Do Not Feed These to Your Pet Bunnies

We all know that fruits and vegetables are part of a healthy rabbit’s diet for your pet bunnies. However, as healthy as they may seem to be, there are fruits, veggies, and plants that are bad for your pet. It is very important that you know which foods are not good for them as these may threaten their health, make them sick, or worst case—to die.

 

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Here are some of the foods that you MUST NOT feed to your pet bunnies or you can feed ONLY IN SMALL amounts

1. Vegetables that have high oxalic acid content.

What are these vegetables?

  • Cabbage
  • Potato
  • Legumes
  • Tomato leaves
  • Spinach
  • Mustard grass
  • Parsley
  • Onions
  • Leeks
  • Chives
  • Berries
  • …and some leafy greens

Bad effects on your pet bunnies:

It can be poisonous to rabbits when fed in huge amount and on a daily basis. It could damage their kidneys, mouth, and skin.  But there are also some nutrients that your pet rabbit could benefit from eating any of these, but sometimes it’s up to you to weigh in the negative and the positive effects on your rabbit’s health.

 

2. Lettuce

Bad effects on your pet bunnies:

There are many different kinds of lettuce but most of them are prohibited to eat by rabbits because they contain lactucarium. This substance can cause severe diarrhea to your pet bunny. It can cause GI stasis (gastro intestinal stasis) which can be a fatal disease.

Romaine lettuce has the lowest lactucarium content and it said to be the safest type of lettuce to offer to your pet bunnies.

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3. Wild plants, flowers, and grasses

What are these?

  • Anemone
  • Blue bells
  • Daffodils and some bulbs
  • Dahlia
  • Lilies
  • Buttercups
  • Fairy primrose
  • Foxglove
  • Iris
  • Jasmine
  • Ivy
  • Poppies
  • Tulips
  • Snowdrops

Bad effects on your pet bunnies:

Most wild plants can contain poison, while some are high in starch and sugar and too much consumption can lead to rabbit diseases. Normally, wild plants are okay with wild rabbits but not with domesticated rabbits.

Most backyard plants and grasses are bad for you pet rabbits that is why sometimes we have to be cautious whenever we let them lose on our yard. Rabbits are curious animals, they are chewers and will most likely to chew on anything they see especially if the objects seems to be edible. If you are not sure about the name of your backyard plant or if there are wild plants nearby, take a picture of it and ask an expert to describe what kind of plant it is and look it up if it belongs to the poisonous plants for your pet rabbit.

 

4. Seeds

Seeds that human consume are not poisonous to rabbits and it’s okay to offer them with any of these once in a while and in small amounts. However, too much consumption may not be good for them as some seeds are high in fat which can cause serious health problems to your pet. You can give your pet bunnies some seeds as treats but do not offer these on a regular basis.

 

5. Dried Fruits and Plants

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When some fruit or plants are dried up, the water content is gone as well which means the sugar level increases and so is the calorie count for each serving. Feeding them with these can cause overweight in the long run. Moreover, when rabbits become overweight, they will become less active and can trigger certain rabbit diseases.

Our pet bunnies’ digestive system works very different from their wild counterparts and from the other pet animals. That is why it is important that we take note of these things so that we could safeguard our pet’s health and make them live happier and healthier as they reach their normal life span.

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