Last Updated on July 27, 2022 by Rei Garnet
Quick Facts About Eggplants:
- Scientific name – Solanum melongena
- Also known as – Brinjal, aubergine, or guinea squash.
- Origin – India
- Most commonly found in – Spain, Mexico, and the Netherlands.
- Average weight – 550g
The eggplant itself is safe to be eaten by rabbits as long as your rabbit is old enough and you only give it in small amounts. The problem with eggplant is that the leaves and the tops are toxic to rabbits.
That’s why eggplants are not a popular choice when deciding what to feed your rabbits. Also, eggplants contain very few nutrients compared to other popular rabbit foods.
Now that I’ve given you the gist of the article, read on as I explain in more detail why rabbits can eat eggplants:
Do rabbits like eating eggplant?
Some rabbits do like to eat eggplants, while others will just ignore them. In my case, both my rabbits (Tyr and Freya) dislike eggplants.
I’ve also asked a few rabbit owners if they’ve ever fed eggplants to their rabbits and what their rabbits’ response was. Most of them reported that their rabbits ignored eggplants when given.
Is eggplant safe to be eaten by rabbits?
The eggplant itself is safe to be eaten by rabbits in small amounts. But the tops and the plant itself should NEVER be given to rabbits because it’s toxic to them.
You should also limit the amount of eggplant you feed your rabbits because there’s better food to give to your rabbits than eggplants.
What are the benefits of feeding eggplant to rabbits?
Eggplants contain small amounts of vitamins A, E, and B6.
To better understand the benefits of feeding eggplants to your rabbits, let’s first take a look at what nutrients eggplants provide when eaten by rabbits and if it’s within the safe range.
You can use the nutrient constraint calculator for rabbits below to see the different nutrients your rabbit is getting. You can click on the blue icon beside the nutrient to see its benefits and deficiency.