I am in training to become a licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator...
I contacted one of our nutritionists to double check with her on the pumpkin seeds.
Pumpkin seeds are in the same catagory as spinach and kale...high in calcium but also high in phospherous...which means oxalates. Oxalates block the bodies ability to absorb calcium...so the excess calcium in the foods is flushed, from the system or rather is never absorbed. That would be the white in the urine.
Excessive oxalates turn dietary calcium into crystals in the gut, which can then form stones in the urinary tract.
We have to watch this in our rehab squirrels as they require high levels of calcium to prevent metabolic bone disease. So we need maximum absorbtion!
Some bunns are more sensitive to calcium than others..we have a calcium sensitive bunn...so we are very careful to monitor her calcium
hos ratio and when we see white urine we adjust her diet accordingly. She is 6 now and we haven't had any issues in over 4 years <knocking on wood>.
Pumpkin seeds are
a healthy snack for bunns...but as with any treat...moderation is key! Too much of anything is never a good idea!