Celery is a healthy and safe vegetable to eat and a common vegetable that some people will eat every day and you may ask: can rabbits also eat celery? Well, we will explain all about celery and discuss the cons and pros of feeding this veggie to your rabbit.
Can Rabbits Eat Celery?
YES, according to the Rabbit Welfare Association rabbits can eat celery. It is best to only give them celery a few times a week and cut the celery into small pieces 1 inch or less in length. Rabbits really like celery and do not have any intestinal problems after eating it. When adding celery into your rabbits’ diet it is better to start off with a small chunk and gradually increase the amount you give them.
Can Rabbits Eat Celery Leaves?
The short answer is Yes, rabbits can eat the leaves of the celery. This part of the plant is actually safer for them to eat than the stalks since the stalks contain fiber strings that have the potential to cause problems. Most grocery stores cut off the leaves of the celery before selling them as most people do not use the leaves. You may try growing your own celery or look at local farmer’s markets for celery with leaves.
Can Rabbits Eat Celery Stalks?
Yes, rabbits can eat celery stalks. Your rabbits can eat the entire plant. The leaves, stalks, and roots are all perfectly safe for rabbits to eat in moderation. The stalks contain vitamins and fiber that your rabbit needs each day.
Is Celery Good for Your Rabbit to Eat?
Celery is a good vegetable that your rabbit can eat a few times a week. It is made up of about 94% water; this helps make sure that your rabbit is taking in enough water each day. Celery is also packed full of useful minerals and vitamins that are needed for every rabbit. These include:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin K
- Vitamin B6
While rabbit food and hay contain most of the minerals and vitamins rabbits’ needs, a little fruit and daily veggies are also helpful. Vegetables help make sure that your rabbits are getting all the nutrients that they need.
Celery also contains great amounts of both insoluble and soluble fiber which helps to keep the rabbit’s digestive system working very well.
Always remember to always feed raw celery to your rabbits as they cannot properly digest cooked celery. Raw veggies are great for your rabbit to chew on and will help keep their teeth healthy.
Problems With Rabbits Eating Celery
Celery is a great vegetable to feed your rabbit, but can also cause some issues. Some possible issues with rabbits eating celery are:
The veggie can sometimes cause diarrhea due to the high percentage of water it contains. Most of the time, extra water intake is good to help keep the rabbit’s digestive system working well, but sometimes too much water can cause diarrhea. When you introduce celery, give them just a small piece and slowly increase the amount that they are eating.
The stalk of the celery has long fibrous strings that can potentially get stuck in your rabbit’s throat or cough in their teeth, causing them to choke. If your bunny is choking on a small chunk of celery, you can help them by gently but firmly patting their back. This will help to drive out the piece of celery. Also, take your rabbit to the vet as quickly as possible.
The best way to prevent any of these issues for your rabbit is to cut the celery into small pieces less than 1 inch in length. Shorter lengths should not lead to any problems for your rabbit.
Long fibrous strings can also get caught in the intestines and stomach catching food and other tiny particles. This could eventually cause your rabbit’s intestines to get blocked – a condition known as GI stasis. This is a painful condition for your rabbit. Always remember that your rabbit’s celery is cut into small chunks that will help avoid any GI problems.
Celery is made up of mostly water, celery actually contains just under 3% sugar. This may be the reason that most rabbits like celery. Rabbits thrive on a low sugar diet and it is better to limit this vegetable to a few times a week and not feed alongside other veggies that are high in sugar, such as carrots. Sugar can lead to obesity over time and teeth problems
How Much Celery Should You Feed your Rabbits?
80% of a rabbit’s diet should be grass or hay and vegetables can make up to 10 to 15%. The rest would be rabbit food (pellets). The veggie portion should contain a blend of various veggies with a rotation through what you feed your rabbit every day.
This mixture could contain Celery. It would be better to limit your rabbit to a ½ a stick of celery cut into 1-inch chunks, every 3 to 4 days.
Most of the wild rabbits do not commonly eat celery, it is a good vegetable to give to rabbits in moderation. However, celery may cause some problems to your rabbit although it has some wonderful nutritious benefits.
It is always best to start off giving your rabbit one small chunk and making sure that their sensitive digestive system can tolerate the new veggies. If you notice any issues, stop giving these veggies, or try to introduce them slowly over time.