Can Rabbits Eat Tomatoes? (Do’s & Don’t)

Though cute and tempting to share, tomatoes are unfortunately not ideal for rabbits. The leaves, stems, and unripe tomatoes contain solanine, a toxic compound. Even ripe tomatoes should only be fed sparingly due to their high acidity. For a healthy treat, stick to leafy greens, hay, and small amounts of fruits low in sugar like blueberries or bananas. With a proper diet, your bunny will lead a long and happy life.

In this article, I’ve covered everything about tomatoes and bunnies. After reading this blog post, I hope, you will be clear of all the contradictions and misconceptions about rabbits and tomatoes.

Can Rabbits Eat Tomatoes

Nutrition Facts of Tomatoes

Let me be clear about the nutrition facts of the tomatoes. I have already mentioned that tomato contains a high amount of vitamin C earlier in this post.

However, tomato contains around 95% of water and the other 5% contains fiber and carbohydrates.

Anyway, let’s have a look at the percentage of nutrients in a 100-gram tomato.

Calcium 18 mg
potassium427 mg
phosphorus43 mg
vitamin C24.7 mg
Protein0.9 grams
Carbs3.9 grams
Sugar2.6 grams
Fiber1.2 grams
Fat0.2 grams
Lycopene 2,573µg
Nutrient Facts of Tomato

What Are The Benefits Of Tomato For Rabbits?

You have already got and clear idea of the nutrition facts of tomatoes.

People eat tomatoes from all around the world for health benefits. We eat a tomato in various forms like raw tomato, tomato in the salad, tomato fry, and many other tomato recipes you will find. Moreover, it is straightforward to grow also.

Anyway, there are some benefits of tomatoes to rabbits.

No Chance of Dehydration

Rabbit needs an unlimited supply of water. You know tomato contains around 95% water. So, tomato prevents the dehydration problem of your rabbits.

Prevent Hypokalemia

Hypokalemia means a low level of potassium in the blood. For the proper functioning of muscle and cells (especially cardiac muscle), potassium is a crucial electrolyte.

Tomato contains a handsome amount of potassium and it prevents Hypokalemia in your bunny.

Well Digestion

Tomato contains almost 5% of fiber. We always advise the rabbit’s parents to provide fibrous food to their rabbits. Since the stomach of the rabbit is constant, fiber is the most necessary element for digestion to the rabbit. 

Prevent Potential Disease

Tomato contains different types of nutrients like lycopene. Recent research shows that lycopene prevents heart disease and helps in the well-functioning of cells.

do rabbits eat tomatoes plants


Can Rabbits Eat Tomato Plants?

NO! Don’t provide the tomato plants to your rabbit. Tomato plants contain Tomatine and solanine. Both are poisonous to rabbits. Although the fruits I mean tomato contain tomatine and solanine, it is in insignificant amounts. But the plants and leaves contain a significant amount. 
So, you should give only the fruits to your bunny. Don’t give the tomato plants or leaves to your rabbit.

Can Rabbit Eat the Tomato Seed? 

No, like the tomato leaves and plants, don’t give the fruits with seeds. Tomato seeds are poisonous to your rabbit. It would be better to remove the seeds from the tomato while giving. You could do it easily with the help of a knife.

Can Rabbit Eat The Green Tomato?

Though green tomatoes include a high amount of nutrition, unfortunately, green tomatoes are toxic for rabbits like the leaves, plants, flowers, seeds, and vines. So, please don’t allow your rabbit to eat a green tomato.

Can Rabbits Eat Tomato Stems?

No, like the leaves and flowers, tomato stems are not safe for rabbits. Additionally, the tomato stems are poisonous to the bunny. And the bunny typically loves to eat the tomato stems.

Can Rabbits Eat Tomatoes Leaves?

No tomato leaves are poisonous for rabbit-like tomato plants. Rabbits are not allowed to eat the tomato leaves. So, you should not give tomato leaves to your bunny.

Risk Factor of Eating Excessive Tomato

If your bunny eats an excess amount of tomato or eats green, vines, seeds, flowers, or trees, she/he may face a common illness like diarrhea, bloating, and stomach pain.

Anyway, these pieces of advice are not constant and apply to every bunny. This is general information.

You may find the exception to this advice. You will find some rabbits that are eating all the parts of the tomato and they feel well.

So, it depends on your bunny also. But as a cautious bunny parent, only provide the ripe fruit and in a limited amount to your rabbit.

Final Thoughts

Whatever you offer a treat to your bunny hay is the only recommended food item. Yes, you could offer to treat different vegetables and fruits to your bunny occasionally. It will bring a variety to their diet. These are good sources of nutrients also.

Tomato is no exception to this general rule. You could offer only the ripe fruits to your bunny.



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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