Can Rabbits Eat Apples? What You Need To Know.

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Last Updated on August 23, 2021 by Rei

Quick Facts About Apples:

  • Scientific name – Malus domestica
  • Origin – Central Asia
  • Also know as – Pomme, Apfel, Manzana.
  • Most commonly found in – China, United States, and Italy.

Apples are one of the most recommended food for rabbits. Just make sure that you remove the seeds before giving it to your rabbits because it contains cyanide. Also, make sure that your only giving small amounts of apples to rabbits that are at least 7 months old.

Young rabbits doesn’t tolerate sugar that well and feeding them sugary treats like apples could trigger digestive problems.

Now that I’ve given you the gist of the article, read on as I explain in more details why rabbits can eat apples:

Do rabbits like to eat apples?

In my case, both of my rabbits(Tyr and Freya) likes to eat apples.

I’ve also asked several of my friends who are rabbit owners and breeders if they ever fed apples to their rabbits and if their rabbits like apples.

All of them reported to feeding apples occasionally and that their rabbits gobble up the apples immediately.

Are apples safe to be eaten by rabbits?

As long as your rabbit is at least 7 months old, and you only give it 1-2 times per week, and you remove the seeds, then feeding apples to your rabbits is perfectly safe.

The problem would most likely come when rabbit owners fed treats to young rabbits whose susceptible to digestive problems. Another possible way apples would harm your rabbit is if they are already obese.

Obese rabbits should not be fed sugary treats like apples until normal weight is acquired.

Also, apple cores should never be fed to rabbits because the seeds are poisonous to rabbits.

Finally, apples when fed regularly could lead to dental problems because sugar damages teeth if fed long-term.

What are the benefits of feeding apples to rabbits?

To properly identify the benefits of feeding apples to your rabbits, let’s first take a look at what nutrients your rabbit is getting whenever you feed them apples.

We can use this nutrient constrain calculator which shows the different nutrients your rabbit is getting and if the amount your giving is within the nutritional constraint.

You can also click on the blue icon beside the nutrient to show the different benefits and deficiency of each nutrient:

Nutrient Constrain Calculator For Rabbits