Jelly is a sweet and tasty treat for humans. But can pet rabbits eat jelly? And if so, what kind of jelly should you give them? Let’s explore the answers to these questions in this article!
Food family of jelly.
Jelly is a member of the food family of jellies. This means that jelly is made out of mostly sugar or artificial sweeteners, gelatin, water or fruit juice, and contains little to no protein.
How often should I give my rabbits jelly?
I feed my pet rabbits jelly twice a day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon. A common rule of thumb among rabbit owners is that you can feed your rabbits ¼ cup of food per 4 lbs of rabbit per day.
How much jelly do rabbits eat a day?
Rabbits should not be fed more than one teaspoon of jelly per pound of rabbit per day. My pet rabbits get two teaspoons each, once in the morning and once in the afternoon. Jelly is typically loaded with sugar so I try to limit my rabbits to one teaspoon per day.
What jelly are safe for rabbits?
Jellies must be made out of natural ingredients with no preservatives, artificial flavors or colors in order to be good for rabbits. Some ingredients to look out for are high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors or colors.
What is your experience feeding jelly to rabbits?
I have fed my pet rabbits jelly many times and they love it! Jelly is a great healthy treat for them.
Are jelly bad for rabbits?
While there are some rabbit owners who are concerned about feeding jelly to their rabbits for health reasons, there are no known ill side effects of feeding jelly to rabbits.
Is it safe to feed jelly to your pet rabbits?
Yes! As long as you are giving them a jelly made out of natural ingredients with no preservatives, artificial flavors or colors you should be good to go!
Where can I get jelly for my rabbits?
There are many places where you can buy jelly for your rabbits. Many grocery stores carry fruit flavored jelly, with apple being the most popular flavor among pet owners. Stores like Walmart and Target carry multiple flavors of jellies that are generally inexpensive.
What to do if your pet rabbits are sick from eating jelly?
If you find that your pet rabbits are ill or their poo is not normal after giving them jelly, then stop feeding it to them. If the symptoms go away cycling back one week later, then it’s likely that the jelly was not a good choice for your rabbit and you should change. If the symptoms do not go away, then seek a veterinary professional’s help immediately.
Do rabbits like jelly?
Yes! Rabbits love jelly! One of the most popular things to give pet rabbits is a teaspoon or two of fruit flavored apple or grape jelly. Jelly gives pet rabbits a healthy treat without consuming too much sugar.
Can pet rabbits eat jelly?
Yes! While there are some rabbit owners who are concerned about feeding jelly to their rabbits for health reasons, there are no known ill side effects of feeding jelly to rabbits.
4 steps to prepare jelly for rabbits.
Get some jelly! You can purchase fruit flavored jelly at most grocery stores or big retailers like Walmart and Target. There are lots of flavors available so you have a wide range of choices.
Enjoy your jelly! Make sure to feed yourself some too because everyone loves jelly!
Repeat steps 1 through 3 daily or every other day for a wonderful treat for you and your rabbits!
6 health benefits of jelly for rabbits.
- Eating jelly with high water content like apple or grape jelly can help keep your rabbits hydrated.
- Jelly is a great source of carbohydrates which are an essential part of the daily diet for pet rabbits.
- Rabbits that eat jelly have lower blood pressure compared to rabbits that do not eat jelly.
- Jelly can help reduce stress in pet rabbits.
- Eating jelly daily can help with your rabbits digestive health, as it helps increase the number of probiotics in their gut.
- Jelly is a great source of fiber for pet rabbits.
6 Possible concerns when feeding jelly to rabbits.
- Rabbits will typically not eat if they are ill or have a disease that is affecting their appetite.
- Some rabbits will not eat jelly if they are dewormed, because it has a similar texture to poop.
- Rabbits can develop choking on food if they are not fed small enough pieces. Jelly is no exception, which means you should make sure your bunnies are eating their portion of jelly in the recommended size by the manufacturer.
- If your rabbits are ill or have a disease that is affecting their appetite then you should not feed them jelly at all. If your rabbits do not eat jelly and it’s making them sick, please seek veterinary care immediately for an assessment of what is wrong and how to treat it.
- Jelly can be difficult for rabbits to eat if they are not used to having sugar in their diet.
- Jelly is high in sugar content, which can lead to weight gain in rabbits that are not active or do not get adequate exercise.
If you notice any of the following symptoms after giving your rabbit some jelly please take the rabbit to a veterinarian for an assessment of what is wrong and how to treat it.
Rabbits should not eat jelly if they are showing any of these 9 symptoms.
- Lethargy or weakness
- Loss of appetite
- Changes in behavior or activity levels that cannot be attributed to changes in temperature, lighting, or environment
- Sneezing, coughing, snorting, gagging, drooling or foaming at the mouth
- Diarrhea that is not related to diet change
- Scooting or dragging their back legs/buttocks on the floor
- Abnormal feces (poop) color, consistency (too thin or too thick), or volume
- Abnormal urination (pee) color, consistency, or volume
- Hard feces- this can be a sign of GI stasis. If hard poop is coming out it may also be because the rabbit has an obstructed digestive tract and needs to see a veterinarian.
8 safe foods to feed your rabbits instead of jelly.
Fruits and vegetables that you can cut into small pieces to give to bunnies as a treat include:
- Cantaloupe (3 oz)
- Raspberries (1/2 cup)
- Kale or other leafy greens (1 cup)
- Carrots (5 medium – 2.5 oz)
- Broccoli (3 florets – 1/2 ounce)
- Cauliflower (3 florets – 1/2 ounce)
When feeding your rabbit any of the above fruits and veggies make sure to feed in moderation and monitor your rabbit after they eat the food to make sure there are no negative side effects.
5 Tips before giving jelly to rabbits.
- Do not feed jelly to rabbits under 1 year old.
- Do not feed your pet rabbit more than 2 tbsp of any type of jelly per 10 lb of the rabbit’s weight, daily.
- Monitor your bunnies for changes in behavior or unusual symptoms after giving them any fruits or veggies, especially if they are new foods for them.
- Make sure to buy jelly that is labeled as safe for rabbits and does not contain harmful additives, colors or sugars.
- Please consult your veterinarian before giving your pet any fruits and veggies that we did not list above, there are hundreds of different types of produce and some may be harmful to bunnies.
To Wrap Things Up
We hope you enjoyed this blog post and found it useful. If we missed anything, let us know in the comments below. And if you have any other questions or concerns about jelly for pet rabbits, please don’t hesitate to reach out! As always, thanks so much for reading and happy bunny-ing!