Can Rabbits eat Pistachio Nuts?

Pistachio nuts are those that are members of the cashew family which is a small tree originally from Central Asia and the Middle East. They are grown in many different countries and the pistachio tree produces seeds that are widely consumed as food which is enjoyed around the world.

So can rabbits eat pistachio nuts at all?

Lets take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.

In particular, their calcium, acidic, phosphorus, fibre, sugar and fat content is of particular interest as far as bunnies are concerned.

Energy 2,391 kJ (571 kcal)
27.65 g
Sugars 7.81 g
Dietary fiber 10.3 g
45.97 g
Protein 21.35 g
Vitamin A equiv.
lutein zeaxanthin
1205 μg
Thiamine (B1) (73%) 0.84 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (13%) 0.158 mg
Niacin (B3) (10%) 1.425 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (10%) 0.513 mg
Vitamin B6 (98%) 1.274 mg
Folate (B9) (13%) 50 μg
Vitamin C (3%) 2.3 mg
Trace metals
Calcium (11%) 110 mg
Iron (32%) 4.2 mg
Magnesium (34%) 120 mg
Manganese (61%) 1.275 mg
Phosphorus (69%) 485 mg
Potassium (22%) 1042 mg
Zinc (24%)

source wikipedia

As you can see pistachio nuts contain a huge amount of phosphorus, a large amount of calcium, and are quite acidic.

This makes them very bad for rabbits to eat and a food that they really should not go near at all as they will make them ill if they are consumed.

If they happen to nibble at one, they should be fine but nothing more than that. Otherwise, do seek veterinary advice if more is consumed.

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