Can bunnies eat oranges?

In this brief guide we will answer the question, ”Can bunnies eat oranges?” We will explain other citrus fruits that bunnies can eat. We will also discuss if oranges are good for bunnies and how many they should eat. We will also look at some potential risks of overfeeding oranges to bunnies.

Can bunnies eat oranges?

Yes, oranges, like many other fruits, can safely be consumed by bunnies. You should however limit the amount of oranges that you give to your bunnies. Oranges are nutrient dense and contain nutrients such as Vitamin C and dietary fiber.

However, due to the high amounts of sugar and ascorbic acid in oranges, you should take care to only give oranges to bunnies as an occasional treat. You can let your bunnies have small amounts of orange peels and juice as occasional treats.

What other citrus fruits can rabbits consume?

Citrus fruits include a wide range of fruits such as limes, lemons, grapefruit and a couple of types of oranges. Rabbits can consume small amounts of citrus fruits such as tangerines, mandarins, satsumas and grapefruits.

All citrus fruits are acidic and you should therefore take care to only give your rabbits citrus fruits in moderation because they might be harmful to a rabbits digestive system if overconsumed. If rabbits consume too much sweet foods they can end up being obese.

Why are oranges good for bunnies?

Bunnies cannot manufacture their own vitamins so oranges that are an excellent source of Vitamin C assist them get the requisite Vit C for their daily needs. Rabbits benefit from such small amounts of Vitamin C although too much of it can as well be harmful to them.

On the downside, although oranges do provide the Vitamins and the essential minerals that rabbits require, oranges come high in sugar content. This can result in an imbalance of good fungi and bacteria which are usually found in the rabbit’s cecum. 

Overconsumption of oranges by rabbits can therefore lead to a disruption to the absorption of nutrients by the rabbits in the gut. High amounts of sugar can also result in dental issues in the rabbits.

You should therefore feed your bunnies oranges only one to two times in a week. If your bunny is young, you should completely avoid feeding it oranges and only feed it hay until its old enough for its gut to handle the acids and sugars in oranges.

How many oranges can bunnies eat?

To help you know how many oranges you can give to your bunnies, you can follow the guidelines below;

Rabbit’s weight & BreedTolerable sugary treat
Small breed (1.1–3.5 pounds)1 teaspoon
Medium breed (6 to 10 pounds)1-2 tablespoon
Large breed ( 9 and 12 pounds)2-3 tablespoon

Under what circumstances should you not feed your bunnies oranges?

If you notice that your rabbit’s stool has changed you should not feed them any oranges or sugary treats for that matter. Giving sugary treats to your rabbits when they have digestion problems can exacerbate the problem and result in diarrhea or GI stasis.

Always check your rabbit’s stool if you change its diet and kindly look if the color, consistency, size are normal. If not, do not continue giving the food and return its food back to hay.

Feeding your bunnies sugary treats when your rabbit already has digestive issues can worsen the problem. If you notice any changes in your rabbit’s stool in terms of its consistency, color, or size, immediately stop giving them any other food except hay.

What are some potential risks of overfeeding oranges to bunnies?

Obesity

Oranges contain a lot of sugar that can eventually lead to obesity in bunnies if consumed in excess. Always ensure that the main diet of your bunnies is hay and veggies, you can add bits of oranges.

Treats for your rabbits can be fed maximum twice a week in very small portions. As a rule of thumb, you should feed your rabbits 90 percent hay. 5 to 10 percent veggies and a few treats.

Dental problems

Also sugar and other citrus fruits can spoil your bunnies teeth if fed in excess amounts. This can exacerbate & lead to other severe conditions because once rabbits have dental problems they may refuse to eat.

Gastrointestinal stasis

If you excessively feed your rabbits on lower fiber diets it could eventually result in Gastrointestinal stasis. Oranges are particularly bad because they are low in fiber and as well high in sugar and citrus that would result in Gastrointestinal stasis.

Conclusion

In this brief guide we have answered the question,”Can bunnies eat oranges?” We have explained other citrus fruits that bunnies can eat. We have also discussed if oranges are good for bunnies and how many they should eat. We also looked at some potential risks of overfeeding oranges to bunnies.

Citations

https://bunnyhorde.com/can-rabbits-eat-oranges/

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