Feeding Your Pet Rabbits Monkey Nuts: What You Need to Know

Feeding Your Pet Rabbits Monkey Nuts: What You Need to Know

If you’re looking for a new food to give your pet rabbits, you may have heard of monkey nuts. But what are they? Are they safe for rabbits to eat? In this article, we will answer all of your questions about feeding monkey nuts to your pet rabbits.

What are monkey nuts?

Monkey nuts are a type of food that can be given to rabbits. They look like peanuts and “monkey nuts” is a broad term that applies to foods that fall into the legume family which includes beans, peas, and peanuts. Monkey nuts can also come from other types of plants such as oilseeds and acorns.

How often should I give my rabbits monkey nuts?

No more than once every other day because legume foods (peanuts, soybeans and peas) contain phytohemagglutinins which can cause gastrointestinal upset if fed to your rabbit in large quantities. If you give them too many peanut shells at one time, then they are likely to get an upset stomach and possibly diarrhea.

How much monkey nuts do rabbits eat a day?

No more than one or two peanut shells worth. They should not be given often and only in small amounts. If you give them too many, then they will likely get an upset stomach and possibly diarrhea which can last for days depending on how many they ate.

What monkey nuts are safe for rabbits?

Beware that both oilseeds (such as peanuts, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds) and acorns contain phytohemagglutinins which can cause your rabbit gastrointestinal problems if given in large quantities.

What is your experience feeding monkey nuts to rabbits?

I’ve given my rabbits peanuts in their shells and they love them. They hold the shell in their paws and tap it on the ground like a drum while chewing up the insides. My rabbits don’t get monkey nuts often because legume foods (peanuts, soybeans and peas) contain phytohemagglutinins which can cause gastrointestinal upset if fed to rabbits in large amounts.

Are monkey nuts bad for rabbits?

Yes, especially oilseeds and acorns. Why? Seeds such as peanuts, soybeans and peas contain a small amount of a compound called phytohemagglutinins which can cause gastrointestinal upset to your rabbit if given in large amounts (or fed too often). Other types of foods such as acorns and oilseeds (such as sesame seeds, sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds) contain much larger amounts of phytohemagglutinins which can be very damaging to the gastrointestinal tract if consumed in large amounts. Because of this, these foods should not be fed often and only as a treat.

Is it safe to feed monkey nuts to your pet rabbits?

Yes, but they should be fed in moderation because legumes contain phytohemagglutinins which can pose a health risk if consumed in large quantities.

Where can I get monkey nuts for my rabbits?

You may be able to find some in pet stores or other specialty shops that sell rabbit foods. If you are unable to find them at your local pet store, Amazon sells rabbit food with monkey nuts.

What to do if your pet rabbits are sick from eating monkey nuts?

If your rabbits show signs of gastrointestinal distress after eating foods in the legume family (such as peanuts, soybeans or peas), then stop feeding them that type of food. This is the most common reaction pet rabbits have when given legumes.
If your rabbit does not show signs of gastrointestinal upset after eating legume foods, you may be able to reintroduce these foods (in small amounts) in a few weeks. If your rabbit continues to show signs of gastrointestinal distress after eating legumes, then we suggest finding other (safe) types of foods to give them and discontinuing the legume type foods.

Do rabbits like monkey nuts?

Some rabbits do and will come running at the sound of a peanut bag opening. Other rabbits may be picky and take some time to get accustomed to eating them. You should never feed your rabbit monkey nuts without checking that they are safe for them to eat first. If you’re worried, then just stick with the legume variety which is safe for rabbits.

Can pet rabbits eat monkey nuts?

As we mentioned above, that depends on the type of food you are giving your rabbit. If it is a legume such as peanuts, then the answer is yes. If it is an oilseed or acorn, then the answer is no.

Food family of monkey nuts.

Monkey nuts can fall into a few types of food groups. Some examples include: legumes, peanuts, oilseeds, or acorns. Depending on where the foods come from will determine if they are good for rabbits to eat. Acorn and oilseed foods in particular should not be fed to rabbits often and in small quantities.

