Just like humans, pet rabbits also enjoy a good and nutritious meal. Even if they feed on almost anything given to them, such as fruits, seeds, fresh grasses, plant leaves, barks, twigs, and other nutritious treats, it is important that every pet rabbit owner knows which ones are healthy for their fluffy buddies.
In this article, I’ll be enumerating some of the most common yet suggested foods you can feed your pet rabbits. Hopefully, at the end of the day, you’ll be able to find out for yourself which of these foods your pet rabbits really prefer.
The majority of a rabbit’s diet should be made up of hay. Why? It is because it provides all the essential fibre required for good digestion and dental health. Considering the fact that a rabbit’s teeth grow continuously as it matures, hay should always be readily accessible all the time.
Sad to say, some pet rabbit owners commit mistakes when feeding hay. As a result, their pets suffer. While the adult bunnies can eat grass and oat hays, the younger ones must be fed with alfalfa. And why is that? The adult rabbits must not be given alfalfa because it has a higher sugar and protein content that are not needed by their body.
When choosing hay, always check if it smells and looks fresh. Do not feed hay that is already moldy or looks brown. Feeding such will only cause complications in your pet’s body. To ensure longevity or preserve hay, store it in a cool and dry container that allows air to flow freely.
Though you can easily purchase pellets from local pet supply shops, like hay, these must also be bought fresh. Otherwise, your bunnies will never consider eating them up.
During the early stages of a rabbit’s development, pellets are considered most important. The reason is that pellets contain highly concentrated nutrients, which helps bunnies gain proper weight. And when feeding, you must only give around 25 grams of pellets per kilogram of your bunny’s weight.
As soon as the rabbit matures, pellet consumption must be reduced. It may only result in obesity or some other health issues.
If you desire to feed your bunnies with fruits, you can. But you have to do it only once or twice a week and in small quantities. No seeds or pits must also be included. Blackberries, blueberries, apple, melon, papaya, raspberries, strawberries, pears, plums, peaches, and pineapple are just some of the fruits you can occasionally give your pet rabbits.
Not all vegetables are safe for your rabbits. There are some that will only upset the stomach of your rabbits. Among the vegies that bunnies enjoy are basil, broccoli, carrot tops, celery, lettuce, mint, parsley, and water cress.
When choosing vegetables, be sure you look for something fresh. Also, opt for those that are organic and free from pesticides. And then, before feeding them to rabbits, wash it thoroughly.
Another thing you must take into account is this. Never ever feed your pet rabbits with houseplants. Some of these houseplant species are classified as toxic to rabbits.
Yes, you read it right. Rabbits also love treats. Nevertheless, it must be given once in a while only, same as with fruits.
Do not feed them with foods that are rich in carbohydrates, such as pasta, pretzels, cookies, cereal, chips, crackers, and bread. Though there are new branded treats today that are sold commercially, make sure you read every label.
Fresh water must be accessible to your pet rabbits at all times. Every day, you have to change the water in their bottle. Apart from that, you need to sanitize their bottles and dishes on a weekly basis so as to ensure they don’t acquire diseases from germs and bacteria.
During winter, always check the water supply. It easily becomes frozen. If you happen to notice that, you can change it or simply apply an ample amount of heat to melt it.
Be aware that a bunny may look fine on the outside even if its inner body is not. So if you notice your pet has not passed feces in a day, he might be dehydrated. Hence, you must call your veterinarian right away.
Wait! If these foods are still new to your furry pals, introduce it slowly to avoid digestive problems. Unlike humans, some rabbit species might be unable to tolerate an abrupt change of food. In every 24 hours, offer them food in small amounts. If they produce soft droppings, stop giving them that food and try another one when things get back to normal.
Of course, it is important to feed them right. But then again, your pet rabbits also need several things for them to live a healthy and happy life, such as rabbit hutches. If you don’t know what these things are, feel free to download my eBook entitled, “20 Ways to Keep Your Rabbit Happy and Healthy”. After reading that, you will know what I am talking about.