Last Updated on August 6, 2022 by Rei Garnet
Quick Facts About Mint:
- Scientific name – Mentha
- Also known as – Spearmint, bush mint
- Origin – North America
- Most commonly found in – China and India.
Mint can be eaten by rabbits that are at least 12 weeks old. You should also limit the amount you give your rabbit to prevent triggering digestive problems like diarrhea, because young rabbits are more susceptible to it.
Also, when it’s the first time you’re giving mint to your rabbits, make sure that you introduce it slowly.
This would make it easier to know if mint is causing any digestive problems so that you can remove it immediately.
Now that I’ve given you the gist of the article, read on as I explain in more detail why rabbits can eat mint:
Do rabbits like eating mint?
Leafy greens like mint are one of the most recommended vegetables for rabbits due to the fact that they’re highly nutritious and rabbits love to eat them.
In my case, both of my rabbits (Tyr and Freya) like to eat mint leaves and will gobble them up as soon as they leave my hand.
I’ve also asked several of my friends who have rabbits, and all of them reported that their rabbits love to eat mint.
Is mint safe to be eaten by rabbits?
Mint is safe to be eaten by rabbits as long as they’re old enough (12 weeks) to eat them and you’re only giving the recommended amount (age-dependent, see below).
The most likely and common scenario where mint could cause harm to rabbits is when a rabbit owner overfeeds mint to their rabbits in lieu of hay.
The lack of fiber in their diet would cause all kinds of digestive problems due to the fact that fiber should account for 80% of your rabbit’s diet.
Another possible way mint could harm rabbits is if it’s given to rabbits that are less than 12 weeks old.
Young rabbits have sensitive gut flora.
That’s why rabbit experts recommend that hay should only be given to rabbits at that age.
What are the benefits of feeding mint to rabbits?
Mint is rich in vitamin A.
For you to properly understand the benefits of feeding mint to rabbits, you can use this nutrient constraint calculator for rabbits, which would show you the different nutrients your rabbits would get whenever you feed them mint and if it’s within the nutritional constraint.
You can also click on the blue icon beside each nutrient to see its benefits and deficiencies: