Humans and rabbits digest and metabolize food differently. Therefore, some foods made for humans are strictly for humans. These foods can be safe, nutritious, and delicious for us but can be potentially deadly for cats, dogs, birds, and even rabbits.
Let’s talk about biscuits. You know people love biscuits as they come in different sizes and shapes. They even become more delicious and tempting by having a wide variety of fillings and color combinations. Wafers, crackers, cookies – all of them are biscuits.
For sure, you might have been noticing your curious pet rabbit watching you as you enjoy eating biscuits. It seems your pet is asking you to give it a try. If you let it try eating a biscuit, it will take the opportunity for sure.
Should You Feed Your Rabbit with Biscuits?
Bunnies have a delicate digestive tract. Its distinct ability to process nutrients and fiber makes a rabbit adaptable to various environments. However, its unique digestive tract means you must be extra careful when feeding them.
If you’re trying to share your favorite biscuits with your pet, think about it again. While it is safe and good for you, the case is different from your rabbit. There are some human foods that can be potentially harmful to your pet.
The sensitive tummy of a rabbit requires a low-fat and low-sugar diet. The following are the human foods that you must avoid giving to your pet:
These foods, particularly biscuits, will disrupt the digestion of a rabbit and may significantly harm its overall health. As you can see, those foods like biscuits and lollipos, are not that healthy even for humans. They are sugary foods that will only do harm to your health. The same is the effect if you offer them to your rabbit.
A rabbit is an herbivore, but this doesn’t mean all plants are healthy and safe for your pet. A lot of foods out there seem to be safe for your pets but are actually dangerous to them.
Fiber is the most significant portion of your bunny’s diet. It needs cellulose (vegetable fibers and plant cell walls) for survival.
Fiber has been an integral portion of its diet as it has a vital organ known as the cecum. Its sole purpose will be to help in processing the fiber from the foods your pet has consumed.
In this vital organ, the fiber will be exposed to healthy yeasts and bacteria that helps in breaking down and fermenting the materials. The fermented material will pass through and exit from the cecotropes. The rabbit eats them to absorb the fats and vitamins from the fiber.
It is a sensitive system that can be disrupted by excessive starches and sugars. This will cause constipation, bloating, and out-of-whack GI bacterial growth and spread.
The Dangers of Feeding Your Rabbit with Biscuits
Like pasta and bread, crackers and cookies are rich in carbohydrates. They are sugary foods that you should never try to offer to your rabbit.
Your pet may show how interested it is in these foods, but you should stick with the rule. If not, you’re running the risk of letting your pet suffer from severe health problems.
Biscuits are dangerous to a rabb,it not just because they have been made for humans. They are not suitable for a rabbit due to their ingredients.
As said before, they are high in carbs that mean they are higher in calories. Many of their ingredients are artificial. Some biscuits out there contain chocola,te which is also not good for rabbits.
The main ingredient of biscuits is wheat flour that contains protein, starch, and fat with vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Starch isn’t dangerous for your pet for as long as you keep it in limited amounts. When provided in excess amounts, the rabbit may become more susceptible to digestive and weight problems.
Gluten is the protein present in wheat. Most animals like dogs can tolerate gluten very we,ll but others like rabbits cannot. Your pet needs foods rich in fiber as it has a delicate digestive system.
If you feed your pet with biscuits, it may acquire chronic diseases affecting the small intestines. The signs to watch out are weight loss, diarrhea, bad hair coat, and itchiness.
Biscuits also contain sweeteners that won’t be good for your pet, too. Some sweeteners like xylitol will drop the blood sugar level of your pet or result in liver failure. Other supplementary ingredients such as chocolate can be life-threatening to your bunny.
Those ingredients in limited amounts may cause an upset stomach or vomiting. Large amounts, however, can result in a heart attack.
Starch, wheat flour, and chocolate are just some of the ingredients that may cause harm to your pet. If not, they may end up giving no nutritional value.
What to Feed Your Rabbit?
Instead of ice cream, chocolates, and biscuits, you should focus on feeding your pet with delicious and healthy foods. Feed it a small number of vegetables and fruits. You can also provide herbs in limited amounts.
Feel free to feed your rabbit with fruits and vegetables, provided that you don’t offer them exclusively. You should feed your pet with grass and hay in combination with veggies and fruits. The feeding of the digestible “treats” such as bread and biscuits is a negative idea.
Those foods bring changes in the gut. At the same time, they cause damage to the production of normal flora, which is very important for good gut function and health.
The golden rule is to consider if a pet may come across the food in the woods and be accustomed to consuming it. Keep in mind that biscuits don’t grow in the forest. In short, it is not a good kind of food for any rabbit.
What about Bunny Biscuits?
Human biscuits are harmful to rabbits. The best alternative will be the so-called “bunny biscuits”. These are a simple treat to prepare. Here, you need:
- 1 puree carrot
- ½ mashed banana
- 1 tsp. honey
- ¼ cup rabbit pellets
- ¼ cup oatmeal
By using a coffee blender or grinder, start grinding the oatmeal and pellets, making a pure and fine powder. Add the ingredients in the bowl and mix it. Massage the dough using your hands for 1-2 minutes.
Then, start rolling the dough in 1/24 inches layer between a plastic wrap. After that, you should use a cookie cutter and cut it into cookies or slice the dough into tiny squares. Make the slices short as possible because larger cookies may be too much for the rabbit.
After cutting the dough, put them in the oven and bake for 30 minutes. Set the temperature at 163 degrees Celsius or 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Turn the heat off and let the biscuits sit in the oven for up to an hour. Keep the extras in the fridge.
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