Can rabbits eat raspberries? Yes, you can give rabbits raspberries
Are raspberries safe for rabbits to eat? Are they too sugary? Do they contain harmful compounds? This post will answer all your questions. There’s something about a rabbit eating fruit that’s just too cute to resist. Leaves are normal, but fruit is kind of…cute in and of itself. It puts me in mind of a squirrel eating a nut, grabbing it with both hands and chewing away busily. So people enjoy giving their pet rabbits fruit, quite aside from the fact that rabbits seem to enjoy eating them. But people are aware that not all human food is safe for our furry pets, so the question arises: Can rabbits eat raspberries? The answer is yes, but there’s a BUT.
Raspberries can be given to rabbits, but only occasionally, as treats. Raspberries are sweet, because they contain natural sugars. These sugars are not easily digested by rabbits, and can cause them distress and discomfort. You could compare it to the effect junk food has on people. So in the same way as junk food, rabbits like raspberries, but can’t digest them very well, don’t get much nutritional value out of them, and if they eat too much they’ll become overweight. So save them for a treat. The golden rule is to make sure fruits and other sugary foods don’t make up more than 10% of your bunny’s total diet. Cut the fruit up into bite sized pieces before giving them to your pet. This is a safety measure, because rabbits tend to get overexcited and gobble up any treats that is put in front of them, which can be dangerous if they’re not cut into small pieces and fed in moderation now and then
Are store bought treats better than raspberries?
No. Whatever the company may claim, store bought treats are very rarely actually healthy for rabbits. Raspberries are better than store bought treats in most aspects. Being naturally grown fruit rather than man made and potentially processed products, they’re a lot healthier for rabbits to nibble on. However, also bear in mind that fruits and vegetables in stores often come sprayed with different chemicals like pesticides, fungicides and food grade wax to increase their shelf life. If you can arrange organically grown raspberries or have a relative who grows them, that will be the best alternative for your little rabbit buddy
Other relevant information about raspberries for rabbits
If you personally grow raspberries, you probably have to prune the plants once a year at least, depending on the variety. When you do, you can give the raspberry leaves to your rabbit. They’ll be much healthier for them since they have lots of fiber, and you’ll make use of what would otherwise be waste material. In fact, most bunnies find raspberry leaves very tasty! It’s almost a treat for them. If your rabbit’s been avoiding food, raspberry leaves can be used as a healthy treat to tempt them into eating. Also note that the lack of appetite may be a sign of a stomach issue, so consult your local veterinarian or rabbit breeder as soon as possible
Rabbits also really enjoy raspberry stems. When you cut the plants back, you can give your bun some stems to chew on, after checking that they don’t have pest or fungal damage. It’s good dental exercise, and they seem to enjoy it. Twigs and plant tips, including new shoots, are also safe, so essentially all trimmings from the raspberry plant can be given to your pet bunny. Another question that occurs to us is its nutritional value. While the leaves have fiber and other essential nutrients, the fruits themselves have little to no nutritional value for rabbits. They mainly contain carbs and sugar. That is why it should be used only as treats
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