Can rabbits have pitted cherries?

Answered by Phillip Nicastro

Rabbits can have cherries, but it’s important to note that they should not be given cherries with pits. The fleshy part of cherries is safe for rabbits to eat, both sweet and sour varieties. I have personally given cherries to my rabbits and they seemed to enjoy them as a tasty treat.

However, it is crucial to remove the pits before offering cherries to your rabbits. The pits contain a small amount of cyanide, which can be toxic if ingested in large quantities. While the amount of cyanide in one cherry pit is unlikely to cause harm, it’s always better to err on the side of caution and avoid feeding them to your rabbits altogether.

To prepare cherries for your rabbits, simply wash them thoroughly to remove any dirt or pesticides. Then, remove the stem and cut the cherry into small, bite-sized pieces. You can offer them directly to your rabbits or mix them in with their regular food.

It’s important to remember that cherries should only be given as an occasional treat, not as a staple in your rabbit’s diet. Rabbits have delicate digestive systems, and sudden changes in their diet can cause gastrointestinal upset. Therefore, it’s best to introduce cherries gradually and in small quantities to see how your rabbit’s body reacts.

Rabbits can safely eat cherries as long as the pits are removed. The fleshy fruit is a tasty treat that can be enjoyed in moderation. However, it’s always important to monitor your rabbit’s response and consult with a veterinarian if you have any concerns about their diet.