For bunnies to thrive, they require a balanced diet of long-stemmed fiber like hay, vegetables, pellets, and even some fruit. Contrary to what cartoons have taught us, carrots alone just won’t cut it, and rabbits can become prone to health issues without proper nutrition.
But what exactly does your bunny like, and what types of fruit and veg should you feed them?
Personally, I like to give my pet rabbits a variety of vegetables and fruit throughout the week as an accompaniment to their hay and pellets.
This keeps their diet interesting and balanced. While bunnies can typically eat their fill of veggies, I have learned over time that’s it’s best to feed them certain types rather than others.
They can have sensitive digestive systems, and overly starchy veg will make them feel unwell and cause digestive distress.
To try and mix it up a bit in terms of the vegetables that I do feed them, I’ve been researching less common veg to add new treats to their weekly feeding roster. This has led me to find out: can rabbits eat sugar snap peas?
I’m pleased to report that they can, and in fact, like garden peas, they’re very healthy. Read on to find out more.
Can Rabbits Eat Sugar Snap Peas?
Rabbits can safely enjoy sugar snap peas, as well as mangetout. These two varieties of garden pea are very similar and are often referred to interchangeably.
Both grow in pods and are usually picked for consumption when still young and very fresh. Both the peas and the shells can be eaten and are great sources of vitamins and nutrients for rabbits.
If you’re looking to add some variety to your rabbit’s diet, sugar snap peas are a great choice. They are fresh and crunchy, which bunnies love, and packed with beneficial nutrients.
While you shouldn’t feed your rabbit sugar snap peas every single day (they need variety to stay healthy), they are certainly an option in terms of a mixed diet and can be fed to your rabbits every few days as a treat.
On average, a mature adult bunny over the age of one year should be given roughly one to two cups of fresh vegetables every day. In terms of sugar snap peas, this is between 7 to 8 ounces (200 to 250 grams).
Ideally, however, you would give them a mix of sugar snap peas along with another leafy green veg. While their baseline diet should be long-stemmed hay and pellets, greens give them healthy coats and immune systems and are also genuinely tasty for them.
Nutritional Benefits Of Sugar Snap Peas For Rabbits
Sugar snap peas are a great source of carbohydrates, fiber, Vitamins A, B, C, and K, iron, calcium, zinc, and manganese, making them an ideal component of a bunny’s regular diet.
They are a cultivar of legumes, which means they’re quite rich and should not be fed to rabbits daily. Smaller, infrequent portions of sugar snap peas are healthy and beneficial as part of a varied diet.
When introducing sugar snap peas into your bunny’s diet, you need to do so gradually as too much at once can be a shock to their systems and cause diarrhea or tummy pain.
Once your rabbit is over three months old, and you start feeding it fresh vegetables, slowly introduce sugar snap peas in small quantities.
If you notice that they are suddenly suffering from diarrhea or soft stool, you may need to minimize your sugar snap pea quantities until their little bodies become used to them.
However, once they are acclimated to snacking on sugar snap peas, they’ll reap the benefits of this super-veg. The vitamins and nutrients embedded in sugar snap peas and mangetout boost their immune systems, give them healthy skin and coats, and aid digestion.
They’re also a good source of H20, and, let’s face it, there are few things cuter than watching a bunny chomping down on a crunchy pea pod. The vegetable itself and the plant it grows on are both safe to eat.
Are There Any Risks To Rabbits Eating Sugar Snap Peas?
Given that they are legumes, sugar snap peas can be rich and cause gastrointestinal distress if a rabbit is not used to them or overindulges.
For this reason, the amount of sugar snap peas they are fed each day or week should be limited. In addition to this, they should always be served fresh, never dry, as dry peas can be a choking hazard for bunnies.
While bunnies are known to have voracious appetites, their digestive systems are actually quite sensitive, and foods rich in protein, fiber, and carbohydrates are known to cause gastrointestinal upset in large doses.
Because your bunny may not always know when enough is enough, it’s best to monitor their intake of veggies and stick to a recommended limit.
Furthermore, it is always advisable to check your rabbit’s bathroom habits to ensure they are not suffering from soft stools or diarrhea. This may indicate that they have consumed too much of a particular food group.
When feeding rabbits sugar snap peas, always make sure they are fresh and washed. Dried veg can be a choking hazard for rabbits and is not healthy for them overall.
Just like humans, bunnies have preferences about the foods that they prefer. They may be wild about vegetables like sugar snap peas and mangetout in some cases. However, this is not a good reason to feed it to them every day. Of course, we want our bunnies to be happy, but part of this is making sure they are healthy, and the best way to do so is to stick to a balanced, nutrient-rich diet.