Can my Guinea Pig eat Mushrooms, Shiitake, Dried?
No, they can never eat it!
Contains chitin and excessive protein - poorly digestible
Mushrooms are usually considered a culinary vegetable, but belong to the fungal family, which are more closely related to animals than plants. As a result, the nutritional breakdown of mushrooms contains more protein than a vegetable, as well as chitin, the same material in insect shells, making mushrooms unsuitable for feeding pets.
Guinea pigs and rabbits should have a variety of at least 5 different types of leafy greens to protect against nutritional excesses and deficiencies. At least 80% of the diet should be a good quality grass or cereal hay.
✔ Validated by Dr. Nicole Su
Dr. Nicole is Upilio's in-house veterinarian and bunny parent. With her oldest rabbit Ella now 10 years of age, she developed a passion for small herbivore nutrition and credits Ella's health to a good diet, as well as plenty of love.