Can Rabbits Eat Spinach?

Published: March 22nd, 2021
Last Updated: April 8th, 2023
Written By: Bradly Spicer
Are rabbits allowed Spinach

Can rabbits eat Spinach? Yes, rabbits can eat spinach but you should consider it’s extremely high Oxalic acid content which can cause problems in high amounts of consumption.

There’s a lot better alternatives out there for your rabbits dietary needs as Spinach should only be eaten is extremely small quantities. As usual, you should always wash all your spinach before giving it to your rabbit.

Can Spinach kill rabbits?

Unfortunately, Spinach can cause your rabbit to get extremely well. Oxalic acid will cause other minerals like Calcium and Magnesium to bind together making them extremely difficult to digest and as such can cause high calcium content which causes bladder stones.

Separate sections of the plant have different uses. For example, the roots contain extremely high sugar content so that’s definitely something you’ll want to avoid entirely. The leaves and stalks of a spinach plant will have extremely high fiber content and this is great for your rabbits health.

Do not give your rabbit cooked spinach.

How much Spinach should I feed my rabbit?

As always, if you’re introducing Spinach for the first time, it needs to be in even smaller quantities. We would suggest starting with 1 leaf if they’re quite small and branching out to just 2-3.

We suggest only giving them Spinach once or twice a week at most.

After feeding, you should keep an eye on your bunny for the next 24 hours, check for problems including discomfort, diarrhea and bloating.

Is Spinach good for rabbits?

Yes and no, Unfortunately due to containing Oxalates Spinach is considered a dangerous vegetable for your rabbit. However, that doesn’t mean the vegetable isn’t good for your bunny.

Spinach leaves are great roughage and provide a high amount of vitamin A, but, they don’t outweigh other vegetables which also provide these benefits at a much lower risk.

This doesn’t mean that Spinach cannot be eaten, it simply means that due to your quantity of oxalates in them they shouldn’t be fed more than one to two times a week.

Much like other vegetables, being fresh is much better than older. If your Spinach is slightly yellowing or looks moldy, avoid giving them to your rabbit and definitely wash them first.

Spinach has lots of vitamins and minerals from Vitamin C, E, K, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Manganese and folic acid.

As Spinach is full of fiber it can really help with deterring GI Stasis in the gut, however, in the same respect too much Spinach can cause GI Stasis through the release of toxins which in-turn would cause your rabbit to stop eating.

Can bunnies eat spinach stems?

A spinach stem actually contains the most fibrous parts which means they’re really good for your rabbit. However, it still remains this should be done in moderation.

For example, don’t avoid giving your rabbit the spinach leaves in favor of the stems, give the leaves and stems as a whole if you can.

So, should I even give my rabbit spinach?

Before saying yes or no, its worth noting that rabbits are extremely fragile and each bunny will vary in terms of what it can and can’t eat and how sensitive their gut is.

If you do decide to give your rabbit spinach, give them small quantities for a few weeks and gradually increase the amount given.

What to feed a rabbit downloadable sheet
Get our FREE rabbit care eBook! to help look after your rabbit and give them the best care possible!

By entering your email address you agree to receive emails from Cottontailclub. We'll respect your privacy and you can unsubscribe at any time.