Last Updated on April 7, 2022 by Rei Garnet
Quick Facts About Papaya:
- Scientific name – Carica papaya
- Also known as – Papaw, pawpaw
- Origin – Mexico
- Most commonly found in – Mexico, Brazil, and Belize.
- Average weight – 3.6 kg
Papaya is safe to be given to rabbits as long as you stick to giving it 1-2 times per week and your rabbit is at least 7 months old. It’s important that your rabbit is not eating papaya or other sugary treats in lieu of hay.
Lack of fiber is the main cause of digestive problems in rabbits, which is dangerous, especially if your rabbit is young (less than 7 months old).
Now that I’ve given you the gist of the article, read on as I explain in more detail why rabbits can eat papaya:
Do rabbits like eating papaya?
Both of my rabbits (Tyr and Freya) like to eat papaya and will gobble them up as soon as they leave my hand. In fact, I’m pretty sure my babies would overeat papaya if they were allowed to because they love the stuff too much.
I’ve also asked several of my friends who have rabbits at home if they ever fed papaya to their babies. All of them reported that their rabbits loved papaya and would always give them some when available.
Is papaya safe to be eaten by rabbits?
As long as you stick to only giving small amounts of papaya 1-2 times per week and your rabbit is at least 7 months old, then papaya is completely safe to be eaten by rabbits.
The main cause of digestive problems in rabbits is not the food itself but the lack of fiber in their diet. It is usually caused when a rabbit is eating too much unnecessary food in lieu of hay.
What are the benefits of feeding papaya to rabbits?
To properly show the benefits of feeding papaya to your rabbits, you can use the nutrient constrain calculator for rabbits. This tool shows the different nutrients your rabbit is getting and if the amount is within the safe range whenever you feed them papaya.
You can also click on the blue icon beside the nutrient to show the benefits and deficiency of each nutrient: