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Bunnies And Fruits: Can Rabbits Eat Oranges?

As any bunny-lover surely knows, rabbits can be picky eaters. You may already know what your furry friend loves to chow down on, but can rabbits eat oranges?

No need to fear – the answer is yes! Oranges (and other citrus fruits) are suitable for rabbits if you feed these treats in moderation. But what exactly does that mean? What benefits do oranges offer? How do you prepare them for your furry friend?

This blog post will explain when and how to let your rabbit try out oranges. We'll review potential risks and the best ways to feed these treats safely. Now let's hop in and learn about giving your bunny an orange or two.

Can Rabbits Eat Oranges?

The answer is yes—in moderation. Oranges are healthy and can add nutrition and variety to a rabbit's diet. However, this fruit also has high sugar content, so your bunnies should only be allowed to eat oranges in moderation.

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When feeding your bunny any new food, introduce it gradually and in small amounts. Start with only one segment of orange at a time, and gradually increase the portion size if your rabbit shows no signs of digestive issues.

In addition to oranges, consider adding other citrus fruits like lemon and grapefruit to your bunny's diet–but also remember to feed these sparingly as these are also very sweet fruits.

You may incorporate oranges into your bunny's treat rotation or even use them for a fun foraging activity! Cut up an orange slice or two into smaller pieces and place them in your bunny's enclosure for them to find. It will provide mental stimulation as well as physical exercise. 

By following these guidelines, you can give your rabbit the nutritional benefits of oranges without any potential harm caused by the high sugar content.

Nutritional Value of Oranges for Rabbits

Oranges contain a lot of vitamins and minerals that are beneficial for your rabbit. Oranges are rich in vitamins A and C, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus. They are also packed with fiber and antioxidants that help to protect your bunny's body from the damaging effects of free radicals.

But just because these nutrients exist in oranges doesn't mean your rabbit can thrive on oranges alone. Oranges have high amounts of sugar. Too much sugar can lead to obesity and dental problems for your rabbit, so you may want to limit the number of oranges in their diet.

Generally, it's best to feed your rabbit fruits as an occasional treat. Try offering fresh vegetables more often as a healthy snack alternative—romaine lettuce, kale, or dandelion greens make tasty treats they'll love to snack on.

Are Orange Peels Safe For Rabbits?

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Orange peels can be safely fed to rabbits, but only in small quantities and as an occasional treat. Orange peels are rich in vitamins and other essential nutrients beneficial to rabbits. However, too much of it can cause digestive problems and potential choking hazards.

Rabbits can eat orange peels in moderation as long as you consider them a part of a balanced diet. Additionally, make sure your oranges are free from pesticides and other chemicals that may be toxic to rabbits.

Let's examine the advantages of feeding orange peels to your rabbit.

Vitamin C Source

Orange peels are full of vitamin C, which helps boost a rabbit's immune system and keep them healthy. It's especially important for older rabbits who may have weaker immune systems. So, it's okay to feed your bunny some orange peels here and there for an extra blast of vitamin C.

Fiber Content

Orange peels are also excellent sources of fiber, which keeps your rabbit's digestive system regular and healthy. They need more fiber than other animals do! Plus, it can help them miss out on those pesky hairballs that build up in their stomachs and come out as pellets when they poop.

Feeding Oranges To Your Rabbit

Okay, now you know that rabbits can eat oranges, but it's essential to understand how to give them to your fluffy friend.

First, let's start by considering how much they should eat. Feeding your rabbit too much citrus fruit can lead to vitamin C toxicity and gastrointestinal issues, so make sure that you don't go over the recommended limit of 10-20 mg per kg of body weight. This amounts to roughly half an orange for a 3.6 kg rabbit—keep it as a treat!

To prepare oranges for consumption, remove the peel first and the white pith. Wash the orange and cut it into small pieces, or slice them into wedges for easier chewing. Make sure there are no seeds or stems in any of the pieces. Rabbits don't need these, as they can be toxic!

