Can Rabbits Eat Almonds – All You Need To Know

Almonds in a bowl


As humans, we enjoy almonds as a delightful, wholesome, and practical snack. Often, feeding your pet, your little snacks is seen as a harmless act of showing them love and care. And if you’re the kind of person who enjoys feeding everything to your adorable rabbit, you’ve undoubtedly considered giving your pet bunny some almonds to gnaw on. But can rabbits eat almonds? More importantly, is it safe to let them munch on a few almonds during snack time? 

We’ve got all your queries covered in this post. So let’s find out! 

Can Your Rabbit Eat Almonds? 

According to MedicalNewsToday, 100 g of almonds contains 579 calories, 50 grams of fat and 30 grams of carbohydrates. Rabbit’s diet should be exactly the opposite of it.

Although almonds are a portion of healthy food for humans, they lead to an unbalanced diet in rabbits. Humans and rabbits have wholly distinct digestive tracts and foods that are abundant in fiber and low in fat and sugar should make up for their daily diet.

 

Here are the primary reason we would recommend the pet owners to not indulge in sharing almonds with your bunny friend:

  • A Lot Of Fat. The main issue is almonds’ high-fat content. While almonds are well known for their excellent and healthy fat content and great nutritive quality for people, it doesn’t do any good for Rabbit. Consuming excessive amounts of fatty meals can contribute to obesity, since their delicate digestive system is not capable of consuming so much of it. It ends up accumulating in the liver which can cause Hepatic lipidosis disease
  • High In Calories. 100 gms of Almonds supply 580 calories while the same amount of hay provides only about 100-150 calories. Rabbits do not need so many calories and a high calorie count may lead to obesity which introduces all kinds of intestinal problems. If it is not controlled, it could even lead to the death of your pet in the worst case.
  • Very Low In Fiber. On the other hand, fiber is the nutrient your rabbit requires the most. Fresh hay is the best source of fiber for rabbits because fiber is necessary for a healthy digestive system. Your rabbit should not consume nuts because they are relatively poor in fiber.

  • Poisoning. Bitter Almonds contain a toxin called cyanide that is produced naturally. If ingested, it can lead to cyanide poisoning. In some cases, it has proved fatal but this mostly happens when the rabbits have consumed a lot of it in a very short duration. 

Source: PETA

What Does a Typical Rabbit Diet Look Like?

Rabbits are herbivores by nature and need a diet which is high in fiber and nutrients but low in calories. 

Rabbit’s daily diet should consist of an unlimited supply of hay and water while Fruits, Vegetables and other healthy snacks or treats take 10-15% of the share.

Hay is just grass which is cut and dried so that it can be used as animal fodder. It is a common food for a variety of pets like rabbits, sheep, goats etc. It is extremely rich in fiber and Rabbit can munch on it all day long without having to worry about any digestive problems. The fiber from hay is beneficial for 2 reasons:

  1. Fibre has a proven track record for keeping the gut healthy. It also helps in normalizing the bowel movements.

  2. Rabbits have open rooted teeth which means their teeth grow throughout their life. If they don’t chew enough everyday, the teeth tend to overgrow. Overgrown teeth can damage the tongue & oral skin(also called oral mucosa) and introduce dental diseases. Chewing hay helps with filing their teeth to prevent overgrowth and keeping them in proper length and shape.

Bottom Line

Almonds should be on the top of your list of ‘no-no’ foods for your rabbit. Give them foods that are both healthy and safe for them. An almond once a month would do very little to no harm and most of the time Rabbit’s gut will be able to digest it easily. However it is best to avoid it and indulge your bunny in fruity treat such as Apples or blueberries.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    1. What To Do If My Rabbit Ate Almonds?
      After your rabbit has consumed almonds, it is essential to eliminate any leftovers and carefully watch them for the following 24 hours. While an almond or two wouldn’t affect their health immediately, including it in their daily diet could prove fatal.
    2. Does Age Affect A Rabbit’s Ability To Digest Nuts?
      Bunnies who are atleast eight months of age and older, may comfortably digest them. However, if the rabbits are still young, between three and six months old, you shouldn’t add nuts to their meal plan.
    3. Can I feed any other nuts to my Rabbit?
      A big No. Nuts in general are high in fat and calories while being really low in Fibre. That’s the exact opposite of what Rabbit’s diet should look like so avoid nuts as much as possible and instead treat them with fresh fruits and vegetables.

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