If you enjoy cooking or gardening or even both you probably have a lot of herbs in your kitchen with parsley being the most common one. And if you have a pet rabbit you probably know that they are herbivores so greens are healthy for them. So you find yourself wondering is parsley a safe green for my pet rabbit.
The first and foremost thing any rabbit owner should know is that it is not necessary that all greens and all herbs are healthy for your rabbit. Some may be toxic and some may not have any nutritional value and thus feeding them to your pet is redundant. And secondly, you should be aware of what makes up the staple of your rabbit’s diet to ensure they live a long and healthy life.
We’ve made a list of all those greens that you can safely feed your rabbit without any concerns for their health as well as a list of foods that are vital for them and foods that you should avoid feeding them to make things easier for you.
Before we begin our list, there is one vital piece of information that you must remember. Aside from what we mention as having to be a regular part of their diet, all other things should be fed in moderation. Overfeeding elements that don’t make up a part of their natural diet will only cause your rabbit unnecessary health issues.
Can I feed my rabbit parsley?
Rabbits are known to be fond of aromatic plants and parsley is no exception. However, the question of whether feeding your rabbit parsley is a good idea or not is a controversial one. There is a divide in opinion as to whether you can or cannot feed it to your pet. While some owners will advise that you avoid feeding your rabbit parsley, others say you can as long as you feed it to them in small amounts.
Parsley is not toxic for rabbits and there’s no immediate cause of concern if you have been feeding it to them in large amounts. In fact, because of its aromatic smell rabbits enjoy eating it quite a bit. They seem to prefer the flat-leaf parsley over the curly leaves. However, since parsley isn’t a natural part of their diet, the nutrients in parsley may not be suitable for your furry friend.
What are the drawbacks of feeding my rabbit parsley?
Parsley is rich in nutrients such as phosphorus and calcium, as well as fiber, sugar, and fat. It also is highly acidic. All these elements combined do not make a good combination for your rabbit’s tummy. When they first start eating it, they may end up with watery stool. Similarly, some research also claims that the high calcium in parsley may also be disadvantageous to rabbits who suffer urinary issues. While this isn’t a conclusive finding, you should consider discussing the matter with your vet.
Even if you do plan on feeding your rabbit parsley on occasion, do so in small amounts and monitor how your rabbit responds to it. If your rabbit doesn’t have digestive problems, then the occasional feed won’t be an issue. However, if you do notice that it isn’t suiting your rabbit’s stomach, don’t continue feeding it parsley. Your rabbit will not be deprived of any nutritional benefits if it doesn’t eat parsley.
Does parsley have any health benefits?
There’s no denying that parsley has a bunch of health benefits attached to it. It is rich in vitamins C and K. It also has moderate amounts of vitamin C, iron, copper, magnesium, and potassium. Parsley is also said to contain flavonoids that act as antioxidants and protect the body from dangerous metabolic waste or “free radicals” which can sometimes lead to genetic mutation and diseases such as arthritis, cancer, and heart diseases.
Having said that, parsley is not the only herb with these nutritional benefits. Other herbs that aren’t as controversial can serve the same purpose and are safe to feed your rabbit.
What makes a rabbit’s staple diet?
A rabbit’s primary food source is hay. A staple part of your rabbit’s diet should be grass hay which can include orchard grass, oat hay, and brome. Alfalfa should be avoided since it isn’t grass but a legume and too rich for rabbits.
It doesn’t matter how much hay you give your rabbit, just as long as it’s fresh and free of mold.
Similarly, there are a few vegetables and fruits that you can feed your rabbit daily which include:
- Carrot tops
- Bell peppers
- Apples without seeds
If I can’t feed my rabbit parsley, what herbs can I feed my rabbit?
Herbs safe to feed your rabbit include Basil, Dill, Mint, Rosemary, and Oregano.
What other herbs should I avoid feeding my rabbit?
Herbs to avoid include Aloe, Eucalyptus, Buttercup, Nutmeg, Mistletoe, and oak leaves.
How can I feed my rabbit herbs?
Depending on which herb you’re feeding your rabbit you can feed it the leaves or stems. Just make sure you wash them to rid them of any dust. Also make sure they’re fresh herbs, free of any pesticides and chemicals.
A healthy rabbit can live up to 10 to 12 years and who wouldn’t want to spend as many years with their beloved pet as possible. The easiest way to ensure that you do is to be aware of those things that are in and around your house that can be harmful to your furry friend and make sure you protect them from those things. Also, ensure that your rabbit has a good nutritious diet. Foods like parsley are grey areas so either consults your vet about whether you can feed it to your rabbit and how much is an okay quantity. Otherwise, if you can’t completely avoid such foods, monitor your pet’s reaction after eating them and all will be okay!