Rabbits are gentle and sensitive creatures, and their digestive systems are much different than ours. They mostly feed of hay and grass, but occasionally we can give them vegetables and fruits to nibble on. They enjoy eating sweet things even though they are not good for them.
There is even a clear list of foods they should and shouldn’t eat so if you are a rabbit owner this is important for you to know. In today’s text we are going to talk about nectarines and whether they are safe for rabbits or not. These juicy fruits are delicious and people’s favorite, but let us see if they are safe for bunnies or not.
Nectarines – Nutritive Information
Peach and nectarine are the same type of fruit. Both of them bear the same name in the botany – Prunes Persica. In fact, these two types of fruits can even grow on the same tree, one next to the other! So, they are virtually the same, in a nutritional sense. They also look the same, except that the peach is “hairy” and the nectarine is smooth.
This juicy fruit has a low energy value of only 40 kcal per 100 g. It contains 87 percent water, 11 percent carbohydrates and very small amounts of protein and fat. Vitamin contains most beta-carotene and vitamin C. Beta-carotene, a red-orange pigment that is found in fruit and vegetables, is also known as provitamin A (important as a precursor of vitamin A). Beta-carotene has two roles in the body: in case of need, it passes into vitamin A (retinol), and if it has enough in the body, it acts as an antioxidant. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables provides an organism with about 5-6 mg of beta-carotene.
Minerals in peach have the highest amount of potassium, phosphorus, magnesium and calcium. Among the rare this fruit contains selenium. Unlike peach, its nectarine variety has less vitamin C, but higher in beta-carotene and has a higher calorie value.
Peach cultivation began 4000 years ago in China, where the name “peach” refers to a bride. Peaches were also a symbol of immortality and longevity. Peaches and nectarines are very refreshing fruit because they contain 87-90 percent of the liquid. That’s exactly why we treat them as low calorie fruit – ideal for a diet. They have a diuretic effect; they purify the body, stimulate and facilitate digestion.
They also contain antioxidants, which belong to beta-carotene, vitamins C and E, other carotenoids and many other phytochemicals, which help in the depletion of free radicals (unstable molecules as by-products of cellular oxidation). Free radicals can damage the cell structure, leading to chronic diseases and accelerating the aging process.
Peach is a rich source of phenol. Peach skin contains two to two and a half times more phenol than just peach, which is the reason for consuming peach with its skin. Bioactive components of peach were studied more than those of nectarines.
However, as the phenol profile of these two types of fruits from the same family is very similar, the reported peach data can probably be transferred to the nectarine. Phenols are substances that are found in foods of plant origin. Protect from some diseases, especially thanks to its antioxidant role.
Fresh nectarine is a source of phosphorus. Phosphorus is the second most abundant mineral in the body after calcium. And it plays an important role in creating and maintaining bone and teeth health. In addition, it contributes, among other things, to the growth and regeneration of tissue and helps to maintain normal pH in the blood. Finally, phosphorus is also one of the parts of nectarines.
Can rabbits eat nectarines?
Before we get on to the rest of the text, the answer to this question is yes. Nectarines are perfectly safe for rabbits and they can eat them whenever they want to but in certain amounts. Nectarines are on the list of fruits and vegetables that are healthy for rabbits, so you can include them in their diet without any fear.
These fruits are highly nutritional and also have a lot of water inside of them, so they are a great treat for your bunny.
The recommended amount of nectarines for bunnies is one tablespoon per day, which should be enough since they have a lot of sugar in them. Giving your bunny more than this amount can cause serious problems and diabetes, since their bodies are very prone to getting this disease. Make sure you are careful with the amount of fruit you give to your bunny generally, and be careful not to overdo it.
The biggest problem with fruits is sugar because high sugar content in rabbit’s diet can cause him to gain excessive weight and make his heath significantly deteriorate. When they gain too much weight, they are more prone to getting diseases like diabetes and many other problems with their health. Some minor side-effects to eating too much fruits or nectarines, in this case, are vomiting, diarrhea and bloating. These are all problems that can occur if you aren’t careful with your bunny and if you continue feeding him foods that aren’t healthy for him.
Another tip when introducing a new food is to first give a small amount of the new food to your bunny and watch for his reaction. If he seems to like the fruit and he doesn’t have any other reaction to it after eating it, then you know this fruit is safe for your bunny. But, if you notice anything strange after introducing new food, stop giving him these treats or foods because he might be having an allergic reaction or the food simply doesn’t sit well with him.
Some tips on rabbit care
Rabbits are very devoted pets. Pitiful, dear, cheerful, intelligent, they love the company of people. If you are considering adding these long-lasting carrot lovers to your family, then make sure you are well informed about their needs.
They originate from southwestern Europe and northwestern Africa. The first pitted rabbits were cultivated in the era of the Romans. The rabbit had different mythological and symbolic meanings in different cultures. In Greek mythology, for example, the rabbit was the favorite animal of the goddess of love Aphrodite and the symbol of fertility. In addition, the rabbit was often a symbol of faith, love, and happiness.
There are 54 types of rabbits and hares, but the various breeds of dwarf and small rabbits are the most popular pets (small sparrow, separator, small ovarian, small chinchilla, deilenar, marburger feh, golden sausages rabbit …). They come in many color combinations. Their lifetime is about 10 years. Rabbits feel better when they have another hare close to themselves.
Bigger rabbits are better pets for kids, because they are less scared. In general, the rabbits are afraid of loud sounds. Rabbits love toys, because when they don’t have toys they get bored easily. You cannot make a mistake with plastic balls.
Rabbits that are not castrated will constantly fight among themselves and could seriously harm one another. This is another important reason why you need to castrate them. Also, rabbits can scratch and hit you when you lift them, because they do not like it. Sometimes they can even hurt themselves.
Rabbits must constantly eat hay, so that their teeth are constantly spent, because they never stop growing. 80-90 percent of the nutrition of these lovely animals is just hay. It can also be eaten in unlimited quantities. In fact, they need as much hay as they are large on a daily basis. As a sterilized / castrated pet, it lives between 7 and 10 years, but it can be longer.
They become fully mature with 4-6 months. That’s why sterilization, or castration, is very important. There are three main reasons for this: you will avoid his destructive behavior, reduce the tendency of a female to get cancer, and avoid 2-10 babies a month, because it is a lot of rabbits.
High percent of the owners feed their bunny with fruits every day, although they should not, because of their high sugar content. What you can freely feed your pet, except hay, are the following: broccoli, celery, peas, zucchini, kale and the like. In addition to hay and vegetables, the basis of the diet of rabbits is granules.
Also, rabbits love fruits, which you must serve them without pitches, one to two crisps (apples, pears, peaches, pineapples, plums, blueberries, etc.)
Stress can kill them so make sure you don’t scare them. Proper care of rabbits costs almost as much as a dog’s care. Do not forget, rabbits should be given as much cage space as possible.