Can Rabbits Eat Strawberries? 10 Things to Consider
Rabbits are herbivores, so they will eat plants, leafy greens and even fruits. Rabbits will also nibble on plants that are not totally safe for them, so before feeding them something new, always do a quick research.
Rabbits can eat strawberries, but only with moderation. Although strawberries are not toxic for rabbits, too much can cause them health problems such as diarrhea and in the long run diabetes.
So, if you want to feed strawberry to your pet rabbit, offer this fruit only as a treat and don’t go overboard.
Now, that you know that strawberries are safe for rabbits, let’s see what the benefits of this juicy fruit are and how much you can feed them.
Are Strawberries Good for Rabbits?
So, rabbits can eat strawberries, but are they actually good for them?
Strawberries contain a lot of Vitamin C, and are rich in iron, magnesium and calcium.
Although, strawberries are rich in vitamins and minerals, they don’t provide much nutritional value to rabbits, compared to hay or grass.
Therefore, strawberries are not as good for rabbits as leafy greens.
How Many Strawberries Can a Rabbit Eat?
If you still want to give strawberries to your pet rabbit as a treat, you can do it.
I would not advice feeding more than one strawberry to a bigger rabbit. A smaller rabbit can have a slice of strawberry.
Too much strawberries can cause you rabbit diarrhea, due to the high water content. Feeding strawberries to your rabbit every day can cause diabetes and liver problem.
Can Baby Rabbit Eat Strawberry?
You should not give baby rabbits strawberry, especially when they are very young and they mother is still nursing them.
Baby rabbits can eat solid food when they are about 2-3 weeks old. They should not start with strawberries.
Their digestive system will slowly adapt to the solid food, so giving them strawberries will cause them diarrhea.
An adult rabbit can quickly recover from diarrhea, but a baby rabbit can get dehydrated pretty fast and die.
Why are Rabbits Attracted to Strawberries?
Unlike vegetables, most fruits are sweat and sugary. Rabbits do not only like strawberries, but other fruits such as apples, pear, peach, plum, because these have a high sugar content and taste good.
Just like most animals, rabbits will also pick the food that they like most and will avoid the rest.
So, if you want, you can do a quick test and give your pet rabbit different fruits and vegetables. Slice them up, and see which pieces get eaten first.
Most likely, your rabbit will pick the fruits first and finish the vegetables at the end.
Can Rabbits Eat Strawberry Tops?
Fresh strawberry tops are safe for rabbits, in fact it is better for them to eat the tops instead the fruit.
So, if you want to share your juicy strawberries with your pet bunny, the top, with a small amount of fruit will be a great treat.
Always wash the strawberry, including its top, before giving it to your rabbit.
Can Rabbits Eat Strawberry Leaves?
The leaves and the stem of the strawberry plant are absolutely safe for rabbits.
However, your rabbit might not want to eat the strawberry leaves, because they don’t taste as good as the fruit.
Most likely, they will choose to eat grass instead of strawberry leaves.
Always wash the leaves thoroughly before offering it to your bunny.
Important: Don’t give them decaying strawberry plants, because during the decaying process these release hydrogen cyanide (HCN) gas, which is extremely dangerous, not only to rabbits but also to humans.
Can Rabbits Eat Strawberry Flowers?
Strawberry flowers are edible, they are not poisonous. Rabbits enjoy eating flowers, and they can eat white and yellow strawberry flowers.
The flowers don’t have a sugary taste, but are still enjoyable for the bunnies.
Most likely, they will eat the petals only, and leave the rest of the flower.
Can Rabbits Eat Dried Strawberry?
Personally, I enjoy dried strawberries and I found that rabbits also love them.
The problem with dried strawberries is that they don’t contain any vitamins, because during the drying process, these have been eliminated.
So, there is no benefit feeding your rabbit dried strawberry as a snack, because these contain mostly sugar and is some cases additives, which is not good for your bunny.
Can Rabbits Eat Wild Strawberries?
Wild strawberries have a different taste than normal strawberries, but are absolutely safe for rabbits, if you can source them from a good place.
Wild strawberries next from a busy road might be not very healthy. Also avoid collecting strawberries from places where pesticide were used.
Wild strawberries that grow next to a forest, where there is low or no human interaction, are the best for rabbits and human consumption.
You can also pick up the plants and plant these wild strawberries in your garden or into a pot, so next time you have them on hand.
Can Rabbits Eat Pineberry?
Pineberries are actually white strawberries. These fruits are also safe for rabbits, but feed them only in low quantity. Rabbits should have pineberries only as a treat, because this fruit contain even more sugar than strawberries.
I really hope, that this article has helped you figure out how to feed strawberries to your rabbit. If you have any question, please leave a comment below.