Rabbits are herbivorous animals and can safely eat fruit, but the majority of their plant diet should not be fruit. Fruits should not exceed two percent of your rabbit's total diet. Grass hays, leafy green vegetables, and rabbit pellets should instead be the bulk of your bunny's daily diet, and fruits should be offered only as healthy treats. Too much fruit can result in digestive issues including ileus, a life-threatening problem.
If you want to give your rabbit some fruit as a treat, offer small amounts and stick with one kind of fruit at a time. You can slowly offer more fruit as well as different kinds of fruit, but monitor your rabbit closely to see how their digestive system responds to the new foods. If you notice that your rabbit starts eating less, is less active, gets watery stools, or has any other changes in behavior, stop giving the fruit and contact your veterinarian.
The following fruits are safe for rabbits as an occasional treat.
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A slice of apple can be offered to your rabbit as a treat. Be sure to remove all seeds and the stem before giving it to your rabbit.
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Bananas are a favorite of many rabbits but are high in sugar, so limit them to just a slice or two and remove the peel before treating your bunny.
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Rabbits can enjoy many varieties of berries, including:
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Small pieces of the following melons can very refreshing for both you and your rabbit. Just avoid the rind and seeds.
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- Cantaloupe melon
- Honeydew melon
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Currants aren't as commonly seen as some other fruits, but these dried berries are still a great treat for rabbits.
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A smaller alternative to a peach or nectarine, apricots are tasty fruits that are also safe to give to your rabbits, sans the pit and stem.
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The fruit that surrounds these seeds is tasty and also contains beneficial digestive enzymes. Remove the black seeds and the outer skin before sharing with your rabbit.
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Rabbits can safely eat the inside as well as the fuzzy exterior of this bright green fruit. The unique texture may be a favorite of your rabbit.Continue to 9 of 15 below.
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You can peel mangoes before giving a slice to your rabbit, but it isn't necessary. Your rabbit will have no problem chewing through the skin to get to the sweet flesh. Just don't let them eat the inner hard core.
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Rabbits require diets high in fiber, and pears are some of the most fiber-rich fruits you can find. This makes them a great option for an occasional treat for your rabbit.
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Pineapple contains digestive enzymes that may benefit your bunny. Simply peel and core them before sharing.
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Softer than an apple but firmer than a peach, the plum might just be that in between treat your rabbit is looking for. Remove the pit before giving a slice to your bunny.Continue to 13 of 15 below.
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Peaches are a popular fruit with both people and rabbits. You can safely offer a slice of this fuzzy fruit either peeled or with the skin on but be sure to remove the pit.
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If you prefer nectarines over peaches due to their smooth skin, rest assured that you can still share these juicy fruits with your pet rabbit. As with peaches, it is safe to give a nectarine to your rabbit with or without the skin, but the pit should always be removed.
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Arguably the prettiest shape that a fruit slice naturally comes in, the star fruit is also a tasty treat you can give your rabbit. If you're looking for an Instagram-worthy bunny treat, try the star fruit.