Rabbits love to nibble on fruits and vegetables! You can make your bunny very happy with a nice fresh piece of fruit. But what can a rabbit eat? Sometimes it can be difficult to remember what a rabbit should or should not eat. How about apples, for example? Can rabbits eat apples?
What is the Rabbit's Natural Diet?
Rabbits are naturally herbivores. The natural diet consists of fiber-rich vegetable food. The digestive system of rabbits is therefore fully geared to this. This makes it difficult for these animals to process other types of food and it is inadvisable to avoid too much non-standard food.
Can Rabbits Eat Apples?
Rabbits are allowed to eat apples. Keep in mind, though, that apples contain a relatively high amount of fruit sugars and moisture. Both have an effect on the intestines and can cause discomfort such as diarrhea. Too much apple can also make your rabbits too fat.
So feel free to give a piece of apple as a treat every now and then, but don't make it part of your rabbit's daily diet. Never give too much anyway, a whole apple can make a rabbit very sick. Young rabbits in particular are not allowed to have that much apple.
Don't forget to wash the apple well before feeding it to your rabbits. There may still be pesticide residues (such as herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides) on the apple. These pesticides are very unhealthy for your rabbit.
Is your rabbit not used to eating apples? Then start with a small piece, half a piece for example. If this goes well, you can give a whole slice. Preferably, do not give more than one wedge a day, as it remains difficult to digest.
Apples can be given to rabbits fresh and dried.
Are Apples Good for Rabbits?
Apples are healthy for rabbits in moderate amounts. Apples contain a lot of fiber including pectin, which lowers cholesterol. Apple also contains important minerals such as potassium, calcium, and important vitamins including Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B11, and Vitamin E. Apples also contain a lot of vitamin C, although rabbits do not need this.
Apples aid in recovery from illness, helps keep the immune system strong, helps keep bones strong, can help with constipation and ensures a good night's sleep.
Due to the high sugar content in apples, this fruit can be real fattening for your rabbit. Therefore, apples are but healthy treats for rabbits.
Can Rabbits Eat Apple Cores?
Rabbits should not be allowed to eat apple cores. The seeds, core, and stalk of the apple contain hydrocyanic acid (cyanide) which is poisonous to rabbits. So carefully remove the core of the apple, the seeds, and the stalk before feeding the apple to your rabbit.
Can Rabbits Eat Apple Skin?
Rabbits can eat apple skin. However, do not give the skin of non-organic, sprayed apples because of pesticides. Remember to wash the apple well before feeding it to your rabbits.
Can Rabbits Eat Green Apples or Other Varieties?
In principle, rabbits can eat all apple varieties. In that respect, it does not matter which type of apple you feed your rabbit. Most rabbits do prefer sweeter apples, such as Galas and Fujis. More sour apple varieties, such as green apples (Granny Smith) and the Goudrenet, are less popular with some rabbits.
How Much Apple Can I Give My Rabbit?
A quarter of an apple (if it is the normal size you can get in the supermarket) per rabbit per day is no problem at all, usually no more. Obviously, you should give less for overweight rabbits. Rabbits that are nourished close to nature can also select fruit, i.e. eat reasonable quantities and leave the rest.
What Should be the Main Rabbit Diet?
The ideal diet for rabbits is to incorporate many different fruits including apples. You can rotate them so that they do not bore your rabbit and continue to properly nourish their body. Lettuce or green leaves should also be incorporated into your rabbit's diet. They are almost totally herbivorous, so giving lettuce, mint, parsley, and others is really valid and healthy.
Putting your rabbit to try new things will be interesting, to see which plants they like the most. This way, you learn about which ones to buy so that they stay fresh in your fridge.
Taking care of your rabbit's diet is one of the ways of prolonging their lifespan.