Yes, rabbits can eat eggplant but it isn’t recommended as they do not contain much fiber and do not have much vitamins in them that are useful for rabbits to eat. If you do feed eggplant to a rabbit it should be no more than 2 – 3 times a week max. Other foods such as timothy hay, rabbit pellets and fresh water are better options.
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A very popular food eaten across the United States is eggplant. This food is actually a fruit and not a vegetable and also known as an ‘Aubergine’.
The fruit is grown all across the world and comes in a variety of kinds such as:
- Deep purple Zeppelin-like
This fruit is popular in Mediterranean cuisines and also Asian foods.
However the question is can rabbits eat eggplant?
Before we answer that we need to look more at the nutritional facts about eggplants.
The things within the eggplant that should be looked at most are:
- acidic content
We should look at these most because they affect the rabbits the most.
Energy 104 kJ (25 kcal)
Sugars 3.53 g
Dietary fiber 3 g
Fat 0.18 g
Protein 0.98 g
Thiamine (B1) (3%) 0.039 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (3%) 0.037 mg
Niacin (B3) (4%) 0.649 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(6%) 0.281 mg
Vitamin B6 (6%) 0.084 mg
Folate (B9) (6%) 22 μg
Vitamin C (3%) 2.2 mg
Vitamin E (2%) 0.3 mg
Vitamin K (3%) 3.5 μg
Calcium (1%) 9 mg
Iron (2%) 0.23 mg
Magnesium (4%) 14 mg
Manganese (11%) 0.232 mg
Phosphorus (3%) 24 mg
Potassium (5%) 229 mg
Zinc (2%) 0.16mg
These are the details as per Wikipedia.
From the details above you can tell that eggplant are a little acidic, sweet and contain a hint of phosphorus.
Unfortunately they do not contain much fiber and have very little vitamin content.
With all this in mind rabbits can eat eggplant but not too much of it.
Rabbits should not have eggplant more than 2 or 3 times a week. Nothing more than that.
This is mainly because of the sugar content in the eggplant.