VEGETABLES ~ TO AVOID GIVING TO YOUR RABBITS

DO NOT GIVE THE FOLLOWING TO YOUR RABBITS


TOXIC ~

  • Dried Beans
  • Onions
  • Raw Beans ~ such as Lima, Kidney, Soy
  • Rhubarb Leaves


THESE ARE HIGH IN COMPOUNDS WHICH DESTROY NUTRIENTS ~

  • Bamboo Shoots
  • Bracken Fern
  • Cassava
  • Maize ~ Corn
  • Millet
  • Sweet potatoes ~ I believe this refers to raw sweet potatoes, since baby food sweet potatoes are liked by most rabbits and very well tolerated
  • Tea Leaves


THESE ARE HIGH IN STARCHES ~ CAN CAUSE SEVERE DIGESTIVE UPSETS, GAS, AND BLOATING ~ WHICH CAN BE DEADLY ~

  • Cooked or raw protein-rich beans of any kind
  • Dried corn
  • Dried peas
  • Grains
  • Jicama
  • Nuts
  • Potatoes (even the peel)
  • Sweet Peas
  • Whole kernel corn of any kind (fresh, frozen, canned ~ even the husks around   the kernels can cause impaction)
  • Whole seeds


HAS NO NUTRITIONAL VALUE ~ Iceberg Lettuce



FROM ~ DANA KREMPELS, Ph.D. ~ A SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT CORN AND OTHER SEEDS ~

Some types of seeds (especially things like “Canadian peas” and corn kernels) have hulls that are indigestible to a rabbit, and can cause life-threatening intestinal impactions/blockages.

Corn, fresh or dried, is NOT safe for rabbits. The hull of corn kernels is composed of a complex polysaccharide (not cellulose and pectin, of which plant cell walls are more commonly composed, and which a rabbit can digest) which rabbits cannot digest. We know of more than one rabbit who suffered intestinal impactions because of the indigestible corn hulls. After emergency medical treatment, when the poor rabbits finally passed the corn, their fecal pellets were nearly solid corn hulls! Those rabbits were lucky.



  • Notes: 
    • The list of vegetables to avoid was obtained from the Colorado House Rabbit Society
    • Comments in italics  have been added by Meadow
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