Watermelon is sweet and juicy, the perfect way to cool down on a summer’s day and a great treat for kids and adults alike. But what about pets, and bunnies in particular? Can rabbits eat watermelon? Is it safe, and if so can rabbits eat watermelon rind as well?
These are the questions that have been put to us recently and they are the questions we will now look to answer. As usual, the health of your pet rabbit is just as important to us as it is to you, so take a look at this info and make or you take it all onboard before you start feeding your bunny chunks of juicy red watermelon.
Can Rabbits Eat Watermelon?
In small doses, it is perfect safe for a rabbit to eat watermelon. There is nothing in this fruit that will do them any harm in such doses and they will enjoy biting into it. One of the greatest joys in life is to watch a bunny eat, and you’ll get a kick out of watching them dig into watermelon.
However, you need to make sure that they only eat a small amount. Just like humans, bunnies love sugar. And just like humans, they rarely know when to stop and often overindulge. Too much sugar is much more damaging to a bunny than it is to a human though. It can upset what is a very delicate balance in their digestive system and can cause them to be sick for days on end.
In fact, death can result from overindulgence. Too much sugar and a general lack of proper nutrition is one of the biggest killers of pet rabbits in the world. That’s why it’s important for sites like Can Pets Eat to exist, but the onus is also on you, the owner, to search for, find, take onboard, and then follow the information listed here in.
Can Rabbits Eat Watermelon Rind?
Rabbits can also eat the watermelon rind. In fact, there are many parts of fruits and vegetables you would often throw away that bunnies absolutely love. These include varying from carrot tops, which they actually love more than the carrots themselves, to banana peel and watermelon rind.
Just because the rind is not as juicy a the fruit itself doesn’t mean that they can be left to eat as much as they want. It is still major deviation from their main diet; it is still high in sugar; it can still do harm.
So, in all cases, whey you’re feeding them the rind or the watermelon fruit, stick to a very low amount. And remember that because of their sensitive stomaches, they tend to handle foods better if they have eaten them before. As a result, you should look to give them very small amounts to begin with, before giving them a normal amount at a later date.
That answers the question of Can Rabbits Eat Watermelon, but it’s also worth noting that this applies to adult rabbits predominantly. As we have said many times before, you should be very careful when feeding any fruits, vegetables and other treats to young bunnies. They are still developing and it doesn’t take much to upset them.