Can Rabbits Eat Cucumbers? Here’s Why.

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A rabbit white rabbit standing on its hind legs eating cucumbers inside a cage.
"Must... get... cucumber..." by Joe Carroll is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Last Updated on August 23, 2021 by Rei

Quick Facts About Cucumbers:

  • Scientific name – Cucumis sativus
  • Also known as – Pepino, Cetriolo, Gherkin, Gurke, Krastavac, Concombre, Hunggua, Kiukaba, Khira, Kiukamupa, and Kukamba.
  • Origin – India
  • Most commonly found in Spain, Mexico, and the Netherlands.
  • Average weight – 400g

Cucumbers are safe to be eaten by rabbits as long as your rabbit is old enough(7 months old) and your only giving cucumbers in moderation(1-2 times per week).

The only way cucumbers could harm your rabbits is when your rabbit is eating cucumbers in lieu of hay. The lack of fiber and the high water content of cucumber is what would eventually lead to dangerous digestive distress.

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

Do rabbits like to eat cucumbers?

Yes, rabbits like to eat cucumbers and would eat them if you give them some. In my case, both my rabbits(Tyr and Freya), would get excited if I give them a slice of cucumber.

We’ve also asked a few rabbit owners and breeders if they ever fed cucumbers to their rabbits. All of them reported giving cucumbers in reasonable amounts.

Are cucumbers safe to be eaten by rabbits?

Cucumbers are technically a fruit with low sugar content. That means it’s okay and safe to be given to rabbits as long as you only give it in moderation or 1-2 times per week and you base the amount you give on their weight.

The only way cucumbers could harm your rabbits is when you give them to young rabbits or you give them too much.

What are the benefits of feeding cucumbers to rabbits?

To properly understand the benefits of feeding cucumbers to your rabbits, let’s first take a look at how much and what nutrients your rabbits are getting when you feed them cucumbers. This tool would also tell you if the amount you’re giving your rabbit is within the nutritional constraint.

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

Nutrient Constrain Calculator For Rabbits