Can rabbits eat oranges?

Can rabbits eat oranges? Yes, rabbits can safely eat oranges

The question can rabbits eat oranges is Googled an average of 2400 times a month, for that search term alone. Obviously quite a lot of rabbit owners wonder about this, so let’s take a look at oranges as a rabbit food. Oranges are healthy, tasty fruits. They’re in the citrus family, and are full of vitamins, especially Vitamin C. Peeling them can be quite annoying and time consuming, but some people actually like that, because it’s lovely sitting out in the sun doing nothing but eating oranges. It’s like meditation, but tasty. Now, onto the real question: Can your rabbit enjoy some orange meditation with you as well? The answer is yes. Oranges are safe for rabbits to eat as an occational treat, just with any other sugary fruit or veggies. Keep reading to find out why it must be limited

Rabbits can eat oranges, but in small amounts

Oranges aren’t toxic or harmful, but they should be reserved as a treat. This is because they’re sweet, which means they contain a high amount of natural sugars. So, if your bunny eats a lot of oranges, he’ll risk getting overweight. Overweight bunnies should definitely not be given oranges, because it’ll add to the problem and worsen health issues. Give the bun healthy treats like carrot tops or blackberry leaves instead. Do oranges have any health benefits for rabbits? Sadly, no. Bunnies make their own Vitamin C from leaves, so oranges don’t help in that regard either. All they are is sweets, basically. Also to much sugary treats can upset the rabbits stomach and in worst case lead to diarrhea, wich can be fatal for sensitive rabbits. So allways serve treats in moderation

Can rabbits eat oranges

Give your rabbit oranges as motivation

Treats can be a great way to train your rabbit. Give them a small piece when they do something goo”, and withhold treats if they do anything naughty. Similarly, if you want them to drink out of a bunny water bottle, which can be very hard to train them to do, just put a couple drops of orange juice into the water. They’ll find the water tasty, and prefer to drink from that source in the future

When introducing your pet rabbit to a new fruit, always remember to start out small. Give them a quarter of a slice, and see if they’re digesting it well, and liking it. If they are, then bingo! While we’re on the subject of starting small, bear in mind that baby bunnies should not be given treats. Wait until they’re at least 7 months old before giving them fruits and any other treats

Oranges are usually a welcome treat, but some may find that isn’t the case. That’s because not all bunnies like oranges. Rabbits have tastes and preferences just like us humans, so it’s perfectly normal for your bun to turn up its nose at a sweet, juicy orange, just like my own picky rabbit do. Mind, though, that if your rabbit usually likes oranges but refused to eat them all of a sudden, that may be an indicator of potential health problems. Refusing treats which they usually like may be a sign of something amiss

Can rabbits eat orange peels, seeds etc.?

Peels are a yes, sort of. This includes the tough outer peel, and the sticky inner peel. The problem is, fruits are often sprayed with chemical pesticides, due to which many people avoid giving peels to their pets. Peels definitely make a healthier treat than the pulp itself though, so you can try washing the fruit thoroughly and letting it soak for an hour or so. Then rinse again, and give a piece of peel to your bun. Again, even thou this is safe for rabbits to eat, your own rabbit may not want to eat it anyways

It’d be best to get organic oranges where you’re sure no chemical pesticides have been sprayed on them, but we understand that’s not possible for everyone. If you want to play safe, you can always use the peels for other things. You can dry them up and grind them to make a face mask, use them to reduce the pH of your compost, or make scented vinegar with them. Citrus peels have plenty of uses. To find more things to use orange peels for, do a search on Google and you will find lot’s of suggestions

Seeds are a complete no no. They’re large, slippery and hard, so they’re a very big choking hazard. Always remove orange seeds before giving the fruit to your pet rabbit. It’s usually pretty easy, just make a small cut up top, and squeeze till the seeds pop out

Conclusion: Rabbits can safely eat oranges, but only give it in small amounts once or twice a week to avoid upsetting their sensitive stomachs. Do not give rabbits orange seeds, they could get stuck in the throat and choke your pet. Peels may be given if the fruit has been thoroughly washed and soaked in water, or if you’re sure chemical pesticides weren’t used in the orchard

Remember to contact your local veterinarian or rabbit breeder if you have questions or concerns regarding your rabbits diet or general health. There are also online veterinarians that you can ask questions about your pets for free, like for example on the mainpage of the site PetCoach. You can also find others by Googling search terms like online veterinarian and ask a veterinarian

Can rabbits eat oranges

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