Do you wonder: can rabbits eat papaya? Yes, they can. Rabbits can have papaya as a treat, which means that you should feed them only in small amounts. Don’t worry, though; this fruit can be healthy for them as long as you provide them proper quantities.
Unlike other food, the flesh of papaya is not toxic for your pet. In fact, it’s loaded with minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants that can improve your rabbit’s entire well-being. All you have to do is to give your pet papaya as a supplement.
I emphasize it’s not a substitute as regular food for your furry friend, especially in terms of nutrition. So, while a bunch of this fruit is not suitable for rabbits, you can always give them a little amount as a treat. There are more things that you should know about papayas for rabbits. Just read further!
What Are Papayas?
Before we should jump to the good things papayas can provide your pet, let’s first know more about papayas.
Papayas are also called pawpaws or papaws. They typically grow in places with tropical climates. The fruit tastes sweet, just perfect for those having a sweet tooth. The color is vibrant, making it look attractive. It also explains why my Thumper loves having papayas at home.
What’s more impressive is that it’s loaded with health benefits and that you will know later on. Given these facts, there’s no doubt why papayas are very prominent.
Also, it’s good to know that this fruit is available at all times throughout the year. Who knows that this fruit used to be rare and exotic? Well, not now. That’s why it’s also a good choice of treat for your pet.
Health Benefits Of Papayas
As a pet owner, I want only the best for Thumper. That’s why I make sure that I feed him right, and one of the treats I give him is papaya. Well, the nutrients in papaya can offer a wide range of benefits perfect for shielding him against various health problems. Here are just some health benefits of papayas:
Provides powerful antioxidants
Various stress factors can affect the normal function of your pet’s cell. Once affected, chain reactions will be initiated, compromising cell integrity and inducing reactive oxygen species’ production in excess. Cell structures will then be damages as a result.
The good news is that eating fruits rich in antioxidants, such as papayas, can protect your pet’s tissue against oxidative damage. In a rabbit’s nutrition, the most common types of antioxidants are vitamin C and alpha-tocopheryl acetate (TOH).
Promotes heart health
Do you know that rabbits are not at a high risk of heart diseases? That’s the truth, and it can be explained by the fact that they are herbivores. As herbivores, they are not expected to consume foods rich in saturated fat or cholesterol.
Anyway, feeding your pet papayas is an excellent option to maintain its heart health. It prevents cholesterol oxidation in the blood. Please take note that cholesterol is detrimental to your pet once it has been oxidized.
This process makes the cholesterol sticky, increasing the chance for it to stick in the artery walls. If this occurs, it can lead to atherosclerosis, resulting in stroke and heart attack.
Ensures cardiovascular health
Giving your pet papayas with powerful anti-inflammatory properties can help prevent at the same time alleviate inflammatory disease symptoms, such as arthritis.
Take note that papayas cannot cure nor prevent any illness; instead, they can reduce inflammation, promote joint mobility, and relieve pain and swelling. With this knowledge at hand, I’m always confident that papaya is good for Thumper. Hopefully, you feel the same way.
Improves immune system
Papaya is dubbed the world’s healthiest fruit. Yes, it contains vitamin C. What’s more interesting about this fact is that it’s composed of double the suggested quantity of vitamin C in fruit.
Promoting immunity means decreasing the risk of infection. Most of the time, people get sick due to this. And that’s also the same with animals. Much more, this fruit contains a decent amount of magnesium, folate, and potassium, all great for your pet’s entire well-being.
Things To Consider When Feeding Papayas To Rabbits
Now you know how beneficial papayas are for your furry pet. Let’s understand what you should consider before you should feed them one.
#1. Amount of papaya to serve
Just like any other fruits, such as apples, plums, oranges, berries, and mangoes, papayas should also serve as an occasional treat. Even if you should give your pet occasionally, it should be done in small quantities.
If your rabbit weighs only around 2 pounds, then a teaspoon will suffice. Also, giving them 1 to 2 times a week is okay.
#2. Observe their reaction towards the fruit
Baby bunnies are not recommended to have papayas. Make sure your pet is already above three months of age. Start giving small amounts and observe them for 24 hours. It’s a good idea to provide this treat for them in logic toys to promote their intelligence. You can also do so while training them.
#3. Too much sugar for rabbits
Rabbits are prone to gastrointestinal issues, especially if they have consumed foods rich in sugar and carbs. Most probably, they will experience diarrhea, stomach upsets, bloating, and more.
Despite the health benefits papayas can give, these fruits are also loaded with sugar and carbs. That’s why I’ve been telling you for many times in this article to give limitations whenever feeding them this treat.
Much more, consuming excess amounts can lead to obesity and weight gain. And you know what happens when someone is obese; it comes with numerous other health issues.
Can Rabbits Eat Papaya Leaves And Skin?
The good news is that rabbits can eat papaya leaves and skin. A study has shown that papaya leaves, whether fresh or wilted, can be given to rabbits, and they’re totally safe for them.
In fact, they’re healthier when it comes to sugar and carbs content. Unlike the fruit itself, the leaves are composed of less sugar and carbs. It also explains why it’s okay to give them a little more of papaya leaves.
Here’s what I do to Thumper’s food: I mix them with other greens such as escarole, kales, cilantro, carrot tops, lettuce, and more. Giving them a mixture of these leafy greens is enough for your pet.
Can rabbits eat papaya? Sure, why not? This fruit is loaded with health benefits good for your pet to eat. As Thumper’s feeder, I am happy to share papaya as a treat, especially knowing it will be good for him.
As you have learned, despite the significant benefits come with major drawbacks such as the fruit’s high sugar and carbs content. It explains why I also limit giving this treat to Thumper.
Whenever you give them one, make sure of the amount and the frequency. It’s also a good idea to try papaya leaves and mix them with other greens. This part is not as sweet as the fruit itself, but it’s healthier.
Hopefully, you’ve learned from this article. Say hi to your pet from Thumper!