Can Rabbits Eat Peanuts?

Categorized as Bunny Diet

Last Updated on December 21, 2021 by Rei Garnet

Peanuts are potentially poisonous to rabbits and should not be given to them intentionally. Peanuts carry the risk of aflatoxin poisoning, which can lead to anorexia, diarrhea, depression, reduced weight gains, and high mortality.

Also, 100 grams of peanuts contains 49 grams of fat and 4.7 grams of sugar. While rabbits should limit themselves to 20-50 grams of fat per day. The sugar content in peanuts is also bad, considering rabbits don’t tolerate sugary food.

As you can see, everything about peanuts is bad for rabbits. In addition to potential aflatoxin poisoning, your rabbits could also suffer from digestive conditions like GI stasis, diarrhea, fatty liver disease, and obesity because rabbits don’t tolerate fatty/sugary food well.

If you notice any changes in your rabbit’s stool, both in size and consistency, or any signs of poisoning, immediately bring your rabbit to a veterinarian.

Now that I’ve given you the gist of the article, read on as I explain in more detail why rabbits can’t eat peanuts:

Risk of overfeeding peanuts to rabbits.

Fatty and sugary food like peanuts should not be fed to rabbits intentionally. They carry certain risks when fed in large amounts because rabbits’ digestive system is not really designed to digest large amounts of food like peanuts.

Here are some of the risks associated when you feed your rabbits large amounts of peanuts :

Aflatoxin Poisoning

Some peanuts may have unsafe levels of aflatoxins that can make pets and humans sick. Rabbits are one of the most sensitive species to aflatoxins, which is why it’s not recommended for them to consume any food that might contain it like corn, peanuts, cottonseed, and tree nuts.

Here are the most common symptoms of aflatoxin poisoning in rabbits:

  • Diarrhea
  • Anorexia
  • Jaundice
  • Loss of appetite
  • Reduced weight gains
  • High mortality
  • Depression

If you notice or suspect that your rabbit might be suffering from aflatoxin poisoning, immediately call your veterinarian or the animal poison control hotline.

Fatty liver disease

Because most peanuts are high in fat, feeding your rabbits peanuts long-term could lead to Hepatic Lipidosis or fatty liver disease. Rabbit’s diet should only consist of less than 3% fat, while peanuts are high in fat.

Here are the signs that your rabbit might be suffering from fatty liver disease caused by excess fat:

  • Loss of appetite (anorexia) – may be sudden or gradual
  • Weight loss
  • Decline in number and size of droppings (feces)
  • Dehydration
  • Depression and lethargy

Diarrhea

Diarrhea in rabbits is often caused by the wrong diet or when their diet is changed too fast. Feeding your rabbit large amounts of peanuts would check those two boxes I mentioned.

Gastrointestinal Stasis

Gastrointestinal stasis is also possible when a rabbit is fed large amounts of peanuts, which are high in fat. GI stasis mainly happens when a rabbit is fed a low-fiber diet.

GI stasis happens when the balance of bacteria in your rabbit’s gut is disrupted. This disruption would cause painful gas that would eventually lead to organ failure and death if not treated immediately.

The signs of GI stasis are:

  • Depressed
  • Hunched posture
  • Bruxism
  • Decreased appetite/anorexia

If you notice any of these signs, immediately bring your rabbit to a veterinarian.

Uneaten cecotropes

Soft uneaten cecotropes are also possible when rabbits are eating large amounts of peanuts instead of hay. This could lead to softer cecotropes due to the lack of fiber in your rabbit’s diet.

Obesity

Obesity in rabbits is also possible when fed large amounts of fatty/sugary food. Rabbits that are confined in cages all day without exercise and fed large amounts of high carb, low-fiber diet are the most susceptible to obesity.

Healthy alternative to peanuts as treats.

If you planning on giving your rabbits peanuts as treats, these alternatives are much healthier:

Here are some alternatives that you can give to your rabbits one to two times per week as a treat:

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Should you panic if your rabbit ate a little bit of peanuts?

Just observe your rabbit for any additional symptoms like loss of appetite, depression, jaundice, and diarrhea.

You can also call The Poison Control Hotlines if you suspect or are worried that your rabbit is experiencing intoxication.

What to do if your rabbit ate peanuts?

Observe your rabbit’s behavior and poop for any changes. You should also feed them a lot of hay. The extra fiber would help balance their gut flora. If you notice any changes in their poop or behavior, consult a veterinarian immediately.

Conclusion

Peanuts should never be fed to rabbits intentionally because they could potentially contain aflatoxins. Peanuts are also high in fat and sugary which could lead to digestive problems in large amounts.

If you suspect or are worried that your rabbit might be suffering from aflatoxin poisoning, call your veterinarian or your animal poison control hotlines.


Cite this article:

Bunny Horde (January 28, 2022) Can Rabbits Eat Peanuts?. Retrieved from https://bunnyhorde.com/can-rabbits-eat-peanuts/.
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By Rei Garnet

I’ve loved and cared for rabbits since I was 9 years old, and I’m here to share my passion for rabbits. My objective is to help rabbit owners give their rabbits the best life possible.