Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Craisins: A Favorite Bunny Treat

by A.L. Woods, Staff Writer

Of all of the pets that I've had over the years, my absolute favorites have been bunny rabbits. I loved each and every one of them as if they were my own children. One of the things that I particularly enjoyed was giving them treats. If at any time they were cool and aloof in their behavior, just a rattle of the treat bag would spur them into an affectionate frenzy. One of their very favorite bunny treats was Craisins.

As you may or may not know, Craisins are dried cranberries. The very best place, I've found, to purchase them is at your local grocer. They're easy to find and relatively inexpensive.

While it's important not to indulge your bunny too frequently with treats (obesity can be fatal to their health more so than with any other animal), it doesn't hurt to allow them to enjoy them every now and then, either as a reward or as part of a bonding opportunity.

The brand that I prefer is Ocean Spray. According to their website, their Craisins are made with real fruit, are fat and cholesterol free, and are a good source of fiber.

Rabbits have a natural sweet tooth, so this is a good way to satisfy that without adding a lot of synthetic chemicals and commercial sugar to their diet.

A few tips
  • Don't allow your bunny to have more than two to three Craisins a week. Although natural, they are still high in sugar, and a high-sugar diet is not conducive to a bunny's best health.
  • Use the Craisins to reward them or as part of a bonding opportunity between you and your bunny. Make rattling the Craisins bag a signal that a "special time" is coming.
  • Bunnies are master beggars. Don't let that cute little face manipulate you into giving them more of their treats than recommended.
  • Visit the House Rabbit Society's website for more tips on optimum foods for your bunny's diet and more suggestions for healthy treat options.

If you haven't tried it before, give your bunny a Craisin and see how much he enjoys it. I haven't met a bunny yet who didn't consider them to be their favorite bunny treat once they tried them. My last bunny Sherman, a 20-pound Californian, liked his so much the first time that he jumped straight up in the air and did a 180-degree turn before he hit the ground!

Please comment below and let me know how much your bunny enjoys his craisin.

Sources:
House Rabbit Society
OceanSpray.com
Personal experience of owning three bunny rabbits from infancy to death over the years.

*Photo: luagh45 via Flickr

[Originally published on Yahoo! Voices on 06/10/2014 (no longer published there).]