Coconut water is the suspension for the endosperm of the coconut during its nuclear phase of development.
It contains sugar, dietary fiber, proteins, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, and provides an isotonic electrolytebalance.
It is known as a refreshing drink throughout the humid tropics, and is gaining popularity as a sports drink.
So can rabbits drink coconut water?
Let’s take a look at their nutritional data, in particular their sodium, calcium, sugar, fat, phosphorus, and fibre content which is most pertinent as far as bunnies are concerned.
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 19 kcal (79 kJ)
Dietary fiber 1.1
Thiamine (B1) (3%)0.03 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (5%)0.057 mg
Niacin (B3) (1%)0.08 mg
Vitamin B6 (2%)0.032 mg
Vitamin C (3%)2.4 mg
Calcium (2%)24 mg
Iron (2%)0.29 mg
Magnesium (7%)25 mg
Phosphorus (3%)20 mg
Potassium (5%)250 mg
Zinc (1%)0.1 mg
As you can see coconut water contains a hint of phosphorus, calcium, sugar, fat and fibre are a little acidic.
This means that rabbits can have a little of it, but it isn’t a great drink for rabbits to have a lot of it.
Their main drink should be plain water and it shouldn’t be necessary to give them such a drink.