Yes – Rabbits may consume seedless watermelon in moderation.
What is watermelon?
Watermelon is a fruit that belongs to the Cucurbitaceae family, which also includes cucumber, squash, and pumpkin. The fruit itself is round and dark green in color, and it has a hard white rind. The flesh of the fruit is juicy and sweet and usually red in color.
What are the health benefits of watermelon?
The flesh of the watermelon fruit contains citrulline, an amino acid that helps in the production of arginine. Arginine helps in the production of nitric oxide in the body, which relaxes blood vessels and increases blood flow.
The fruit also contains lycopene, which is a potent antioxidant that reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancer. Watermelon contains a high amount of potassium, which is essential for maintaining electrolyte balance in the body.
How to prepare watermelon for a rabbit
- Wash the watermelon.
- Slice in half and cut into smaller chunks and remove any seeds and rind.
- Include only the red bits when serving.
How much watermelon to give to a rabbit
Adult rabbits can eat approximately 1 teaspoon for ever 2 lbs body weight.
How to store watermelon
Whole watermelon can be stored at room temperature or in the fridge. If the watermelon has already been cut store in a plastic container and consume within 24 hrs.
Where can I buy watermelon?
Watermelon can be bought in both grocery stores and farmers markets. Watermelon is best during the summer; the peak season.
No – It is generally not recommended to feed the rind of the watermelon to your rabbit.