Can Rabbits Eat Tomatoes? Benefits, Safety, Issues & Extra Preparation Guide

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Can Rabbits Eat Tomatoes ?

Can rabbits eat tomatoes? Yes, rabbits can eat tomatoes, but not daily. If you need to feed tomatoes to your rabbits, give them a little portion of the tomato without the tomato’s leaves, stem, or seeds. For the safety of the rabbits, we must be aware to give less amount of sugary foods and vegetables in the diet. Tomatoes have high sugar content but it has good nutrition for the rabbits. For their health give them a small number of tomatoes once a week. 

Let’s talk more about Rabbits & Tomatoes,

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Can Rabbits Have Tomatoes?

Rabbits can only have tomato fruit parts only. All other tomato plant parts are toxic for rabbits. We should only feed tomatoes a limited amount as an occasional treat. There are a lot of other good fruits and vegetables good for rabbits. Tomatoes are not a recommended healthy food for rabbits. We must be very careful when we feed these fruits to our loving rabbit

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Will Rabbits Eat Tomatoes ?

Yes. Most of the time they will love to eat Tomatoes. Tomato fruit flesh part is only safe for rabbits. Don’t ever try to overfeed them. It can cause health problems in rabbits. Rabbits love to eat sweet fruits like Tomatoes. Rabbits do not care about health. They keep eating foods they like. So, it’s up to us to care for the rabbit’s health. Keep in mind to limit the tomatoes amount and feed them only in moderation

How to Feed Tomatoes to Rabbits ?

  • Carefully choose good condition tomatoes & remove the fruit stalk that holds the fruit to the plant. Tomato leaves, stalk, unripe tomatoes toxic for rabbits.
  • Wash it carefully as we do all the vegetables before we eat. This will remove all the toxins in the surface of the tomatoes.
  • Before giving tomatoes to Rabbits and bunnies u need to consider these steps and facts for their health and safety.
  • Cut the tomatoes into slices and carefully remove the tomato seeds. Tomatoes seeds are also not good for the rabbits.
  • Now it is safe to give a tomato slice to your pet. But keep it in your mind not to give tomatoes daily to your pet.

Health Benefits From Tomatoes to Rabbits ?

Tomatoes are nutritious, delicious, and refreshing food for your pet rabbit. It will help your rabbit’s healthy growth.

Water

  • Tomato has 95% of water content in total. It will help your pet to stay healthy and hydrated.

Vitamin A,C,B6 & Fiber

  • Tomato has vitamin A, B6, and C. vitamin A improves your pet’s vision and develops bones .vitamin C helps for repairing and healthy growth of rabbit’s tissues. For your consideration rabbits can produce their own vitamin C using glucose. Because of that too much vitamin C will be harmful to your pet’s kidneys.
  • Tomatoes are also good sources of fiber. Fiber is an essential nutrition to rabbits, it helps in their digestion.

Potassium & Antioxidant Lycopene

  • Tomatoes are also good sources of potassium. Sometimes, lack of potassium causes muscle weakness, weight loss, less growth of the pet, etc. Tomatoes can help your pets to increase the low level of potassium in the bloodstream.
  • Tomatoes has antioxidant lycopene. Lycopene helps your pets by preventing cell damage and heart disease in rabbits

Sadly, we can’t induce rabbits /bunnies to vomit like other household pets. The treatment process is more complex for bunnies. So, we need to be careful with tomato plants and feeding tomatoes for the rabbits.

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Are Tomatoes Good Or Dangerous to Rabbits?

Tomatoes are nutritious, delicious, and refreshing food for your pet rabbit. Sadly, there is some dangerous side in tomato and tomato plant. The tomato plant is very toxic for the rabbits, so we must give them only tomato fruits.

Dangerous parts in Tomato

  • Leaves
  • Flowers
  • Tomato seed
  • Stem

Tomato leaves and plants contain tomatine and solanine. These acids are harmful to the pet’s health. Therefore we need to remove the leaves and the fruit stalk that holds the fruit to the plant before feeding the rabbits. Rabbits can produce their own vitamin C using glucose. Because of that, too much Vitamin C will be harmful to your pet’s kidneys. Green unripe tomato fruits are also toxic for rabbits. Therefore we need to carefully pick the tomato that we are going to feed the pet rabbits.

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Can Rabbits Eat Tomato Plants (Leaves & Stem)?

Definitely NO.

Tomato leaves, stems, and seeds are not good for rabbits. We can only give the fruit part of the tomato. And follow the guide when feeding your rabbits.

Health Issues When Rabbits Eat Tomato Leaves

The tomato leaf does have a toxin in it called tomatin, however very large amounts have to be eaten in order to cause a serious problem. Tomatin causes mild intestinal upset and in very large amounts will cause ulcers in the intestines/stomach. Since a rabbit can’t vomit there is nothing we can do right now about the leaves.

Symptoms to look for are decreased or no appetite, drooling, and diarrhea. If this happens go to the vet right away and let them know about the tomato leaves. Your vet will then treat for the intestinal upset. Likely nothing will happen to your pet. You’ll notice a very small drop in appetite. You will notice any symptoms within 4-24 hours. After 24 hours nothing will likely happen.

Dr. Dan, Veterinarian

Can Bunnies Have Tomato?

Don’t ever try to feed tomatoes for baby rabbits.Generally, we don’t provide Vegetables or Fruits until they are 3-4 months old. When we changing the foods it can be affected to Bunny’s digestive system. Diarrhea can be a serious health issue for baby rabbits. Avoid feeding tomatoes any amount for small rabbits and baby rabbits.

What Are The Symptoms If Rabbits Exposer To Tomatin?

All the Researches have proved tomatine is toxic for the animals. Rabbits are more sensitive animals. This could be more harmful to Rabbits. Be careful with tomatine exposure & do not take any risks. carefully remove the leaves and stem before feeding rabbits. Keep the Rabbits away from the tomato garden if you have one.

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Behavior change
  • Body weakness
  • Heart Rate Changes

Summery

Tomatoes are Not 100% healthy food for rabbits. Rabbits can only have the small amount of tomato fruit part only as an occasional treat. Tomato plant parts are even toxic for rabbits. We do not recommend these fruits for rabbits. There are plenty of other good fruits we can give to rabbits without any health issues.

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