Can rabbits eat Celery? The short answer is yes! Rabbits often love celery. As proof here is our test bunny Daisy eating one of her favourite treats:
However, there are a number of things you need to think about when feeding your rabbits celery.
Is Celery Healthy For Rabbits?
Just because bunnies can eat celery and they like it doesn’t mean we should feed it… However luckily it’s actually pretty healthy for them too.
Celery naturally contains many vital vitamins for your rabbits such as vitamin A, E and K. It also contains many useful minerals such as magnesium and iron.
How Much Celery Should I Feed My Rabbits?
The majority of your rabbit’s vegetables should be “leafy” types such as romaine lettuce and parsley.
Celery is not one of these leafy kinds and so should only make up about 15% of your rabbit’s veg intake.
We also discussed here that when fluffed up your rabbit’s daily salad should be a bit less than half the size of your bunny. So if you think about your rabbit’s celery portion it should be a maximum of half a celery stick per day.
Here's the maximum portion we would feed Daisy if we fed celery daily. For reference the knife is a normal sized dinner knife.
Variety in a Rabbit's Diet is Key to a Healthy Rabbit
It’s important to remember that variety of vegetables is key in a rabbit’s diet. The more variety the healthier your bunny will be. Overfeeding any vegetable can actually be bad for your rabbit.
Actually, overfeeding vegetables can be bad for your rabbit. Too much nutrition can cause your bunny’s tummy to stop working properly.
You need to stop thinking like you are feeding a small fluffy human – your rabbit has very different nutritional needs to you.
I also can’t say enough times – hay should be 80% of your rabbit’s diet. If it isn’t then you are risking your bunny’s health every day – click here to learn more from our rabbit feeding 101 article.
Be Cautious When Feeding New Foods to Your Rabbit
Rabbit’s digestive systems can be very fragile things. It’s always best to be very careful about feeding any new food foods.
If something disagrees with your rabbit it can actually cause harm if they continue to be fed it. Rabbits are very good at hiding pain so it can be difficult to tell if something is wrong.
Don’t worry – there’s a simple way to test this. Don’t let this put you feeding your rabbit new healthy veg like celery.
When you next feed your rabbit something new simply give them a very small amount the first day.
Just make sure their reaction isn’t to sit huddled up in a corner or something equal to this just after eating. If this is what they normally do, then that’s fine – you’re looking for changes in their behaviour. See here for more details.
So Can Rabbits Eat Celery?
Yes, rabbits can eat celery. However, no one vegetable should make up the majority of your rabbit’s diet. Hay should be 80% of their diet with the rest coming from a small amount of pellets and their daily green salad. Variety in this salad is key and feeding your rabbit celery is great for this!