Don’t you just love Brussels sprouts? These miniature cabbages are tasty and packed with vitamins and other important nutrients. There’s really nothing not to like about Brussels sprouts. So, surely you’d like to share these tasty vegetables with your pet rabbit. Can bunnies, though, eat Brussels sprouts?
Can Rabbits Eat Brussels Sprouts?
Yes, rabbits can eat a little bit of Brussels sprouts. Both the leaves and the sprouts are safe for rabbits to eat. However, only a small amount of Brussels sprouts is okay for rabbits. Brussels sprouts are very likely to cause gas, and excessive gas can get quite painful for your bunny.
Things to Consider When Feeding Brussels Sprouts to Your Rabbit
For one, rabbits should only be given plain, raw Brussels sprouts or other vegetables. This is important because that’s the way a rabbit would eat the vegetables in the wild. Also, cooking vegetables reduces the nutrient content and your rabbit really does not need the salt we like to add to our cooked vegetables.
For two, carefully wash the Brussels sprouts or other vegetables before giving them to your bunny. This is important for getting rid of any pesticide residue.
For tree, only give your rabbit a small amount of vegetables. In the case of Brussels sprouts, I’d say one or two sprouts in a week would be an okay amount, but do observe your pet carefully after first introducing Brussels sprouts into her diet. Maybe it doesn’t agree with her tummy? In which case you can just leave Brussels sprouts out of your bunny’s diet and feed her other vegetables.
Conclusion on Brussels Sprouts
In small amounts Brussels sprouts can serve as a safe treat for your pet rabbit. However, if your bunny doesn’t seem to like them, don’t worry about it and give her some other vegetables. Most importantly, don’t forget that the most important part of your rabbit’s diet is timothy hay and clean drinking water.