When it comes to pets, it’s safe to say that us humans have a real soft spot for animals.
Did you know that almost 50% of all households in the western world own a pet animal of some sort? Now, when it comes to which pets we own, that’s where people really begin to become divided.
Ask anybody to name two of the most common pets in the world, and they’ll all almost certainly all come up with ‘a dog’ and ‘a cat’. The reason for this is because cats and dogs are the two most popular types of pets in the entire world.
The third most popular however, may come as a surprise to some of you. No it isn’t a fish, or a parrot. It is in fact, a rabbit.
Rabbits are the third most popular type of pet in the entire world, and they are growing in popularity by the day. If you’ve been thinking about picking up a rabbit, or two, or several, then before you do, you need to know exactly how to look after them.
Rabbits are vegetarians, but even so, this doesn’t mean that they can be fed any and all forms of vegetation as part of their diet.
There are a number of foods that you should never feed to your rabbit, and we’ll be looking at a few of these, right now.
1. Avoid These Types Of Plants
Some people seem to think that animals which follow a strict vegetarian diet are allowed to consume anything that happens to be green and leafy. This is complete nonsense, and could very well be fatal to a number of rabbits.
Take house plants for instance, just because they have green leaves, this doesn’t mean they can be fed to rabbits. Almost all varieties of house plants are toxic for rabbits, and could possibly even be fatal for them.
Keep your rabbits, and your rabbit hutches away from any and all forms of house plants, even if they’re high up.
Rabbits cannot tell the difference between foods they can and can’t eat, and because of this, you should keep them away from house plants, and ensure that any leaves which many fall from the plant, are kept well away from your rabbit.
2. Chocolate Is Toxic
People associate chocolate with being a food used as a treat, or as a reward, and for human beings, that’s perfectly fine, but for rabbits, chocolate is toxic, and could even be fatal.
The reason for this is because it contains a substance called theobromine, which can cause rabbits to experience an elevated heart rate, a seizure, and possibly even death.
Humans are able to break down this toxic substance thanks to special enzyme secreted by the body. Rabbits however, do not possess this enzyme, which is why chocolate is so dangerous.
3. Why Iceberg Lettuce Is A No No.
This may be surprising to some of you, but iceberg lettuce is actually hazardous for rabbits, and indeed other animals too for that matter.
The reason for this is because it contains Lacturcarium, which is a substance which has laxative and sedative like qualities.
4. What About Cucumber?
Again, cucumber may be surprising to some of you, but in actual fact, it can cause your rabbit a great deal of distress if they consume too much. A small amount is thought to be ok, but our advice would be to skip it entirely, as it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Cucumber contains ingredients which can upset the rabbit’s stomach, causing it to become bloated and distended.
So there you have it, 4 foods you should never feed your rabbit.
No doubt you have a few more in mind, so leave them in the comment section below!