Myth 1: It is okay to feed my bunny carrots.
Contrary to the media’s portrayal of a bun’s love for carrots, root vegetables are actually bad for them. Rabbits have a hard time digesting root veggies. In addition, carrots are high in sugar and can cause tooth decay which will in turn affect the overall state of health of a bun. Besides causing your furkid to pile on the extra pounds, carrots, even when boiled, are relatively hard to chew on in comparison to hay and green leafy vegetables. Carrots really should be fed as an occasional treat and only a few small slices should be given per week.
Instead, a balanced diet for a rabbit should contain 85 to 90 percent hay, a handful of fresh greens such as kale, parsley, spinach, watercress, broccoli or cauliflower, and an ample supply of fresh water. Carrots really should be fed as an occasional treat and only a few small slices should be given per week.
Busted: Bin the carrots from your rabbit’s daily diet! It works as an occasional snack, but definitely not something to feed your bun on a regular basis.
Myth 2: A Chinchilla's hair will fall out once it gets wet. Worse still, it might even die instantly.
While these adorable rodents do have a thick coat that is not very resistant to water, a drenched Chin will neither die instantly nor will all its hair fall off. That being said, it is not advisable to get your furkid wet. Bathing a Chinchilla in water mats their fur and removes natural oils which are essential or protecting their skin and for regulating body temperature. The dense fur retains water close to the skin and prevents the coat from being dried easily. Besides causing your furkid to catch a chill and become ill, the moisture retained can even result in a fungus growth that may lead to an infection of either the skin or fur. If a Chin gets wet, towel dry him immediately. Use a no-heater hair dryer to remove all traces of moisture from his coat.
You do not need water to help your furry pal stay clean. While your Chinchilla will happily groom himself, dust baths are still needed. Purchase dust which is specifically labeled for Chinchillas. It should contain volcanic dust, similar to the volcanic ash or clay found in their native homes in the Andes.
Busted: Your Chin is not going to die when it gets wet. However, avoid getting him wet as it may affect his health.
Myth 3: If you pick a baby chick from the ground, your scent will cause its parents to reject it when you attempt to return it to its nest.
The truth is avians have relatively small and simple olfactory nerves, which limit their sense of smell. Therefore, they are unable to detect human scent on their eggs or chicks. If the parents were to reject their chick, it is usually due to the fact that the bird is extremely sick or non-viable. There is a possibility that the parents are unable to care for their baby at the current location due to threats of being captured, eaten or preyed upon. As a result, they have no choice but to abandon their young. A person handling or touching a chick will not affect the chances of it being rejected by its parents.
If you come across a nestling on the ground, the best thing to do is to leave it as it is. Do not consider bringing a baby bird home to nurse it as its parents will do a much better job than you ever could. Not seeing the parents nearby does not mean that they are gone. Most birds would return to care for their newborn if it is safe and within reach. They would then put the chick back in the nest.
Busted: Avians don’t care if you touch their chicks or not. Despite that, you don’t need to rush to rescue a baby on the ground as its parents are likely to be in the vicinity.