Pineapples are a source of nourishment to humans; they contain citrus and full vitamins and minerals. They are sweet enough to be consumed as desserts and can be incorporated into different dessert recipes to add a refreshing element.
But the human sense of taste is quite different from that of hedgehogs. Hedgehogs are a different breed, and their qualities and systems vary a lot from the ones humans have.
They have different systems in their bodies, and those different characteristics include the sense of taste and the digestive systems and the hedgehogs’ immune systems.
Hedgehogs have a very sensitive immunity and digestive system. You can provide them with meals containing specific foods that can be easily digested by them and considered nutritious food options.
Here comes the question of whether my hedgehog can eat pineapples and which category it fits. The questions seem complicated, given the complicated digestive systems of the hedgehogs.
Can Hedgehogs Eat Pineapples and Why Not?
Hedgehogs cannot eat pineapples! Citrus fruits are generally considered hazards for hedgehogs because they have an extremely high acidic level and cause the hedgehogs’ digestive system and their mouth to be sore.
Pineapples are categorized as citrus fruits and are hence considered to be hazards for the hedgehogs. The hedgehog digestive system is one of the most sensitive parts of their body. They need an immense amount of care and a balanced diet to ensure that their digestive system stays maintained and are as healthy and active as ever.
Apart from this, pineapples have a high amount of sugar content. Hedgehog owners now know why pineapples are a huge no for their pet. A hedgehog generally does not like sugar, and even if they do, it is not healthy for them to consume it.
Sugars can cause obesity in hedgehogs and can also lead to diabetic conditions in hedgehogs.
What is more alarming is that hedgehogs refuse to eat anything at all when they are sick. They avoid eating food, and consequently, their energy levels go down. Weight is a very important factor in hedgehogs.
Hedgehogs have most of their characteristics, and quite obviously, most of their activities linked to their weights. Being underweight means that your hedgehog has a weak digestive system and has unhealthy food consumption; this also lowers down its activity levels and can even cause fatigue.
Most hedgehogs who are underweight refuse to consume any food and shy away from eating. Shying away from food results in more weight loss and can affect the age of the hedgehog.
Overweight hedgehogs have a similar yet different issue. They have diseases such as cholesterol and diabetes and are usually addicted to treats presented in front of them.
The difference here is that they refuse to eat anything if they are not presented with their choice of treats. The pet owner has no other option than to treat them to ensure that the hedgehogs are fed with their daily meals, for example instead of giving pineapple, you can give him raspberries or strawberries.
Hence, we can classify pineapples as complete hazards for your hedgehogs, and we can establish that they should be kept as far away as possible from your hedgehogs.
While citrus foods are considered toxic for hedgehogs, they are not necessarily toxic. Some hedgehog owners claim that they fed their hedgehogs pineapples, and there were no harmful or side effects observed at all.
Some claimed that their hedgehogs liked the pineapples’ flavor and enjoyed themselves while having a good treat and asked for more. There were no side effects or any irregular or alarming activity in their mouths or their digestive systems.
Some pet owners like to treat their hedgies with citrus fruits; pineapples are one of them. They find this more effective than any other junk food present simply because their pet is conditioned to the fruit, and it obeys commands to put in front of it when citrus fruit is presented as a treat.
The following statements mean that the consumption patterns work both ways. Some owners complain that they lost their hedgehog due to a weak digestive system caused by citrus fruits’ consumption. Others claim that their hedgies had a sore mouth due to consumption of citrus fruits and could not eat anything for days even after treatments from renowned doctors and eventually died due to being underweight and having less food consumption.
Hedgehogs are complex animals and even more complex as pets. It is for you to decide what is best for your hedgehog and what diet suits your pet the best. Observation is key here, and so is research. If research claims citrus fruits as hazards, is it worth taking a risk?
Think wise and choose wisely!