You'll want to avoid giving your adult rabbit whole oranges, though, as they won't be able to chew them properly. Instead, try slicing an orange into small pieces or get mandarin oranges for easier peeling. Slice it thin and let your rabbit nibble away on them like they would with a bit of hay or grass.

With these helpful tips in mind, you should be good to go! Just remember not to feed too much of this delicious treat. Moderation is vital when it comes to feeding oranges to your rabbit!

Citrus Fruits You Can Feed Your Rabbit

There are a lot of other citrus fruits you give adult rabbits besides oranges. Lemons are one such option, but it's essential to be careful when feeding your rabbit this fruit. The seeds of a lemon can be toxic if swallowed, and the acidity of lemons can cause abdominal discomfort in some rabbits.

If you're looking to give your bunny lemons, ensure you're only giving them the peeled and deseeded fruit, with all the white pith removed.

Grapefruits are also a safe choice for rabbits for their Vitamin C content and fiber. Grapefruits can be given in slices or wedges, just like oranges, and all seeds and rinds should be removed before serving.

Finally, limes are safe for rabbits as they are much milder citrus than lemons or oranges. Again, ensure the rind and seeds are removed first, and you're not overdoing it. Limes still contain high acidity levels and can cause stomach upset in some rabbits.

While all these fruits are safe for adult rabbits (as long as there aren't any seeds), they should only be given in small amounts occasionally as treats. Most of your bunny's diet should consist primarily of hay and fresh greens!

No matter what type of fruit you choose to give your rabbit, always remember to start slowly. Introduce fruits one at a time and in small portions, and watch for any signs of indigestion or an upset stomach.

What Else Can I Feed My Rabbit?

You might wonder what else you can feed your precious bunny apart from oranges. Good news—the list is long! Fruits, veggies, hay, and commercial treats are part of a rabbit's diet.

Fruits & Veggies

Apart from oranges, there are plenty of other tasty fruits and veggies a hungry bunny can enjoy. Apples, bananas, carrots, bell peppers—even cucumbers will do the trick! Just remember to stick to specific amounts to avoid upsetting their stomachs.

Hay & Grass

Two rabbits eating grass in wooden cage

No surprises—rabbits love hay and grass. Both provide essential nutrients like vitamins and minerals. Plus, they'll happily munch on it all day long!

Commercial Treats

Commercial treats are okay occasionally but should not form the central part of their diet. Instead of buying these treats (which can be high in sugar), opt for healthier alternatives like carrots or natural snacks like banana chips!


Can rabbits eat orange seeds?

No! It's best to avoid feeding fruit seeds to your pet rabbit. Additionally, orange seeds can pose a choking hazard, particularly for baby rabbits, and cause dental issues over time. Even if your rabbit likes the seeds, it is best to avoid feeding them. 

Can rabbits drink orange juice?

Rabbits can drink orange juice, but keep it in moderation as it's very high in sugar and acid, which can lead to health problems. Fruit juices are often recommended as a refreshing treat for rabbits, but try to dilute the juice first before giving it to your pet.

Can baby rabbits eat oranges?

Young rabbits shouldn't be put on a diet of oranges because they require special food to help them grow and develop properly. Stick to hay, fresh vegetables, and specially-formulated pellets until they reach adulthood.

Do rabbits love oranges?

It depends on the rabbit—some love them, some don't care either way—but there's no denying that oranges are an enjoyable snack for bunnies!

Remember that it's not always easy for rabbits to digest oranges. We recommend that you feed your pet no more than half an orange per serving and always make sure the orange is fresh!

While your rabbit may love tasty treats like oranges or other fruits, they're not the healthiest diet for your pet. Your rabbit's daily food should mainly consist of fresh vegetables and hay. Introduce a variety of nutritious food to your pet along with fresh water every day to keep them safe and healthy!

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Erin - October 26, 2021

Can rabbits eat grapes?

Feranmi - March 19, 2021

Wow thanks a lot

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