Peaches are delicious and nutritious treats for people. So let’s look at whether they do the same for rabbits.
The short answer is yes! Rabbits can safely eat peaches. So if you’ve come here because your pet bunny ingested some peach and you need to know whether it’s okay, you can rest easy. Nothing wrong should happen to your furry friend from eating a peach. But if you’re wondering whether they like them and whether they provide any nutritional value, keep reading.
Are Peaches a Good Source of Nutrition for Rabbits?
For humans, peaches provide an array of essential vitamins and minerals and contribute to heart health and healthy skin, among other benefits. However, they aren’t as beneficial for rabbits as they are for humans.
Indeed, it isn’t that your rabbit doesn’t need vitamins and minerals in their diets; they absolutely do. It’s that the amount of sugar in peaches isn’t necessarily good for rabbits, and since they can get those vitamins and minerals elsewhere, they probably should.
Do Rabbits Like Peaches?
Typically, yes, rabbits enjoy peaches. This is because they have a lot of sugar, and just like humans, rabbits like sugar. However, also like us, rabbits have taste preferences. So if your bunny turns its nose up at peaches, it isn’t a sign that something is wrong with them. Instead, it just means that they don’t like the taste, for whatever reason.
Always Remove the Pits!
As you may be aware, since it is somewhat common knowledge, peach pits contain harmful elements to humans. Unfortunately, some of these same elements may also be harmful to rabbits. For that reason, you should never give a whole peach to your pet rabbit.
Rabbits have sharp teeth, and they may not immediately realize that the pit of the peach is not food. If they chew through even a tiny amount of it and ingest some of it, it could make them very sick or even be fatal.
Besides that fact, a whole peach is too much food for your rabbit. Too much fruit can be very harmful to your rabbit. Cut it into pieces and give them periodically, one at a time, for an occasional treat.
Can Rabbits Eat the Skins or Should You Peel Peaches Before Giving as a Treat?
Rabbits can definitely eat the skins of peaches; they shouldn’t harm them in the least. That said, if your rabbit tends to eat fast or with remarkable enthusiasm, you might want to peel them before treating your pet. It’s unlikely, but they could potentially choke on the skin if they eat a piece that is too big or if they try to swallow it too quickly.