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Asparagus

Quick question - can rabbits eat asparagus? Have googled and received conflicting opinions, so would like to hear from someone who has fed their rabbits asparagus with no ill effects!

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tacet
Apr. 8th, 2010 02:00 am (UTC)
I've fed asparagus to my rabbit with no ill effects. Nothing more than a few inches at a time. Alex doesn't seem crazy about it, though, but she's new food shy like a little human kid!

Asparagus is not listed on this web page, a rather comprehensive list of toxic plants.
http://www.adoptarabbit.com/articles/toxic.html

The basic rule of thumb I'm used to is if you can eat it, the rabbit probably can. If you won't eat mushy apples or moldy fruit, don't offer it to your pet.
jademyst
Apr. 8th, 2010 06:55 am (UTC)
That's not exactly a good rule of thumb; there are many things that a human can eat that a rabbit can't or shouldn't.

darksong17
Apr. 8th, 2010 07:27 am (UTC)
This, rabbits are herbivores and humans are omnivores. :)
tacet
Apr. 8th, 2010 11:49 am (UTC)
I mean plant matter wise. I know a fine juicy steak is not rabbit food!
jademyst
Apr. 8th, 2010 12:37 pm (UTC)
And no one said you didn't--there are plants/vegetables/fruits that are human-safe but not rabbit-safe, such as potatoes, beans, radishes (radish leaves are safe), eggplant, apricots, parsnips, oranges, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes.

jademyst
Apr. 8th, 2010 06:59 am (UTC)
Asparagus is safe for rabbits. Here's a list of rabbit-safe fruits and vegetables:

http://www.adoptarabbit.org/articles/packet/abcvegi.html

A note of caution: even if a food is rabbit-safe, it doesn't mean it's something your rabbit can tolerate. Some rabbits will have bad reactions to foods just like people do. Whenever giving your rabbit something new to eat, start with a very small amount at first in order to avoid stomach upset, then gradually increase the amount if all goes well.
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