What is Creeping Charlie?
Creeping Charlie, also known as ground ivy or Glechoma hederacea, is a low-growing flowering plant that belongs to the mint family. It’s a common lawn weed found in gardens and grassy areas throughout Europe and North America. The leaves are round and scalloped with small, purple flowers that bloom in springtime.
Can Guinea Pigs Eat Creeping Charlie?
In short: no, guinea pigs should not eat creeping charlie. While this plant may seem like an appetizing snack for your furry friend, it can cause digestive problems if eaten in large amounts due to its high oxalic acid content. In addition to this, some varieties of creeping charlie contain saponins which can be toxic if ingested by guinea pigs. Therefore it’s best to avoid feeding your pet any part of this plant species altogether.
Alternatives Foods for Guinea Pigs
Rather than giving your guinea pig creeping charlie as a snack or treat option, there are many safe alternatives you can offer them instead. These include fresh vegetables such as carrots and broccoli; fruits like apples and bananas; hay (preferably Timothy hay); specially formulated pelleted feed; vitamins C supplements; and plain yogurt (unsweetened). All these options provide essential nutrients that help keep your pets healthy and happy!