Can Rabbits Eat Basil? Here’s Why.

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A white and brown baby new zealand rabbit eating basil leaves

Last Updated on October 4, 2021 by Rei

Quick Facts About Basil:

  • Scientific name – Ocimum basilicum
  • Also known as – Tropical Basil, Thai Basil, and Sweet Basil.
  • Origin – India
  • Most commonly found in – United States, China, and India

Feeding basil to rabbits is perfectly safe as long as your rabbit is old enough(12 weeks old) to eat it and you only give moderate amounts. Also, if it’s the first time you’re giving basil to your rabbits, make sure that you introduce it slowly or only give 15 grams for the first few weeks and see if your rabbit could tolerate it.

Also, mix in some other leafy greens in your rabbit’s diet. It’s always better to give your rabbits 2-3 types of veggies to ensure that they’re getting the right amount of nutrition per day.

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

Do rabbits like to eat basil?

Basil is one of the most nutritious and highly recommended leafy greens for rabbits due to the fact that rabbits loves to eat them as well as providing key nutrients that your rabbit would need per day.

In my case, both of my rabbits would gobble up the basil I give them whenever I have one available. I’ve also asked several of my friends if they ever fed basil to their rabbits, and all of them reported to giving some to their rabbits due to the fact that their rabbits love basil so much.

Is basil safe to be eaten by rabbits?

As long as your rabbit is at least 12 weeks old and you introduce it slowly then basil shouldn’t cause any digestive problems to your rabbits.

The only way basil could harm your rabbits is when your rabbit is eating basil in lieu of hay. The lack of fiber in your rabbit’s diet would eventually lead to digestive problems.

What are the benefits of feeding basil to rabbits?

Young black new zealand rabbit


100 grams of basil contains large amounts of vitamin A.

In order for you to properly understand the benefits of feeding basil to your rabbits, you can use the nutrient constrain calculator for rabbits to see what nutrients your rabbit is getting whenever you feed them basil.

You can also click on the blue icon beside the nutrient to see its benefits and deficiency:

Nutrient Constrain Calculator For Rabbits