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Do rabbits cherish the fruit pappaya?

Those who have rabbits will have info on this. I served tiny bits of pappaya which the bunnies could chew coz they were not very ripe & they were okay with it. So wanted to check about this fruit here as well...           

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AnuMeha

Asked by AnuMeha at 7:21 AM on Mar. 24, 2011 in Pets

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  • Yes.....most rabbits LOVE sweets! Papaya is very good for their gut movement. Since rabbits clean themselves like cats, but can't hack up the furball, the papaya aids the gut to move out the fur. I 'm a breeder in West Texas & have used papaya often for this. The other posters are right about giving it to them in small amounts. Like I said in the beginning, bunnies love their fruits. They have a natural sweet tooth! Bananas, apples (NO SEEDS!!!), strawberries, pineapple (also aids in the gut movement), & grapes. Check out the website rabbit.org & look around the site for most info you can think of about rabbits! There is a list of safe & unsafe foods for them to munch on. I have a huge non fruit bearing mulberry tree & they LOVE the leaves. I was really concerned about them eating them & looked it up on rabbit.org & didn't see the leaves on any of the lists.....so far nothing has happened. Not that they eat them daily though!
    Bunnee

    Answer by Bunnee at 12:33 PM on Mar. 26, 2011

  • Why don't you search a Bunnie health website and check for fruits and veg suitable for rabbits? I have had 4 bunnies and I still would rather ask a professional than well meaning moms who may advise you incorrectly. Some foods may seem fine for a while but can build up acidity or toxins over time. Some plants in excess can cause diarrhea. Please ask a vet or get on a vet chat site instead.

    notjustmom213

    Answer by notjustmom213 at 7:33 AM on Mar. 24, 2011

  • Good suggestion. Thanks... :-)
    AnuMeha

    Comment by AnuMeha (original poster) at 7:34 AM on Mar. 24, 2011

  • I have owned four rabbits and studied their diets very extensively. I do extensive research on any pet I'm going to buy as well as asking the breeder any question I have when I pick the pet up. I can confidently tell you that rabbits can have papaya but any fruit you give them should be in very small amounts as a treat (one strawberry slice a cube of papaya, half a baby carrot because carrots are also high in sugar) Any food high in sugar should be given as a treat because too much sugar can throw off the good bacteria in their digestive system and cause complications or trouble with digestion. And never give canned fruit or veggies. Always fresh.
    MamaStuart

    Answer by MamaStuart at 2:33 PM on Mar. 24, 2011

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