Can Rabbits Eat Radishes: Everything You Need To Know

Categorized as Bunny Diet
small white rabbit about to eat raddish tops

Last Updated on October 4, 2021 by Rei

Radish, especially radish tops are on the list of the safest food to add to your rabbit’s diet. Just make sure that your rabbit is old enough and is eating its required hay(fiber) for the day.

Problems arise when rabbit owners allow their pets to eat large amounts of radish in lieu of hay. This lack of fiber is what causes your rabbits to develop digestive distress.

Now that I’ve given you the gist of the article, read on as I explain in more details why rabbits can eat radishes:

Do rabbits like to eat radishes?

It depends on your rabbit’s personality and preference for food. Each rabbit is unique with its own likes and dislikes when it comes to food.

Like my babies(Tyr and Freya) for example, whenever I toss some radish in their bowl, Tyr would just smell and ignore it. While Freya would jump on it and eat the whole thing, especially the tops.

Are radishes safe to be eaten by rabbits?

Yes, radish is safe to be eaten by rabbits as long as your rabbit is old enough and is eating enough fiber(hay). Contrary to popular beliefs, where starch and sugar are blamed for digestive distress in rabbits, starch and sugar directly causing digestive distress are only observed in young rabbits.

Radishes would only become a risk when rabbit owners feed their rabbit’s large amounts of them in lieu of hay.

What are the benefits of feeding radishes to rabbits?

a bundle of small round red raddishes

In order to determine the benefits of feeding radishes to rabbits, let’s first take a look at its nutritional value compared to the nutritional constrain for rabbits.

You can use this calculator to determine if you are within the safe range when feeding your rabbits. You can click on the blue icon beside the nutrient to show the benefits and deficiency of each nutrient:

Nutrient Constrain Calculator For Rabbits