Carrots and bunnies go
together, or so we thought! But studies have shown that root vegetables,
including carrots, are not good for these timid creatures.
The image of Bugs Bunny
chomping a carrot is among the most well known cartoons the world has known. It
is therefore widely assumed that carrots are among the most favorite bunny
foods, but the Royal society for prevention of cruelty to animals (RSPCA) has
warned that feeding rabbits with root vegetables put them at a risk for tooth
decay and other health problems.
charity said that only 8 per cent of owners knew what to feed their bunnies,
while the remaining used carrots and other salad foodstuffs in their pet's
to research carried out at the University of Bristol commissioned by RSPCA,
eleven per cent of pet rabbits suffer from tooth decay while another eleven per
cent develop digestive problems.
Rachel Roxburgh, an animal
scientist for RSPCA says "Bugs Bunny was wrong." "We want all
pet rabbits to be eating hay as their main food. People also think their
rabbits should eat carrots because that's what Bugs Bunny does." But he's
a cartoon, real rabbits don't talk, and they shouldn't be eating carrots too
wild, rabbits do not naturally feed on root vegetables, fruits, cereals or and
iceberg lettuce. Some of these foods can prove to be dangerous. Carrots and
apples have very high sugar content and therefore, must be given to the rabbits
as occasional treat only.
grass are best for rabbits, according to RSPCA. The charity recommends
providing the rabbits daily with good quality hay in bundles that are
approximately the size of the rabbit. They must not be allowed to graze on lawn
clippings but must be encouraged to feed on growing grass.
bunnies may also be fed regularly on handfuls of washed dark greens, such as
cabbage, broccoli, kale. They may also be given small portions of pellets or
nuggets that are available commercially.
The charity has launched a campaign called "Hay
Fever" to teach owners to feed rabbits correctly.