Category Archives: Rabbit foods

Can Rabbits Eat Apple Tree Branches?

We know that rabbits can eat fruit tree branches are beloved by rabbits. They enjoy chewing them because of their delicious flavour and for the fact that they can gnaw their teeth on them to grind them down.

As their teeth are consistently growing, they always need something to chew on.

Apple trees are great for rabbits to eat because they are not toxic and easy to chew on for the rabbit.

It doesn’t matter how much they eat, they can eat apple tree branches.

Originally posted 2014-10-15 21:34:41.

can rabbits eat beets

Can Rabbits eat Beets?

Beets are also known as table beet, red or golden beet, and garden beet. They are popular the world over in particular throughout the USA and Canada down into Central America and also in Europe.

Beets have a darker purple skin or purple flesh and have a flavour which is a rich, earthy and sweet.

So can rabbits eat beets and if they can how much of them can be eaten?

Lets take a look and find out more by checking out their nutritional data.

In particular, we’re interested in their starch, sugar, phosphorus, fat, protein and acidic content. It would also be useful if it had a nice amount of protein in it as well.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 180 kJ (43 kcal)
Carbohydrates 9.96 g
Sugars 7.96 g
Dietary fiber 2.0 g
Fat .18 g
Protein 1.68 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv. (0%) 2 μg
Thiamine (B1) (3%) .031 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (2%) .027 mg
Niacin (B3) (2%) .331 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(3%) .145 mg
Vitamin B6 (5%) .067 mg
Folate (B9) (20%) 80 μg
Vitamin C (4%) 3.6 mg
Trace metals
Calcium (2%) 16 mg
Iron (6%) .79 mg
Magnesium (6%) 23 mg
Manganese (14%) 0.3 mg
Phosphorus (5%) 38 mg
Potassium (6%) 305 mg
Sodium (5%) 77 mg
Zinc (4%)

source wikipedia

As you can see beets contain quite a bit of sugar, a hint of fat and protein, they are very acidic and have some calcium and phosphorus.

They also contain a little fiber.

On this basis, beets should be fed sparingly to rabbits in very small amounts a few times a month. This is because of their acidic content mainly not to mention the small amounts of sugar, fat, protein, calcium, and phosphorus they contain.

If they eat too much of it, it is likely to cause your bunny a lot of gas and they will have stomach ache isses which may lead to sickness and diarrhoea.

So feed with caution.

Rabbis should always have a staple diet of water, hay and good rabbit pellets first and foremost, and fresh leafs and veggies should top it up every day and not be their main food.

Can rabbits eat Beet Greens?

If they can eat beets, then what about the greens or leaves that are produced when they are grown?

Yes, they are great for rabbits to eat one a daily basis and can be fed as part of their fresh portion of your rabbits daily diet. But do watch for its acidic content. About 1 packed cup per 2 lbs of body weight per day will suffice.

Can rabbits eat Beet pulp?

Beet pulp  is the fibrous material left over after the sugar is extracted from sugar beets. They can eat it but do feed it sparingly and in small amounts to them.

This thread has some good information on it if you are looking for further information on it http://rabbittalk.com/shredded-beet-pulp-t5567.html

Originally posted 2014-10-15 10:27:32.

can rabbits eat pumpkin

Can Rabbits eat Pumpkin?

Pumpkin is a very popular food at this time of year with Halloween and thanksgiving fast approaching and all the festivities that they bring.

Throughout the world, families will be buying in pumpkins for their celebrations and making various foods from them not to mention carving them up into amazing creations.

So can rabbits join in the celebrations and enjoy pumpkin as well?

For the sake of good rabbit care, it would be good to see if they could have it as well.

Lets take a look at the nutritional data of pumpkin to find out more about what it contains.

In particular we are interested in its starch, sugar, phosphorus, calcium, and acidic content as they affect rabbits the most.

Energy 109 kJ (26 kcal)
Carbohydrates
6.5 g
Sugars 2.76 g
Dietary fiber 0.5 g
Fat
0.1 g
Protein 1 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
lutein zeaxanthin
(53%) 426 μg
(29%) 3100 μg
1500 μg
Thiamine (B1) (4%) 0.05 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (9%) 0.11 mg
Niacin (B3) (4%) 0.6 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(6%) 0.298 mg
Vitamin B6 (5%) 0.061 mg
Folate (B9) (4%) 16 μg
Vitamin C (11%) 9 mg
Vitamin E (3%) 0.44 mg
Vitamin K (1%) 1.1 μg
Trace metals
Calcium (2%) 21 mg
Iron (6%) 0.8 mg
Magnesium (3%) 12 mg
Manganese (6%) 0.125 mg
Phosphorus (6%) 44 mg
Potassium (7%) 340 mg
Sodium (0%) 1 mg
Zinc (3%) 0.32 mg

Source: USDA

As you can see Pumpkin contains some phosphorus and is quite acidic and has a decent amount of sugar content.

This means that rabbits can eat pumpkin but not too much of it as they will get stomach ache if they have too much of it.

