Last Updated on July 25, 2022 by Rei Garnet
My two rabbits, Tyr and Freya, love veggies. In fact, I feed them some whenever I’m cooking. Tyr especially loves to munch on zucchini because it’s tough and rabbits like to grind their teeth on anything they can.
Squash actually refers to the four species of the genus Cucurbita, which includes zucchini squash, pumpkin, butternut squash, and yellow squash.
Giving rabbits zucchini as a supplement to their diet is totally safe. But be careful that you only give it to them as an addition to a high-fiber hay diet.
Feeding your rabbit’s zucchini as a substitute for their regular food is a bad idea because zucchini don’t have enough fiber and nutrients that a rabbit needs throughout the day.
In this article, I’ll be discussing the different questions you might have when you’re thinking about feeding zucchini to your bunnies.
So without further ado, let’s get started.
Do rabbits like eating zucchini?
Yes, rabbits like to eat vegetables, including zucchini. Just make sure that you only give it to your rabbit as a small part of their diet.
Your rabbit’s diet should be 80% hay. Even if your rabbit likes eating zucchini, you have to control the amount you give them to make sure that they are eating the right amount of fiber.
Rabbits fed the wrong diet, like being too low in fiber or high in carbs, can lead to digestive issues like GI stasis or diarrhea.
Is zucchini safe to be eaten by rabbits?
Zucchini or courgettes are safe for rabbits to eat. Just make sure that your rabbit is still eating enough hay. The reason is that zucchini is low in fiber.
Rabbits that are not eating enough fiber could lead to digestive issues that are often fatal to rabbits.
Is zucchini good for rabbits?
Yes, zucchini is good for rabbits because it is rich in vitamins A, folate, and choline. It’s also rich in minerals like magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, and potassium.
But just because zucchini has these benefits, it doesn’t mean it’s okay for you to feed them too much. In fact, over-feeding your rabbits zucchini could lead to a variety of digestive distresses like GI stasis, diarrhea, and uneaten caecotrophs.
What are the benefits of feeding zucchini to rabbits?
Zucchini is a good source of vitamin A.
For you to know the benefits of zucchini for your rabbit’s health, you must first know the required vitamins and minerals that a rabbit needs per day.
Here’s a nutrient constraint calculator to help you understand how much nutrition your rabbit is getting per day when feeding zucchini. You can click the blue icon beside the nutrient name to see the benefits and deficiency of each nutrient.