Last Updated on August 30, 2023 by keno
If you’re a rabbit owner who loves eating blackberries, you may have at some point probably wondered whether your pet can eat the fruit. In short, can rabbits eat blackberries? And if so, does the fruit offer any nutritional value? Keep reading to find out…
Can bunnies eat blackberries?
The short answer is yes; bunnies can eat blackberries moderately and on occasion. However, considering that baby rabbits have sensitive stomachs, always ensure that your bunny is at least 3 months old. The recommended blackberry quantity to feed your rabbit is 1 tablespoon per 2lb or at most two times per week. Besides the fruit, other edible parts of the blackberry are the stem, leaves, and seeds.
Introducing blackberries to your rabbit’s diet
First and foremost, always make sure that the blackberry is fresh ripe, and not wilted before serving it to your bunny. Secondly, wash it first to remove any pesticides or contaminants that may cause your bunny to have a stomach ache.
When introducing the Blackberry for the first time, do so gradually. Start by serving them a piece then wait for 24 hours to see how your rabbit stomach reacts. If your pet has a soft bowel movement or shows signs of stomach discomfort, cease serving them the berry. However, if they behave normally a day after eating the fruit, continue serving them the fruit. As mentioned earlier, once or twice is sufficient considering that fruits, blackberries included are only treats and not their main diet.
The nutritional value blackberries provide rabbits
Blackberries are highly nutritious for rabbits since they contain essential vitamins and minerals that contribute to the growth and development of bunnies. For instance, it contains vitamin A which helps improve a rabbit’s vision and skin health. In addition, vitamin A also helps with the proper functionality of the heart and lungs. The fruit also contains vitamin K which helps to improve a bunny’s blood flow, as a result reducing the risk of blood clots. Lastly, blackberries also contain minerals such as calcium, copper, folate, potassium, and phosphorus, all contributing to the overall health and development of rabbits.
Risks of feeding rabbit’s excessive blackberries
Considering that blackberries contain a lot of sugar content, feeding your rabbit excessively has adverse effects. In other words, the high sugar content in the fruit can cause a bacterial imbalance in your pest gut. This as a result, often leads to diarrhea or stomach-related issues such as bloating and cramps.
The other risk associated with feeding your rabbits excessive sugary treats like blackberries is that in the long run, it contributes to teeth problems. This may include tooth sensitivity or decay. Lastly, obesity is another issue associated with feeding rabbits too much blackberries. This in turn leads your bunny to have heart conditions as well as joint pain.
Although blackberries can be included in a rabbit’s diet, the fruit should be served as a treat. Always bear in mind that their primary diet is hay, substituted with pellets, vegetables, and fruits on occasion.