Way back on Nov. 4, Hopscotch found an article titled Interview with Bean the Bunny. Written (and translated) by a pet psychic, Bean tells readers that even though rabbits love sugary treats, they are bad for bunnies.

Even though we love carrots and apples if we get too much it can make us mean. I was being mean to my dad, by batting things out of his hands and biting him. It was because I was getting too much sugar and my stomach was hurting. Now he gives me more lettuce and other vegetables. 

It was funny that Hopscotch found this story because Lola had just come off two weekends of being taken care of by ‘grandma.’ Grandmas, as you know, have an uncanny ability to give lots of treats to their grandbunnies. But even without special treats, Lola was already getting a fair share of banana chips and dried papaya every day for being such a good bunny. She did get snappy, but we just thought she just had an aggressive personality.

Well, on that Sunday, grandma was offering Lola her third banana chip in a short period of time (I have a feeling it was more than three, but I have no proof) when Lola pounced and attempted to lunge at her hand. (According to grandma, she spit as well.)

I’ve never heard a rabbit spit, and I highly doubt Lola did. I  have heard her grunt so I believe that was the form of communication used instead. Anyway, grandma was very upset and I was told my bunny needed therapy.  Instead I found the article and decided to follow Bean’s advice.

Lola’s been off banana chips and dried papaya for a week. And I’ve already noticed a change. Yesterday, I gave her a tiny little piece of dried papaya for making it through the entire week without her sugary snacks (after all, it is hard to go cold turkey). While she still gets a little moody (she is a diva after all), she has become less cage territorial. And she seeks out nose rubs more often.

And last night her dinner buffet consisted of more varied veggies, including romaine lettuce, basil, parsley, and a slice of green pepper.

Has anyone else had the same problem with sugary snacks for bunnies?