3 good substitutes for monkey nuts.

If you can’t find (or afford) monkey nuts for your rabbits, then here are three other foods that they may like:

  1. Cooked peas
  2. Cooked soybeans
  3. Sunflower seeds (only if given in moderation because they contain a large amount of phytohemagglutinins which can cause gastrointestinal problems if given in large quantities)

4 steps to prepare monkey nuts for rabbits.

  1. Purchase your monkey nuts from the pet store or online. If you purchase them from the pet store, then be sure that they are fresh and not stale.
  2. Shell the monkey nuts by breaking open the shells into two halves. Discard of the shells or give them to your rabbit as a fun chew toy.
  3. Give your rabbits 1/4 cup or less per day, depending on how many you feed and their size. If you give them too much then they may get an upset stomach and may have diarrhea.

5 health benefits of monkey nuts for rabbits.

  1. A variety of nutrients such as protein, carbohydrate, fiber, vitamins and minerals to keep your pet rabbit healthy
  2. Keeps them entertained with a fun chew toy
  3. Helps prevent gastrointestinal problems from developing because it provides roughage (to help prevent GI stasis) and provides dietary fiber (to help reduce fur balls)
  4. Provides your rabbits with a good, natural source of energy
  5. A healthy and fun reward for your rabbit to enjoy (although they should not be fed too often because it contains phytohemagglutinins which can cause gastrointestinal problems if fed to rabbits in large quantities).

4 Possible concerns when feeding monkey nuts to rabbits.

  1. Causes gastrointestinal upset to your rabbit if given in large amounts (or fed too often). Other types of foods such as acorns and oilseeds contain much larger amounts of phytohemagglutinins which can cause gastrointestinal upset if fed to rabbits in large quantities
  2. If you give too many monkey nuts to your rabbit at one time, then they are likely to get an upset stomach and possibly diarrhea.
  3. It is not recommended that you feed oily legume foods (such as peanuts, sesame seeds or sunflower seeds) to rabbits because it can cause low potassium levels, hindering your rabbit’s ability to breathe
  4. If you give them too much at one time, then they are likely to get an upset stomach and possibly diarrhea.

6 signs that pet rabbits are sick from feeding monkey nuts

  1. They have a loss of appetite (or don’t want to eat much)
  2. Have loose and/or greasy stool
  3. May have an upset stomach and may be lethargic
  4. May look depressed and uncomfortable
  5. Seem very thirsty or urinate often
  6. Sometimes develop halitosis (have a bad breath odor because of the decrease in gut motility)

6 Tips before giving monkey nuts to rabbits.

  1. Do not feed your rabbits too many (or any for that matter) legume foods (like peanuts or soybeans). Phytohemagglutinins which can cause gastrointestinal upset if fed in large quantities so only give them 1/4 cup per day.
  2. It is not recommended that you feed oily legume foods (such as peanuts, sesame seeds or sunflower seeds) to rabbits because it can cause low potassium levels, hindering your rabbit’s ability to breathe.
  3. Do not give pet rabbits too many monkey nuts at one time because they provide roughage (to help prevent GI stasis) and provide dietary fiber (to help reduce fur balls)
  4. When feeding your pet rabbits monkey nuts, only give them one small handful at a time. If you give them too much then their stomach may become upset and they may have diarrhea
  5. Monitor your pet rabbits closely after giving them monkey nuts to make sure that they are not having diarrhea or an upset stomach
  6. Only feed one type of treat (like monkey nuts) to your pet rabbit at a time rather than giving them too many types of treats. This will help you to know if it was the food, medicine, etc. that caused their upset stomach

To Bring Things To A Close

Well, I hope you found this post informative! It can be difficult to find good information about rabbit care so it’s always nice when we get the chance to share what we’ve learned. If there are any other topics that you’re curious about, feel free to comment below and ask us anything. You’ll have your question answered in just minutes! 🙂

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