of sugar in carrots and tomatoes. And my guinea pig it really fat, so I try to keep him away from sugary veggies. I can try cucumbers again. But I tried for weeks with celery and zucchini, no luck. Stubborn little pig.

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    Re: Why is cilantro so important in a guinea pigs diet?

    My guinea pig doesn't like it that much. He eats it, but he eats almost anything. He always eats his other veggies first (he will actually push it out of the way until he's done with his other food) and then eats his cilantro because that's all that's left and he's constantly eating and I guess that's better then nothing. Which is surprising considering he won't eat some other common veggies.

    But I can still feed it to him. Because it's so healthy for him. How much should I give him a day?
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    Re: Why is cilantro so important in a guinea pigs diet?

    OK here's a question I've been wondering about, And since I seen it here I thought I'd ask so here goes.

    I know you are to De-string Celery because of the choking hazard!
    But how can you feed the silk off of an ear of corn without it also being a choking hazard?

    I know often times when I eat corn on the cob and get a string in my throat it hangs up, How come it doesn't/won't bother a pig? Like I said just asking?


    Quote Originally Posted by spy9doc View Post
    How soon can you be at my house?? I have some cilantro for you.

    I figured I'd give it one more try, so today bought some cilantro at the market, brought it home and offered it to Chester. Normally, he will at least try everything. I swear to you that he turned up his nose and wouldn't go near it! He carefully walked around it until I removed it from his cage.

    However, due to the conversation that we all had yesterday, I also got some corn husks for him. Oh, joy......his beloved corn husks and silks had returned.

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    Re: Why is cilantro so important in a guinea pigs diet?

    That's a good question, I'm not 100% sure but I think the husk is what you feed to the pigs, not the silk.

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    Re: Why is cilantro so important in a guinea pigs diet?

    Quote Originally Posted by 4theLOVEofPigs View Post
    OK here's a question I've been wondering about, And since I seen it here I thought I'd ask so here goes.

    I know you are to De-string Celery because of the choking hazard!
    But how can you feed the silk off of an ear of corn without it also being a choking hazard?

    I know often times when I eat corn on the cob and get a string in my throat it hangs up, How come it doesn't/won't bother a pig? Like I said just asking?
    You can feed the husk and the silk! However... I had a piggy who choked on a piece of husk once. He was fine after a few seconds and I think he just learned to chew more
    All of my babies love love corn husk and I get it for free. My local grocery store saves them for me. I get a box full every other day... I have a lot of piggies; so it is nice to have some form of free green coming in After all... They are ADORABLE but none of my ninjas have landed a job yet.

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    Re: Why is cilantro so important in a guinea pigs diet?

    Husk and silk are both fine to feed. We had the discussion on celery once and an admin said it is not just the choking from the strings of celery, but they do not digest like corn silk. Think of the comparison, corn silk being quite delicate, celery string quite tough. So celery strings can cause internal problems when they do not pass.

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    Re: Why is cilantro so important in a guinea pigs diet?

    I whack both celery and corn silks up in about 1/2-1 inch pieces so the pigs are less likely to get choked.

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