So it is fine to feed a little to them at halloween and thanksgiving but not too much.

What about other parts of the pumpkin?

Do rabbits eat Pumpkin leaves

Pumpkin leaves are fine for them to nibble of but they aren’t a food that they can consume too much of as they have quite a lot of calcium.

Do rabbits eat pumpkin seeds?

Pumpkin seeds really aren’t good for them as they will get stuck in their teeth and lodged in their throats.

Do rabbits eat pumpkin skin?

Pumpkin skin is fine for them to eat although they might not enjoy it so much.

Do rabbits eat cooked pumpkin?

Unfortunately, they can only eat it raw

Do rabbits eat pumpkin pie?

Unfortunately they can’t eat pumpkin pie at all.

It is full of preservatives and sugars and is really not good for them at all.

Do rabbits eat butternut pumpkin?

This is another name for butternut squash, yes they can in small amounts.

Originally posted 2014-10-13 22:09:40.

can rabbits eat avocado

Can Rabbits Eat Avocado?

Avocados are a fruit that can be used as part of a salad or in cooked food, and even eaten on its own. However, it is often used as a vegetable and is highly nutritious

They are exotic fruits that are found in tropical and Mediteranean climates and is native to central americal.

There are four main varieties of avocado which are

Image Source wikipedia

Hass – which is considered to be the best type of avocado and has a knobbly and dark skin.
Ettinger and Fuerte – which are both pear-shaped and smooth skinned.
Nabal – which is spherical in shape.

It is occasionally known as a butter pear mainly due to its unctuous flesh or even an alligator pear because of its knobbly skin.

So if we can eat Avocados, then can rabbits eat them at all?

The thing about Avocado’s is that they are stone-fruit, in that they have a stone right at their core.

Unfortunately, rabbit’s can’t eat any stone-fruit’s as they are toxic for them.

Why are avocados toxic for rabbits?

Avocados contain a toxic principle known as persin which can really affect a rabbit. If ingested it can cause respiratory distress, congestion, fluid accumulation around the heart, and even death. (source aspca)

So eating avocado flesh, skin, and even their leaves and branches can have a detrimental effect on them.

If it is eaten then do consult a vet as soon as you can to get support and advice.

Originally posted 2014-10-13 21:05:59.

can rabbits eat eggplant

Can Rabbits eat Eggplant?

Eggplant is a popular food eaten across the United States. Also called ‘Aubergine’ it is actually a fruit an not a vegetable, which some including myself thought it was. The great thing about writing these posts is that you learn all kinds of things like this!

It is a fruit that is grown all across the world and there different kinds of aubergine such as glossy, bulbous, glossy, deep purple zepplin-like types which are common to Mediterranean cuisine, bulbous, tubular Asian types, small and plump, Ivory or the minute examples in grown in Thailand.

So if we can eat eggplant, then can rabbits eat it at all?

Lets take a look at their nutritional data and find out more about them.

In particular we are interested in its starch, sugar, phosphorus, calcium, and acidic content as they affect rabbits the most.

Energy 104 kJ (25 kcal)
Carbohydrates
5.88 g
Sugars 3.53 g
Dietary fiber 3 g
Fat 0.18 g
Protein 0.98 g
Vitamins
Thiamine (B1) (3%) 0.039 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (3%) 0.037 mg
Niacin (B3) (4%) 0.649 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(6%) 0.281 mg
Vitamin B6 (6%) 0.084 mg
Folate (B9) (6%) 22 μg
Vitamin C (3%) 2.2 mg
Vitamin E (2%) 0.3 mg
Vitamin K (3%) 3.5 μg
Trace metals
Calcium (1%) 9 mg
Iron (2%) 0.23 mg
Magnesium (4%) 14 mg
Manganese (11%) 0.232 mg
Phosphorus (3%) 24 mg
Potassium (5%) 229 mg
Zinc (2%) 0.16mg

Source: Wikipedia

As you can see eggplant contains a hint of phosphorus, they are a little acidic and are quite sweet. However, they do contain a little fiber and a little vitamin content.

With this in mind, rabbits can eat eggplant but not too much of it.

Twice to three times a week a week should suffice nicely enough for them, but nothing more than that. This is because of their sugar content in eggplant.

Originally posted 2014-10-13 20:37:53.

can rabbits eat asparagus

Can Rabbits eat Asparagus?

Asparagus is often seen as a refined vegetable due to its price to purchase. However this is because it is quite labour intensive to grow and requires more times and expertise to cultivate compared to many other types of vegetables.

Asparagus has a very distinct intense flavour which is enjoyed and loved by many.

You can find it in many different colourings. French asparagus for example is purple, British and American asparagus is green, Dutch and Spanish asparagus is white due to the fact that it’s grown beneath the soil and it is cut just as its tip emerges.

So if we are able to eat asparagus, then can rabbits eat it as well?

Let’s take a look at its nutritional data to find out more about this fascinating vegetable.

In particular we are interested in its starch, sugar, phosphorus, calcium, and acidic content as these are the kind of nutrients that affect rabbits the most.

