No, rabbits can’t eat almonds. If your rabbit eats almonds, they’re at risk from a bunch of issues like cyanide poisoning and digestive conditions. Generally, you shouldn’t feed your rabbit any type of nuts.
There’s a bunch of reasons why you should avoid giving your rabbit almonds. From just a couple of almonds, your rabbit can get:
- Poisoning: Almonds contain a poison called cyanide. This can cause issues in small doses but are likely worse the more your rabbit eats. Signs of cyanide poisoning in rabbits include seizures, a temperature, lethargy, lost appetite, inflammation, and depression. Get your rabbit to a vet ASAP if they have any of these.
- Fatty liver disease: Eating foods high in fat too often can cause fat-related diseases. Signs of this are weight loss, dehydration, lethargy, loss of appetite, and smaller (or fewer) fecal droppings.
- Diarrhea: Feeding your rabbit the wrong diet or changing it suddenly can cause your rabbit to have loose stools. This can result in dehydration and discomfort if it continues long term.
- Obesity: If your rabbit ate lots of starchy food, they’d begin to put weight on. Too little exercise and the wrong diet can end up with your rabbit becoming obese. Once they are obese, they can have problems with their skin, mobility, heart, and more.
- Uneaten cecotropes: If your rabbit isn’t getting enough fiber and eating food like almonds, they’ll end up with soft cecotropes which they won’t want to eat. This means they’ll miss out on nutrients that they’d otherwise get.
- Gastrointestinal (GI) stasis: Eating the wrong diet can disrupt the bacteria in your rabbit’s gut. This creates painful gas and can be fatal if not treated quickly. Signs of this include if your rabbit is hunched over, not eating, depressed, and grinding their teeth. If they have any of these symptoms, they’ll need immediate veterinary attention.
These are the more common issues linked to rabbits eating food like almonds. If your rabbit eats almonds and you’re concerned, always speak to a vet.
The most important thing to do if your rabbit has eaten almonds is to remove any remaining almonds and closely monitor them for the next 24 hours.
You need to be watching out for any signs of cyanide poisoning, fatty liver disease, and gastrointestinal stasis. General indicators that something is wrong include if your rabbit’s eating or toilet habits change.
If your rabbit has only had a small number of almonds, they might not suffer too much. Feed them hay and water and keep an eye on them for the next day in case they start showing symptoms that something is wrong.
The best option if your rabbit has eaten something bad and you suspect poisoning is to consult your vet as soon as you can.
Can Rabbits Eat Cooked Almonds?
No, rabbits can’t eat cooked almonds. They shouldn’t eat almonds at all, but cooked almonds are even worse. Cooking food changes the texture and nutritional levels for the worse. Avoid giving your rabbit nuts, and avoid giving them anything except raw, fresh food.
Can Rabbits Eat Almond Leaves?
No, rabbits can’t eat almond leaves. Like the rest of the almond plant, they contain cyanide which is poisonous to rabbits. If you want to give your rabbit some safe leafy greens, consider carrot tops, kale, and rocket.
Can Rabbits Eat Almond Twigs?
No, rabbits can’t eat almond twigs. No part of the almond plant is safe for rabbit consumption – including the twigs, leaves, and almonds themselves. Due to the cyanide contained in the almond plant, all parts should be avoided.
Can Rabbits Eat Any Type of Nuts?
No, there’s no type of nut that your rabbit can safely eat. They would all cause issues from upsetting your rabbit’s gut to death (in the worst cases). To be safe, avoid all nuts and get your rabbit to a vet if they do accidentally eat any.
As well as avoiding almonds, your rabbit should avoid: hazelnuts, cashews, walnuts, pistachios, chestnuts, monkey nuts, and any others you can think of.
What Should My Rabbit Eat?
Ideally, your rabbit should be eating a balanced diet to be as healthy as they can be. This should include unlimited hay, a variety of fresh vegetables, and pellets every day. They should also have drinking water at all times, and twice a week they can have treats.