Feed your Rabbit the right stuff! Rabbits need a balanced diet to ensure good digestion and good health!
So you either have got yourself a rabbit already or you are thinking of going out and getting one. Well, like all creatures on this earth they need to eat! So what do Rabbits eat? You had better put away that big juicy steak because rabbits are full blown herbivores! Our furry vegetarian companions need a quality diet mainly consisting of grass or hay, pellets and veg with the occasional fruit as a treat. Looking after a rabbit doesn’t have to be a full time job, if you get into the right cleaning routine and if you learn the proper health requirements and what rabbits eat you can look after your bunny with just a few minutes per day.
Rabbits really need to have access to fresh grass or straw at all times. Rabbits can have sensitive digestive systems and grass or hay provides vital roughage that prevents any blockages. There are many other benefits of giving your rabbit hay:
The most ideal hay for your rabbits is known as “timothy hay”. Timothy Hay is recommended by vets for herbivores such as guinea pigs, chinchillas and rabbits because of its high fiber, low protein and low calcium content, which is ideal for small vegetarian animals.
Rabbit’s will always want more pellets! The average rabbit will need ¼ to ½ a cup of pellets each day however a rabbit’s diet should not consist of only pellets. Look for a pellet that is high in fiber but low in protein and calcium (like timothy hay). You will want to go for a brand that focuses mainly on the pellet and not filler like dried fruit, corn, seeds and nuts. Fiber is essential to a rabbits digestive system so make sure you read the ingredient list and ensure your rabbit gets the basic vitamins to ensure all around good health!
Veggies are super important! There is a reason bugs bunny is always chomping on a carrot (in reality you shouldn't overly dose your rabbit with carrot's, now and then for a treat is best!)! The average rabbit that is over 12 weeks of age will require around 2 cups of vegetables per day.
Often with household pets it becomes tempting to give them a treat. This is all well and good but these treats often tend to be human treats such as chocolate! Unfortunately for rabbits, too much sugar can be a big problem for them! Fruits are an excellent alternative to other pet treats and they can also be used during training for positive reinforcement. Fruits should be given to your rabbit leniently and only as a treat but the following list are great options:
Rabbits love to chew! In the wild rabbits are constantly digging and chewing and without these habits they are going to get some long teeth and claws. If you have a house rabbit, and you haven’t already purchased some chew toys, no doubt you will already be seeing nibble marks on furniture and cables around the home.