Can rabbits eat apples?

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Can rabbits eat apples?

Can Rabbits Eat Apples?

Yes, rabbits can safely eat apples! Apples are a safe and healthy treat for rabbits. However, it's important to remove the seeds and core before feeding them to your rabbit, as apple seeds contain small amounts of cyanide which can be harmful if consumed in large quantities.

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What types of Apples can Rabbits eat?

A full list is below!


Apple Variety Notes
Granny Smith (green apples) Crisp and tart flavor
Fuji Sweet and juicy
Gala Sweet and aromatic
Golden Delicious Mild and sweet
Red Delicious Sweet and slightly tangy
Honeycrisp Crisp texture and sweet
Pink Lady Sweet and tangy with a firm flesh
Jonathan Tart and tangy
Braeburn Sweet and slightly tart
McIntosh Juicy and mildly tart
Empire Sweet and slightly tart
Cameo Sweet and crunchy
Cortland Sweet and slightly tart
Rome Mild and slightly sweet
Crispin Sweet and aromatic

 

It's also recommended to offer apples in moderation due to their natural sugar content. Providing small slices of fresh apple as an occasional treat can be a tasty and nutritious addition to your rabbit's diet.

Can rabbits eat apple tree leaves? 

Yes, rabbits can eat apple tree leaves. Apple tree leaves are safe for rabbits to consume and can be a part of their diet. However, it's important to ensure that the leaves are free from pesticides or any harmful chemicals before offering them to your rabbit. It's recommended to gather fresh, clean apple tree leaves and introduce them gradually into your rabbit's diet to ensure they tolerate them well.

Can Rabbits eat Apple Skin

Yes, rabbits can safely eat apple skin. Most of an apples fiber, vitamins and antioxidants are found in its skin. Be sure to wash thoroughly to remove pesticides and chemicals before you give it to your bunny!

Can rabbits eat apple sticks and branches? ? 

Yes, rabbits can eat apple sticks. Apple sticks are safe for rabbits and can provide them with a natural and enriching chewing activity. Apple wood is commonly used for making chew toys and sticks for rabbits as it is safe for them to gnaw on. Chewing on apple sticks can help promote dental health by wearing down their teeth and providing mental stimulation. Just make sure the apple sticks are clean, pesticide-free, and sourced from non-toxic apple trees.

Can rabbits eat red apples?

Yes, rabbits can eat red apples! Red apples are safe for rabbits to consume and can be a part of their diet. Be sure to remove the seeds and core as that can cause digestive issues.

Can baby rabbits eat apples?

Baby rabbits can start eating small amounts of apple once they are around 12 weeks old. It's important to introduce new foods gradually to their diet to prevent digestive upset. Start by offering very small pieces of apple and monitor their response. If they tolerate it well, you can gradually increase the amount. Remember to remove the seeds and core before feeding apples to baby rabbits and always provide fresh and clean water alongside their diet. 

Can rabbits eat green apples?

Yes, rabbits can eat green apples. Green apples are safe and healthy for rabbits to consume as a treat. However, it's important to remove the seeds and core before feeding them to your rabbit, as apple seeds contain small amounts of cyanide, which can be harmful if consumed in large quantities. Offering small slices of fresh red apple as an occasional treat can be a tasty and nutritious addition to your rabbit's diet. Remember, much like another fall favourite pumpkin, to feed red apples in moderation due to their natural sugar content.

How Much Apple Can My Rabbit Eat?

Fruits should be fed as a treat, no more than 1-2 tablespoons per two kilograms of body weight per day.

How much can my rabbit eat? 

While it is easy to say that 80% of the diet should be hay, 15% vegetables and greens, and 5% pellets, what does this actually look like?

Rabbit weight (kgs)  Hay Pellets (cups) Greens (cups) Fruits (tablespoon)
1 Unlimited 1/8 1 1
2 Unlimited 1/8 2 2
3 Unlimited 1/4 3 3
4 Unlimited 1/2 4 4
5 Unlimited 1/2 5 5
6 Unlimited 3/4 6 6
7 Unlimited 3/4 7 7

 


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