Tuesday, 1 May 2012

DANDELIONS ARE DANDY BUNNY FOOD.

To most folks, they're a noxious weed. These aggressive plants grow everywhere, even in sidewalk cracks. I'm told by certain people that dandelions also emit a poisonous gas that kills the surrounding vegetation. Whether or not that's true, the broad leaves of these weeds steal precious sunlight from neighbouring plants. Provided that they haven't been sprayed with herbicide or have parasite larva from animal droppings hidden within their leaves, dandelions are healthy for bunnies to eat. Of course they need to be given in moderation as they contain a large quantity of calcium. This mineral causes sludgy urine which might lead to urinary tract problems. Rabbits also can have runny stools if they eat too much of those greens. From my When a Man Loves a Rabbit: Learning and Living With Bunnies memoir, here's a cute vignette of one bunny's joy at receiving freshly picked dandelions. ----------------------------------------------------------------- I couldn't help but laugh when I gave Neutrino some spring dandelions. He was thrilled and he dragged the entire plant out of his cage and ate the weed there instead. He eyed me warily whenever I stood too close. "I'm not going to steal it from you," I admonished. I noticed that Neutrino only acted that way with exceptionally good food. He never once ran with hay in his mouth. What made me most happy was that those goodies didn't cost anything. ----------------------------------------------------------------- When a Man Loves a Rabbit is filled with many more fascinating stories of life with house bunnies. These vignettes range from the tragic to the hilarious. Please click on the link to my books for details about both of my paperbacks. You're also welcome to contact me directly for more information.