The go-to ingredient for guacamole and why not, amazing parties, avocados are probably some of the most loved exotic fruits by us, humans. Packed with many nutrients and a lot of vitamins and rich in protein, avocado is considered a super food. One that our little hopping friends might get a taste for if given the chance. But can rabbits eat avocado? Is avocado a good food to give to our rabbit pets?
You’ve surely encountered situations in which some of the foods, fruits or vegetables that are super nourishing and healthy for us can be dangerous for our furry friends, no matter their species, dogs, cats and rabbits alike. So let’s find out if avocados pose any problems for rabbits.
Can Rabbits Eat Avocado
While some people might consider avocados as safe to feed to rabbits, as they’re green – avocados, not rabbits as far as we know – and packed with dozens of vitamins, minerals and nutrients, the reality might surprise some of us. Avocados are not ok to give to our bunny friends. But why is that?
Not only that avocados are not ok to feed to rabbits, but they’re a lot more dangerous than your usual fruit. Avocados are actually toxic for bunnies, and not only to them, but to many other animals.
So the answer to our question is a big no-no. Don’t ever let your rabbits eat avocado, or any other part of it such as the skin, the pit or the leaves of the avocado tree.
Avocados are Toxic to Rabbits
Ok, you got it. No avocado for your little bunny friend. But why?
Avocados contain a substance known as persin, which is considered highly toxic to rabbits. If a substantial amount of it is ingested by a rabbit, the toxin can cause changes in behavior, breathing troubles, congestive heart failure and even death.
Persin is present in all the parts of an avocado, so make sure that you’ve thrown everything away after preparing that wonderful guacamole recipe. It’s not only the flesh of the avocado that contains the toxin, it’s even in the leaves and branches, so if you’ve got such a plant at home, keep your rabbit away from it.
Even if that toxin, persin, wouldn’t be present into the avocado, they would still not be suitable for a rabbit’s diet, as avocados are full of fat, fat that rabbits don’t need, as their diet requires foods high in fiber.
While some rabbits have shown no symptoms after a small quantity of avocado – and they won’t say no if they have the chance to chew a little bit of it – most rabbits don’t survive after ingesting the toxin contained in it.
So if you suspect that your rabbit has had his share of avocado or any other part of the plant, get him to the vet right away.