Tomatoes are often thought to be a vegetable by many people but are actually a fruit because of they have seeds on the inside.
Tomatoes are a good source of Vitamin A, C, B6 and also potassium and therefore are a healthy food to eat. As well they have a lot of antioxidants.
So can rabbits eat tomatoes safely at all?
Yes, but you have to be extremely careful what part of the tomato you give to them and it shouldn’t be part of their main diet or source of nutrition.
All the plant parts of the tomato are toxic to rabbits and therefore should be fully avoided. This means the leaves, vines, flowers and stems and anything that isn’t the tomato itself are toxic to rabbits.
All the greens are toxic.
However the tomato itself a rabbit can eat but only as a treat.
Some tips to feed tomatoes to your rabbit:
- Remove all the green parts including the stem, leaves, flowers, etc
- Wash the fruit fully and in detail to remove all pesticides
- cut the tomato into small slices and remove all the seeds
- give your rabbit only a little bit which amounts to a cherry tomato at most
Make sure not to give any fruit to baby rabbits (under 12 weeks of age) as it isn’t good for them.
Remember this is only a treat and only the tomato itself can be given.
The main source of a rabbits diet should be hay.
Therefore yes rabbits can eat tomatoes but you have to be very careful.