Can Rabbits Eat Strawberries?

Strawberries are one of the most popular fruits in the world and many pet parents are curious if rabbits can eat strawberries. Before you start giving your pet rabbit a new type of food it is important to understand if the food is safe and the potential health benefits of doing so. Today you will learn if rabbits can have strawberries and learn about the health benefits of giving it to them.

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Let’s learn about giving strawberries to rabbits!

Can Rabbits Eat Strawberries?

Yes, rabbits can eat strawberries and they can receive numerous beneficial vitamins and nutrients from eating strawberries in moderation. Many wild rabbits will actually eat strawberries that they find in the wild or by venturing into someone’s garden. It is common for rabbits to find strawberries in the wild because of their unique smell and delicious flavor. Rabbits love strawberries because of the juicy flavor as well as the soft texture.

Rabbits will thrive on a hay based diet or daily rabbit food but by adding in the occasional fruit and veggies such as strawberries can improve the amount of vitamins and nutrients they receive. Your rabbit shouldn’t eat too many fruits because of the high natural sugar content and fiber in the berries.

Potential Health Benefits of Strawberries For Rabbits?

Strawberries are one of the healthiest fruits for rabbits and can provide many different health benefits for your pet rabbit. Strawberries are a great source of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Calcium, Folate, Potassium, Magnesium, and more. These vitamins and nutrients can have a positive impact on many aspects of your rabbit’s health. This will make their immune system, digestive system, joint health, cognitive health, and eyesight better.

Vitamin C and magnesium are great nutrients for improving your rabbit’s immune system. This will help to keep them healthy and to fight off illness or common sickness. Strawberries can also aid in a health digestion system because of the fiber and the vitamins.

How To Feed Strawberries To Your Pet Rabbit

When you plan on feeding strawberries to your rabbit you should plan on making sure the fruit is ripe and gently cleaning them before giving them to your rabbit. You want to make sure the strawberries are in season and are ripe before feeding them to your pet.

Rabbits can typically eat the entirety of a strawberry but some pet parents will chose to cut off the green leave of the strawberry. The leaves of the strawberry can sometimes have a bitter flavoring but can also provide additional nutrients to your pet rabbit.

It is recommended that you only give your rabbit small pieces of strawberry and to start small. You can slice or dice up small pieces of strawberry and give it to them in moderation in order to see how they enjoy the fruit.

Can Rabbits Eat Too Many Strawberries?

If your pet rabbit eats too many strawberries in one sitting then this could cause them to suffer from an upset stomach because of the large amount of natural sugar and fiber in strawberries. For this reason it is recommended to only feed your rabbit strawberries in moderation.

You should start slowly and only feed your rabbit small amounts of strawberries so they don’t suffer an upset stomach. Rabbits are known to have a sensitive stomach and too much fruit in one sitting can cause them to have some digestion issues. If your rabbit eats an incredibly large amount of strawberries or other fruit in one sitting then it is possible that they could suffer from diarrhea or even vomiting.

It is recommended that you only feed your rabbit small pieces of strawberries as a snack in addition to their daily food. Too many strawberries in one day or one sitting can cause stomach issues.

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Dr. Jacob Hawthorne, DVM

Dr. Jacob Hawthorne, DVM is a certified veterinarian who graduated from the University of California - Davis Veterinary School in 2012. He specializes in nutrition and veterinary medicine for companion animals such as dogs, cats, rabbits, and more. He has been featured in websites such as PetMD, Yahoo News, Hills Pet, Daily Paws, and more. Learn more about Dr. Jacob Hawthorne, DVM.