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Can Rabbits Eat Raspberries? Vet Approved Facts & Nutrition Tips

Can Rabbits Eat raspberries

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Rabbits are herbivores that can eat a wide range of fruits, vegetables, and grains in moderation. Many rabbits can enjoy eating raspberries. While they will enjoy this tasty fruit, it should only be given as an occasional snack and not be a regular part of their diet. Here’s everything you need to know before feeding your rabbit some raspberries.


Rabbit’s Natural Diet

Rabbits are grazers that can eat continuously throughout the day. Contrary to popular belief, carrots don’t take up most of their diet. They primarily eat grass and hay and a smaller serving of leafy greens.

Rabbits need to eat a lot of high-quality grass hay because they have to consume a lot of fiber. Fiber plays a significant role in a rabbit’s diet and helps maintain a healthy digestive tract.

Pet rabbits can also eat pellets that are fortified with essential nutrients. However, they’ll benefit from eating more hay than pellets, and eating too many pellets can lead to weight gain and obesity.

Rabbits can also safely eat vegetables as long as they’re not consuming too much and expel watery feces or diarrhea. The vegetables should be low in carbs, so it’s often best to avoid feeding too many carrots or potatoes.

The suggested ideal diet for pet rabbits is 85% grass or good quality hay, 10% mixed vegetables/herbs/fruit and 5% extruded rabbit pellets. For a list of rabbit friendly vegetables and herbs head over to the Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund website.

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Nutritional Benefits of Raspberries

Despite their small size, raspberries are nutrient-dense fruits packed with vitamins and minerals. Most raspberries sold in stores are red, but they can also be black, gold, or purple. All these types of raspberries are safe for rabbits.

Raspberries are a great source of fiber, vitamin C, B vitamins, manganese, omega-3 fatty acids, and potassium.


Safely Feeding Raspberries to Rabbits

While raspberries are very nutritious, they also contain a good amount of sugar that can be harmful to rabbits. Since rabbits have sensitive digestive tracts, they can experience an upset stomach from eating too many raspberries. High-sugar diets can also lead to nutrient deficiencies and obesity for rabbits.

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Introduce Them Slowly

Raspberries can taste fairly tart and are acidic. The acidity levels in raspberries can also cause an upset stomach for rabbits. So, it’s important to introduce this fruit to your rabbit slowly. Rather than feeding your rabbit a whole raspberry or a couple of raspberries, start by giving your rabbit a small piece. Then, wait until they poop and check to make sure you don’t detect anything strange, particularly with the moisture of the poop. Rabbits shouldn’t eat raspberries as a frequent snack. Since they’re high in sugar, they should be given as an occasional special snack.

Remove Stems and Leaves

If you’re picking raspberries from your yard or a berry patch, you can also cut off stems and leaves and feed them to your rabbit. Just make sure that the raspberries are organically grown and that the leaves and stems haven’t been sprayed with pesticides and other harmful chemicals.

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Avoid Dry Raspberries

Avoid feeding your rabbit dried raspberries because they’re too sugary. Rabbits can safely eat frozen raspberries, as long as they’re free of added sugars and preservatives and defrosted first.

Keep in mind that cases of diarrhea are serious for rabbits. So, if you notice your rabbit experiencing diarrhea, contact your veterinarian right away for immediate care.



Overall, raspberries are a safe occasional snack for most rabbits, but they must be given in moderation because they contain a lot of sugar and can cause an upset stomach. If you want to give your rabbit a sweet treat, make sure to introduce raspberries in small increments until they get completely used to them and can digest them well.

If your rabbit gets an upset stomach from eating raspberries, refrain from feeding it again. There are plenty of fresh foods that your rabbit can enjoy, so it’s best to just move on to the next treat.

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