Pumpkins and Bunnies: A Hare-Raising Tale of Fall Treats

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Can rabbits eat pumpkin?

Key Takeaway

Yes, rabbits can safely enjoy a nibble of pumpkin flesh in moderation, but it should never be the mainstay of their diet. Always avoid feeding seeds and pumpkin skin to your bunnies as they can be a choking hazard. Instead, focus on offering hay as the staple food, which should make up about 80% of their diet.


Greetings, rabbit lovers! Welcome back to Hay Carter's Corner, the one-stop shop for your fluffy companions’ nutritional needs. Fall is in the air, and pumpkins are popping up everywhere. That leads us to a burning question—can rabbits munch on pumpkin? Well, we're about to squash your doubts!

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The Nutritional Scoop on Pumpkin

Before we dive in, let's talk about what's in a pumpkin. Understanding the nutritional aspects can help us make an informed decision.

Nutritional Table for Pumpkin

Nutrient Amount per 100g
Calories 26
Protein 1g
Fat 0.1g
Fiber 0.5g
Sugar 2.76g
Water 91.6g

Pumpkin is low in calories and fat but does contain some sugar. Therefore, it should be given in moderation (only a few pieces a week).

Hay First, Then Treats

Remember, no matter how nutritious or delicious a treat is, hay should always be the primary component of your rabbit's diet. Hay is the be-all-end-all when it comes to keeping your rabbit’s digestive system in tip-top shape. If you're wondering how much hay to feed alongside treats like pumpkin, here's a quick guide.

Rabbit Weight and Diet Chart

Rabbit weight (kgs) Hay Pellets (cups) Greens (cups) Fruits (tablespoon)
1 Unlimited 1/8 1 1
2 Unlimited 1/8 2 2
3 Unlimited 1/4 3 3
4 Unlimited 1/2 4 4
5 Unlimited 1/2 5 5
6 Unlimited 3/4 6 6
7 Unlimited 3/4 7 7

How to Safely Introduce Pumpkin

  1. Start Small: A small amount goes a long way.
  2. Monitor: Keep an eye on their poop. If it's not normal, stop immediately.
  3. Mix with Hay: Always combine treats with hay for balanced nutrition.

Note: For other great foods to introduce to your rabbit's diet, check out our blog posts on cabbage and zucchini.

Can Rabbits Eat Pumpkin Skin?

Big no! Pumpkin skin can be tough to digest for bunnies. Moreover, the skin can contain pesticides and should be avoided. Always remember to peel the skin off if you're planning on feeding your rabbit pumpkin.


While pumpkins bring a whimsical touch to the fall season, they should only serve as an occasional treat for your bunny. The main course should always be hay, along with other vegetables and fruits that are safe for rabbits to consume. The quick takeaway? A little pumpkin won't hurt, but don’t make it a regular feature on the bunny menu.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can Rabbits Eat Pumpkin Seeds?

No, they are a choking hazard.

Can Baby Bunnies Eat Pumpkin?

It's best to avoid giving pumpkin to young rabbits.

For more interesting reads on fall fruits checkout our article on Can Rabbits Eat Apples

FAQ - Can Rabbits Eat Pumpkin?

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