Rabbits have a sensitive digestive system that requires a high fibre, low sugar and low fat diet. There are a number of human foods that you should avoid feeding your rabbit, including:
IN A RABBITS DIET THEY NEED...
Consistent access to fresh, clean drinking water. This can be drank from either a water bottle or water bowl. If your rabbit lives outdoors you must ensure that the rabbits water supply doesn't freeze in the winter. Without water rabbits can get very seriously ill.
Rabbits also need an unlimited supply of good quality hay and/or grass. This should make up 80% of a rabbit's diet and should always be available. Rabbits are grazers and their digestive systems need hay and/or grass to function properly. Rabbit teeth also grow continuously and need to be worn down and kept at the correct length by eating hay and/or grass.
You can give a small amount of commercial rabbit pellets (a egg cup per day) but this is not essential and should not be the main part of their diet. It is recommended to only give a small amount of pellets a day, however growing or pregnant rabbits may need larger portions. Please avoid muesli-style foods as they can be linked with certain health problems - and can cause selective eating resulting in a rabbit not getting the essential nutrients they need. Not eating the right diet can result in serious dental disease- which would not only be uncomfortable for your bunny, but also a very expensive vet trip.
Once your bunny reaches 6 months of age you can give them safe, washed leafy green vegetables, herbs and plants daily. Vegtables should not be given to bunnies under 6 months of age as this can upset their digestive system.Root vegetables such as carrots and fruit should only be given in small amounts as occasional treats as they are very high in sugar.
SAFE VEGGIES LISTVegetables that should be considered as part of your rabbit’s diet:
For older buns, or those with bladder or kidney problems, avoid these, unless otherwise directed by your rabbit vet.
I really recommend creating your bunnies a forage box to demonstrate their natural instincts of digging and foraging for food. I use a mix of dried flowers, veg, herbs, berries etc mixed into Timothy hay and readigrass.
I'm Aimee. Owner of Old Garden House Rabbitry. I have created this blog to put together some information of bunnies into one place to help pet owners & other breeders
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