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Can Rabbits Eat Cilantro? – Surprising Health Benfits

Cilantro is a popular herb that is often used in Mexican and Asian cuisine. But can rabbits eat cilantro?

In this blog post, we will explore the answer to this question. We will also discuss the benefits and risks of cilantro for rabbits. So, if you are curious about whether or not you can feed your bunny cilantro, keep reading!

Can rabbits eat cilantro?

Yes! cilantro is a safe food for rabbits to consume. Many people are confused whether they can feed cilantro to their pets, simply because it resembles parsley which is not safe for rabbits. Some plants in the same family of cilantro contain toxic substances, but this vegetable does not have any significant negative impact on rabbit health.

Cilantro contains high amounts of nutrients that are important for your pet’s well-being. It is rich in vitamins K and C, beta carotene, folic acid, magnesium, dietary fiber and calcium just to name a few.

While some rabbits may enjoy eating small portions of cilantro as a treat, you should always take into consideration how much your pet eats at once as well as his/her weight before feeding him/her this vegetable.

Do rabbits like to eat cilantro?

No two rabbits are alike, so it is possible that your pet might not have a taste for cilantro. For other bunnies, they may eat the food right up even if you only give them a small handful of cilantro or leaves.

When adding cilantro to your rabbit’s diet, start off by giving him/her only 1 teaspoon per day and then move up in portions to 2 teaspoons the following week. Keep increasing this amount until you find out exactly how much your bunny can consume daily without causing any negative symptoms (e.g., diarrhea).

There are many benefits for rabbits eating cilantro; however each bunny is different when it comes to what types of foods he/she likes best. You should take into consideration your pet’s individual preferences when selecting his/her meals.

Are cilantro safe to be eaten by rabbits?

Cilantro is safe for rabbits because it contains no toxic substances. In fact, the substance in cilantro that gives it a unique taste is called an aldehyde, which is antioxidant-rich and has been associated with alleviating neurologic disease symptoms.

While some rabbits may enjoy eating small portions of cilantro as a treat, you should always take into consideration how much your pet eats at once and his/her weight before adding this to their diet. Feeding large amounts of cilantro to your rabbit can cause diarrhea or other gastrointestinal problems due to excess fiber or indigestible compounds such as apiol found in cilantro leaves.   

What are the benefits of feeding cilantro to rabbits?

Cilantro has many health benefits for rabbits. It contains high amounts of numerous vitamins and nutrients, including beta carotene, folic acid, magnesium, calcium and dietary fiber.

Beta-carotene is an antioxidant that helps maintain eye health by protecting cells from free radical damage, which can lead to macular degeneration with age. Cilantro also provides your pet with vitamin K; most bunnies are deficient in this important nutrient since they do not consume plant matter on a daily basis (which is their natural diet).

Folate enhances the production of red blood cells and helps prevent certain birth defects like spina bifida. Magnesium regulates electrolytes in the body as well as maintains optimal nerve function. Dietary fiber encourages healthy digestion and can lessen the symptoms of intestinal gas.

The nutrients in cilantro are particularly beneficial for sick or pregnant rabbits that need to build up their strength.

How many sprigs of cilantro should I give my rabbit?   

Start by giving your pet one teaspoon per day, with an additional teaspoon added every three days until you notice a difference in his/her behavior (e.g., appetite or energy levels). 

By age

if your rabbit is younger than one year old, he/she should not eat more than 2 teaspoons of cilantro per day.

If your rabbit is older than one year, give him/her no more than 1 tablespoon of cilantro daily.

If your rabbit is obese, you should limit his/her intake to 1 teaspoon per day.

Rabbits have unique digestive systems so it is important to take into account what type of food they eat, how much they eat and how quickly their bodies process certain foods. If your rabbit experiences any problems after eating cilantro, stop feeding this vegetable immediately. Speak with your veterinarian about whether or not cilantro is safe for your pet.

Are there any negatives associated with feeding rabbits cilantro?

Cilantro is not dangerous for your pet; however, it can cause diarrhea if he/she eats large portions of the food in one sitting or on a regular basis. 

Cilantro contains high amounts of fiber and can upset your bunny’s stomach if consumed in excess quantities. This vegetable also contains compounds such as apiole which can be harmful in high doses so never feed your rabbit more than 2 teaspoons per day.

If your pet seems to have trouble digesting cilantro, try boiling the leaves in water for 30 minutes before giving them to him/her. Cilantro tastes better when cooked.

Can rabbits eat the stalks of cilantro?

