Is Celery Good for Bunnies to Have?
If you have ever wondered whether or not rabbits are able to eat celery, the short answer to that question is going to be yes, they can. However, you are going to need to know that it should only be eaten in smaller portion sizes at any given time, making sure that the celery has been cut up into sections that are no longer than 1 inch. Only then is it going to be safe for your rabbit to eat celery. Also, be sure that you don’t forget that your rabbit’s diet is going to need to mainly consist of dried grass (hay) and only a small number of pellets and vegetables. With that being said, here is everything that you are going to need to know about feeding your rabbit celery.
What Exactly is Celery and How Can it Benefit Rabbits?
You should always know exactly what type of food you are feeding your rabbit, as well as what you are going to be eating yourself. With that being said, you are going to need to know exactly what celery really is before you are able to really understand the pros and cons that it can provide your rabbit with.
Celery is going to be a vegetable that falls into the Apiaceae family, which is also going to include parsley and carrots. Celery’s fibrous leaves and stalks are going to be edible to your rabbit both raw, as well as cooked (which the same is going to go for humans as well). Celery is going to have a savory taste and is packed full of water. Many different rabbits are actually going to form a very strong fondness for celery, as it does have a higher sugar content (when it is compared to other foods that rabbits eat) and they simply just love to eat it.
So why is it that you should feed your rabbit celery other than because they enjoy eating it? That is going to be because it does have some very good benefits that they can get from it. For starters, celery is going to contain many different minerals, vitamins, and other nutrients, such as choline, calcium, folic acid, folate, magnesium, iron, potassium, zinc, phosphorous, vitamin A, vitamin C, several of the B vitamins, vitamin E, and even vitamin K. All of these vitamins and minerals are going to be very beneficial to the overall health of your rabbit.
Secondly, when your rabbit eats celery, they are going to be helping keep their teeth clean, as the crunchiness of the celery and the difficulty of chewing it are going to help them with that as well. This is going to be good as rabbit’s teeth actually never stop growing throughout their life. So, a rabbit’s teeth are going to be a cause for concern if they are not given the right foods to help keep them in check. If the right type of food is not fed to your rabbit, there is always a chance that they will have their teeth grow into their gums and other parts of their mouth, which can lead them to experiencing a great amount of pain, as well as lead them to have much more serious problems at the very same time. Essentially, when your rabbit’s teeth are left unchecked, it can lead to some very dangerous situations for them.
The Cons of Your Rabbit Eating Celery
For the most part, celery is going to be considered a very safe food to feed your rabbit. However, there are going to be some cons that you will need to be made aware of. If you don’t know about these, you are putting your rabbit at risk for suffering from some very potentially serious health conditions.
When it comes to celery and your rabbit, the most dangerous part is going to be the celery strings. You may be wondering exactly how those can be considered dangerous for your rabbit, but they very well can be. You see, these same celery strings are able to get stuck inside of your rabbit’s stomach, eventually leading them to having blockages. While this may not sound like a very serious situation, it can actually become very deadly for your rabbit. On top of that, these same strings are also able to get stuck in your rabbit’s teeth, eventually leading to them becoming infected.
If you are going to feed your rabbit celery, it is recommended that you cut it up into smaller pieces that are no larger than 1 inch in length. This will help make sure that none of the celery strands are able to get caught in your rabbit’s digestive system, as well as make sure that they are easier to chew up and swallow.
One of the other cons of feeding your rabbit celery is going to be that it can cause them to have an upset stomach if they are allowed to eat too much of it. You need to keep in mind that rabbits are going to be considered natural foragers. While this may lead you to believe that they are able to eat pretty much anything that they come across, the exact opposite is actually going to be true. Rabbits actually have very delicate stomachs, meaning that they are easily going to be upset. This can be from eating a new type of food that they are not familiar with, eating too much of a certain vegetable, or even by eating too much sugar. In order to avoid this from happening, is to try and introduce any new foods that you are planning on feeding them (this is especially going to be true for new vegetables), very slowly and in smaller quantities. You are then going to want to keep an eye on them to see how they react to that food. If you notice that there stool starts turning watery, then they have an upset stomach and no more of that particular food should be fed to them.