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Pet Rabbits Eating Dragon Fruit: Benefits, Concerns and More

Many pet rabbits are fed a variety of foods, including fruit. Can your pet rabbit eat dragon fruit? We answer some common questions about this tropical fruit and its suitability for the diet of our beloved bunny pets.

Food family of dragon fruit.

The dragon fruit belongs to the cactus family and is also known as pitaya, strawberry pear and pitahaya. This fruit is native to Mexico and Central America and can grow up to 2m (6ft) in height and 3cm (1in) in width. The leaves of the plant are large, flat, elliptical with a finely pubescent underside. The flowers are white, with a tubular base and pink stamens.

The fruit grow off the stems in clusters of five to 20 or more. The individual fruits vary from 4-8cm (1½in–3in) in length, with a diameter of about 2cm (¾in). The pulp of the fruit is succulent and has a sweet, mild flavor. The skin can be eaten, but it does have a slightly gritty texture to it.

Do rabbits like dragon fruit?

Pet rabbits will enjoy eating dragon fruits. They are high in nutrients often missing from other plant-based foods such as vitamin C , calcium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, iron and are low in fat. Dragon fruits are rich in antioxidants that help to fight free radicals throughout the body which is good for anti-aging. Pet rabbits will love the sweet taste of dragon fruit!

How to prepare dragon fruit for rabbits?

Dragon fruits are easy to cut up into bite-size pieces or pet rabbits can simply enjoy them whole. You don’t need to do anything else with the fruit except allowing your pet rabbit free access of all that they want.

Can pet rabbits eat dragon fruit?

Dragon fruit is safe for pet rabbits to eat. The only concern with dragon fruits, as it pertains to pet rabbits having a diet of solely these fruits, would be the possibility that your rabbit might not meet all their nutritional needs through this one food source by itself. Pet parents can easily remedy this by adding a small amount of freshness from the dragon fruit to their rabbit’s diet, while also providing fresh veggies and hay.

A few Possible concerns when feeding dragon fruit to rabbits.

Studies have shown that some breeds of rabbits are more sensitive to calcium in their diet than others. If your rabbit is among the at-risk breeds, you might want to keep an eye on them while they are eating dragon fruit because there can be adverse affects with over consumption of calcium. For example, rabbits who eat too much calcium may develop urinary stones or bladder sludge which can be fatal if not treated.

Signs of pet rabbit illness from eating dragon fruit:

  • Lethargy
  • Sluggishness
  • Poor appetite
  • Weight loss

If your pet rabbit shows any of these signs after consuming dragon fruits then it is time to visit your rabbit-savvy veterinarian.

If you notice any of the following signs of illness, seek veterinary care immediately:

  • Diarrhea or bloody stool
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite for a day or longer

Where can I get dragon fruit for my rabbits?

In most places where humans have easy access to dragon fruits, so do our pet bunnies. If you are growing your own dragon fruit from seeds or seedlings then it may be difficult to harvest the fruit for your rabbit as the fruit is extremely delicate and can bruise or spoil very easily.

Is it safe to feed dragon fruit to your pet rabbits?

Yes, feeding dragon fruits to pet rabbits is completely safe. Like any new food source (especially for an herbivore), it may take some time for your rabbit to get used to eating the fruit.
 
A little common sense goes a long way–make sure your rabbit has access to fresh veggies and hay while also enjoying their dragon fruit. This will ensure that all nutritional needs are met, even if the majority of their diet comes from this fruit source.

What is your experience feeding dragon fruit to rabbits?

We’ve fed dragon fruit to our rabbits and they love it. The only concern we have is keeping them from eating too much in one sitting because the calcium levels are very high in these fruits. We also noticed that their urine changed color, but this wasn’t a reason of concern for us.

Some Tips before giving dragon fruit to rabbits.

Make sure your pet rabbit has access to fresh veggies and hay while also enjoying their dragon fruit. This will ensure that all nutritional needs are met, even if the majority of their diet comes from this fruit source.

Never give too many of these fruits to your bunny because they can make him sick if he eats too much.

Keep in mind that you should never give too many of these fruits to your bunny because they can make him sick if he eats too much.

What dragon fruit are safe for rabbits?

Any type of dragon fruit is safe for rabbits, but make sure to keep an eye on the calcium content. The more yellow your fruit’s flesh is, the higher the levels of calcium are (which can be good for some bunnies and bad for others).

How often should I give my pet rabbits dragon fruit?

We suggest feeding dragon fruits to your bunnies every once in a while to keep them happy and healthy. You should never let your bunny eat this fruit every day, but rather opt for other nutrient-dense snacks such as hay or veggies.
 
You can feed them dragon fruits as treats after they’ve finished eating their meal if you like the idea of giving new foods to your rabbit. Just make sure to only give them one or two pieces of fruit at a time and never supplement their diet with these fruits.

How much dragon fruit does pet rabbits eat a day?

If given one to two dragon fruits, your bunny can eat as much of this fruit as he wants. You should only give your bunny the fruit in moderation, though; over-consumption of any food item can cause health problems for rabbits.

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