GuineaDad Food Blog: Can guinea pigs eat papaya?

Can guinea pigs eat papaya?

Guinea pigs can eat papaya, but in moderation! Just like with most fruits, papaya has lots of sugar, so it’s important to make sure that you feed it to them in smaller amounts. There are several benefits and drawbacks to consider before you decide to include it into your guinea pig’s diet!

What vitamins and other nutrients does papaya contain?

Vitamin C

This plays a role in your guinea pig’s healing, as well as their immune system! It’s also vital for the formation of collagen and cartilage muscle. There is 60.9 mg in 100 g of papaya. 

Calcium

Important for the formation of bones and their maintenance! It helps keep your piggies strong, keeps their heart, muscles, and nerves functioning. There is 20 mg in 100 g of papaya. 

Phosphorus

This plays a big role in how the body properly uses carbohydrates and fats! It’s also necessary for making proteins for growth, maintenance, and repair of cells and tissues. There is 10 mg in 100 g.  

Infographic displaying the vitamins and other nutrients in papaya for guinea pigs

What other benefits does papaya provide for your guinea pig?

Papaya contains vitamin A, which is good for removing toxins from the body and protecting your guinea pig’s cells from free radical damage. This damage can lead to premature aging and the development of diseases. Papaya also contains lots of fiber, which is good for maintaining regular and balanced digestion.

What are the downsides about papaya for guinea pigs?

While there are many benefits, there are also a few drawbacks about papaya! For example, eating too much papaya can lead to some urinary complications because of the calcium content. While some calcium is necessary for your guinea pig’s body to function properly, too much can lead to bladder and kidney stone development, especially when guinea pigs get older. 


It’s also important to note that while fiber is good for a balanced digestive system, too much (along with too much sugar) can lead to some complications like constipation. And with the excess sugar content can come some weight gain, which is why we need to be careful about how much we give them!

Guinea pigs can eat papaya, but do they like it?

Yes! It’s a sweet and tasty treat for them.

How should you go about feeding your guinea pig papaya?

Because of the listed downsides, it’s best to limit the amount of this fruit that you give to your guinea pig! The safest way to include it in their diet would be to give them two to three, one square-inch chunks twice a week at most


Make sure to remove the seeds and thoroughly wash the outside if you’re planning on feeding the skin to them as well.

Sliced papaya for guinea pigs to eat

Overall, it is OK to feed your guinea pigs papaya!

As with all fruits and vegetables, feeding them in moderation is the best way to keep their diet balanced and nutritious to keep them happy and healthy as possible.


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