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Can Rabbits Eat Beetroot? Good or Harmful

Can Rabbits Eat Beetroot? Good or Harmful

Can rabbits eat beets? Yes, but pay attention to the quantities. How many sugars does a beet contain? The root of the plant provides a lot of energy as beets are very rich in nutrients and sugars. Beets also contain fat, protein, some calcium, phosphorus, and some fiber, and foods that rich aren’t too good for rabbits.

Despite all these healthy elements, beets and all other types of roots should be given in small quantities to your rabbit, in fact, rabbits do not eat roots in the wild.

Wash the beet thoroughly before cutting it into tiny pieces; you can also give the peel but keep in mind that the color of the beet can stain the fur of the rabbit ,so it is best to give it by hand or in a bowl.

Beetroot is a leafless vegetable and giving too much to your rabbit can cause diarrhea and flatulence as well as broccoli and cauliflower it is therefore recommended to introduce it initially in small quantities by checking the rabbit’s feces in the next 24 hours: if you notice that the faeces are soft or behavioral changes stop feeding root vegetables or any other type of vegetable or fruit and give only hay, very few pellets with fiber and water.

Very important! Do not panic if the rabbit urine has an unusual pink color the following day: it’s absolutely normal and also happens to us with beet leaves.

Is it good for rabbits to eat roots like beets and carrots?

We often imagine that rabbits routinely feed on roots such as carrots, beets, and radishes, in reality, their stomachs are still adapted to wildlife and risk becoming hypersensitive if they do not follow a proper diet.

Roots are not good food for rabbits, they are still able to digest them even if in nature they do not normally eat them. Carrots and fruits have high sugar content and should be given in small quantities or occasionally as treats.

The basic diet of a rabbit is made up of hay (80%), water, and some foods chosen fresh or pellets.

Recommended fresh foods (20%) include:

  • fruits (10% of fresh food) from time to time you can give fruits.
  • vegetables (90% of fresh food) which includes:
  1. leafy vegetables (75% of fresh food) = 1 cup per 2.2 lbs of body weight .
    Rabbits, like any other herbivore, have a preference for vegetables, especially for green leafy vegetables of which they appreciate the flavor but above all the texture as they love to nibble and the fibrous part of the leaves also benefits their teeth.
  2. non-leafy vegetables in limited quantities as a reward (15% of fresh food) = 1 tablespoon per day per 2.2 lbs of body weight.

You can administer these amounts in a single meal or divided them into 2 – 3 meals per day.

If you don’t have fresh vegetables on hand or they are wilted, you can alternatively give small amounts of fresh high-fiber pellets.

Can rabbits and bunnies eat cooked or canned beets? 

Never give your rabbit cooked or canned beets. Because? Because it contains more starch, too much salt (canned beetroot), and less fiber, and also stains even more. Too much sugar and starch will change the bacterial balance in your rabbit’s intestinal tract so avoid cooked food and prefer fresh food.

Bunnies do not eat vegetables until 12 weeks of age, slowly introduce one type at a time and in small quantities (15 grams), keeping the feces under control for the next 24 hours.

If you prepare beetroot juice at home you can give the rabbit the pulp that is discarded, being careful not to give too much.

Beet leaves and stems are a good source of calcium but also contain a lot of oxalic acids so they should not be given every day but only once or twice a week along with other non-oxalic leafy vegetables.

Always remember not to overfeed any food to your rabbit’s diet and feed it in moderation, only hay is an exception and you can give it at will.

Written by Amanda

Passionate about animals, Amanda draws her expertise from her training as an educator, canine behaviorist as well as her extensive experience with animal owners. A specialist in dog and cat behavior, Amanda continues to learn about our four-legged companions by studying veterinary reference books but also university research sites (UCD, Utrecht, Cambridge, Cornell, etc..)

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