Can Rabbits Eat Tomatoes?

Tomatoes are known to be a healthy option for humans as well as many other types of animals but many pet parents are worried about feeding tomatoes to their rabbits. Tomatoes are often referred to as a fruit and a vegetable depending on who you ask but other individuals will also say they belong to the nightshade family. You should learn if rabbits can eat tomatoes safely before you start giving them to your bunny.

Some fruits or vegetables for rabbits can provide some incredible health benefits to your pet but others can potentially be dangerous. Let’s learn if you can give your rabbit some tomatoes!

Can Rabbits Eat Tomatoes?

Yes, rabbits can eat tomatoes as long as they eat them in moderation and the tomato is prepared correctly. Pet rabbits will typically eat mostly hay, vegetables, and pellets but the occasional fruit can help to provide additional vitamins and nutrients to your pet rabbits diet.

A fresh tomato can provide a handful of different vitamins and nutrients to your rabbit. Tomatoes are known for containing a large amounts of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, potassium, and even contain antioxidants and beta-carotene that will help keep your rabbit healthy.

Potential Health Benefits of Tomatoes For Rabbits

Fresh tomatoes are a great source of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals for your pet rabbit. These additional vitamins and nutrients can help to add to the health of your rabbit and give them nutrients that their daily rabbit food doesn’t give them. For this reason many veterinarians will recommend small amounts of fruits and vegetables for rabbits to help give them additional vitamins and nutrients.

Tomatoes contains Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and additional nutrients such as fiber and potassium. These nutrients can help improve your rabbit’s digestive system, improve their immune system, improve their vision, and help keep their skin and fur healthy.

Tomatoes also contain antioxidants which can help to keep your rabbit healthy and fight of illness. These antioxidant also helps to improve joint health and fight off inflammation which can help keep your rabbit healthy even into old age.

How Many Tomatoes Can Rabbits Eat?

Your pet rabbit should only eat tomatoes in moderation as your rabbit has a small stomach. Rabbits have sensitive stomachs and too much fruit, vegetables, or other food can cause issues to their digestive system. If you plan on giving tomatoes to your rabbit then you should plan on only giving them small pieces of tomato on a daily basis.

Cherry tomatoes or small slices of tomatoes are the best option when feeding them to rabbits. You should start with a small amount of tomatoes and then you can slowly work your way up to giving your rabbit more tomatoes.

Rabbits are known to have a small stomach so you should only give them small amounts of snacks and treats. Your rabbit’s diet should be made up primarily from their daily rabbit food.

How To Serve Tomatoes To Your Rabbit

If you plan on giving your rabbit tomatoes then you should prepare the tomato correctly to make sure it is as healthy as possible for them. You should only give your rabbit ripe tomatoes that are fresh and juicy.

Before your give your rabbit any tomatoes you should make sure to clean the surface of the tomatoes with warm water to wash away any remaining dirt or pesticides. This will make the tomatoes as clean and healthy as possible for your rabbit.

It is recommended that you slice or dice the tomato into small pieces so they are safer and easier for your rabbit to eat and digest. You should start with very small amounts of tomatoes to make sure your rabbit responds well before giving them more.

Can Tomatoes Be Dangerous For Rabbits?

If you feed your rabbit too many tomatoes it is possible that it could cause some digestion issues. Tomatoes contain a large amount of fiber and natural sugar which can cause your rabbit to suffer from an upset stomach or even diarrhea and vomiting if they eat too much in one sitting.

Rabbits have sensitive stomachs and digestion systems which means you must be careful before giving them too many new fruits or vegetables. Typically, tomatoes will be healthy and safe for your rabbit but you should only give them small pieces in moderation to make sure their stomach can handle this fruit.

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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.