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Rabbits are herbivores that require a balanced diet of hay, fresh vegetables, fruits, and clean water. Pineapple is a tropical fruit that is loved by many, but can rabbits eat it?
This article will explore everything you need to know about feeding pineapple to rabbits, including its nutritional benefits, risks, and how much is safe for them to consume.
Yes, rabbits can eat Pineapple. However, they contain high amounts of natural sugars, much like many other fruits. With reasonable portion control, your rabbit should have no issues consuming small amounts of Pineapple.
If this is the first time you give your bunnies pineapple, you will want to introduce it into their diet slowly, starting with a small cube no bigger than 1cm x 1cm.
Pineapple has been noted to contain higher quantities of Vitamin C which are considered helpful in improving your rabbit’s immune system. Whilst it’s not proven as an absolute, it has been argued by a few experts that Vitamin C can help protect your rabbit from arthritis and colds as it works as an antioxidant.
If you want to give your rabbit Pineapple, we suggest not giving them leaves or the skin/peel.
Do not give your rabbit canned or processed Pineapple. All fruits should be fresh.
It is recommended that rabbits consume no more than 1-2 tablespoons of pineapple per day. This amount should be given as a treat and not as a replacement for their regular diet.
As with most fruits, the high sugar count means your bunny should only have small portions of Pineapple. Average-sized rabbits should only eat 2 – 2.5g of sugar daily at a maximum.
Typically you will have around 10g of sugar per 100g of Pineapple. In short, you should give your rabbit less than 20g of Pineapple in 1 day.
We suggest giving your rabbit no more than a 1cm x 1cm x 1cm cube of pineapple and mixing this with other fruits like oranges, bananas, and apples.
While pineapple is generally safe for rabbits to consume, it contains a high amount of natural sugar and should be fed in moderation.
Feeding too much pineapple can cause digestive issues such as bloating, gas, and diarrhea. Pineapple also contains high acidity, which can cause mouth sores in some rabbits.
Feeding your rabbit pineapples can be either beneficial or a risky challenge – it all depends on how much and how often you make pineapple available.Dr. Ivana Crnec, DVM
The first step to preparing a pineapple for your rabbit is to ensure you pick up fresh fruit and do not use canned or processed pineapples.
You should avoid giving your rabbit the core of the pineapple and skin/leaves. Instead, cut a 1cm x 1cm x 1cm cube from the ring part, as this is the softest part to chew.
No, pineapple is not toxic to rabbits. However, feeding too much pineapple or new food can cause digestive issues in rabbits, including bloating, gas, and diarrhea.
Pineapple also contains high acidity, which can cause mouth sores in some rabbits. Feeding pineapple to rabbits in moderation as a treat is recommended. When introducing new foods or foods with high sugar content, you should introduce them slowly.
Pineapples have incredibly high quantities of Manganese, which is crucial to helping your rabbit stay healthy and full of energy! It’s crucial in helping your rabbit’s immune and reproductive systems.
But what exactly does a rabbit’s portion of pineapple contain?
In short, you can expect to find the following vitamins and minerals in Pineapples:
Pineapples are filled to the brim with highly healthy vitamins & nutrients. However, they have too much sugar per g to be considered a regular dietary choice.
In addition to pineapple, many other fruits are safe for rabbits to consume in moderation. These include apples, bananas, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and melons such as watermelon and cantaloupe. Introducing new foods slowly and monitoring your rabbit’s reaction to them is important.
Your rabbit technically can eat Pineapple skin and leaves but it is HIGHLY recommended you don’t feed them this as it can be hard to chew and may lead to choking as well as being incredibly hard for your rabbit to digest.
Due to this, eating Pineapple skin can result in irritating your rabbits mouth and gut, which can result in a lack of eating normally and potential GI Stasis.
Pineapple juice is often referred to as the GI Stasis cure, although there’s no solid proof of this yet. Some vets have mentioned that both pineapple and papaya enzymes helRisks of Feeding Pineapple to Rabbits
While pineapple is generally safe for rabbits to consume, it contains a high amount of natural sugar and should be fed in moderation. Feeding too much pineapple can cause digestive issues such as bloating, gas, and diarrhea. Pineapple also contains a high amount of acidity, which can cause mouth sores in some rabbits.p relieve hair based GI Stasis issues and stringed poo.
However, this should only ever be a few drops of pure pineapple juice at most. Pineapple juice is not a miracle cure and the extra sugar can cause further damage during GI Stasis. So, please be extremely careful.