Can Guinea Pigs Eat Lemongrass?

Guinea pig owners may wonder if they can eat lemongrass. Before giving this herb to your pets, get the facts.

Give your cat organic, fresh herbs (preferably washed). Before giving them to your pet, check for toxins.

Short Answer
Yes, guinea pigs can eat lemongrass, but only in moderation. In large amounts, lemongrass, which contains citronella, can make guinea pigs sick. Guinea pigs should only eat lemongrass twice or three times a week.

Despite its vitamin C and other minerals, guinea pigs should not eat it daily. Lemongrass includes a lot of calcium, which can be harmful in large amounts.

Guinea pigs need grass, hay, drink, and vitamin C. Guinea pigs shouldn’t get vitamin C from lemongrass. Instead, bell peppers, parsley, and cabbage provide vitamin C. Blueberries, apples, and cherries are also nutritious.

To maintain a balanced diet, guinea pigs need fresh veggies and fruits. Avoid giving your pet guinea pigs poisonous plants and herbs. Call your vet if your guinea pig has diarrhea or tummy upset after eating lemongrass. Remember that every guinea pig has preferences, so slowly introduce new foods and watch your pet’s reactions.

I know from experience that guinea pigs need a balanced meal. I avoid overfeeding my guinea pigs, who love fresh produce. I give them bell peppers, broccoli, and lemongrass two to three times a week. Lemongrass is a tasty way to vary my guinea pigs’ food. However, I never push them to eat anything they don’t like. In conclusion, guinea pigs can eat lemongrass proportionally, but there are better food options than it. They should be fed unlimited grass hay, fresh water, and fresh vegetables and fruits.

Conflicting opinions

Lemongrass is hard and sharp, so only give it once a week to guinea pigs. Offer cut grass or other safe yard greens if they want fresh grass (like dandelion leaves and nasturtium flowers).

Your guinea pig should eat hay, fresh grass, hay pellets, leafy green veggies, vibrant fruits, and softer pellets. This lets them graze freely, which is best.

Guinea pigs need vitamin C from fruits and veggies. You can periodically treat them with a wedge of orange or apple, blueberries, or strawberries with their green tops.

Lemongrass contains too much calcium.

Lemongrass is rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, manganese, and vitamins A, C, and B6.

Lemongrass is rich in vitamins and minerals, but only in proportion. The USDA recommends eight servings of fruits and veggies per day for adults.

Overconsuming can raise blood pressure and pulse rate. If you have medical conditions or take prescription drugs, contact a doctor before using lemongrass.

Lemongrass’ citral reduces inflammation, a sign of many ailments. Studies show it may even fight cancer cells.

Lemongrass contains citronella oil.

Cymbopogon plants in tropical Asia, South America, and the Caribbean produce citronella oil. It’s an important oil in insect repellents and deodorants.

Citronella oil has antimicrobial, stress-relieving, and refreshing qualities. Aromatherapy diffuses, inhales, and applies it.

Citronella repels mosquitoes that carry malaria, yellow fever, dengue, and Zika. It’s safer than chemical bug sprays for sensitive skin and the environment.

Use peppermint essential oils in room sprays or bug repellents. This essential oil repels insects on your porch in summer.

Other herbs

Herbs provide vitamins A, C, and K and minerals like calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphate, and potassium, making them ideal for guinea pigs.

Guinea pigs should mostly eat lemongrass, parsley, and basil, but basil lacks vitamin C and has high calcium levels that can cause bladder or renal stones.

Many store-bought herbs contain pesticides and herbicides that could harm your cat.

Chamomile, another common herb, can be given to guinea pigs in tiny amounts to calm them. Disulfides in chives and onions can harm your guinea pig’s red blood cells.