Bunnies are known to be extremely fond of fruits. However, it should be kept in mind that bunnies tend to have a very sensitive digestive system. But, can rabbits eat fruits?
The short answer is yes, it can serve as a dessert, but It should be given in small quantities (once or twice a week).
Due to high sugar concentrations it is possible bacterial dis-balance within the digestive system, and may also cause a rabbit’s desire to eat only fruits, not their normal, healthy food.
That is why it’s imperative to make sure they’re fed proper food in the appropriate amount. Hay is the most important food and it must be available for your pet throughout the day. 70 -80% of the daily food should be hay.
Read more: How to Choose the Best Hay for Your Rabbit .
Some fruits and veggies are also okay in small portions. Fruits can serve great as a treat or reward.
What Fruits are Safe for Rabbits to Eat
Some options to consider include:
- Apple (without stem and seeds)
- Cherries (any variety, without the pits)
- Plum (without the pits)
- Strawberries (any type of berries)
- Berries (uncooked)
- Pineapple (remove skin)
- Banana (remove peel; no more than about 2 1/8 inch slices a day)
- Melons (any – can include peel and seeds)
- Star Fruit
At What Age Can Rabbits Eat Fruits
If they are under 3 months of age you should not give them any, especially if their mother had none when she was nursing them.
If you don’t know whether she did or not, until they are 3 months just stick to plain pellets and hay. Then you can start slowly introducing vegetables and fruit into their diet.
And remember to always wash your fruits before giving it to your rabbit. All in all, as long as you exercise moderation, your rabbit should live a long, healthy life !
What Foods are Bad for Rabbits
Remember, here are a few foods you should never feed rabbits:
- Chocolate (this is poison for the rabbit!)
- Most ‘human’ treats
- Breakfast Cereal