Can rabbits eat cucumber? – The simple answer is yes, Cucumber a fantastic treat for your rabbit and helps provide a healthy variety of vegetable to their diet. However, there are a variety of factors that you need to take into consideration.
Did you know Cucumbers are technically fruits which you can thank the Botanical buffs for finding out! This is due to being classified as pepos which is a type of berry with a harder outer shell.
Due to the high water content, it’s advised to only give your rabbit a few thin slices every week and spread out during the week.
Cucumber contains various vitamins and nutrients, despite being 95% water. You’ll find that Cucumber is rich in Vitamin K which is known to help avoid blood clotting as well as Vitamin D which is great for your rabbits bones and teeth.
Thankfully, Cucumber is a non-toxic fruit to give your rabbit. They can eat the outer flesh, skin, insides and seeds. Cucumber contains an extremely high amount of water content and little in terms of nutrients, this means that Cucumber can cause your rabbit to get diarrhea when eaten in excess.
It’s weird to think that the Cucumber is actually a fruit rather than a vegetable, which means it’s great to add as a variety to your rabbits diet with other greens.
Unfortunately because of its high water contents, Cucumber is known to cause diarrhea, however, the quantity of water is a fantastic option for hot summers in-which your rabbit will need additional hydration.
Hydration not only keeps your rabbit cool but also keeps their gut flowing and can help with weight loss if your rabbit is on the larger side.
Due to the low-calorie contents, Cucumber is a fantastic option to replace other treats such as apples and grapes if your rabbit needs help with weight-loss or to lower sugar intake.
When giving your rabbit slices of cucumber, you should only do 1 serving at a maximum of 3 times per week. Each slice should be no bigger than around 2-3mm in width.
No, you will want to mix this up and provide a variety of vegetables regardless. But as Cucumber can give your rabbit diarrhea, it’s highly suggested to only give small amounts of Cucumber
If possible, mix your Cucumber with other vegetables.
|Age of Rabbit||Amount of Cucumber|
|Adult rabbits||2-3 slices a week (2-3mm slice).|
A breakdown of your rabbits diet:
Cucumber is an extremely good fruit for hydrating your rabbit and with next to no calorie count it is up there as one of the healthiest fruits around.
Due to the hard skin, a cucumbers skin can be particularly good for helping keep your rabbits teeth filed down, but this only occurs with hard-skin cucumber.
There is another benefit to the skin of your Cucumber, a Cucumber skin is extremely high in fiber and contains more of the concentrated vitamins and than inside of the mostly water based contents.
Baby Rabbits, also known as kits have an entirely different dietary pallet that their parents or older siblings. As such, you should NOT give your rabbit any vegetables including Cucumber up until the age of 6 Months.
At 6 months, your rabbit should slowly be introduced into eating vegetables and greens.
If your kits somehow manage to grab a little nibble of Cucumber, it shouldn’t be too much of an issue. But definitely do keep an eye on their stomach and if you’re worried seek help from an exotic vet.
Remember, each rabbit has a different sensitivity to foods and with an animal this fragile its better to be safer than sorry.
The range of safer vegetables out there is extremely large, Wild Rabbits eat pretty much anything green, so if you’re stuck for ideas check out our alternative suggestions:
Please note the vegetables and fruit in the lists below were sourced from the RWAF
If you’re looking for more information, check out our post What Vegetables are safe for my Rabbit?