Can Rabbits Eat Apples

Last Updated on May 31, 2023 by

People love apples. Apples are sweet, edible fruit and they may be one of the most healthy foods for you to include in your daily diet.  They are high in fiber, vitamin C, and various antioxidants.  But, can rabbits eat apples?

In general, rabbits are known to be extremely fond of apples. If you give them a slice of an apple, it will be like a candy to them. Rabbits love apples, apple branches and leaves.

Can Rabbits Eat Apples

So, the short answer is yes, rabbits can eat apples. But, remember, an apple should serve as a dessert. Not as their primary food.

Slices of an apple can be given once or twice a week. This is your safe limit!

can rabbits eat apples
Can Rabbits Eat Apples

How Much Apples Can Rabbits Have?

Remember that some food that looks like their natural food, like fruits for example, are actually extremely bad for them and should not be part of their daily diet.

Rabbits should not have more than 1-2 slices of an apple, once or twice a week.

Like any other fruit, apples should be given in moderation and your pet rabbit will have long and healthy life.

And remember to always wash the apples before giving it to your pet rabbit.

Can Rabbits Eat Apple Leaves?

Absolutely! Rabbits can eat apple leaves. Apple leaves are safe for rabbits. Even fresh branches from Apple trees. Rabbits love to chew them.

However, you need to make sure they are not sprayed with pesticides and that the leaves are healthy with no rusting or mildew.

Can Rabbits Eat Apples

Are Apples and Apple Seeds Bad For Bunnies?

So, here are the bad news. Due to the apple’s high sugar concentration, rabbits can possibly get bacterial dis-balance within their digestive system.

Moreover, they can get used to the sweet taste of the apple (or any fruit in general) and start avoiding their normal healthy food. Do not forget that a daily rabbit’s diet should consist mainly hay, pellet and leafy greens.

Remember, rabbits are just like us and an imbalance in their diet can prove really problematic.

Rabbits can eat apples, but exercise caution and moderation when feeding apples to your rabbit.

If the bunnies are under 3 months of age you should not give them apples or any kind of fruit, especially if their mother had none when she was nursing them.

Can Rabbit Eat Apple Seeds?

No, rabbits should not eat apple seeds. Apple seeds contain cyanide, which is poisonous. Eating too many apple seeds can potentially be fatal.

Rabbits can have apples without steam and seeds. Take them out before giving an apple to your rabbits.

At the end, just like with any other fruit, try to introduce it slowly in their diet. Give your rabbits a small piece to see if they have a bad reaction to it. If they have no reaction, give them a bit more. But, as mentioned earlier not more than once or twice a week.