Rabbits are gentle creatures that have a very sensitive digestive system. Unlike some other pets, these animals need to have a specific diet that should mostly consist out of grass and hay. Their stomachs are simply not used to eating foods that are difficult to digest.
Rabbits mostly eat green and leafy vegetables, and their diets are much simpler than ours. They are used to eating fresh produce, especially vegetables, while fruits are only one small portion of their diet that is not that necessary.
Besides that, rabbits can’t eat foods that we eat, since that would hurt their stomachs and cause various digestive problems. But, if you are looking for something tasty to add to your furry friend’s diet, then we are going to make that easier for you by finding the safe foods your bunny can eat.
Today we are going to talk about plums and discuss whether they are safe or not for your bunny.
Plums – Nutritive Information
Plum trees are planetary popular fruit, not only because of its exceptional taste but also because of its strong healing effect. They are an excellent source of vitamin C, K, E, B6 and folic acid and niacin. The role of vitamin C present in this fruit is multiple.
In addition to having strong antioxidant activity, this vitamin enhances iron absorption, stimulates the immune system, preserves skin, muscle, bone and tendon health, contributes to the health of the teeth and gums, protects against bacteria, viruses and allergies.
Research shows that vitamin C can reduce the risk of some types of cancer as well as heart disease. Minerals in this fruit that are the most prominent are copper, potassium, magnesium, iron, and pine.
Plum fruits contain significant amounts of flavonoids of polyphenols such as lutein, cryptoxanthin and zeaxanthin, which are attributed to strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. These compounds prevent premature aging and help fight free radicals, causing many diseases. Recent studies confirm that zeaxanthin has the ability to filter UV, which is why it is considered a good protector of skin and eyes.
Beta cryptoxanthin present in plumage reduces the risk of developing lung cancer by more than 30% and arthritis by as much as 41%. Plums contain citric acid, which eliminates fatigue, prevents spasms, and improves the liver and digestive system. There are also chlorogenic and pantothenic acids and some protein and carbohydrates.
Plum is abundant with fibers that contribute to proper digestion and healthy metabolism. The most delicious it is if it is consumed raw, fresh, freshly picked.
However, in healthcare plums in dry form are extremely useful in because they contains as many as 6 times more crude antioxidants. Plum is an exceptional fruit whose benefits are multiple.
This delicious fruit will not only help you overcome hunger or refresh you and give you energy, but will primarily protect your health. Plum “cares” for the overall health and neutralizes the harmful effects of free radicals and thus protects against many diseases.
Can you give Plums to your bunny?
Before we dig deeper into this subject, the answer to this question is, yes, you can give plums to your furry friend. Plums are, however, rich in sugar and can become a problem if your bunny eats too much of them
. The best way to sneak some plums into your bunny’s diet is by giving him a plum or two once in a while, as a snack or a treat. Giving your bunny too many plums can cause severe digestive problems, and that is certainly not something you want to cause to your furry friend.
Fruits in general shouldn’t be given in big amounts to rabbits in general. The reason is obvious and that is sugar. Plums should be given fresh because giving dry fruit is more dangerous than giving fresh fruit.
Dry fruits contain even more sugar than the fresh fruits, because he water content is dried down completely. So avoid giving your bunny dry plums and everything is going to be okay.
What if your bunny eats too many plums?
If your bunny happens to eat more plums than allowed, then the best thing you can do is to follow his reactions. If you notice that he is acting differently than regular, this could mean that he is experiencing some digestive problems because of the high sugar content.
Besides that, plums should only be given as fresh fruits, but if your bunny ate dry plums this means he might be in more danger. If you notice diarrhea and other digestive problem symptoms, make sure you take your bunny to the veterinarian because you never know what he might be feeling.
First sign of a problem with his stomach is diarrhea but other symptoms might be refusing other food, sleeping too much or simply being more active than usual due to the pain he is feeling in his stomach.
Rabbits can eat plums; don’t be worried that giving him one or two plums can cause a serious problem. But, what you need to do is to make sure he doesn’t eat too many plums and avoid giving him plums regularly.
Giving your bunny plums over a longer period of time in larger portions can cause your bunny to get sick more seriously or you can completely downgrade his overall health. Stick to giving your rabbit fresh vegetables with low starch and sugar content, and give him fruits from time to time as snacks.
To conclude this article, bunnies can eat plums and they are completely safe for them to eat if you follow certain rules. Bunnies can’t eat too many plums because plums are high in sugar and this can cause digestive problems, such as stomach ache and diarrhea.
Therefore, if you want your furry friend to be healthy, give him more green vegetables, leafy vegetables and other safe foods, while fruits should only be given as snacks. Rabbits don’t need a lot of sugar in their diet, since their digestive systems aren’t built for processing it, so don’t feel bad if you don’t treat your bunny with something sweet. He is probably far better off without sweets all together.