What to eat and not to eat? This is a frequently asked question among track and field runners when a competition is almost coming. Runners can only achieve optimum performance when they have the ideal body weight. Being overweight or underweight can have a significant effect on their performance. To achieve the ideal weight especially if the competition is just a few weeks away, many athletes observe a strict diet that involves avoiding and consuming certain foods, allowing them to shed or earn extra pound.
While selective eating is common among humans especially for those who are observing a certain diet plan, the same applies to animals, particularly to bunnies. Various bunny breeds are gaining in popularity as house pets because of their naturally quiet and gentle nature. However, even with their increasing popularity, many owners are not yet very knowledgeable about some bunny facts concerning the care and maintenance these animals need. In particular, owners need to know what to feed and what not to feed their pet since some foods which may be okay for other pets may have an adverse effect on bunnies, which may even cause their death.
Foods That Are Okay for Bunnies
- Grass and hay – The bulk of bunny diet should be composed of either or both grass and hay. They should have a continuous supply of these staple foods to keep their digestive system working. However, owners should ensure that the grass is not treated with pesticides and other chemicals.
- Rabbit pellets – Pellets may also be given to bunnies but this food must be given sparingly and should never be the only source of their nutrition.
- Fresh fruits and vegetables – Contrary to popular belief that rabbits generally feed on carrots and lettuce, this belief may not be true in real life. Owners can feed their bunnies with carrots along with other vegetables such as watercress, sprouts, parsley and wheat grass, but only as an added supplement to their diet and only when the bunny is about six months old or older. Lettuce should be avoided. Apples may also be given in small portions. Too much vegetables or fruits in their diet causes bloating as bunnies cannot burp or pass gas, which normally results when they eat these foods.
Foods That Should Not Be Given to Bunnies
- Lettuce – Lettuce is high in lactucarium which causes diarrhea in bunnies and can oftentimes become fatal to them
- Common vegetables – Cabbage, swedes, potato tops, parsnips and tomato leaves as they can also cause abdominal problems to bunnies
Bunnies have sensitive tummies, which make them prone to abdominal problems if they are given the wrong food. Sadly, these animals can hardly recognize what foods are good and what foods are not good for them as they tend to muster almost anything edible given to them. Care must be exercised by their owners on giving their pet the right nutrition. The choice of the right and wrong foods can make a big difference in the overall health of your bunny.