The stalks are edible, but they should not be used as a replacement for leaves or tops because they contain less nutrients. The best way to feed your rabbit this vegetable is by breaking off and discarding the bottom parts (where it was cut from) and only feeding him/her the top parts with green leaves and white stems.

It is possible that your bunny may prefer eating either the leaves or stalks; in order to determine what part he/she prefers, try offering both food sources on separate occasions for comparison.

Rabbits love chewing on fresh plants like apples, carrots, and parsley; if you decide to give your pet cilantro, you may want to serve it alongside these vegetables or another healthy treat. Your bunny will enjoy the mix of tastes and textures, which are good for his/her overall well-being.

How to feed cilantro to rabbits?

Cilantro can be given to rabbits raw or cooked. Do not cook it for more than five minutes at a time because this will cause the nutrients to break down if exposed to heat too long.

The best way to prepare cilantro for your pet is by washing it thoroughly, taking the green leaves and white stems off of the stem then cutting its size into small pieces.

Easy cilantro recipes for rabbits

Cilantro can be served in many ways, some popular recipes for rabbits are:

Salad – Chop cilantro leaves into small pieces, mix with other vegetables like carrots to create a salad. Sprinkle some sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds on top to make this meal extra special – Wash the cilantro well and cut the stalks off of the top. Serve in small strips or pieces for your pet to eat raw

Cabbage – Remove outer leaves off of cabbage then cut it into wedges, steam these wedges before serving them for 15 minutes at high heat.

Carrots – Chop up both green tops and white stems of cilantro while removing the tough parts near the roots. Mix with carrot slices from organic vegetables for an easy treat

Healthy alternatives to cilantro

Rabbits love eating cilantro but it is not the only leafy green vegetable that can be served in their diet. Try providing them with a number of other vegetables and herbs to supplement their dietary needs:

grape leaves: Rabbits love grape leaves because they contain high amounts of water and nutrients. They are okay to feed as a treat maybe some as a supplement if your pet is not getting enough nutrients from cilantro

Basil: Like grape leaves, basil leaves contain healthy properties that rabbits enjoy – Wash the basil thoroughly before serving it to your pet. If he/she refuses to eat the leafy stems, try removing these parts

Oregano: This herb has a strong taste that rabbits love – It is not necessary to cook oregano because it can be served raw. If your bunny prefers this way of eating his/her veggies, wash the oregano leaves well then cut them into small pieces or strips

Bok choy: Like cilantro, bok choy is another leafy green vegetable. Rabbits enjoy chewing on its stems and leaves so consider serving this as a supplement to their diet

Spinach: There are many nutritional benefits associated with spinach, some of which include helping your pet’s cardiovascular system; providing him/her with cancer-fighting properties; promoting bone growth; preventing memory loss; lowering blood

mint: Serve leafy green mint as a treat to your bunny and watch him/her chomp down on this healthy alternative

Rabbits and cilantro may not be the best combination for eating, but they can enjoy it in small portions. Make sure to always check with a veterinarian before introducing new food items into their diet. Providing them with too much calcium or giving them foods that do not agree with their digestive system can lead to serious complications such as improper nutrient absorption, malnutrition and more

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q. Can I use dried cilantro instead of fresh?

Feeding rabbits with either fresh or dried amounts of cilantro will have a similar impact on their health. However, it is best to feed them fresh cilantro if possible.

Q. can rabbits eat cilantro daily?

It is not necessary to feed your pet cilantro every day, but you can if you wish. It has been known to help rabbits breathe better, control their weight and regulate their digestive system

Q. Can I give my rabbit the whole cilantro plant?

Yes, it is okay to give your pet the whole cilantro plant as long as they do not consume so much that there may be adverse effects on his/her health

Q: can rabbits eat cilantro flowers?

Yes, rabbits can eat cilantro flowers as a treat. However, there is no nutritional value associated with these so this must be done sparingly

Q: Can I grow cilantro in my pet’s cage?

Yes – You may want to transfer your pet into a clean area before giving them new food items because they do not always recognize new plants as edible and may mistake them for something else

Q: Does stress affect the taste of cilantro? If so, how can I make it taste better for my rabbit?

Cilantro has been known to taste better when it is grown in sunny conditions. If this is not an option, expose the plant to sunlight for at least 30 minutes before serving your pet.


To conclude, it is okay to give your pet cilantro. In moderation, it will not hurt him/her in any way since they cannot eat large amounts of it. If you are looking for foods that will help with your rabbit’s digestion system, appetite, and more, check the article Best Foods For A Healthy Rabbit Diet

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