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Bunnies are the cutest animals that people love to have in their homes. These small creatures love playing around and eat fruits and vegetables. But if we talk about tomatoes then according to some rabbit owners, you can feed tomatoes to rabbits.
On the other hand, some owners say that tomatoes are not good for the health of rabbits. But in reality, tomatoes are not harmful to rabbits; however, you can give them occasionally and not regularly.
Humans do eat tomatoes in a salad or add them into their cooking utensils to prepare different types of foods. They contain potassium, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and antioxidants. So, rabbits can also eat tomatoes, but you can’t give them in large quantities.
How to give tomatoes to rabbits?
Rabbits need those foods that are low in fat and sugar, but high in fiber. That is why they love eating hay as it is rich in fiber. This fiber is best for their gastrointestinal system. Also, the natural fiber keeps their teeth healthy.
If we talk about tomatoes, then they are not rich in fiber. They contain much water that will never fill their nutritional needs. This water will fill their appetite without giving them health benefits. So, tomatoes are not made for rabbits, but as they will not do any harm to them so you can feed rabbits tomatoes, but in smaller quantities.
Once a week you can give some small pieces of tomatoes. A tomato having the size of a cherry is sufficient for a rabbit. But there is a proper way of giving tomatoes to rabbits.
- First of all, wash the tomato thoroughly with water. It is necessary to make it free from pesticides.
- Then remove all the vines, leaves, flowers, and stems that are attached to the fruit. These things are poisonous for rabbits.
- Then cut the tomato into small pieces.
- Also, it is essential to remove the seeds.
- Never give them more than two small slices. Rabbits do love the taste of a tomato, so it is important to not over-feed them.
Can we give tomatoes to baby rabbits?
If you own baby rabbits, then it is not a good idea to give tomatoes to them. Their sensitive digestive system won’t be able to digest even a small little tomato piece. Not only tomato, but you also can’t give any fruit or vegetable to them until they reach the age of 3 months.
Are tomato seeds and leaves harmful for rabbits?
Yes, you can’t give anything extra to rabbits other than the actual fruit. If we talk about tomato leaves, then they are poisonous. Even the stem, flowers, and vines all are harmful to rabbits. Therefore, it is suggested to only give an actual tomato fruit to your cute little creatures and avoid all other attached things.
Other than leaves, if we talk about seeds, then you should also avoid giving them tomato slices with seeds. The tomato seeds are lightly toxic for rabbits. So, it is better to avoid giving them. Remove the seeds from tomato slices and offer your rabbit a safe treat.