Yes, your rabbit can eat celery, but with conditions.
First, let’s explore what makes for a healthy, balanced diet for your little furry friend:
Balanced diet for your Rabbit
In nature, they spend six to eight hours a day chewing on it!
So, ensure grass forms 80 percent of your rabbit’s diet.
Believe it or not, rabbit teeth never stop growing!
All that grass chewing keeps those teeth from overgrowing.
When not giving them grass, you can give them other things to chew on, like wood logs, stacks of paper, or even your old high school yearbook!
What Else is Healthy for Rabbits?
Besides grass, fresh vegetables are super healthy for rabbits.
The recommended intake is two cups per kilogram of the rabbit’s weight.
Fresh veggies can include green vegetables, broccoli, and yes, celery! But we’ll get to that in a bit.
The other components of a healthy rabbit diet are:
Components of healthy rabbit
A modest serving of pellets gives them the vitamins, minerals, and essential amino acids they need.
We recommend a high-quality pellet brand designed for rabbits. The pellets should contain *digestible* fiber content.
Whole oil seeds, like flaxseed, are rich in vital nutrients like vitamin E.
Ensure the seeds you feed your rabbit are ground.
Baby rabbits need a higher energy diet.
The energy should come from high-fat content, not high sugar content.
The idea is to make it similar to milk from a mother rabbit.
Treats and What You Should Avoid
If you are going to offer your rabbit treats, make sure you’re not over-doing it. Small amounts only.
Root vegetables (like sweet potato and carrot), peppers, and most fruits, can all be healthy treats.
But not everything is healthy for your rabbit friend.
The foods that you should avoid giving your pet rabbit are:
5. non-whole-oil seeds
7. cereal mixes
What Else Can You Do to Keep Your Rabbit Healthy?
Your rabbit needs plenty of fresh, clean water.
Keep your rabbit’s bowl clean and regularly replaced, as rabbits will drink more from clean bowls than dirty ones.
Rabbits also prefer heavy bowls to flimsier plastic bowls.
Stick to a schedule for feeding. Any changes to the feeding schedule should be done slowly.
Observe your rabbits poop. It tells you a lot about how they’re handling the food they’re getting.
A quick crash course on rabbit droppings: there are two kinds; real feces, which are hard and drya shinier, smaller, and darker dropping called caecotrophs.
Your rabbit will often eat these.
Don’t let this shock you if you’re a first-time rabbit owner: it’s a perfectly natural way for your rabbit to ingest the nutrients better.
So, Can Your Rabbit Eat Celery?
Were happy to report that celery is safe for rabbits, in moderation.
And better yet, many of them really enjoy it!
The veggies are rich in:
1. Calcium, folic acid, fiber, and potassium
2. Vitamin B6, B2, B1, and C
3. Phytochemicals (known to prevent cancer, lower blood pressure, and help with migraine headaches)
So, it’s clearly healthy!
But as mentioned, celery should only be given in moderation.
Too much celery, especially introduced too quickly, can harm your rabbit’s tummy, and in extreme cases, even be fatal.
We recommend you cut up the celery you will feed your rabbit into small pieces.
This will make it easier for your rabbit to eat the celery and make it less likely that it gets stuck in your pet’s teeth.
Final Notes on Rabbits and Celery
Celery can be a healthy and delicious addition to your rabbit’s diet.
Just ensure that you don’t feed it too much.
And remember to give your rabbit mostly grass and leafy green vegetables.