Last Updated on August 23, 2021 by Rei
Pumpkin has long been known to be healthy for humans, and a lot of us like to eat one not only because it’s delicious, but also because it also has numerous 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 in moderation.
Pumpkins contain large amounts of vitamin A and some amounts of vitamins C, E, and K that are great for rabbits.
The reason that we recommend limiting the amount of pumpkin you feed your rabbits is that, according to numerous studies, rabbits only need about 6000UI to 10,000UI of vitamin A.
100 grams of pumpkin contains 8,513UI. 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 when 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 pumpkin contains calcium. Calcium is an essential nutrient, especially for growing and lactating rabbits.
Do rabbits like to eat 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, pumpkins are safe to be eaten by rabbits in small amounts. Just remember that you need to treat pumpkins especially the flesh, as a treat.
Never feed your rabbit too much pumpkins because it lacks the daily fiber a rabbit need.
A rabbit that is fed large amounts of sugar and too little fiber could lead to all kinds of digestive disorders like GI stasis, uneaten caecotrophs, and diarrhea — which is fatal to rabbits extremely fast.
Are pumpkins good for rabbits?
Yes, pumpkins are good for rabbits because it’s a good source of vitamins and minerals. Pumpkins are pack full of vitamin A and minerals like calcium, magnesium, and potassium, all of which would benefit your rabbit’s health.
But make sure that your 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.
Here’s a nutrient constrain calculator to help you understand how much nutrient your rabbit is getting per day when feeding pumpkins. You can click the blue icon beside the nutrient name to see the benefits and side effects of each nutrient.