Yes, rabbits can eat pineapple. You should only give your rabbit pineapple as a treat, despite being rich in nutrients – as it’s also high in sugar and calories. Be aware, too much pineapple can cause health issues, so it should be given to your rabbit in moderation.
The first thing you should do when preparing to give your rabbit a pineapple treat is make sure the pineapple is fresh. Ideally, it’ll be squeezable but firm.
And as with any fruit or vegetables you give your rabbit, make sure to wash it thoroughly.
Cut the pineapple into small chunks. You want them small enough that your rabbit won’t choke but big enough for them to sink their teeth into.
Serve alongside hay and water. Pineapple should be a treat, not a substantial part of your rabbit’s diet. Find out more about their diet in the FAQ section further down.
One of the many benefits your rabbit can get from eating pineapple is from the nutrients.
Pineapple has high levels of vitamins A, C, and B6. These vitamins help boost your rabbit’s immune system, benefit the central nervous system, and reduce their cholesterol levels.
Pineapple also contains useful minerals like calcium and magnesium which help your rabbit have a healthy heart and strengthen their bones and teeth.
Also, pineapple is a source of carbohydrates (for energy), protein (for building and repairing muscles), and fiber (for good digestion and to avoid constipation).
Too much pineapple can be harmful to your rabbit.
Rabbits can develop diabetes, have dental issues, or suffer from obesity – all related to the high sugar content and carbohydrate levels.
Your rabbit can also have intestinal issues. If they eat the wrong part of the pineapple (anything except the flesh) or have too much pineapple, it can cause digestion issues which can result in a trip to the vet in some cases.
Another potential problem is if your rabbit enjoys their pineapple treats a little too much and begins refusing their main food.
Which Parts of the Pineapple Are Safe for Rabbits to Eat?
Is Pineapple Flesh Safe for Rabbits to Eat?
Yes, rabbits can eat pineapple flesh – this is the only part of a pineapple advisable to feed to your rabbit. The flesh is where all the nutrients can be found.
No, the pineapple rind isn’t safe for rabbits to eat. The tough outer skin of the pineapple can irritate if your rabbit swallows it.
No, pineapple plants and leaves aren’t safe for your rabbit to eat. The leaves have thorns that can cut and irritate inside your rabbit’s mouth.
No, your rabbit shouldn’t eat pineapple cores. It’s very acidic and will taste bitter.
Can Rabbits Eat Canned Pineapple?
No, your rabbit can’t eat canned pineapple. When the pineapple is canned, it’s submerged in a sugary syrup to preserve it. This syrup is unhealthy for your rabbit and the nutritional value is decreased.
If you washed the syrup-soaked pineapple slice under water, you could let your rabbit eat it. But fresh pineapple is best. Rabbits predisposed with sensitive stomachs will struggle even with washed pineapple from a can.
Can Rabbits Eat Dried Pineapple?
No, your rabbit can’t eat dried pineapple. Dried fruits typically have a much higher sugar content than their fresh counterparts. Too much sugar is problematic for rabbits and will likely lead to a bunch of issues.
Can Baby Rabbits Eat Pineapple?
No, baby rabbits can’t eat pineapple. You shouldn’t give baby rabbits any fruits or vegetables until they are mature. Their stomachs are extra sensitive when they’re young, and they require a specific diet to be healthy.
Baby rabbits should initially just have their mother’s milk, and then hay and specific baby rabbit pellets. The absolute earliest a baby rabbit can start eating other foods are at a few months old, but many people wait until the one-year mark to be on the safe side.
When your rabbit is ready for foods like pineapple, make sure to introduce the new food slowly. Start small and keep an eye on them to check for any negative response before you start increasing the amount.