It’s important that your rabbit eats pineapple only in the right amounts. Here, we explain how much pineapple a rabbit can have and how to feed a rabbit pineapple.
How much pineapple can I feed to my rabbit?
Most rabbit nutrition experts recommend that giving any fruit to your rabbit be done in relatively small amounts. Regular house-pet rabbits only need around 2 grams of sugar in their diet per day.
Since there are around 10 grams of sugar in every 100 grams of pineapple, your rabbits should have only have around 20 grams of pineapple, maximum, in a day.
What’s the best way to feed?
It’s recommended that pineapple for rabbits should be an infrequent treat rather than a diet staple. Feeding your rabbit any foods high in calories and sugar can easily lead to obesity. Most experts agree this drastically reduces a rabbit’s lifespan.
When giving pineapple to a rabbit for the first time, you should remember that some animals can be allergic or react badly to eating it. The safest way to introduce and let your rabbit eat pineapple is to start with a very small amount. A little nibble, at first!
Rabbits are known to gobble up anything sugary. They aren’t always able to control themselves, so they will keep on eating as long as it’s in front of them.
Laying out some pineapple for your rabbit, a little at a time, is the best way to allow pineapple into their diets
Which parts of a pineapple are safe?
It’s important that you only feed your rabbit the fleshy juicy part of a fresh pineapple. Do not feed your rabbit the leaves or skin from a pineapple, because those may contain a type of sap which is bad for their furry constitution.
If you want to cut and prepare a pineapple properly, we highly recommend you follow PineapplesInfo’s How to Cut a Pineapple guide.
Can I let my rabbit have dried pineapple, or have pineapple juice?
Dried pineapple will have fewer calories than fresh pineapple. However it has roughly the same density of sugar that a fresh pineapple has – the main difference is the juice content.
Some rabbit owners have wondered about allowing pineapple juice for rabbits. Pineapple juice has been known to clear furballs that can get stuck in rabbit intestines because the acidity can break down hair fibres.
Most times, though, giving pineapple juice to rabbits is usually a bad idea. Pineapple juice can have much reduced fiber, vitamins, and minerals, when you’re comparing to fresh pineapple.