Can Rabbits Eat Watercress?

Can Rabbits Eat Watercress?

Watercress is native to Asia and Europe and is a rapidly growing perennial plant that is semi-aquatic or aquatic in nature.

It is actually one of the oldest known leaf veggies that humans still eat and is botanically related to wasabi, radish, garden cress and mustard.

So can rabbits eat watercress safely at all?

Before we can decide that we should look at the nutritional facts surrounding the watercress.

In particular we should look at the sugar, fat, fibre, phosphorus, sodium and acidic content.

Energy 46 kJ (11 kcal)
Carbohydrates 1.29 g
Sugars 0.2 g
Dietary fiber 0.5 g
Fat
0.1 g
Protein
2.3 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
lutein zeaxanthin (20%)160 μg
(18%)1914 μg
5767 μg
Thiamine (B1) (8%)0.09 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (10%)0.12 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(6%)0.31 mg
Vitamin B6 (10%)0.129 mg
Folate (B9) (2%)9 μg
Vitamin C (52%)43 mg
Vitamin E (7%)1 mg
Vitamin K (238%)250 μg
Trace metals
Calcium (12%)120 mg
Iron (2%)0.2 mg
Magnesium (6%)21 mg
Manganese (12%)0.244 mg
Phosphorus (9%)60 mg
Potassium (7%)330 mg
Sodium

[Source: Wikipedia]

The watercress has a hint of fat, sugar and fibre as you can see from the information above.

Also it has quite a lot of calcium, acidic content and phosphorus content.

Therefore because of the high acidic, calcium and phosphorus content watercress isn’t very good for rabbits to eat.

In fact ideally you should avoid feeding watercress to your rabbit as it will hurt their stomachs if they eat it.

If they eat a little they should be fine but do not purposely feed this veggie to them as its bad for their health.

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