Are Succulents Poisonous to Rabbits?


Are Succulents Poisonous to Rabbits
Are Succulents Poisonous to Rabbits

Are succulents poisonous to rabbits? If you have succulents and rabbits at home, you may ask the same question. In this post, I will share with you what you need to remember about your succulents and pets.

There are many types of succulents that are non-poisonous and poisonous. Succulents that are under the Euphorbia family are succulents that are known for being poisonous.

These kinds of succulent have a white sap on their leaves and can irritate human skin and for animals also. If ingested, it can irritate your stomach and mouth and sometimes may cause vomiting.

Are succulent poisonous to rabbits?

Rabbits are kinds of animals that love to gaze on juicy grasses while they are roaming around their place. The good news is that rabbits usually don’t eat succulent. But if they did, some types of succulent may be poisonous to them.

Here are some types of plants that are poisonous not just for your rabbits but also for other animals;

Related: What Succulents Are Safe for Cats?

Pencil cactus (Euphorbia)

Succulent like Pencil cactus is a toxic plant that may cause immediate pain when ingested. This plant is toxic to human beings and to other living organisms because of its milky substance that may lead to gastrointestinal and dermal injury.

Aloe Vera

We often heard aloe vera as a household plant and is usually used for medicine. It is also used for a homeopathic remedy, but this plant should not be given to rabbits. It could harm them.

Rhubarb

It is a common garden plant that can be used for cooking. It has oxalates that prevent the absorption of calcium. Therefore, rhubarb is harmful although it won’t kill rabbits.

Fox Glove


Most of this plant can be found growing in hedges/woodland. But it is also being planted in gardens because of its attractive flowers. This plant contains chemicals and substances like cardiac glycosides and is very poisonous.

If rabbits got poisoned by this, they may have diarrhea, can be dehydrated, and may feel abdominal pain. All of these because of irregular heart rhythm.

Glycophosate Herbicide Products


This can be found in many herbicides. Rabbits may be exposed to this if they will have access to plants/weeds that are recently treated or sprayed with herbicides.

Other ingredients of these products can be poisonous. If rabbits ingested this, they are more likely to become weak and may lose their appetite.

Some develop severe abdominal pain and may have difficulties in breathing. Rabbits that will show these symptoms may die, with or without treatment.

Some succulents that are poisonous like Euphorbia are a very sensitive family of succulent and is usually seen in Africa. But in some households, they chose to have succulents especially those that are from Euphorbia because of its nice branches and fine structure.

Caring succulents and rabbits specifically the euphorbia family simultaneously may not be a good idea. Rabbits are attracted to green juicy grasses and they can’t identify if it is poisonous or not.

So if you’re going to have a succulent at home it must be in a proper place where your rabbit cannot reach. If they do, it will lead them to a life-threatening situation.

Jade plant, however, is a succulent that is a good plant to have at home. This is a rabbit friendly plant. It won’t cause any harm to the rabbits. Your rabbit can enjoy this as much as he wanted since this is a non-toxic plant.

How to avoid rabbits getting poisoned?

If you will have bunnies/rabbits at home as a new member of the family and having succulent or plants at home as well, then, precautionary measures are needed.

Rabbits see every plant as foods and that is natural to them. As a result, rabbits will more likely to be aggressive and they will most certainly try to eat all of the plants they see.

Like succulents, rabbits are cute too. But the consequences of having rabbits and succulents at home may be;

  • your lovely plants may get damaged
  • Some of your succulent plants may cause harm to the rabbits

There are several things you can do to keep both your pets and succulent plants safe. Here are some ways you can do:

1) Keep your plants out of reach

The best way to do this is to find a safe place for your plants. This means that not all the places in your house are safe.

2) Check on all of your plants

Dividing your plants into several groups may be helpful to avoid harm to your plants. you can do your research about your plants at home and sort them into three:

The “non-dangerous” which are completely safe

The “non-dangerous” but can cause stomach troubles if eaten

And lastly, those that are toxic and deadly

3) Decorate the pot

The fact is that bunnies like to dig. And so, plant pots may not be good for them. This is because fertilizers may be deposited in it. To avoid this, you can put decorative stones in the pot on top of the soil.

4) Giving rabbits a chewing alternative

Same with digging, rabbits are a very curious animal and they will chew anything they see. The good news is that you can buy chewing alternatives at pet shops near you.

There are wood-based toys that can deceive your rabbits so that they won’t get interested in your succulents.

5) Train you rabbit

This may sound silly but it is a very nice way to make your furry balls get away from plants. This may sound arduous but if you put a lot of effort and time to do it and setting limits to your bunnies, then, this may work.

Setting limits like telling them “No” when you see them stealing a sniff around your plants at home. You can also try the coins in a jar. If your rabbit approaching succulents, shake the jar to produce a rattling sound.

If you this successfully, the rabbits will get conditioned and therefore get startled and never touch the succulents again.

Final Thoughts

Succulents are cute and adorable plants. But behind their beauty, these plants can hurt pets or even humans.

That said, you need to be careful what type of succulents you’re growing at home. If you have pets, it is very important to choose succulents that are safe.

I hope that this post helps you keep your rabbits safe from your succulents.

Robinson

I am a university teacher by profession, researcher, blogger, and gardener.

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