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Can Rabbits Eat Mangoes? Is It Healthy?

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Yes, rabbits can eat mangoes and this fruit is rich in essential vitamins and nutrients that can benefit their diet. However, there are limits as to how many mangoes your rabbit can eat.

Mango is slightly higher in sugar than other fruits and can make a great treat for your rabbit if it is fed in moderation along with your rabbit’s staple diet.

If you are interested in learning about what fruits rabbits can eat and whether rabbits enjoy eating mango, then this article has all the answers you need!

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Can Rabbits Have Mango?

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Rabbits can eat mango in small amounts, and it forms part of a healthy treat for them in moderation. Mangos are not poisonous or toxic to rabbits, even if they are consumed in high amounts. The only issue with feeding rabbits mangoes is that this fruit is very high in sugar and is like “candy” for rabbits.

Mango is best enjoyed by rabbits when it is fed sparingly and fed as a treat rather than form part of a rabbit’s main diet. You will find that mango is rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals that are good for your rabbits, such as vitamin C, A, E, and B6 along with minerals such as thiamine and potassium.

Mango seems to have a very high amount of vitamin C in comparison to the other vitamins in this fruit and it is healthy for rabbits because it helps boost their immune system and protect their bodies from damage caused by free radicals. Not only does mango make a sweet treat for rabbits that they love, but it is also a good source of fiber.

Do Rabbits Like Mangoes?

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Mango is a favorite amongst many rabbits because they are drawn to the sweet taste of the fruit. Most rabbits will gladly eat mango and even beg for more. However, you should still stick to feeding mango to your rabbit in moderation even if they seem to like it as it is high in sugar.

Keep in mind that rabbits are herbivores, so most of their diet should consist of plant-based foods and their digestive systems are designed to process plants and herbs, but not too many sugary fruits. Rabbits should primarily be fed a staple pellet food high in fiber and vitamins, along with constant access to hay. Once you have gotten your rabbit on a healthy and balanced staple diet, you can start introducing fruits and other treats into their foods.

Can Rabbits Eat Mango Skin?

All parts of the mango fruit are safe for rabbits, including the skin which holds a lot of this fruit’s fiber. It is a good idea to keep the skin of the slice of mango you feed your rabbit on because it is a good source of dietary fiber and antioxidants. Always make sure you thoroughly wash the skin of the mango before feeding it to your rabbit to get rid of any pesticides and chemicals—unless you have grown the mango yourself.

How Many Mangoes Should Rabbits Eat?

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Fruits should generally not make up more than 5%-10% of your rabbit’s diet as they are very watery and contain a lot of sugar. A healthy adult rabbit that is fed a balanced and complete staple diet can have one thin slice of mango up to three times a month.

If you want to feed mango to your rabbit more often, perhaps with a mixture of other safe fruits for rabbits, then you only want to feed them one or two teaspoons of mango. You can choose to keep the skin on or only give them the fleshy part. Make sure that the mango you are feeding to your rabbit has been washed and prepared in the correct portion size and that it is ripe.

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Conclusion

Mango can make a great-tasting treat for rabbits and it is safe to feed them. Make sure that you are giving your rabbit mango in moderation only, to provide them with some extra vitamin C and fiber. Avoid overfeeding sweet fruits like mangoes to your rabbit because they contain a lot of sugars and water and do not form part of your rabbit’s staple diet.


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