Last Updated on August 6, 2022 by Rei Garnet
Quick Facts About Raspberry:
- Scientific name – Rubus idaeus
- Also known as – Wild Red, Brambles, and Brambleberry.
- Origin – Europe
- Most commonly found in – Serbia and Chile.
- Average weight – 5 grams
Raspberries are safe to be given to rabbits as long as your rabbit is at least 7 months old and you only give it 1-2 times per week.
Sticking to these rules would prevent any possibility of triggering digestive problems.
Also, talk to your veterinarian if your rabbit is old (6 years old).
Older rabbits have a slower metabolism.
This in turn could lead to obesity when a rabbit is fed sugary treats like raspberries.
Now that I’ve given you the gist of the article, read on as I explain in more detail why rabbits can eat raspberries:
Do rabbits like eating raspberries?
In my case, both of my rabbits (Tyr and Freya) loved raspberries.
I’m pretty sure both of my rabbits would eat the whole pack of raspberries if I allowed them to (not that I would) — that’s how much they love raspberries!
I’ve also asked several of my friends who have rabbits if they ever fed raspberries to their babies and their reaction to it.
All of them reported giving raspberries to their rabbits.
Are raspberries safe to be eaten by rabbits?
Raspberries are completely safe to be eaten by rabbits as long as your rabbit is old enough (7 months or older) to eat them and you’re only giving them in moderation, or 1-2 times per week.
Most of the danger happens because rabbit owners overfeed their rabbits sugary treats like raspberries in lieu of hay.
The lack of fiber in their rabbit’s diet is what leads to digestive problems, not the sugary treats themselves.
Finally, raspberries or other sugary treats should not be fed to rabbits that are suspected of having digestive problems.
Feeding sugary treats to sick rabbits could exacerbate the problem.
What are the benefits of feeding raspberries to rabbits?
To properly understand the benefits of raspberries, you can use the nutrient constrain calculator to determine the amount of nutrients your rabbit is getting based on the amount you give.
You can also click on the blue icon beside the nutrient to show the different benefits and deficiencies of each nutrient: