Can Rabbits Eat Spinach?

spinach for Rabbits

It is a misstatement to say that rabbits can eat any human food. Maybe rabbits can chew and munch on any human food, including different kinds of fruits, veggies, and even green leafy veggies, but are all human food healthy for them?

Human and animal nutritionists have concluded that green leafy vegetables like spinach are highly recommended for humans and mammals as they are high in fiber. What about rabbits? 

Can Rabbit Eat Spinach?

Yes, you can feed spinach to your rabbit.  However, when starting a diet of spinach for your rabbit, it is important to note the following:

  • Possible allergic reaction like diarrhea or vomiting within 24 hours
  • Difficulty in stooling
  • When starting a diet of spinach for your rabbit, you should do the following:
  • Wash the spinach thoroughly and carefully.
  • Check carefully for insect infestation and dirt.
  • Check carefully for the use of pesticides on the spinach and wash thoroughly if you find traces of pesticide on the spinach. If possible, do not feed the spinach to your rabbit.
  • Give your rabbit plenty of water to accompany spinach and other recommended rabbit veggies.

Can You Feed Spinach To Your Baby Rabbit?

Baby rabbits need a steady supply of nutritious food so they can grow into healthy adult rabbits. Spinach is an excellent source of iron, which is essential for growing strong baby rabbits.

Unfortunately, some baby rabbits will reject their mother’s milk and her young. Because of this, you may need to supplement baby rabbits’ diet with commercial pellets or fresh greens. Even so, some rabbits will be ready to eat greens much sooner than others.

You’ll need to introduce greens slowly to your baby rabbit so it doesn’t reject them. And you should also be sure to keep an eye on the rabbit to make sure it doesn’t get sick from the unnatural diet.

Is it safe to feed baby rabbits greens? The answer is yes, but it does require some patience and a lot of observation.

Can You Feed Raw Spinach To Rabbit?

Yes, you can not only feed raw spinach to your rabbit but you should only feed raw spinach to your rabbit. Raw spinach is highly nutritious and rich in fibre, magnesium and potassium. Raw spinach is also very easy for your rabbit to digest.

Please note that organically grown spinach is better and safer than fertilized and pesticide-sprayed spinach.

Can You Feed Spinach Stem and Stalk To Your Rabbit?

Yes, you can. Although the leafy parts of spinach are highly nutritious, spinach’s nutrients are not exclusive to its leaves.

Spinach’s stem and stalk are not only delicious but are also unarguably more nutritious than its leaves. So go ahead, give your rabbit some spinach stem and stalk to eat.

Can You Feed Spinach Root To Your Rabbit?

It is not advisable to feed spinach root to your rabbit. Spinach leaves stems and stalk contain very little sugar; all the sugar that should go to these other parts of the spinach is stored in the root. Spinach root contains a high quantity of sugar. 

A high quantity of sugar can cause an unhealthy weight gain in your rabbit and may cause its teeth to decay. It sometimes causes diarrhoea too. So it is better to stick to feeding your rabbit the other parts of spinach.

Can You Feed Cooked Spinach To Your Rabbit?

No, do not feed cooked spinach to your rabbit. Rabbits generally find it harder to digest cooked food than raw food.

To avoid digestive issues, cook spinach only for yourself and leave raw spinach for your rabbits. Besides, raw spinach seems tastier to rabbits than cooked spinach.

Can You Feed Frozen Spinach To Your Rabbit?

No, you can not. Like cooked spinach, rabbits find it very hard to digest frozen spinach. Only serve your rabbit raw and fresh spinach.

Can You Feed Stale Spinach To Rabbits?

Of course not. Eating old or stale spinach is dangerous enough for humans who have a stronger digestive system compared to rabbits. Stale foods generally are always infested by microorganisms like bacteria and fungi.

Your rabbit has a huge chance of developing digestive diseases, bacteria infection and fungi infection if you feed it old or stale spinach. If you want your rabbit to have a complete lifespan, please do not serve it stale spinach or any stale food at that to feed on.

What Are The Health Benefits of Spinaches?

Spinaches are very rich in the following:

  •  vitamins like vitamin A, B9, C, E and K
  •  folic acid
  •  calcium 
  • the fibre in a large quantity 
  • magnesium 
  • potassium
  • Manganese
  • Iron

What Quantities of Spinach Should I Give My Rabbits?

Is it okay to include a large serving of spinach in your rabbit’s diet? No, you should serve spinach in small or at least moderate quantities to your rabbit. And do not serve spinach to your rabbit more than twice a week.

This is because Spinach is rich in oxalic acid, an organic food toxin also known as oxalates. It is also rich in calcium which is beneficial to humans but can be detrimental to rabbits if taken excessively.

Oxalic acid, if taken above the proper recommendation can affect and damage your rabbit’s digestive system; it can make their digestive system unable to break down and digest other minerals and nutrients.

Excess calcium will not just make your rabbit itchy but can also damage your rabbit’s kidney causing urinary tract infections, bladder stones and even severe kidney problems like kidney failure.

What Are The Advantages of Spinach In Rabbits Diet?

  •  Every part of the spinach, excluding the root, contains minimal sugar compared to other veggies. Feeding your rabbit a tasty vegetable that contains little sugar is a bonus as excess sugar can cause diarrhoea and other digestive problems. Sugar can also cause an unhealthy weight gain in your rabbit and cause tooth decay.
  • Your rabbit’s weekly diet should contain green leafy vegetables. Spinach is a healthy choice!
  • The spinach stem and stalk are very high in fibre. Fibre is essential for digestion.
  • Spinach is tasty and has a crunchy texture; it can serve as a healthy snack your rabbit can munch on now and then.
  • Spinach contains vitamins like vitamin A that can help the rabbit’s growth.

What Are The Cons Of Spinach In Rabbit Diet?

  • A large amount of oxalic acid in spinach can cause a premature exit in your rabbit’s lifespan. This is because the excessive intake of this acid can cause the minerals to merge together; and when this happens, it becomes impossible for the digestive system to break down these minerals.
  • If taken beyond moderation, excessive calcium in the spinach can cause itchiness, infections and kidney problems in your rabbit.
  • Rabbits can only feed on raw fresh spinach. If you’re buying canned spinach for yourself, you just have to buy the raw one for your rabbit _not the frozen or cooked one_.
  • You have to take care to buy organic spinach for your rabbit as they are more healthy but are harder to find.


It is important to note what is best for your rabbit, especially by being observant. From observation, you can know if your rabbit likes spinach or not. Spinach can be very healthy for rabbits, yet it can be also toxic.

Good luck with starting a spinach diet for your rabbit but don’t forget that grass hay and water are the most important food for rabbits; make sure to include them in your pet’s diet.

Written by Justin Michaels