When it comes to selecting treats for beloved rabbits, many owners will opt for the usual. This means they will typically try to add carrots, apples, or other cheap and common vegetables into the rabbit’s diet. Those vegetables can be quite healthy, but you need to know that giving them too often beats the purpose.
If you truly want to give your rabbit a treat, you will have to make sure that they get something new, unique and different. Treats are supposed to give them a break from the usual routine and help cheer them up, make them active, excited and of course, playful.
Many experts however do not recommend that you are going to try to give your rabbits treats that are made from processed food items. When it comes to rabbits, there is typically no need to do so. Rabbits are known to enjoy eating unique, fresh and organic vegetables, like the zucchini.
Rabbits actually can safely eat zucchini. This vegetable is quite delicious and people as well as animals alike love to eat it a lot. Aside from its amazing flavor, zucchini is also known for its nutrient content. This amazing veggie is known to contain protein, calcium, carbohydrates, some fat but no cholesterol.
This makes it a great treat that you can use for your rabbit from time to time. Zucchini is also a great option for those who want to add variety to their rabbit’s diet. This is especially true if the rabbit no longer likes to properly eat their regular diet or the usual treats that you try to give to your pet.
Zucchini is also known to contain vitamins that are very important for the rabbit’s health. This includes vitamins A, C, and also vitamin B6. Since rabbits cannot synthesize their own vitamins, it is always a great idea to give them treats that can help them get readily absorbable vitamins and minerals.
Whenever you plan on giving zucchini to your rabbits, you will need to make sure that you avoid giving your pet too much of it. You need to understand that most fruits and vegetables can give your rabbit stomach problems simply because their tummies are not actually built to process them.
Although the zucchini does not contain a lot of sugar, it does contain a lot of carbohydrates which might give your rabbit diarrhea or an increase in weight. Most experts recommend that you try to introduce it slowly to your rabbit by giving your pet a few pieces of it mixed in with the rabbit’s meal for the day.
You will have to select ones that are organic and make sure that the zucchini does not have any molds or bruises. Avoid giving your rabbit cooked or processed ones, especially those that have been added with salt, sugar or dressing. Use only 1 cup of zucchini per 4 pounds of your rabbit’s weight.
In most cases, you do not have to peel the zucchini. Rabbits can safely consume the skin of this vegetable for as long as it is properly washed and does not have any herbicides on the surface. Rabbits can also eat fresh zucchini leaves as well as both male and female zucchini flowers.
Zucchini is a great alternative to most treats simply because rabbits that no longer like to eat the usual treat can safely enjoy this unique-tasting vegetable instead. When giving this vegetable to your rabbit, always give in moderation so you can avoid having your rabbit suffer from diarrhea or an upset stomach.
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