Energy 85 kJ (20 kcal)
Carbohydrates
3.88 g
Sugars 1.88 g
Dietary fibre 2.1 g
Fat 0.12 g
Protein 2.2 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
lutein (5%) 38 μg
zeaxanthin(4%) 449 μg
710 μg
Thiamine (B1) (12%) 0.143 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (12%) 0.141 mg
Niacin (B3) (7%) 0.978 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(5%) 0.274 mg
Vitamin B6 (7%) 0.091 mg
Folate (B9) (13%) 52 μg
Choline (3%) 16 mg
Vitamin C (7%) 5.6 mg
Vitamin E (7%) 1.1 mg
Vitamin K (40%) 41.6 μg
Trace metals
Calcium (2%) 24 mg
Iron (16%) 2.14 mg
Magnesium (4%) 14 mg
Manganese (8%) 0.158 mg
Phosphorus (7%) 52 mg
Potassium (4%) 202 mg
Sodium (0%) 2 mg
Zinc (6%)

Source Wikipedia

As you can see Asparagus is quite acidic and contains quite a bit of phosphorus. However it does contain a hint of fibre.

This means that rabbits can eat asparagus, but do feed it to them cautiously and not too much at one time. A stalk or two once a week should suffice to ensure that they dont eat too much of it. Too much asparagus could cause stomach problems for your rabbit due to their acidic nature.

So if you have seen that they can eat asparagus and did’t understand why, I hope this post has been helpful in explaining why asparagus is fine for bunnies to eat.

Originally posted 2014-10-13 20:18:05.

can rabbits eat arugula

Can Rabbits Eat Arugula?

Arugula is a fantastic herb which is darkish green and has peppery flavoured leaves. It is normally found in salads sold either loosely or in bunches. It is also called Eruca savtiva and is an annual plant.

It’s other names are Colewort, Rugula, Rucola, Roquette, or Salad Rocket.

It’s spiky dark green leaves look much dandelion leaves.

So, can rabbits eat arugula, and if they can how much of it can be eaten.

Let’s take a look and find out more by looking closely at its nutritional data.

In particular we are interested in its starch, sugar, phosphorus, calcium, and acidic content as they affect rabbits the most.

Total Fat 0.7 g 1%
Saturated fat 0.1 g 0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0.3 g
Monounsaturated fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 27 mg 1%
Potassium 369 mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 3.6 g 1%
Dietary fiber 1.6 g 6%
Sugar 2 g
Protein 2.6 g 5%
Vitamin A 47%
Vitamin C 25%
Calcium 16%
Iron 8%
Vitamin D 0%
Vitamin B-6 5%
Vitamin B-12 0%
Magnesium 11%

Source google

As you can see Arugula has quite a bit of calcium in it but other than that is not bad for rabbits. Not to mention, it has a nice amount of protein and a little fiber to help with nutritional input.

With this in mind rabbits can eat arugula, but not too much. Two to three times a week should suffice, but not every day because of the calcium content.

Originally posted 2014-10-13 19:34:46.

can rabbits eat bread

Can Rabbits Eat Bread?

Bread is a food that most households have available so it is inevitable the the question of whether bread can be fed to rabbits or not.

Bread is a staple food which is made with flour, dough and water and then baked. In fact, it is one of humanity’s oldest foods and is eaten in many styles and forms.

So can rabbits eat bread and if they can how much of it can be eaten?

As with most foods, if rabbits are fed bread they will eat it without question. Bread also is high in carbohydrates and so they will enjoy it if they eat it.

But because of this, it will cause them to have diarrhoea.

If they have a small amount of it they will be fine.

Originally posted 2014-10-12 20:48:17.

can rabbits eat pear tree branches

Can Rabbits Eat Pear Tree Branches?

Pear tree branches are great for rabbits to eat. This is because rabbits love the taste of fruit tree branches. Pear trees often appear in gardens and back yards and are a good way of giving your rabbit something nice to chew on to grind their teeth down.

So can rabbits eat pear tree branches?

Yes they can and are absolutely fine for rabbits to eat and chew on. The only tree branches that they can’t eat are from stone-fruits such as apple, plum, cherry, apricot and other types of stone-fruit.

Rabbits can also eat pear tree leaves which they will love and tuck into.

Originally posted 2014-10-12 20:23:17.

can rabbits eat apricot tree leaves and branches

Can Rabbits eat Apricot Tree Leaves and Branches?

Rabbits have a great taste for fruit tree branches. They love them because they adore the taste of them because of their taste and they also give the opportunity to wear their teeth down. Their teeth are constantly growing and so always need grinding down by chewing one something.

So can rabbits eat apricot tree leaves and branches?

Unfortunately they cant at all. This is because they cant eat anything from stone-fruit trees.

The hardwood contains arsenic and so does the leaves so if they do eat them, they will be seriously ill and may even die as a result.

If your rabbit does eat them, then do consult a vet as soon as possible.

So it is well worth keeping your rabbit’s accommodation away from any apricot trees that you may have in your back yard or garden.

Originally posted 2014-10-12 20:04:51.