Rabbits are quite adventurous when it comes to food. Aside from their penchant for eating a wide array of grasses and hay, they can also nibble on other food items such as fruits, vegetables, pellets and even human food. However, not all of these other food items are good for the rabbit’s health and wellness.
These animals do have a very sensitive stomach and if you are going to give them food items that their stomachs are not built to process, the rabbit can easily suffer from health problems. This is why you need to make sure that whatever you plan on giving to your rabbit can be safely digested by your pet.
One of the fruits that rabbit owners want to give to their pets are pineapples. This is because many of us know for a fact that it contains a lot of nutrients and it can also provide a lot of fiber that is at the very least, good for human tummies. But can rabbits safely eat pineapples and not get any health issues?
Yes, rabbits can actually eat pineapples. In fact, there are some people who say that giving this fruit can help put sick rabbits back into shape. However, there is no scientific evidence that can support this claim. You need to know that rabbits can suffer from illnesses that can’t be treated by a mere fruit.
Pineapples are known to contain high amounts of vitamin C that is known to help boost the rabbit’s immunity. Vitamin C can also help your rabbit avoid common ailments such as colds and even arthritis. Vitamin C can also act as an antioxidant, this means that it can help protect your pet from free radicals.
Giving pineapples to your rabbits is actually a better idea than giving your rabbits processed or commercially prepared treats. When fully ripened, this fruit can be quite sweet, this is why the rabbit can easily like it right away. Rabbits however, should not consume canned or processed pineapple.
If you want to give pineapples to your rabbits, you need to choose one that is grown organically. You should avoid giving canned pineapples simply because it might contain additional sugars and preservatives. You should also avoid giving your rabbits leftover pineapples as they might have molds.
When it comes to giving pineapples to rabbits, you should be very mindful when it comes to its sugar content. This is why I highly recommend that you make sure that pineapples will only make up 5% of its regular diet. You need to keep in mind that giving your rabbit too much can cause diarrhea in rabbits.
You should also avoid giving the rabbits the pineapple’s leaves and peel. This is because these parts contain substances that can cause irritations when taken internally. You should introduce this fruit slowly and you should observe your rabbit for a few days after so you will know if your pet can handle it.
Rabbits can safely eat pineapples. In fact, they might even like it all too much especially when they are sweet and fully ripe. Pineapples however, contain lot of sugars and they might actually be dangerous to your pets simply because it can easily cause diarrhea or an upset stomach if you give too much of it.
Although pineapples contain a lot of vitamin C that can help protect your rabbit from diseases and help improve your pet’s immune system, you should make sure that pineapples will only make up 5% of the rabbit’s diet for that day. You should also avoid giving your rabbit pineapples too frequently.
Have you tried to give rabbits pineapples in the past? Tell us more about how your rabbit responded to this food item in the comments section.
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