Can Rabbits Eat Dates? (Know the Facts!)

Rabbits have a very sensitive diet. You should not give them treats as regular food. Hay, moderate amounts of pellets and water are the regular foods of bunnies. Treats are usually added to provide variety. 

Have you ever thought that all those treats like dates are actually good for your bunny? Keep reading to find out. 

Can rabbits eat dates? You could provide your bunny with a small portion of dates occasionally, even though dates are much more sugary. I recommend you don’t provide the dates to your bunny. This could cause stomach upset and digestive issues. 

What are the reasons you shouldn’t give your bunny a date?

No doubt, dates are a nutrient-rich food for humans. It has a high amount of nutrients. Here are some nutritional facts about dates. 

Nutrition facts of date

The nutritional value of one date (8g) is as follows 

  • Calories: 23
  • Sugars: 5g
  • Fat: 0g
  • Sodium: 0.2mg
  • Carbohydrates: 6g
  • Fiber: 0.6g
  • Magnesium: 3.4 mg
  • Iron: 0.1 mg
  • Protein: 0.2g
  • Potassium: 53mg

Source: verywellfit

Take a look at the amount of sugar. A regular date contains 5 grams of sugar. That’s dangerous for your pet. 

Your bunny will be fat if you feed it date regularly. It will also be susceptible to microbes. 

In addition to obesity, your bunny might not want to eat the regular boring diet if she or he is addicted to this sugary and tasty treat. Therefore, you will be in trouble. 

While dates are good for us, they won’t provide any nutrition to your bunny. 

do rabbit eat dates

Can rabbits eat dried or chopped dates?

Rabbits should not be fed dried, fresh, or chopped dates. They should not be fed any type of date. 

Can rabbits eat pitted dates?

Rabbits should not eat pitted dates. Every type of date contains more or less the same nutritional value and a lot of sugar. Sugar is bad for bunnies, so you should not feed them pitted dates. 

What should you feed your bunny regularly instead of dates? 

Rabbits have a very simple diet. Fiber makes up the majority of their diet. Hay is their main food source. Take a look at the bunny’s regular diet.

  • Hay 
  • Pellet food 
  • Water 
  • Rabbit safe treat (includes vegetable and low sugary fruits)

Final Thoughts 

Dates are not harmful to your bunny if he eats a small amount. However, don’t provide dates as regular food. There are a lot of rabbit-safe treats available around you. Consider providing one of them. 

Alex

Alex is a full-time rabbit lover and part-time Biologist. He is a proud parent of two rabbits. It's his childhood dream to rescue endangered animals and make the world better for living.

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