Yes, Rabbits can eat raw pumpkin. This should be given to rabbits as a treat, no more than a couple of times a week. The portion per serving should be around two tablespoons of pumpkin.
Rabbits can eat the flesh and leaves of pumpkins. Wash them thoroughly and introduce them slowly into your rabbit’s diet.
You need to be careful of the seeds, stem, and skin (also known as rind) as they are non-toxic so technically safe to eat, but pose a risk of choking and causing internal blockages.
Your rabbit can get a lot of nutrients from eating pumpkin. It’s a rich source of:
- Vitamins C, E, and K: To help their vision, blood flow, organ functioning, and more!
- Iron: To make red blood cells.
- Fiber: Essential in digestion and for their teeth.
- Potassium and magnesium: Relaxes muscles, aids sleep, and helps the heart.
- Beta-carotene: Converted to vitamin A for good vision, bones, and reproduction.
- Water: Made from almost 94% water – pumpkin is great for hydration.
- Phosphorus and Calcium: Strengthens bones and teeth.
- Folate: Boosts immune system and red blood cell production.
- Zinc: For metabolism and healing wounds.
- Antioxidants: Protects the body by removing free radicals.
Pumpkin should be fed to your rabbit alongside a balanced diet of hay, a variety of fresh vegetables, pellets, and treats. Don’t forget to provide water too.
High in sugar and carbohydrates in pumpkin. It is very important to limit your rabbit’s intake of pumpkin to prevent:
- Weight gain (which can eventually result in obesity).
- Dental health issues (like tooth decay).
- Nutritional imbalances (not getting a healthy balance).
- Stomach upset, especially if it’s their first time eating it (there are some common signs to look out for: diarrhea, lethargy, stomach ache, and lost appetite).
Can Rabbits Eat Cooked Pumpkin?
No, you shouldn’t give your rabbit cooked pumpkin. The best way to eat vegetables is raw so it retains a firm texture and this makes it easier to digest and is better for your rabbit’s teeth.
Can Rabbits Eat Pumpkin Seeds?
No, you shouldn’t give your rabbit pumpkin seeds. While they aren’t toxic, they pose a big choking risk. If your rabbit does manage to eat pumpkin seeds, they could then cause internal blockages. Steer clear of these seeds, and go to a vet ASAP if you think your rabbit has a blockage.
Can Rabbits Eat Pumpkin Skin?
Yes, your rabbit can eat pumpkin skin, as long as it has been thoroughly washed and cut up. Also known as the rind, this part of the pumpkin isn’t toxic to rabbits but is tough to chew and may contain traces of chemicals. As long as it’s properly prepared, your rabbit can eat it under your supervision.
Can Rabbits Eat Pumpkin Leaves?
Yes, your rabbit can eat pumpkin leaves. The leaves are high in fiber and nutrients so make a great snack for your rabbit. You’ll need to wash them first, and only give your rabbit a small amount until you know they don’t react to them.
Can Rabbits Eat Pumpkin Stems?
No, you shouldn’t give your rabbit pumpkin stems. Though they aren’t toxic, they are very tough. This makes them harder for your rabbit to chew and can cause choking and internal blockages.