Can rabbits eat Lettuce? The answer is, yes they can! But only certain types of lettuce due to some types producing excessive amounts of varying substances that can harm your rabbit.
You should only give your rabbit Romaine Lettuce and/or Lambs lettuce (Also known as Corn Salad). The general rule of thumb for lettuce is that the darker the lettuce leaves the healthier it will be. At absolutely no point should you feed your rabbit iceberg lettuce as this contains a toxin called Lactucarium.
As per usual, if you are giving your rabbit lettuce, make sure it’s done in moderation and definitely mix it up and use different veggies every day!
If you want to make sure that you provide your bunny with a healthy diet and maintain their well-being then you must know what your rabbit can eat. Fiber is an important part of rabbit diet and it can be found in grass, hay and pallets, it is an essential element of their diet.
Can lettuce kill rabbits?
Yes, Lettuce can kill rabbits. Typically this will be any of the lighter colored lettuce species which contains Lactucarium. Lactucarium is a chemical that can harm your rabbit when consumed in high amounts, this includes Iceberg Lettuce and Wild Lettuce.
Whilst Iceberg lettuce isn’t harmful in small amounts, we simply suggest avoiding it all together, especially if your rabbit is young.
Can rabbits eat any kind of lettuce?
No, Rabbits should only eat dark leaved lettuce species, typically you’ll want something that is crisp, full of hydration properties.
Rabbits should only really eat a variation of Romaine Lettuce, Butterhead Lettuce, Green Leaf Lettuce & Red Leaf Lettuce.
How much Lettuce should I feed my rabbit?
When you’re feeding your rabbits lettuce, you might want to introduce them to varying species slowly and gradually the same way you introduce other foods. You can start off by feeding your bunny with chopped up leaves in small handful portions and eventually add more each week
After feeding, you should keep an eye on your bunny for the next 24 hours, check for problems including discomfort, diarrhea and bloating.
If everything is normal after feeding your rabbit Lettuce, you can add it to their regular diet moving forward with other vegetables.
Why Lettuce is so good for your rabbit
Bunnies love Lettuce a lot, which is great as Lettuce is the perfect greens filler to add to their diet and can help fill them up. If your rabbit is a big hay eater, you may find that lettuce will fill them up more and they will eat less lettuce so take that into consideration.
Lettuce itself is full of lots of nutritional value which is great for their health, this varies from species to species of lettuce, however, the general rule of thumb is that Red/Green Leaf Lettuce is the best with Romaine Lettuce being second best.
|Iceberg Lettuce||Vitamin A: 40||11mg||1.4mg|
|Butterhead Lettuce||Vitamin A: 250||17.8mg||2.6mg|
|Romaine Lettuce||Vitamin A: 250||17.8mg||2.6mg|
|Green Leaf Lettuce||Vitamin A: 40.2||18mg||1.5mg|
The best way to feed your rabbit lettuce
Before feeding your bunnies lettuce you need to make sure that its source is free of pesticides. You should wash the lettuce thoroughly under water to get rid of any pesticides, check the roots as well as you’ll find that particularly hard to clean. Really, you can slice that off and just give your rabbit the leafy part of the lettuce.
You can mix 1 or 2 lettuce leaves with other green veggies like spinach, kale, mint, cilantro and basil etc.
Do not forget to supply your bunnies with fresh and clean water, and always stick to the recommended rabbit diet to avoid any health problems in bunnies.
So, should I even give my rabbit lettuce?
Yes! Please do! But just make sure it’s the correct type of lettuce. Avoid Iceberg Lettuce, and stick with dark leaf species like Red & Green Leaf Lettuce, Butterhead and Romaine Lettuce.
This can be done a few times a week, so definitely try to mix it with other greens.