Is if Safe for Bunnies to Have Strawberry?

If you have a pet rabbit and have ever eaten a strawberry, there is a very good chance that you have wondered whether or not you can give one of those strawberries to your bunny.  In fact, as part of taking care of your pet bunny, you may have even wanted to give them a strawberry to satisfy their appetite, as well as introduce them to one of the world’s delicious foods.  This is because you obviously want to see your rabbit be happy and healthy, as well as satisfied with the foods that they eat.  Here is everything that you are going to need to know about whether or not your rabbits are able to eat strawberries.

Can your Rabbit Eat Strawberries?

To answer this question in one word, yes, rabbits are able to eat strawberries.  However, just because they can eat them, does not mean that there are not going to be some limitations on how often and how many they are able to eat.  For example, they are only going to be able to eat strawberries in smaller quantities, and only every now and then.  This means that you will not be able to feed your rabbit strawberries on a very consistent basis.

You will be happy to know that strawberries are not going to be considered toxic to your rabbit.  In fact, most rabbits are able to digest them without any problems at all.  The actual strawberry plants are actually going to be good for them too.  With that being said, it is going to be the feeding of large quantities and frequent feedings that will cause your rabbit to have some very serious weight or gastrointestinal problems.  

What is the Right Quantity of Strawberries?

Since your rabbit is not able to eat an unlimited number of strawberries, what is the right number for them to eat?  On top of that, how often should you be giving them these delicious little red treats?  Here are some directions to help you make sure that you are feeding your rabbit strawberries the right way, meaning that they will be healthy and happy, as well as be able to enjoy some delicious strawberries.  

Quantity

When it comes to feeding your rabbit strawberries, they should never eat any more than two tablespoons at any given time.  You are going to want to make sure that you cut the strawberries up, making sure that the amount you give them is just about the size of your thumb and nothing more.  In fact, one medium sized strawberry is typically going to be more than enough.  If you do decide that you are going to feed your rabbit any more than this quantity, you will be putting your rabbit at risk for some very serious potential health risks.

Frequency

Your rabbit is not supposed to eat fruits every single day.  This is because you do not want your rabbit to become addicted to them, potentially causing them to start refusing to eat the regular food that they are supposed to eat on a daily basis.  Because of this, you are going to want to give them a smaller amount of strawberry (or any other type of fruit for that matter), and only do it on a very occasional basis.  And when you do decide that today is going to be treat day when they get a little bit of strawberry, make sure that they only get that same strawberry when they have already eaten all of their daily hay and veggies.

Treats are going to make up roughly 5-10% of your rabbit’s entire daily diet.  However, you are going to want to do your best to avoid only feeding them the same type of treats, but at the very same time, avoid only feeding them the same type of fruits.  This means that you are going to want to do your best to try and mix up the treats that you feed your rabbit with the different fruits that you feed your rabbit, as well as the different vegetables that you feed your rabbit.  

When you are introducing a new food to your rabbit, be sure that you are doing so with smaller amounts and at a very slow speed.  This is going to be especially true when it comes to fruits.  Whenever you are feeding your rabbit a new fruit, such as strawberries, be sure that you keep an eye on them for the next couple of hours to make sure that they don’t act in any peculiar ways, show any signs of discomfort, or have any diarrhea or soft stool.  Just keep in mind that moderation is going to be key.  With that being said, it would be best for your rabbit if you fed them a different type of fruit about two times per week on average.  Just remember that variation is going to be the key to success.

Variations 

While feeding your rabbit strawberries is going to be perfectly find as long as you do it on a non-frequent basis, it is also going to be very recommended that you feed them a wide variety of different fruits.  Strawberries, along with some of the other delicious fruits that include blueberries, melon, apples, blackberries, oranges, pears, plums, peaches, raspberries, and pineapples, are all going to be a great treat that your rabbit is going to simply love.  Just be sure that you follow the 2-tablespoon rule, meaning that you don’t give them more than 2 tablespoons of whatever fruit you decide to give them, including strawberries.

Strawberries are going to be a very nutritious and healthy snack that your rabbit is going to love to eat.  However, just because there are many health benefits associated with strawberries, does not necessarily mean that they should eat them all the time.  In fact, you should only ever feed your rabbit strawberries no more than two times per week, those special snacks not being any more than roughly 2 tablespoons at each serving. 

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