Can Donkeys Eat Cantaloupe? (Answered)

by Kloee Ngozi
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The simple answer to that question is yes.

Donkeys can safely eat cantaloupe without any problem. In fact, the fruit is as delicious to them as it is to you, coupled with other nutritional benefits. Not only that, cantaloupes can serve as a very juicy and refreshing meal especially on a warm sunny day.  This is due to its soft and delectable flesh, being able to cool off the body during dry weather.

However, feeding your donkey with too much cantaloupe can result in problems such as diarrheas’ and indigestion.

So what are the health benefits of cantaloupe and what amount of cantaloupe can you give your donkey?

Sit back, as this article will tell you everything you need to know about feeding your donkeys with cantaloupe. Let dig in.

What are cantaloupes?

Cantaloupe is a type of fruit from the melon family and it is known for being sweet and juicy with a subtle smell.

It may have originated in Southeast Asia but has since spread across the globe where it is now considered a staple food in many countries of the world.

Cantaloupe can be otherwise called a “rock melon”  ” sweet melon” or spanspek.

It is normally eaten as fresh fruit, as a salad, or as a dessert with ice cream or custard.

Melon pieces wrapped in prosciutto are a familiar antipasto. The seeds also are edible and may be dried for use as a snack.

Related: Here is an article I wrote on can donkeys eat cucumber?

Health Benefits of cantaloupe

The health benefits of cantaloupe are numerous. This article will outline some of the top health benefits of eating cantaloupe, including those that might not be so obvious at first glance.

  1. Cantaloupe is rich in Vitamins A, C, and K. It also contains potassium which helps to regulate blood pressure and is an important electrolyte.
  1. Cantaloupe has a refreshing taste and it is good for you. It provides the body with essential vitamins such as A, C, and K, as well as potassium which helps regulate blood pressure. Cantaloupe tastes crisp and refreshing – perfect for this hot summer weather!
  1. Cantaloupe is a nutrient-rich fruit. It contains antioxidants, fibre, potassium, and vitamin C. It can be eaten in many different ways – it can be sliced up and put on a salad or eaten by itself as a snack.
  1. Cantaloupe can nutritionally benefit donkey and horses because it contains the vitamins and minerals that your they need for strong bones, healthy skin and hair, and an optimally performing heart.
  1. It also serves as an efficient source of energy which is good for your donkey.

Nutrients that cantaloupes can give your donkeys  include:

Raw cantaloupe is 90% water, 8% carbohydrates, 0.8% protein and 0.2% fat, providing 140 kJ (34 kcal) and 2020 μg of the provitamin A orange carotenoid, beta-carotene per 100 grams.

Fresh cantaloupe is a rich source (20% or more of the Daily Value or DV) of vitamin C (44% DV) and vitamin A (21% DV), with other nutrients in negligible amounts (less than 10% DV) (table).

Cantaloupe is also rich in vitamins and minerals such as:

  • Folic acid
  • Calcium
  • Zinc
  • Copper
  • Iron
  • Vitamin K
  • Niacin
  • Choline
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorus
  • Manganese
  • Selenium

Is cantaloupe toxic to donkeys?

Absolutely not. Cantaloupe is a very nourishing fruit for both humans and animals.

Like all fruits, cantaloupe contains lots of special vitamins and minerals needed for body growth, development and optimal performance.

However, there have been cases where a donkey has eaten from the ground and consumed rotten cantaloupe and it ended up falling sick.

Apart from that, there have been no reports of cantaloupe being toxic to Donkeys or any other herbivores animal.

Donkeys are herbivores and they typically consume grasses, leaves, grains, vegetables, roots and fruits.

However, if the animal becomes sick or injured they may need to eat something else for a short period such as hay or even a small amount of cantaloupe.

Check out this article I wrote on can donkeys eat peanuts?

How much cantaloupe can you feed your donkey?

The rules on feeding fruit and vegetables to animals are not straightforward. A lot of it depends on what type of animal you have, the size of the animal, and how old it is.

Most importantly, the type and nature of the fruit and vegetables should also be taken into consideration.

Cantaloupes are completely safe fruit your donkeys can gorge on, but having too much can be bad as well.

Generally, having an excessive amount of melon fruits can cause illnesses like diarrhoea and indigestion.

So when thinking of feeding your donkeys with cantaloupe, try to examine the donkeys size and weight to determine what amount you can feed it.

Can donkeys eat cantaloupe rinds?

What about the rinds, can you also safely feed your donkey with cantaloupe rinds?

The answer is also yes. It perfectly fine if eaten in small quantity.

Cantaloupe rinds are just the exterior or outer skin section of the fruit.

While they don’t provide as much nutrients as the flesh, they are quite safe for consumption, so you have nothing to worry about feeding your donkeys with cantaloupe rinds.

There is basically no part of a cantaloupe fruit that is toxic for donkeys. Hence, donkeys can safely consume an entire Cantaloupe without any health hazards.

This includes the rinds(skin), flesh, and seeds.

Cantaloupe rinds just like other melon fruits are mostly packed with water and vitamins. They can still offer a nourishing taste and satisfaction to your Donkeys.

How to feed cantaloupe to donkeys

While cantaloupe can serve as a healthy snack for donkey, it is indeed important to observe some few precautions before feeding any to your Donkey.

You should also be aware of feeding suggestions that can make the cantaloupe eating experience a positive one for your donkey as time goes on.

Some precautions to note when feeding Donkeys cantaloupe

  1. Cantaloupe may be high in nutrients but it’s also high in sugar. Hence, if your Donkey is prone to diabetes, high blood pressure, or abnormal blood sugar levels, it would be best to skip the cantaloupe and choose another snack option that contains little to no sugar.
  1. If your Donkeys suffer from any kind of health condition. It recommended that you consult a veterinarian to seek advice about feeding cantaloupe to your donkey
  1. Do well to watch how your donkeys are eating the cantaloupe, If they tend to swallow it without much chewing, they should be offered small chunks of the melon to avoid the risk of choking. If your horse chews their cantaloupe well, you can feed them whole slices or even half of an entire cantaloupe at a time.


Donkeys enjoy eating a spread of various foods additionally to the hay or grass that acts as their main staple.

In most cases, cantaloupe may be a great snack choice for donkeys, but whenever unsure, reach bent your vet for peace of mind.

Are you getting to feed your donkeys cantaloupe, or does one recommend another fruity snack?

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Kloee Ngozi

Kloee is a backyard farmer and avid gardener who enjoys tending to her garden and plants. She is so engrossed with her plants that she has pet names for all of them. She likes to relax with a bottle of wine and read a book.


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