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Hoppy St. Patrick's Day

Hoppy St. Patrick’s Day!

While many of us are enjoying vegan corned beef, cabbage, red potatoes, and even a green beer, St. Patrick’s Day can be a dangerous day for bunnies.

We all know that finding a 4 leaf clover is supposed to bring us good luck, but both Shamrocks and 4 leaf clovers can be toxic to bunnies. Even raw cabbage can cause gas and upset tummies in many bunnies, even though it’s not toxic to rabbits.

Live Shamrocks and 4 leaf clovers may be toxic to bunnies, but Funny Bunny Toy Company’s charming Lucky Clover Wooden Rattles are both safe and a lot of fun for your special bunny.

Watercress is a good substitute for shamrocks. We’ve included watercress in this newsletter’s salad recipe for your bunny, along with some other greens that resemble shamrocks and clover.

Leafy Leprechaun Salad

(Serves 2 bunnies)

1 bunch of watercress

1 bunch of Italian Parsley

½ cup of Sunflower Sprouts

2 green grapes

Rinse all greens.

On a bunny proof dish or paper plate, arrange the watercress on the bottom layer.

Next add the layer of Italian Parsley.

Arrange the sunflower sprouts in the center of the Leafy Leprechaun Salad.

Garnish with 2 green grapes sliced in half and arranged to resemble a shamrock. Use a piece of Sunflower stem as a shamrock stem.

Bun Appétit!

For those of you living in states who hopped their clocks forward this weekend for Daylight Savings Time, don’t forget it may confuse your bunny for a while. Pets are very attuned to their human’s schedule. While it may seem like your bunny would be happy being fed an hour early, it may in fact confuse your bunny.

When things change in the household it can take a while for pets to adjust. I always gradually change feeding and bed time for my pets when there is a time change. Being an hour off their schedule seems to be a bit much. I try to change their schedule gradually, 15 minutes the first few days, then 30 minutes the next week, and adjust their earlier schedule depending on how well they adjust. I do the reverse when the clocks hop back an hour in the fall. Every bunny is different, some adapt to change more easily than others, so watch your bunny and see when she has caught on to the new time change. It’s amazing that pets know exactly when you will come home from work, when it’s time for dinner, or bed, or play time. Once they start going to their food dish at the new time, you’ll know they’ve adjusted. I’ve always noticed it takes my pets about 2 weeks to make the change. It seems to take me a bit longer, especially having to get up an hour earlier in the morning!

I’d like to wish you and your bunnies a Hoppy St. Patrick’s Day, and hope you find a pot of carrots at the end of the rainbow!