Rabbits are gentle creatures and their digestive systems belong to one of the most gentle and sensitive among pets. Owning a rabbit can be challenging because you are in constant fear of giving him something he can’t eat.
This is why it is important to educate and inform you about the dietary needs of your rabbit friend and to make sure he is getting enough of nutrients every day. sometimes they need more other times they need less food, but either way they should receive a fair amount of nutrients every day be healthy and strong.
Rabbit’s diet is specific and it is important to understand that there are a lot of foods your bunny cannot eat. Most of them are processed foods we eat, but also some other sorts of fresh vegetables and fruits.
In today’s text we will be talking about mint herb and whether this herb is safe for your bunny or not.
Mint – Nutritive information
The plant mint is a very well-known, thanks to its recognizable scent, belongs to the most popular plants on the planet. For example, a modern industry that produces toothpaste and chewing gums can no longer be imagined without the use of name, mint or peppermint, as they are already called in English. The Latin name for the Mint plant is Mentha piperita.
In fact, there are more types of Mint. Of the many species of these aromatic and medicinal plants, the most important role is the spicy mint, which was formed by crossing three types of wild mint. It belongs to the most effective and at the same times the most generous specimens of this species. It is a perennial plant and can grow to a height of 50 cm.
Essential oil contains menthol and menthon. This plant works particularly well on the digestive system and removes many abdominal problems. Plant herb with her ingredients stimulates the digestion, removes the bruises caused by caries or plague in the tooth, calms the pains in the stomach and intestines, and calms the irritation that was caused by vomiting. Essential oil menthol acts as an analgesic (calms pain), so it can be applied as a local anesthetic. This is why it is often used as a muscle relaxant.
It works on sensitive receptors in the mouth and throat, and rapidly evaporates, causing a feeling of cooling. Mint today takes an important place when it comes to oral hygiene. It relieves and immediately removes bad breath from the mouth, like no other plant.
In addition, folk medicine is recommends it for suppressing nervous tension, headache, cough, colds, swelling, nausea, flatulence, and cramps in the uterus.
The plant mint is a good source of various minerals, in the first place potassium. Then, calcium, iron, magnesium and manganese. Vitamin C can boast the content of vitamins C, E, K, B6, A and beta carotene.
Let’s not forget, for medicinal purposes it is best to use young leaves from the top of the stem, and take it in June and July, more precisely at the time of flowering. During the summer, the tea made from Mint will come well as a refreshing drink.
A very tasty juice can be made from it, and this plant is also used as a preparation for fruit salads, cocktails, juices and dishes made from legumes.
Can bunnies eat mint?
The answer to this question is yes. Don’t panic if your bunny ate some mint because this herb is perfectly safe for him. Mint has many healing properties and belongs to one of the healthiest herbs on the planet.
There are many benefits from eating mint or incorporating it in your daily diet. The only specie your bunny should avoid is the Pennyroyal mint since it contains some ingredients that aren’t safe for your furry friend.
Mint is an herb that is very low in oxalic acid so this makes it a perfect treat for bunnies. You can give it to them as a snack or even mix it in with something as a meal. One problem with mint is that it contains and lot of properties that relax the gastrointestinal tract which can lead to diarrhea in animals as well as humans if you take it in large amounts.
Mint can sometimes cause digestive problems if taken in large amounts. To make sure your bunny is safe, add just a little bit of mint into his meal. After you see his initial reaction, you can proceed to give him more or less mint depending on his reaction to it. It is always best to start with smaller amounts and gradually increase the sizing of the portion, especially if you are worried that your furry friend might have and allergic reaction. If you are still not convinced, you can always ask your pet’s veterinarian about mint to be on the safe side.
Some tips on rabbit’s diet
The fibers are very important for the normal functioning of the digestive system of rabbits. Fresh hay and vegetables should take up most of the diet for home rabbits. If you only feed them with granules, chances are that obesity will occur, and the risk of digestive tract problems is increased.
Although it has some fiber in the granules, it is not enough and does not stimulate the digestive tract as well as dry grass. The fibers also prevent the formation of plaques from the hair. In any case, the addition of granules in the diet is good and recommended because of the balanced nutrient intake.
Everything except hay, vegetables and granules is considered desserts and should not be overstated with them. The digestive tract of rabbits is very sensitive, and everything that would disrupt his normal work should be avoided. The amount of granules should be limited, especially in obese rabbits, but any reduction in the granules should be replaced with fresh vegetables and hay.
Hay (dried oats or grass) should be available all the time. Some rabbits may not initially take hay. Giving fresh hay several times a day can help, and if the amount of grains is reduced, the chances of hungering and reaching the hay are high. It is recommended that the cubs be given alfalfa hens, and when they are 6-7 months old, they slowly move to the dry grass, which will replace the alfalfa when the rabbit is filled for about a year. Alfalfa is rich in calcium and protein, and has a lower percentage of fiber than sugary grass, so try to combine it in the beginning, and ultimately reduce the amount of alfalfa.
In conclusion, mint is an herb safe for your furry friend, but make sure you give it in moderation. Some properties located in mint can cause digestive problems for bunnies especially if you give him too much mint. This herb should be given as a treat more than anything, since the primary diet of a bunny should consist mostly out of hay, grass and certain vegetables.
Keeping your bunny happy is your primary goal, but don’t think that you are going to do him a favor by giving him his favorite treat even though it is not good for him. Make sure you follow the basic rules of bunny nutrition, and nothing can go wrong.