Rabbits are amazing pets to have around the house. They are cute, normally fluffy and they are social. With all of that being said, they do require quite a lot of care and you need to be careful of what foods you are feeding them. In this article, we are going to take a look if rabbits can eat oranges.
When feeding oranges to your rabbits you need to do so carefully. You never want to give them more than half a teaspoon of oranges and that is for the average size rabbit. You also never want to feed them oranges more than once a week as that will not be good for them.
In this article, we are going to take an in-depth look at feeding oranges to your rabbits. If you have searched this question before actually doing it that is great because hopefully, we can help you to feed oranges to your rabbits in a safe way. So, for everything you need to know about feeding your rabbits oranges, keep reading.
Should You Feed Oranges To Your Rabbit?
In this article, we answered the question as to whether or not you can feed oranges to your rabbit. Now, in this section, we are going to answer the question of whether or not you should feed rabbits oranges. Let’s get into it
Feeding your rabbits oranges needs to be done while taking a few factors into account. With that being said, feeding your rabbits oranges is a great way of giving them a snack or treat without feeding them artificial treats and snacks.
Now that we have that out of the way, I am sure you are wondering what factors need to be taken into account when feeding your rabbit oranges. Here is a list of those factors:
- Only feed them oranges in small amounts.
- Do not feed them oranges every day.
- Do not add any sugars.
- Make sure they have lots of water after they eat the orange.
Now let’s take a look at all of these factors in a little bit more detail.
In Small Amounts
When feeding oranges to your rabbits, you want to make sure that you do so safely regarding the amount of orange you give them. It is best if you know the size of your rabbit in terms of its weight but for this article, we will take a look at what you should give the average-sized rabbit which is around 5lb.
According to the average weight of rabbits, 1 teaspoon of orange should be more than enough. If you have a large rabbit you can increase this to maybe one and a half teaspoons and if you have a small rabbit that weighs less than 4 lbs, you should decrease it slightly
If you feed your rabbits large quantities of oranges you will be causing harm to their digestive systems and also to their teeth. Remember, sugar, whether natural or refined can be bad for rabbits.
It is important to remember that when feeding your rabbits oranges you are doing so as a snack or a treat. You should never feed your rabbits oranges too frequently as you will encounter the same problems that we mentioned in the above section.
You can feed your rabbit some orange once or twice a week but I highly recommend not exceeding a small portion of oranges more than once a week. If you follow this guideline and only feed your rabbit oranges once a week, your rabbit should stay healthy for much longer
Do Not Add Any Sugars
One of the main reasons why you would want to feed your rabbit oranges is so that you can spoil them a little bit. This might make it tempting to add something to the orange in order to make it more flavorful but is this a good idea?
You should never add anything whether it is natural or artificial to the orange when you are giving it to the rabbit. Doing so can be seriously dangerous for their health so please try and avoid it.
The title above says “do not add any sugars” but I feel that it is important to note that you should not add any type of salts either. Just feed them the plain orange, it is more than sweet enough for them already.
Make Sure They Have Water
The sugar content in oranges can be bad for a rabbit’s kidneys and bladder. The best way to prevent problems with these organs and to prevent diabetes is to make sure that your rabbit drinks a lot of water after eating anything sweet.
Can Rabbits Drink Orange Juice?
This is a great question and if I am being honest, it is a question that I get asked almost all the time when discussing what type of fruit you can feed your rabbit. We always get onto the topic of oranges and then the topic of orange juice pops up, it also happens when we talk about apples so can rabbits drink orange juice?
If you want to give your rabbit orange juice, then yes, you can. However, you need to do so with certain conditions. You should never let your rabbit drink just any old type of orange juice and you should never give them too much orange juice. In the section below, we will discuss the best way of giving your rabbits orange juice.
The Best Way Of Giving Your Rabbit Orange Juice
As we have established, you can’t just give any old orange juice to your rabbit in any quantity that you want. You have to be rather careful and in this section, we will look at the best way to give you a rabbit orange juice.
the first and most important thing that you need to make sure of is that you are giving them 100% fresh orange juice and not an orange juice that has added preservatives and sugars. The best thing to do is to juice your own oranges.
The best way of giving them the orange juice is to first dilute it. This will make sure that they are not getting too much sugar from the orange juice. Some people recommend that you add orange juice to their water bowl but I do not recommend this unless you are going to change the bowl almost immediately.
What To Do If Your Rabbit Eats Too Much Orange
If you have given your rabbits too many oranges then unfortunately there are only a limited amount of recommendations that I can give you. Let’s take a look.
The first thing that you want to do is to monitor your rabbit. Make sure that they have lots of water and try to encourage them to drink it as hard as that may sound. If your rabbit looks like they are not doing too well, take them to the vet as soon as you can as they will be able to spot if there are any problems.
Rabbits Should Never Eat Fruit Seeds.
When talking about giving any type of fruit to your rabbit, it is important to note that your rabbit should never eat the seeds of a fruit, so you should always remove them.
The Seeds in fruit contain toxins mostly in the form of steroids. The steroids can be fatal to rabbits.
Bonus: The Best Fruits For Rabbits
As a thank you for reading this article here is a small list of the best fruits for rabbits.
- Grapes (No seeds)
- Apple (Remove all seeds)
That brings us to the end of this article and hopefully, we helped you, and hopefully, I answered all of the questions that you may have had. The goal of this article was to create an article that can help prevent people from feeding their rabbits too many oranges