Yes, rabbits can eat figs as a special treat. Figs have high fiber content and several useful vitamins however, it also has very high levels of sugar and acid. As such, you should only feed your rabbit a tablespoon of fig, no more than twice in one week.
Figs have a bunch of useful vitamins and minerals that are beneficial for your rabbit. In small doses, this fruit is a healthy, tasty treat that your rabbit will enjoy.
- Fiber (to aid digestion and is good for dental health).
- Antioxidants (to remove free radicals from the body).
- Vitamin A (to help their vision, bones, skin, and reproductive health).
- Vitamin B (to help your body produce antibodies amongst other things).
- Vitamin K (to boost the immune system and help red blood cells).
- Magnesium (to help your rabbit grow).
- Potassium (to balance body fluids and protect them from hypokalemia).
- Zinc (to raise cholesterol and increase water holding capacity).
- Manganese (to help metabolize carbohydrates, proteins, and fats).
- Calcium (for strong bones and teeth).
A healthy, mature rabbit can be given figs as a reward, treat, and incentive in training.
Figs do have drawbacks that mean they can only be given to your rabbit as a treat rather than a regular snack.
Figs have high levels of:
- Sugar: The extremely high sugar contents in figs can cause bloating, diarrhea, and digestive issues. Sugar can also rot your rabbit’s teeth, cause them to gain weight, and become addictive.
- Acid: Figs have such high acidic levels that eating too many in one go could cause your rabbit to get sick. Their bodies aren’t designed for digesting food so acidic and it’ll wreak havoc in their gut.
- Sickness: As with any food that’s been grown inorganically, figs can have pesticides on them or parasites in them. Fruits can also start to rot, and eating a fig that is going bad or hasn’t been checked and cleaned properly increases the risk of your rabbit getting sick.
If your rabbit is trying figs for the first time, follow these steps:
- Wash the fig, checking it for holes and that it’s fresh while you do so.
- Cut off a small piece, perhaps a teaspoon’s worth of fig.
- Feed it to your rabbit, with hay and water.
- Watch your rabbit for the next 24 hours.
- Look out for diarrhea, changes in their eating habits, and unusual behavior. If you notice any of these, contact your vet.
- If they’re okay after eating it, you can increase the portion next time.
Remember to feed your rabbit a balanced diet, and to limit the number of treats that they have. If they eat figs or extra sugary food, try to balance it by choosing less sugary snacks for the rest of the time.
Can Rabbits Eat Dried Figs?
Rabbits shouldn’t eat dried figs. The process removes all the sugar from the fig but doesn’t affect the sugar or acidity content. This means there are all the harmful parts from eating it, but fewer nutrients for your rabbit. There are plenty of healthier alternatives available to give to your rabbit as a treat.
Can Rabbits Eat Fig Leaves?
Yes, rabbits can eat fig leaves. They are significantly healthier than fig fruits, and you don’t need to moderate since they’re calorie neutral and free from sugar and acid. Rabbits can have a cup of leafy greens every day, so you can mix fig leaves with other leaves for their daily snack.
Can Baby Rabbits Eat Figs?
No, baby rabbits can’t eat figs. While they’re okay as a treat for mature rabbits, baby rabbits can’t digest food other than hay and age-appropriate pellets for a few months. The absolute earliest a baby rabbit can start eating new vegetables is three months, but for treats like figs, you might be better waiting until they’re even older and closer to the one-year mark.
What Else Do Rabbits Eat?
Rabbits should eat unlimited fiber-rich hay, a daily cup of fresh vegetables, a bowl of pellets, and drinking water. In addition to this, they can have treats (like figs) twice a week. Where possible, you should vary the treats to prevent boredom for your rabbit.