Can Rabbits Eat Cucumbers? Here’s Why.

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Last Updated on July 29, 2022 by Rei Garnet

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 for rabbits to eat as long as your rabbit is old enough (at least 7 months old) and you’re only giving cucumbers in moderation (1-2 times per week).

The only way cucumbers could harm your rabbits is if they are eating cucumbers in lieu of hay.

The lack of fiber and the high water content of cucumbers are 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 detail why rabbits can eat cucumbers:

Do rabbits like eating cucumbers?

Yes, rabbits like to eat cucumbers and would eat them if you gave them some.

In my case, both my rabbits, Tyr and Freya, would get excited if I gave 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 a low sugar content.

That means it’s okay and safe to be given to rabbits as long as you only give it in moderation, 1-2 times per week, and you base the amount you give on their weight.

The only way cucumbers could harm your rabbits is if you give them to young rabbits or if 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