Can rabbits eat tomatoes? Yes, but only the actual fruit
Can rabbits eat tomatoes are searched for 5400 times a month on average at Google, for that exact search term alone, meaning many wonder about it. Tomatoes are a daily staple for most people. They’re bought all the time, and eaten practically on an everyday basis. You can eat them raw, put them in a salad, fry them, bake them, puree them, stuff them, there’s so much variety that you never get bored of them. And they have a mild taste, so few people find them unpleasant. Tomatoes grow easily, so we have a couple plants outside our home and often have bits and pieces extra. You probably often find yourself with bits and pieces left over too, parts that have ripened too much, parts that look a little wonky, or the tops where the tomato was attached to the stem. In that case, you’ll be happy to know, that you can feed tomatoes to your rabbits. Tomatoes are 100% safe for bunnies to eat. As with all other vegetables, they should be given to your pet raw. Cooked foods are not generally suitable for rabbits.
Can I give them to my rabbit instead of hay?
Tomatoes are easy to grow and cheap, so it’s understandable if you’d want to feed extras to your bunny. But tomatoes are a treat for rabbits, only to be given occasionally. So no, you cannot give your rabbit tomatoes instead of hay, that will upset their stomach. The reason why tomatoes are a treat is that the plant stores excess energy in them, so they’re high in sugar. Natural sugar is to bunnies what junk food is to us. However, you may find some consolation in the fact that you can give your rabbit nearly all types of tomatoes, red, yellow or orange, big or small, juicy or dry, cherry or other varieties. Just remember to not give them green tomatoes, because those can be mildly toxic to bunnies. Be sure to give the rabbit a variety in fruits and veggies too
Can rabbits eat tomato leaves?
Unfortunately, no. All parts of the tomato plant except the actual fruit are mildly poisonous to rabbits. So leaves, stem, flowers, vines etc. are all unsafe for your pet to eat. If you have one of those plants that enthusiastically put out new leaves but don’t seem to have got the hang of fruit bearing, you can turn them into compost! Many people believe that tomato leaves are safe for human consumption, but they’re actually mildly toxic to us as well. They contain tomatine which isn’t safe for humans. Their toxicity level is so low, however, that they’re unlikely to make anyone seriously sick. So while some international cuisines use tomato leaves as an ingredient, we don’t advise eating them, and rabbits with their sensitive stomachs should especially not eat them
Can bunnies eat tomato seeds?
Again, no. Strangely, it seems that although the fruit itself is non toxic, according to most sources tomato seeds are mildly toxic to bunnies. So you should remove all the seeds before giving them to your bun. Luckily, removing tomato seeds is easy, just cut the tomato in half and scrape them out with a knife, teaspoon or something similar. It takes us hardly a minute and it makes it safer for the rabbit. The best thing is that you can use the seeds to grow more tomato plants at home. Leave the pulp with the seeds in the sun for a couple days and you’ll find yourself with dry seeds that you can sow immediately. Tomato plants grow readily from seed, especially in warmer climates, and if you give them some plant nutrients they’ll give you lots of tomatoes for free
So in conclusion for the question can rabbits eat tomatoes? Yes tomatoes are perfectly safe for rabbits to eat as an occasional treat, but be sure to remove the seeds before giving it to them. All varieties of tomatoes are safe, like red, yellow and cherry. The exception is green/unripe ones. All parts of the tomato plant are mildly poisonous, so do not give the leaves, stems, flowers etc. to your furry little buddy. Additionally, as a precaution, don’t eat tomato leaves, stems and other plant parts yourself either
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