Is it Bad if Guinea Pigs Eat Newspaper?

Is it Bad if Guinea Pigs Eat Newspaper?


Is it bad if Guinea pigs eat newspaper? They need fiber, but you should be giving
them carrots and lettuce and spinach to nibble. The newspaper lines the cage. In a way, I’ve
already given it to her. The newspaper is chewed because it is there,
and not covered with hay and wood chips. I know it is convenient, but the ink isn’t good
for the critter. It is all black and white. I know the colored
inks can be dangerous. The black ink can be toxic, too. It is mostly
soy based ink these days, but still not good, but colored ink is toxic over time. So what do I put in the cage instead? You could use saw dust to absorb all the pee.
Get willow branch balls for the pet to chew on. Those things are expensive. Could I make my
own? Yes, with a tangle of branches. Or put a wooden
block to chew on to keep the teeth from getting too long, as long as it isn’t cut off a piece
of painted or treated furniture wood. Is he eating it, or is he just chewing on
it like gum to keep the teeth from getting too long? Either or both. Guinea pigs do have the ability
to digest cellulose, though it isn’t their first choice. My pet seems to prefer newspaper over the
carrots and seeds I put in. He even eats the newspaper after eating food. There are people who like the paper after
breakfast, but that’s ridiculous. What else could I do? Put Timothy hay in the cage for the pet to
eat so get enough fiber or wood blocks that are untreated by chemicals. I hope the kids do not hear this and give
the kids wooden toys and toothpicks to eat.

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