Halloween is almost here and aside from having tons of candies, you will probably have a lot of leftover pumpkin as soon as the festivities are through. During this occasion, a lot of rabbit owners want to know if they can safely feed pumpkin to their rabbits, knowing that some veggies can be harmful to their pets.
Rabbits can actually eat a wide array of food items for as long as it is only being used as a treat. Rabbits are known to be able to eat candies, vegetables, fruits and even human food. Owners however, need to keep in mind that there are food items, even common ones, which should never be given to these pets.
This is even true for common fruits or vegetables such as corn and some lettuces no matter how healthy they may all seem to be. For this cause, experts highly recommend that rabbit owners do their research before they try to give treats, knowing the fact that minor mistakes can lead to a huge impact later on.
Fortunately, rabbits can safely eat pumpkins for as long as they are given the right amounts of it. Pumpkins are known to be very nutritious vegetables since they contain a wide array of vitamins and minerals. Many of us love to use it in home cooking in order to help keep the entire family healthy.
Rabbits can also enjoy the nutrients that it can provide. Pumpkins contain vitamin C, beta carotene, Thiamine, Riboflavin and niacin. All of these vitamins are very important for the rabbit’s health. Pumpkin is also known to contain calcium, iron, magnesium and manganese which are really good for your rabbit’s physical condition.
Rabbits are also known to be able to eat pumpkin’s skin and seeds. In fact, many rabbits like the skin better than the flesh of the pumpkin. Pumpkins do contain some sugar and this might help you to easily entice your rabbit to eat it as a safe alternative to most sweet commercial treats.
Whenever you plan on giving pumpkins to your rabbits, always try to do so in moderation. Although this vegetable is quite healthy, you need to understand that it cannot be used to replace the rabbit’s regular diet of grasses or hay. In fact, giving too much of it might make them lose their appetite later on.
Since pumpkins also contain a lot of sugar and carbohydrates, it might give your rabbit diarrhea or an upset stomach. If you give this vegetable too frequently to your pet, it might also give them an undesired weight increase. If this happens, you will have to take your pet to the veterinarian right away.
Make sure that pumpkin will only make up 5% of their regular diet. This will allow your rabbit to take in more foods that are vital for your rabbit’s health and survival while still making sure that the rabbit gets the treat that he or she deserves from time to time.
In most cases, different pumpkin types can safely be eaten by rabbits for as long as they are properly ripened. Rabbits can also eat pumpkin leaves but not too much of it simply because it contains lots of calcium and might cause an imbalance. Never give your rabbit pumpkin pie or other processed items.
Pumpkins can be a great vegetable that you can use as treats to help give your rabbit a little bit more vitamins and minerals. However, you should try to keep their pumpkin intake to a minimum so your rabbit will not suffer from diarrhea or other health or nutritional problems.
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