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August 4, 2004 4:35 AM   Subscribe

Our pet rabbit is crazy about graham crackers. She acts like a little dog and runs around in circles begging for them. Is it harmful to her to let her have a few nibbles when we're eating them?
posted by Mayor Curley to Pets & Animals (22 answers total)
An occasional nibble of a graham should be okay, but very very small nibbles and very infrequently. The sugar in those things is beyond the pale and could lead to digestive woes. It'd prolly be safer to not give her crackers, but I know how pleading rabbits can get.

We've taken to keeping a bag of Critter Carrots from Oxbow near our normal snacking areas. That way if the rabbits beg for treats, we can at least give them something that's been sugar-reduced. They've associated the sound of a plastic bag with a treat, so if we try to eat chips or something, Robocop is always there, trying to pull the bag off the table and run off with it.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 5:36 AM on August 4, 2004

Robocop the bunny?

anyway: I second the sugar thing, you may want to be extra careful -- it's bad for the teeth and digestive tract, ie usually a rabbit's most delicate parts.
begging is real cute, and one feels bad if one has to withhold food from a pleading cute pet. but she won't die if you don't give her the crackers.
posted by matteo at 5:47 AM on August 4, 2004

But if you do give her the crackers perhaps her flesh will be extra sweet if she does die. Mmm.
posted by biffa at 6:08 AM on August 4, 2004

Off topic, but do you guys let your pet rabbits run around the house like cats? If so, are they housebroken?

I always assumed they stayed in some kind of hutch.
posted by luser at 7:25 AM on August 4, 2004

That sounds ridiculously cute.
posted by waldo at 7:37 AM on August 4, 2004

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luser: They can indeed be housebroken. Basically, you give them a cage, look where in the cage they decide to go, and drop a litter box there. In my experience, they always use it for peeing, but they seem to drop the little pellets all over parts of their cage. However, my rabbit never goes at all outside her cage. You can let them roam free most of the time when you're home. has lots of info.
posted by malphigian at 7:41 AM on August 4, 2004

Response by poster: thanks for the info. I'll make sure that my girlfriend sees this thread-- I'm not the one sneaking graham crackers to little Beth.

to add to what robocop is bleeding said:

a rabbit makes a surprisingly interesting house pet. Make sure that they're spayed or neutered (because bucks spray and does are mean when they're in heat), and they're pretty affectionate and usually fun. Biggest problem is that they'll chew exposed electrical wires.
posted by Mayor Curley at 7:46 AM on August 4, 2004

let me get this straight: you have a rabbit, but you're eating graham crackers?
posted by quonsar at 7:47 AM on August 4, 2004

Response by poster: Actually, it was malphigian what said what I done followed up.
posted by Mayor Curley at 8:06 AM on August 4, 2004

We used to give our rabbit graham crackers as a treat. We used the little "stick" ones, rather than trying to break off a small enough piece. He would then put it in his mouth and hop off to eat it somewhere else (don't know if it was the slippery kitchen floor or what). Just don't overdo the sugar.
posted by tommasz at 8:31 AM on August 4, 2004

Mayor Curley, I think I speak for the group when I ask for a video clip, or at least some photos, of your rabbit doing this. Bonus points if she balances graham crackers on her head, like Oolong.
posted by stonerose at 9:47 AM on August 4, 2004

My rabbits beg for stone wheat thins and potato chips. I can't imagine the chaos that would ensue if they were to see me eating graham crackers.
posted by Salmonberry at 10:12 AM on August 4, 2004

Salmonberry, have you tried bananas? All the rabbits we've had loved bananas. If you think stoned wheat thins make them nuts, you'll be in for a surprise.
posted by tommasz at 11:06 AM on August 4, 2004

We let our rabbits out when we're at home watching TV. They'll run about and explore (the fights have slacked off some, but they're still not re-bonded yet) and we keep and eye on them. Robocop has watched all of season one of The Wire with me on the couch. He'll hop up and get petted for a few hours before running around some more.

Both our rabbits are litter-trained. Robo sometimes gets excited and piddles where he shouldn't (usually when he's not getting enough attention) but beyond that they're normally good. Rabbit poo is pretty round and bouncy, tho, so a digging bun can scatter it a bit. Having a broom handy helps keep things pretty tidy.

Grendel's new trick is wearing one of those ice cream dishes that look like batting helmets from Fenway. I need to get a picture of that sometime to cement my Crazy Rabbit Person status.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 11:20 AM on August 4, 2004

Bananas, raisins, cranberries (dried), blueberries, hell, anything with the word "berry" means I have rabbits trying to crawl into the crisper. I try to keep berries on hands for treats. It's still sugar but I can convince myself that berries, unlike potato chips, do form part of the wild diet.

They also like baby bok choy. Bok choy, not so much, but baby bok choy seems popular.
posted by Salmonberry at 1:13 PM on August 4, 2004


Bunnies are easy to house break. Just put a littler box where they want to pee. Eventually you'll be able to move the litter box where ever you want, a little bit at a time.

I'm jealous of those of you with affectionate rabbits. I had two, Lucy and Tim, and they were fun to watch hop around the house (they'd do these little kung-fu kicks and Matrix-style mid-air spins), but personality-wise, they were both assholes.

I rescued them both as adults, so maybe they had hard babyhoods or something.
posted by jennyb at 1:20 PM on August 4, 2004

My god.

I'm getting bunnies for my next home.
posted by five fresh fish at 6:40 PM on August 4, 2004

Will do. Bun pics will be up in the morning. Watch this space!
posted by robocop is bleeding at 8:35 PM on August 4, 2004

As promised, Captain Grendel (that's her full name) ponders the Sox loss last night:

posted by robocop is bleeding at 6:40 AM on August 5, 2004

Now I'm going to have to scan that picture of Big Bunny running around with the graham cracker box on his head. Darn you, robocop!
posted by tommasz at 8:33 AM on August 5, 2004

Yay for rabbits! Captain Grendel looks fantastic in that helmet. (See, if I tried that with Lucy, she would have taken the top of my finger off. What a bitch, God rest her soul.)
posted by jennyb at 9:10 AM on August 5, 2004

Here's the late Big Bunny having the graham cracker box removed from his head:

posted by tommasz at 2:56 PM on August 5, 2004

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