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Can Rabbits Eat Pineapple?

Can Rabbits Eat Pineapple? (Is it Safe?)

When you are sharing life with a cute, fuzzy bunny you want to give your friend the very best of everything. It’s only natural to wonder what kinds of foods your rabbit might like and as it turns out, there are quite a few which might surprise. One question which we get asked a lot is ‘Can rabbits eat pineapple?’.

rabbit-lookingThe answer is a resounding ‘yes’ but like anything, there are some considerations. Today we’ll explore the pros and cons of this exotic fruit so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not your rabbit will partake.

Can rabbits eat pineapple? Well, they certainly seem to like it!

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Pineapples are actually quite good for your bunny

Rabbits can get sick quite easily and so it’s understandable (and a good idea) to be very careful about what you feed them. On paper, pineapples look to be quite rich in vitamins and nutrients. Here is a sampling of the nutritional values in pineapple:

  • Vitamin C
  • Folate
  • Iron
  • Calcium
  • Phosphorous
  • Magnesium
  • Zinc
  • Potassium

pineapple-cuttingsThat’s quite a diverse collection of healthy vitamins, minerals, and nutrients for just one fruit and some people will even tell you that pineapple is good for a sick bunny. While we cannot endorse or recommend pineapple in this regard, we can attest that it seems like a pretty healthy snack and that it is safe for bunnies.

There is a catch, however, that you need to be aware of.

Do rabbits eat pineapple? Yes, but only in moderation!

Moderation is the key with pineapple and many other foods that your bunny might not normally have access to in the wild. With pineapples, the first consideration is going to be the sugar. Your average rabbit only needs about 2 grams of sugar in their diet every day.

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rabbits-in-groundPineapples, on average, have about 10 grams of sugar for every 100 grams that are served. This means that the absolute MOST that pineapple you should allow your rabbit to have is 20 grams total per day. Also, do not let them have the leaves or the skin from the pineapple, as these parts can have sap In them that is bad for your rabbit.

What about pineapple juice, though?

Pineapple juice can sometimes help a rabbit to clear out fur balls but this is due to the high acidity and that can be a double-edged sword. We would recommend that you avoid giving your rabbit pineapple juice but a tiny amount is unlikely to hurt them.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, dried pineapple is okay for your rabbit to eat, but it’s going to have the same sugar content as regular pineapple, it just lacks the juice. If you are worried about regular pineapple making a bit of a mess in the cage then a few pieces of dried pineapple every now and again might be a good compromise for you and your rabbit.

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Some final advice on pineapple and your rabbit

While nutritious and fairly safe, don’t forget that pineapple is highly acidic and so it is recommended that you keep a close eye on your rabbit when introducing them to this fruit for the first time. That said, most rabbits love pineapple and it makes an excellent treat for good bunnies. So give it a try, who knows?

pineapplesIt might just be that you’ve found your bunny’s new favorite food in the exotic pineapple!

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