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Welcome to our page! We do our best to provide to-be and current bunny owners up-to-date info on the best care for their house rabbits. When we adopted our first bunny in 2005, there was almost nothing on the internet to tell us how to care for him. Just in the past few years, information has exploded online, and now it can be confusing! We try to simplify it by posting weekly articles on current issues, daily care, concerns, proper feeding, and other info so you can enjoy your house-bun! If you are just finding us, feel free to look through the older posts also. Please email us if you have any questions! Happy bunnies make happy hearts!
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Friday, February 5, 2016

Bunny Treats Everywhere! What Do I Buy??

As we rabbit owners always say, "If its pretty and colorful from a store, it's bad for Bunny!"

There are a LOT of fun, colorful treats in the pet stores for our bunnies today! Ones we would like to eat ourselves!

Actually, that is who they are trying to appeal to you-the consumer. These fun treats are actually not so good for our bunnies after all. They are very high in sugar and can cause digestive issues such as sticky poop, diarrhea, stasis, quick weight gain, and depending on the rabbit may accelerate other hidden health issues. They certainly won't help!

The sole function of "rabbit gourmet treats" is to lighten your wallet. If the manufacturers of "gourmet rabbit treats" truly cared about your rabbit's health and longevity, they would not market such products.


WHY WE DON'T FEED POTENTIALLY HARMFUL "TREATS"

Remember: a rabbit is a lagomorph, not a rodent or a primate. The rabbit digestive tract is physiologically more similar to that of a horse than to that of a rodent or primate, and the intestine and related organs can suffer from an overindulgence in starchy, fatty foods.
NEVER feed your rabbit commercial "gourmet" or "treat" mixes filled with dried fruit, nuts and seeds. These may be safe for a bird or hamster--BUT THEY ARE NOT PROPER FOOD FOR A RABBIT.
Don't feed your rabbit cookies, crackers, nuts, seeds, breakfast cereals (including oatmeal) or "high fiber" cereals. They may be high fiber for you, but not for your herbivorous rabbit, who's far better able to completely digest celluose ("dietary fiber") than you are. Fed to a rabbit, the high fat and simple carbohydrate content of "naughty foods" may contribute to fatty liver disease, cecal dysbiosis, obesity, and otherwise cause health problems.

A SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT CORN AND OTHER SEEDS

Some types of seeds (especially things like "Canadian peas" and corn kernels) have hulls that are indigestible to a rabbit, and can cause life-threatening intestinal impactions/blockages.
Corn, fresh or dried, is NOT safe for rabbits. The hull of corn kernels is composed of a complex polysaccharide (not cellulose and pectin, of which plant cell walls are more commonly composed, and which a rabbit can digest) which rabbits cannot digest. We know of more than one rabbit who suffered intestinal impactions because of the indigestible corn hulls. After emergency medical treatment, when the poor rabbits finally passed the corn, their fecal pellets were nearly solid corn hulls! Those rabbits were lucky.


We don't like to hear it, but these are very bad for bunny. 
So, I have a QUICK LIST to help us be better bunny parents to our babies! 

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Okay in small amounts:



Raisins (two or three per day)
Fresh fruit (up to 2 oz per 6 lbs body weight per day):


*Banana
*Apple
*Peach
*Grapes
*Strawberries
*Raspberries
*Blueberries
*Melon
*Spinach (small amounts)
*Kale (small amounts)
*Dried Fruits







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Not recommended for rabbits


*Processed crackers or cookies
*Treats with meat
*Seeds and nuts, including apple seeds
*Chocolate
*High sugar, high fat breakfast cereal
*Peas
*Potatoes
*Corn
*Iceberg lettuce
*Any store bought treat covered in yogurt or 'icing'
*Commercial rabbit treats (high in fat and sugar)