There are many misconceptions about bunny diets that a lot of people may not know yet. Some pet owners might think of their pet bunnies as similar to other pets like cats and dogs with pretty good diets. Bunnies’ diets are way too simple and easy to prepare.
As pet owners, we usually ask: what should my pets be eating? We usually ask this question considering the budget we can provide since not all pet owners can spend much on their pets. Luckily, if you are a pet bunnies’ owner, you might not need a lot of money to sustain their diet.
You need to know the nature of bunnies because it is crucial in terms of their diets. Hence, we will answer questions about bunnies’ diets, especially the greatest misconceptions about whether or not bunnies like eating carrots and cucumbers.
Knowing all the relevant answers will help your pet bunnies to have a healthy lifestyle, and it can also make you a better bunny owner.
Do Bunnies Actually Like Carrots and Cucumbers?
Yes, Bunnies generally like eating carrots and cucumbers because they love the good fresh taste, despite not all bunnies having similar tastes. However, we should consider the following question: is it healthy for them?
The answer is that they should only eat carrots and cucumbers in moderation because bunnies naturally do not eat root vegetables in the wild.
Carrots, like fruits, have high sugar contents, which are not beneficial for your pet bunnies. This is why carrots should not be the primary source of food for your pet bunnies, as it may lead to several health problems.
Do not fall for the popular folklore that bunnies live off by eating carrots alone.
A study conducted by RSPCA found out that 11 percent of all pet bunnies have tooth decay caused by eating carrots. The high sugar contents of carrots will result in an imbalance in your bunnies’ diets that may result in obesity.
They may find it hard to move around the fence once they grow too big, which is terrible for their health as they need to move around as their regular exercise constantly.
On the other hand, cucumbers are different as they have lesser sugar contents than carrots. But it would help if you did not give it to them regularly, similar to carrots.
Although carrots and cucumbers, including fruits, can be given to them as occasional treats but with strict attention to amounts.
The bunnies’ diets should mainly compose of hay or fresh grass and a measured amount of pellets.
Do not replace hays with carrots and cucumbers; otherwise, your pet bunnies will suffer from serious health problems that may lead to sudden death. Remember, it is not about what they like to eat but what is best for them to eat.
How Often Can Bunnies Eat Carrots and Cucumbers?
You can give your pet bunnies some carrots and cucumbers every other day, but only a small slice of it. A small slice is about a quarter of regular-sized carrots and cucumbers. This is already enough for them since carrots and cucumbers are only occasional treats.
Carrots are good antioxidants for bunnies’ immune system and good for digestion. Other benefits of carrots include good for the skin and maintaining weight. They are also high in fiber, calcium, and Vitamin A.
Cucumbers are cool and refreshing and rich in water content, vitamin K, vitamin C, potassium, and silica. They are also low in sugar, calories, and fiber, which are not filling enough for bunnies.
However, with all the said benefits, every pet owner must practice moderation. Overfeeding of cucumbers and carrots may result in diarrhea, soft cecotropes, and tooth decay. Therefore, it is necessary to observe proper carrots and cucumbers’ proper servings to avoid all these health problems.
Also, you cannot give a carrot or cucumbers to a newborn or young bunny. Make sure to give them carrots and cucumbers as treats once they are beyond six months. Pet bunnies should stick to hays and fresh grass with age below six months.
Moreover, carrots and cucumbers are not the only foods that every pet owner should be wary of.
Do not think of any other foods like fruits and other sugary products as safe to be given to your pet bunnies just because they are not mentioned.
To be fair, here are some foods that should be avoided in your bunnies’ main diet:
- Junk Foods
- Meat and Eggs
- Dairy Products
- Nuts Products
- Cauliflower; and more.
These foods should be avoided because it is unhealthy for your pet rabbits to be eaten. Although this is not an exhaustive list, it may well serve as enough basis to know the foods to avoid for your pet bunnies’ diet.
Can Bunnies Eat the Carrot Tops?
Carrot tops are green leafy vegetables which are suitable for them, and they honestly like them. That is why it is better to give them carrot tops instead of the actual carrots themselves. Carrot tops are much safer for them and can be given to them regularly by combining them with hays and fresh grass.
But first, before giving them the carrot tops, you have to make sure that they are fresh and washed thoroughly to remove any chemicals like pesticides, herbicides, or insecticides.
Other than carrot tops, here is a list of foods that can serve as occasional treats for your pet bunnies to enjoy:
- Collard greens
- Celery/celery leaves
- Broccoli leaves
- Bok choy
- Mustard greens
These foods have corresponding benefits that are good for your bunnies’ overall health but only follow the suggested amount of servings. Please do not give them all these treats regularly as it is directly linked to severe health problems.
We might all have seen Bugs Bunny on television carrying carrots all the time, and we suppose that bunnies are best paired with carrots. This is a myth and untrue since the reality is contrary to Bugs Bunny shows. Carrots are bad for your pet bunnies when given regularly.
The same goes for cucumbers because this is not part of their main diet. You should think of wild bunnies that naturally eat hays and grass. They do not eat root vegetables and another high in sugar content vegetables.
However, it does not mean that you should never give carrots and cucumbers to your pet bunnies. Carrots and cucumbers can improve your pet bunnies’ health because of the nutrients present in them.
To fully maximize the nutrients inside the carrots and cucumbers, you have to give it to your pet bunnies every other day. This ensures that your pet bunnies will not develop any health problems while getting all the essential nutrients.
Always stick to hays or fresh grass when feeding your pet bunnies instead of carrots and cucumbers. They are more than happy eating them than by giving them other foods according to pet owners’ likes.
Remember, it is not a matter of whether they like eating carrots or not, but what is beneficial for them.