Posted by sean on October 8, 2018 at 9:38 pm in Me Vs. The World, Rabbits with No Comments

… at least partially for Roman.

We recently started Christmas shopping for our bunny. One of the pressies we bought our furry cherub was an advent calendar. This meant that when Claire and I opened our daily dose of chocolate, Roman would get some too… and before anything is said, yes, two adults in their 30s do still have an advent calendars.

What shocked and disturbed us yesterday was when we discovered the ingredients within the festive treat. While the calendar claimed to be “sugar free”, it was not made clear that the bunny chocolate contained saccharin and a number of strange sounding additives.

Needless to say, the calendar will be returned for a refund. Roman will have to do without his Christmas chocolate. We’ll give him one of Rudolph’s carrots, or something..

We also discovered that most of his treats contained various ingredients, which sound to have been made in a science lab. Poor Roman won’t be getting any more – instead, we will increase his diet of fruit and vegetables.

I remember that as a child, my Mum was concerned about foods containing additives, artificial sweeteners and nasty weevils. I tried to eat the food anyway and generally still do.

Therefore, I find it ironic that I’ll happily consume chemicals myself, yet ban my rabbit from eating them!

As part of my protest, I reviewed the advent calendar, on the Pets at Home website…

The back of this calendar states that there is no “added sugar”. What is not made clear, or stated at all on this website (where we bought this) is that the calendar contains saccharin.

The “chocolate” also contains the following additives (again, these are NOT mentioned on the website) Sorbitan Tristearate, Lecithin, Polyglycerol Polyricinoleate – as well as a number of flavourings.

Pets At Home are clearly happy to sell this to unsuspecting owners. I wonder if the instore vets at Vets For Pets are aware that this product is on sale.

I gave this 1 star. I would have given 0 if there was an option.

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