Yes, rabbits can eat pomegranate, but only as an occasional treat. There are a bunch of potential risks associated with rabbits eating this sugary fruit. It’s also not particularly healthy so it’s extra important to limit the portion to around one to two teaspoons worth.
Make sure to remove the rind before offering your rabbit any pomegranate. The seeds aren’t great for your rabbit’s health, but without juicing the pomegranate they are incredibly difficult to remove – so you must only give your rabbit small amounts of this fruit.
One of the biggest draws for a rabbit to eat pomegranate is the sweet taste of the flesh. This makes a fun change for your rabbit – an occasional serving of pomegranate provides variety and prevents boredom.
Pomegranate contains magnesium, which is needed by rabbits to prevent coronary heart disease. Topping up their magnesium levels can boost the levels to an ideal level.
Pomegranates also have enough fat to satisfy the fat requirement in your rabbit’s diet, while avoiding issues from too much fat – like immune and cholesterol problems.
As long as you feed your rabbit pomegranate in moderation, and only occasionally, they’ll be able to reap the rewards and avoid any ill effects.
If your rabbit eats too much pomegranate or eats it too often, they’re at risk of a bunch of health issues.
Your rabbit can develop:
- Obesity: Too many sugary snacks and foods rich in carbohydrates are a recipe for weight gain for your rabbit. Once they become obese, they’ll face issues with grooming, their heart, and their movement (amongst other things).
- Dental issues: Another result of eating super sugary food is your rabbit’s teeth rotting and overgrowing. Combat this by giving them a balanced diet with as much fiber as they need.
- Diarrhea: Soft stools can be a result of eating the wrong diet. It’s a huge sign that something is wrong and your rabbit can quickly deteriorate if their diarrhea persists.
- Digestive Issues: Eating the wrong diet can quickly wreak havoc on your rabbit’s digestion. If they don’t get enough fiber, your rabbit’s gut could slow down and develop into a potentially fatal condition called gastrointestinal stasis.
Another issue is from the nutritional contents of the pomegranate:
- Too much calcium: High levels of calcium in their diet can damage your rabbit’s bladder with a condition called ‘bladder sludge’.
- Excess of vitamin B: Too much vitamin B from their diet will result in more than your rabbit needs. The more they eat, the more they’ll struggle to absorb the excess.
- Excess of vitamin C: Rabbits naturally produce all the vitamin C that they need. Any extra from food is excess and can lead to kidney damage in high quantities.
- High sugar content: Pomegranate is extremely high in sugar, and is extremely unhealthy as a result. It can cause addiction, weight gain, problems with their teeth, and more.
- Lots of carbs: Too many carbohydrates can lead to weight gain and intestinal issues if it upsets your rabbit’s gut.
The only safe parts of the pomegranate plant that a rabbit can eat are the fruit flesh and the leaves. Everything else should be avoided.
No, rabbits shouldn’t eat pomegranate rind. The rind is tough and has a bitter acidic taste that your rabbit won’t like. Make sure you remove the rind before you give the pomegranate to your rabbit.
Yes, rabbits can eat pomegranate leaves. Your rabbit might not like the taste, it depends on the individual rabbit if they like it or not. The leaves contain no toxins and offer a bunch of nutritional value, so they can be mixed with other leafy greens and fed to your rabbit regularly. Always wash leaves thoroughly.
No, rabbits shouldn’t eat pomegranate seeds, especially in large quantities. Too many seeds can have a negative effect on your rabbit’s health. As the seeds are embedded in the flesh of the pomegranate and are almost impossible to separate, you need to make sure to limit the portion of pomegranate to avoid health complications.
Can Rabbits Drink Pomegranate Juice?
No, rabbits can’t drink pomegranate juice. The juice has a bunch of other ingredients added to it, and it is super unhealthy for your rabbit. The only liquid they should be drinking is clean water to stay hydrated.
How to Feed my Rabbit Pomegranate
If your rabbit is trying pomegranate for the first time, make sure you introduce it slowly.
Remove the rind and avoid seeds if possible. Feed them a small piece and monitor them for the next 24 hours. If they do not react, you can offer them more next time!
If your rabbit ever has any reaction to eating new food (e.g. diarrhea, loss of appetite, lethargy, or out-of-character behavior), seek advice from a vet right away.
What Else Should Rabbits Eat?
Your rabbit needs to eat a balanced diet. Every day they should have unlimited hay and drinking water. On top of that, they should be given a variety of raw, fresh vegetables every day and a bowl of pellets. Any treats (like pomegranate) should be restricted to once or twice per week at most.