Last Updated on April 27, 2022 by Rei Garnet
Pumpkins have long been known to be beneficial to human health, and many of us enjoy eating them for both their taste and health benefits.
But what about our pet rabbits? Can we give them some pumpkins?
Absolutely! Pumpkins are safe to feed to adult rabbits as long as it’s done in moderation.
Pumpkins contain large amounts of vitamin A and some amounts of vitamins C, E, and K that are great for rabbits.
Rabbits only need 6000UI to 10,000UI vitamin A. Pumpkin, on the other hand, contains 8,513UI per 100 g.
We recommend limiting it to less than 100 grams a day because other foods also contain vitamin A, and we don’t want to go over that limit.
Also, you don’t want your rabbit to get full from eating pumpkins because their diet should mainly consist of hay, veggies, and pellets.
This is especially important for growing rabbits, because they need an unlimited amount of hay and pellets to grow properly.
Another benefit of feeding pumpkins to your pet rabbit is that pumpkins contain calcium.
Calcium is an essential nutrient, especially for growing and lactating rabbits.
Do rabbits like eating pumpkins?
Yes, rabbits do like to eat pumpkins. As we all know, rabbits are suckers for sugary treats. That’s why rabbits love to eat the sweet flesh of pumpkins.
Are pumpkins safe to be eaten by rabbits?
Yes, small amounts of pumpkin are safe for rabbits. Just remember that you need to treat pumpkins, especially the flesh, as a treat.
Never feed your rabbit too many pumpkins because they lack the daily fiber a rabbit needs.
A rabbit fed too much sugar and not enough fiber may develop GI stasis, uneaten caecotrophs, and diarrhea, all of which can be fatal.
Are pumpkins good for rabbits?
Yes, pumpkins are good for rabbits because they’re a good source of vitamins and minerals.
Pumpkins are packed full of vitamin A and minerals like calcium, magnesium, and potassium, all of which would benefit your rabbit’s health.
But make sure that you are only giving it to your rabbit as a treat because pumpkins lack the fiber a rabbit would need per day.
You should only treat pumpkins as an occasional treat.
What are the benefits of feeding your rabbits pumpkins?
Pumpkins in moderation, are a good source of vitamin A and minerals like calcium, magnesium, and potassium.
For you to know the benefits of pumpkins to your rabbit’s health, you must first know the required vitamins and minerals that rabbits need per day.
Use this nutrient constraint calculator to see how much nutrients your rabbit gets each day from pumpkins.
You can click the blue icon beside the nutrient name to see the benefits and side effects of each nutrient.