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So we have the nursery rabbit for the weekend, last night I gave it lettuce and crusts just like I gave mine as a child

(22 Posts)
compo Sat 13-Sep-08 07:23:06

Just read the 'instructions' it came with and they say no lettuce or bread shock
Anyone know why? Never did our rabbits any harm when we were younger....

SuperBunny Sat 13-Sep-08 07:26:44

I thought all rabbits ate lettuce.

bobbynog Sat 13-Sep-08 07:32:23

It gives then the trots - so does grass. As a child my rabbits lived on the grass, but when i had a rabbit a couple of years ago, the vets told me to limit how much grass it had, and other fresh stuff. I think we have bred hyper sensitive rabbits, or is it global warming!

cece Sat 13-Sep-08 07:33:00

Lettuce apparently gives them runny poo? Or at least I vaguely remember reading that! Mine won't eat it anyway..

SuperBunny Sat 13-Sep-08 07:34:49

But rabbits eat grass. In the wild. That's what they are designed to do.

cheekysealion Sat 13-Sep-08 07:47:25

mine dont have lettuce
but does have bread and love it....

really nice that some schools still have pets

belgo Sat 13-Sep-08 07:57:53

I give mine lettuce sometimes, her poo is always normal.

They like carrots and brocolli.

mou Sat 13-Sep-08 08:23:08

Perhaps the lettuce makes them sleepy/docile? no fun for children!!!!!

SuperBunny Sat 13-Sep-08 08:26:15

Lettuce does not make bunnies sleepy wink

belgo Sat 13-Sep-08 08:26:54

grin no my rabbit ceratinly is never docile/sleepy!

OneLieIn Sat 13-Sep-08 08:29:34

Rabbits get runny tummies if they eat lettuce. Rabbits double digest their food i.e. eat their poo, so it shouldn't be runny. Our love kale, carrot tops, cabbage - anything dark green.

herbietea Sat 13-Sep-08 08:30:30

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belgo Sat 13-Sep-08 08:32:22

OneLieIn- but if my rabbit doesn't get the runs when she's eaten lettuce, then presumably I can continue giving it to her - small pieces though, not very often - she gets very excited when she sees it!

OneLieIn Sat 13-Sep-08 08:36:35

I guess so. I was just told that lettuce and salad type stuff was not best. Darker green is better (so the vet said)

wannaBe Sat 13-Sep-08 14:47:10

it gives them colic.

Apparently romane lettuce can be given occasionally but iceberg lettuce should never be given.

CarGirl Sat 13-Sep-08 14:50:10

It's all Beatrix Potter fault that people think rabbits should eat lettuce!

NomDePlume Sat 13-Sep-08 14:51:26

Surely it's not the 'done thing' to still have school pets ? From an animal welfare pov.

maidamess Sat 13-Sep-08 14:51:32

We had the school rabbits for half term when I was a little.

They escaped down the side of the garage and emerged smothered from head to toe in motor oil.

They had been pristine white before this.

My dad had to smother them in Swarfega.

miserablefecker Sat 13-Sep-08 14:52:57

Lettuce does actually have mild sleep inducng powers. It contains something thats similar to an opiate and is a mild poison to rabbits. Hence the runs they get.

wannaBe Sat 13-Sep-08 14:53:29


washing up liquid works much better on animals. It's what they use on oiled birds... grin

southeastastra Sat 13-Sep-08 14:54:38

grin at the swafega rabbits

i read that lettuce causes them to hallucinate too.

mine have it in very small amoutns

belgo Sat 13-Sep-08 17:54:27

how do you know if a rabbit is hallucintating?

I will watch out for that when I next give our rabbit the rest of the lettuce!

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