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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

can rabbits eat peach tree branches

Can Rabbits eat Peach Tree Branches?

One of the things that rabbits love to do is to chew fruit tree branches. They absolutely adore doing this as they love the taste of them and it helps to wear down their teeth. As their teeth are constantly growing, this is of great benefit to them.

So can rabbits eat peach tree branches at all? We used to have a peach tree in our garden and so they are growing.

Unfortunately, the fruit tree branches that rabbits cant eat are the ones that have stones in them.

This includes the fruit, leaves, and trees. This is because they have pitted fruit and all hardwoods have arsenic in the wood. It needs to be completely dried out for them to eat the branches safely.

But it is not worth the risk.

can rabbits eat globe artichokes

Can Rabbits Eat Globe Artichokes?

There are three different plants which are all known as artichokes, which are the Jerusalem artichoke, the Chinese artichoke and the Globe artichoke.
However, there is one of them that is considered to be the true artichoke of the three of them, and that is the Globe artichoke.

Although they share the same name, the Globe artichoke is not related to any of the other two types of artichoke.

The Globe artichoke is closely related to the thistle and has an edible portion which consists of the flower. The budding artichoke flower-head is a cluster of budding flowers which together with many bracts on an edible base. The rest of the artichoke is not edible at all however.

So can rabbits eat artichokes at all, and if they can how much of them can be eaten?

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

As per usual, we’re interested in their starch, sugar, fat, phosphorous, acidic and calcium content which will reveal if it is any good for rabbits.

Energy 211 kJ (50 kcal)
Carbohydrates
11.39 g
Sugars 0.99 g
Dietary fiber 8.6 g
Fat 0.34 g
Protein 2.89 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
lutein zeaxanthin
464 μg
Thiamine (B1) (4%) 0.05 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (7%) 0.089 mg
Niacin (B3) (7%) 1.11 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(5%) 0.24 mg
Vitamin B6 (6%) 0.081 mg
Folate (B9) (22%) 89 μg
Vitamin C (9%) 7.4 mg
Vitamin E (1%) 0.19 mg
Vitamin K (14%) 14.8 μg
Trace metals
Calcium (2%) 21 mg
Iron (5%) 0.61 mg
Magnesium (12%) 42 mg
Manganese (11%) 0.225 mg
Phosphorus (10%) 73 mg
Potassium (6%) 286 mg
Sodium (20%) 296 mg
Zinc (4%)

Source wikipedia

As you can see Globe artichokes have a lot of phosphorus and are very acidic. This makes them pretty bad for rabbits and a vegetable that they should avoid.

If they do happen to eat a little of them, then this wont hurt them but they will not benefit from being purposely fed them.

There are much better and healthier foods for them to eat, and Globe artichokes are definately one to avoid for bunnies.

can rabbits eat jerusalem artichokes

Can Rabbits Eat Jerusalem Artichokes

There are three types of food that have the name ‘artichoke’ and of the three, the Jerusalem Artichoke is one of the more well-known.

Even thought the globe artichoke is considered to be the definitive artichoke, the Jerusalem artichoke is actually quite different from what the general perception of what an artichoke should be.

The Jerusalem artichoke is also called a topinambour, an earth apple, a sunchoke, or a sunroot and is a species of sunflower which is found in eastern North America from the south in Florida and Texas up through to eastern Canada.

It is a root vegetable and is mainly grown for its tuber.

With all this considered, can rabbits eat Jerusalem Artichokes and if they can, how much of it can be eaten by them?

Looking at its nutritional data wil reveal more of its content so we can make a better decision about this vegetable.

As per usual, its starch, sugar, fat, phosophorus, acidic and calcium content is of most interest to us. Plus it would be helpful if it had a decent amount of fiber in it.

Energy

304 kJ (73 kcal)

Carbohydrates
17.44 g
Sugars 9.6 g
Dietary fiber 1.6 g
Fat 0.01 g
Protein 2 g

Vitamins

Thiamine (B1) (17%) 0.2 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (5%) 0.06 mg
Niacin (B3) (9%) 1.3 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (8%) 0.397 mg
Vitamin B6 (6%) 0.077 mg
Folate (B9) (3%) 13 μg
Vitamin C (5%) 4 mg

Trace metals

Calcium (1%) 14 mg
Iron (26%) 3.4 mg
Magnesium (5%) 17 mg
Phosphorus (11%) 78 mg
Potassium (9%)

source wikipedia

As you can see Jerusalem artichokes are high in Phosphorus and are very acidic and sugar. This makes them pretty bad for rabbits and definitely a food that they shouldn’t be eating.

There are far better foods for them to eat and enjoy. If they do happen to eat some of it, then it wont harm them at all but it is not a good idea to feed it to them purposely on an ongoing basis.

can rabbits eat crab apple branches

Can Rabbits eat Crab Apple Branches?

We’ve already seen how rabbits can eat crab apples in small amounts if they can take their sour taste.

So if they can eat crab apples, can rabbits eat crab apple branches?

If they are grown in an orchard or in your back yard, then of course the branches will be a part of the apples that you might feed them.

Fortunately, crab apple branches are great for rabbits to eat. They absolutely love any fruit tree branches and adore chewing them and can even eat their leaves.

The reason is that rabbits need to chew constantly to help wear down their teeth. They also taste really good to them.

They can also eat them constantly and a great thing to have around.