Yes – Mangoes can be fed occasionally to your rabbit as it contains lots of sugar.
What are mangoes?
Mangoes (Mangifera indica) belong to the family Anacardiaceae. They are the most consumed fruit in the world and can be found in a variety of colors, sizes, and shapes. Mangoes are closely related to cashews, pistachios, and sumac. The fruit contains a single large seed, a lot of juice, and a thick orange flesh. The majority of the fruit is edible with the exception of the seed and the large fibrous strand that connects the seed to the fruit’s skin. Mangoes are juicy and sweet. They taste best when they are slightly under ripe and have a slight orange tint.
What are the health benefits of mangoes?
When feeding mangoes to a rabbit, there are a number of health benefits that the rabbit will reap from the fruit. Mangoes are rich in Vitamin B1, Vitamin C and Vitamin A. The fruit has an abundance of antioxidants and can help to boost the immune system.
How to prepare mangoes for a rabbit
The most important thing to remember when feeding mangoes to a rabbit is to never serve the fruit whole. Rabbit digestive systems are much different than those of humans. Rabbits are unable to digest the flesh and the pit of the fruit, so you’ll need to remove these elements.
- Wash the outside of the mangoes with cold water.
- Cut the sides of the mangoes.
- Cut each side into smaller pieces in a grid-like format.
- Scoop the pieces out and serve in your bunny’s dish.
- Tip: If serving the skin be sure to also cut it into smaller pieces and remove any blemishes on the skin.
How much mango should I give to a rabbit?
General serving size is 1 teaspoon per 2 lbs body weight.
How to store mangoes
Store whole mangoes at room temperature in a fruit bowl or equivalent. Whole mangoes can also be stored in the fridge. Mangoes that have been sliced should be consumed within a couple of days.
Where can I buy mangoes?
You can find fresh mangoes at most grocery stores, farmers markets and specialist stores, especially during the summer months.
No – Juice can contain a lot of sugar and should not be given to rabbits.
No – Rabbits should not be given dried mangoes due to the high sugar content and preservatives present.