Last Updated on April 21, 2022 by Rei Garnet
Quick Facts About Bananas:
- Scientific name – Musa
- Also known as – Saging, banan, banaan.
- Origin – Malaya Peninsula
- Most commonly found in – Ecuador, the Philippines, and Costa Rica.
Bananas are one of the most recommended treats for rabbits due to their availability and nutritional benefits. You can safely feed your rabbits small amounts of bananas 1-2 times per week, but make sure that your rabbit is at least 7 months old before you give one.
Also, when you’re introducing any new food into your rabbit’s diet, always introduce it slowly to avoid triggering digestive problems.
Now that I’ve given you the gist of the article, read on as I explain in more detail why rabbits can eat bananas:
Do rabbits like eating bananas?
The most common treats I personally give to both my rabbits (Tyr and Freya) are bananas, due to the fact that my rabbits would go crazy whenever they smell I’m eating one.
I’ve also asked several of my friends who have rabbits if they ever fed bananas to their babies or if their rabbits liked bananas.
My conclusion is that bananas are universally liked by rabbits.
Are bananas safe to be eaten by rabbits?
As long as your rabbit is at least 7 months old and you only feed it 1-2 times per week, feeding bananas to your rabbit is perfectly safe.
The problem would most likely come when rabbit owners feed treats to young rabbits whose susceptible to digestive problems.
Another possible way bananas would harm your rabbit is if they are already obese.
Obese rabbits should not be fed sugary treats like bananas until normal weight is acquired.
Finally, bananas when fed regularly could lead to dental problems because sugar damages teeth if fed long-term.
What are the benefits of feeding bananas to rabbits?
To properly identify the benefits of feeding bananas to your rabbits, let’s first take a look at what nutrients your rabbits are getting whenever you feed them bananas.
We can use this nutrient constraint calculator, which shows the different nutrients your rabbit is getting and if the amount you’re giving is within the nutritional constraint.
You can also click on the blue icon beside the nutrient to show the different benefits and deficiencies of each nutrient: