Rabbits have very sensitive stomachs and they need to have the right diet and nutrition in order to survive and stay healthy. When it comes to their food, rabbits need to have a strict herbivore diet. What’s more, they cannot just simply eat any kind of fruit or vegetable.
This is because rabbits need to eat grasses, hay, weeds or green leafy vegetables as the main part of their regular diet. Although they can easily eat common fruits and vegetables as a treat, you will have to keep in mind that if you give them too much treats, your rabbit can easily die of diarrhea.
This is why many rabbit owners are very wary when it comes to giving their pet food items that are not a part of their regular diet. One of the food items that most owners are afraid to give to their rabbits are tomatoes. Here’s what you need to know about giving them to your cute pets:
Tomatoes belong to the nightshade family and as we all know, nightshade plants are poisonous. These plants are known to contain glycoalkaloids, a natural pesticide that can be harmful depending on the animal ingesting them. In most cases however, tomatoes can be safely consumed by rabbits.
Although typically, what is not safe for small animals can be safely consumed by larger animals, the reverse is actually true when it comes to tomatoes. This is because horses are not recommended to eat this fruit since it might give them health problems, but rabbits on the other hand, can easily consume it.
Tomatoes are known to contain a lot of nutrients and lycopene. It can actually be used to help rabbits optimize their nutrition simply because it is known to contain Vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E. Lycopene is also a very potent antioxidant that can help keep the rabbit’s heart healthy.
Tomatoes are also known to contain a lot of sugar. This means that the rabbits will love to it eat right away if they are given the chance. Unfortunately, there are a couple of things that you need to consider whenever you are planning to give tomatoes to your rabbits.
The same sugar content that makes the tomato tasty is also what makes the tomato dangerous if you are going to give huge amounts of it to your rabbit. You need to understand that sugar can easily upset the rabbit’s stomach and if you are not careful, you can easily give your rabbit diarrhea.
You should also make sure that you are going to clean the tomatoes properly before serving it so that all of the toxins or pesticides on the surface can be easily removed. You should also try to give small amounts of it first just to see if the rabbit likes it or if the animal will develop stomach problems.
You should also make sure that you remove the stems, the leaves and the vines of the tomato since they are known to contain toxins which can be dangerous for the rabbit’s health. These parts can contain solanine which can be fatal for the rabbit.
When it comes to giving tomatoes to rabbits, you need to make sure that the tomatoes are fresh, ripe and properly cleaned. You should avoid giving too much of it so your rabbit will not suffer from diarrhea. The tomato should not be used to replace the rabbit’s regular diet, but it can be used as a small treat.
When giving tomatoes, make sure that you are going to remove the leaves, the stem and the vine so that the rabbit will not be able to ingest any toxins. Never give the rabbit rotten tomatoes and you should also avoid giving the rabbit tomato-based products such as ketchup or tomato paste.
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