Last Updated on April 23, 2022 by Rei Garnet
Quick Facts About Spinach:
- Scientific name – Spinacia oleracea
- Also known as – Espinadas, Spinacio, and Epinard.
- Origin – Persia
- Most commonly found in – United States, Spain, and Italy.
- Average weight – 340g
Spinach is safe to be given to rabbits as long as you only give it in small amounts (e.g., 15 g) and your rabbit must be old enough (12 weeks) to have one.
The main consensus on spinach is the amount of oxalates in it.
While it’s true that spinach has high amounts of oxalates, as long as you stick to the amount I mentioned above, it’s completely safe to be given to rabbits.
Now that I’ve given you the gist of the article, read on as I explain in more detail why rabbits can eat spinach:
Do rabbits like eating spinach?
Just like any other leafy green, rabbits will gladly eat spinach if you give them some.
In my case, both of my rabbits (Tyr and Freya) like to eat spinach whenever I give them some.
I’ve also asked several rabbit owners and breeders if they give spinach to their rabbits.
Most of them reported giving spinach in small amounts.
While others are afraid to give their rabbits spinach due to its bad rep of having too many oxalates.
Is spinach safe for rabbits to eat?
Contrary to popular belief, spinach is safe to give to rabbits as long as you only give it in small amounts and your rabbit is old enough to eat vegetables.
The oxalates in spinach would only be harmful to rabbits if you fed them large amounts of it for long periods of time.
To counteract this, provide at least 3 varieties of leafy greens in your rabbit’s diet.
What are the benefits of feeding spinach to rabbits?
Spinach is rich in vitamin A and potassium.
To better understand the benefits of feeding spinach to your rabbits, you can use this nutrient constraint calculator to see what nutrients your rabbit is getting and whether or not the amount you’re giving is within the nutritional constraint.
You can also click on the blue icon beside the nutrients to see each of the benefits and deficiencies of each nutrient: