What should you feed your rabbit?
All about rabbit food and nutrition

Like every other pet, rabbits also need a balanced diet. Contrary to what we have always read in our childhood comic books, carrots are not good for rabbits. However, they can be offered as treats every once in a while. Too much of fruits or carrots should be avoided as they are high in calories and can lead to obesity.

A rabbit needs a proper diet comprising of hay, pellets and fresh vegetables/safe herbs/ weeds. Generally speaking, a rabbits diet should be 80% hay, 15% leafy greens and 5% pellets. Feeding your bunny properly and giving him the right nutrition will keep his digestive system working properly. Any kind of rapid transformation to a different diet is difficult for rabbits as they have an unusual digestive system. Transformation to a different diet should always be natural and gradual. Rabbits generally do not have a lot of ways of showing their discomfort, if any. So it is very important to have a keen eye and notice any subtle behavioral changes that they might show.

HAY- Good quality hay  or grass should be the majority of their diet. It has a lot of fiber and keeps them from becoming obese. Some rabbits are reluctant to have hay as they are offered excessive amount of pelleted food.  Most rabbits prefer pellets to hay. Rabbit pellets are predominantly made of carbohydrates. Like most people, rabbits love their carbs and will choose them over fiber. Healthy adult rabbits can get all of their nutrition from good quality hay and sometimes don’t even need pellets.  Rabbits are prone to dental and digestive problems so if they are not eating as much as they normally do, they should be immediately taken to a vet.

PELLETS- While your rabbit should primarily consume hay, pellets contain carbohydrates and can be helpful in aiding thin rabbits to maintain or gain weight. Pellets are fine to feed in limited quantities, but should not be fed to the degree that they discourage your rabbit from eating his hay. They are also sources of protein, vitamins, fiber and minerals. Pellets can be a small part of your rabbits diet but it is equally important. A wild rabbits diet consists of a lot of low nutrient food. While pellets enable owners to protect their rabbits health and give them the range of nutrients they need, they are ultimately a low volume of high nutrient food that runs contrary to a rabbits wild diet. Therefore, it is important to follow feeding guidelines closely to make sure that they receive as balanced a diet as possible. 

WATER- Rabbits need continuous access to fresh water. You should regularly change the water in the bowl. You should also try to clean the water dish regularly so that it does not become unhygienic for your bunny. 

Water is very essential for your bunny to keep everything moving in the gut. Rabbits’ bodies absorb every bit of calcium from their food. Hence, it is essential for them to drink water as that is the only way the extra calcium gets flushed out of their system. Too much of calcium in their body can cause kidney stones while too less can cause dental issues 

The level of calcium in their urine is linked to their overall diet. If you are concerned about the levels of calcium then it is best to consult a vet

VEGGIES & FRUITS- When your bunny is around three months old, you can introduce fresh vegetables to him one at a time. If you notice any vegetable causing some kind of digestive problem then avoid feeding it to them in future. Here is a list of veggies and fruits for your bunny-

 

Veggies: 

Beet root tops Carrot tops Bell peppers Radish tops Pea Pods Spinach (in limited amount) Mustard greens Broccoli (mostly leaves/stems; in limited amounts as it can cause gas) Brussels sprouts Celery Parsley Spring greens Fruits: 

Apple Pineapple Banana Melon Orange Pear Papaya Blueberries Plums Strawberries

 

FOOD TO AVOID- Chocolate , crackers , pasta , yoghurt , cookies , bread , avocado , iceberg lettuce , breakfast cereal , or any kind of sugary processed food.

 

THE FOOD WE RECOMMEND-


ZUPREEM TIMOTHY HAY - It is an important staple for the diet of rabbits. For rabbits 7 months or older, hay should make up for 80% of their diet. Timothy is very high in fiber which promotes high toned muscles. Do not leave moistened food or hay lying around for more than 2 hrs. Store it in a cool place away from pests and hay.

 

VITAPOL KARMEO RABBIT FOOD - This is specially formulated for rabbits. It is easily digestible and is enriched with vegetables, vitamins and minerals. It maintains the ideal weight of rabbits and is an easily digestible food. It has natural fiber for better intestinal peristalsis.

 

TIMOTHY NATURALS RABBIT FOOD:  It contains sun-cured timothy hay, soybean hulls, dried alfalfa meal, wheat middling, dried molasses, flaxseeds, Salt, calcium, biotin, Vitamin B12 supplement, Vitamin D3 supplement and lot more. It gives your bunny a complete and balanced meal.

 

VITAPOL ECONOMIC FOOD FOR RABBIT - This food for rabbits is a wholesome formula which offers health and wellness to your rabbit. All the essential nutrients are included & balanced to suit the physiology of your bunny. The alfalfa provides the body with energy, protein, vitamins and minerals. It includes crude fiber with high quality ingredients that facilitate digestion. Packed with the help of controlled atmosphere technique, the food is fresh and replete with nutrition. The healthy meal is free of preservatives and helps to maintain a healthy fur and build a strong immune system for your bunny.

 

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All about rabbit food and nutrition
Published By: Admin | Published On: 7-September-2020