Rabbits do best on a healthy diet that consists of hay, leafy greens, and pellets. But like humans, bunnies love a special treat every now and then. Fruits and veggies seem like a healthy way to supplement their meals, but rabbits have a very sensitive digestive system, so you have to be careful which ones you offer. For example, rabbits can eat strawberries. But like any treat, only in moderation.
Can Rabbits Eat All Parts of the Strawberry?
Yes! Rabbits can enjoy munching on the leaves and tops of strawberries. All parts are safe for bunnies to eat. The concern is not what part of the strawberry rabbits can eat, but how much they can eat.
How Many Strawberries Can a Rabbit Eat?
Rabbits can enjoy a little bit of strawberry a couple of days a week, but they shouldn’t eat them every day. The amount to give depends on the rabbit’s size, weight, and breed. One to three strawberries is the maximum any rabbit should get at a time. Be sure to cut the berries up into bite-size pieces for safe munching, as they may be so excited they try to gulp them down.
What Happens if a Rabbit Consumes Too Many Strawberries?
Strawberries are packed with vitamin C, manganese, and folate. They’re a great source of antioxidants. However, strawberries are also high in natural sugars, which might upset a rabbit’s stomach if they eat too much of them, or even lead to obesity. Additionally, rabbits need a high-fiber diet to keep their digestive tract healthy, and strawberries have just a moderate amount of fiber.
What Fruits Can Rabbits Not Eat?
Rabbits can eat the flesh of fruits with pits, but you need to be extremely careful giving them fruits like apricots, peaches, and plums, as they should never consume the pits. The pits contain cyanide, which is toxic to rabbits. Same with fruits with seeds, such as apples or pears. The flesh is okay, but the rabbit shouldn’t have any seeds. It’s best to avoid these fruits altogether if you want to be extra safe.
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