Last Updated on November 18, 2022 by israel
Hi guys, have you been wondering or even asking the question, “can rabbits eat pears?” In this blog post, I will tell you if rabbits can actually eat pears and the advantages/disadvantages of feeding pears to rabbits.
What Are Rabbits?
Rabbits, also known as bunnies or bunny rabbits, are small mammals in the family Leporidae of the order Lagomorpha. Oryctolagus cuniculus includes the European rabbit species and its descendants, the world’s 305 breeds of domestic rabbit.Wikipedia
What Are Pears?
Pears are fruits produced and consumed around the world, growing on a tree and harvested in the Northern Hemisphere in late summer into October. The pear tree and shrub are a species of genus Pyrus, in the family Rosaceae, bearing the pomaceous fruit of the same name.Wikipedia
Can Rabbits Eat Pears?
Yes, rabbits can eat pears; pears provide a large variety of nutrients, e.g., vitamins A and C to rabbits, and rabbits do enjoy eating them. It is essential to know that pears contain fruity acid and can be dangerous to rabbits when over-consumed.
Apart from the fact that pears contain a lot of vitamins and provide a lot of nutrition to rabbits, it is also essential to know that rabbits actually love eating pears.
Pears can serve as a great side dish for your rabbits, they would love it but you should be careful not to feed them too much.
Can Rabbits Eat Pear Skin or Peel (Back of Pear)?
Yes, rabbits can eat the back/peels of pears, however, it is advisable to wash the back of pears before feeding them to your rabbits. The peels (back) of pears may contain many chemicals, as some companies use chemicals to preserve fruits so please ensure to clean them well.
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Can Rabbits Eat Pear Seeds?
No, rabbits shouldn’t eat pear seeds. Pear seeds contain cyanide a powerful toxin that causes nausea stomach upset e.t.c although it is in small quantities, prevention is better than cure.
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Can Rabbits Eat Pears Leaves?
Yes, rabbits can eat pear leaves, however, they should eat them moderately. pear leaves contain a high amount of calcium so they should be eaten moderately. Ensure the pear leaves you feed to your rabbits are clean and haven’t been sprayed with insecticides.
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Can Rabbits Eat Canned Pears?
No, rabbits shouldn’t eat canned pears. Canned pears contain preservatives and other artificial juices which are detrimental to the state of health of your rabbits. Canned pears also contain excess sugar which can cause stomach upset in rabbits.
What Nutrients Do Pears Contain?
Pears offer a variety of nutrients and vitamins to both humans and animals (rabbits in particular) here are a few of the nutrients that can be found in 100g of pears.
- Vitamin C (6 mg)
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K (4.4ug)
- Potassium (116mg)
- Proteins (0.36g)
- Sugar (9.75g)
- Fat (0.14g)
There are many more vitamins and nutrients in pears the above list is just a few of them.
Advantages Of Feeding Your Rabbits Pears (Health Benefits)
There are many health benefits of feeding pears to your rabbits, here are some of the major health benefits of feeding pears to your rabbits.
- It aids digestion.
- It increases blood flow.
- It builds white blood cells.
- It strengthens the heart.
- Stronger Muscles: Pears are rich in fiber and they help build and develop stronger muscles for our rabbits and human in general.
- Stronger Bones: Pears contain a fair portion of calcium, calcium helps build the bones. so pears do help in strengthening the bones of humans and rabbits.
- Longer Life: Fruits, Pears in particular can increase the life span of a rabbit because of the additional vitamins that pears provide.
Disadvantages of OverFeeding Pears To Your Rabbits
In as much as pears provide a lot of vitamins and nutrients to rabbits, it is very very dangerous to feed a lot of pears to your rabbits, here are some of the disadvantages of feeding your rabbits too many pears.
- Stomach Upset: Pears contain too much sugar and citric acid which can cause stomach upset when consumed in much/large quantities.
- Stooling: Your rabbit can start stooling frequently whenever it consumes too many pears.
How Often Should I Feed My Rabbits pears?
For Adult Rabbits:
You can give an adult rabbit a maximum of 2 pears in a week, It shouldn’t exceed this number to reduce the risk of overfeeding.
For Young Rabbits:
You should feed a young or baby rabbit a maximum of one pear per week so as not to cause stomach upset for them.
Steps In Feeding A Rabbits Pears
- Select and pick only fresh, ripe pears.
- Wash pear leaves and back with clean water properly and thoroughly.
- Cut the pear into tiny chewable bits
- Dish on a clean plate or bow
Can Rabbits And Guinea Pigs Eat Pears?
Yes, both rabbits and guinea pigs can eat pears, but they should eat them moderately, too many pears can harm both your guinea pig and rabbit.
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What Fruits Can I Feed My Rabbits?
Rabbits can eat a variety of fruits, these fruits should be consumed moderately and not too much, some of the fruits your rabbits can eat include
- bananas e.t.c
Conclusion On Can Rabbits Eat Pears?
From this blog post, we can say that the answer to the question “Can Rabbits Eat Pears?” is Yes, rabbits can eat pears; pears provide a large variety of nutrients, e.g., vitamins A and C to rabbits, and rabbits enjoy eating them. It is essential to know that pears contain fruity acid and can be dangerous to rabbits when over-consumed.
Pears provide lots of nutrients and vitamins but should be fed moderately to your rabbits
This post was written by Israel for Animals District