Bunnies, like us, like a nice dinner. Your rabbit will be healthy and happy if you feed him a balanced diet of hay, veggies, pellets, and fresh water. Continue reading to learn more about your pet rabbit.
Fresh hay should make up the majority of your rabbit’s food and should always be accessible. Adult rabbits should be given timothy, grass, and oat hays, whilst younger rabbits should be fed alfalfa. Because of the higher protein and sugar content, mature rabbits should not be given alfalfa. Hay is beneficial to rabbits because it supplies vital fibre for digestive health and helps wear down a rabbit’s (constantly growing) teeth for optimal dental health. Because rabbits eat hay and poop at the same time, placing hay at one end of a litter box will encourage use of the litter box.
Make sure the hay looks and smells fresh when selecting it. Choose hay that does not appear to be brown or mouldy, or that does not smell like freshly cut grass. To protect hay from becoming mouldy, store it in a dry place in a container that enables air passage. Purchasing hay in bulk from a local farmer is usually significantly less expensive than purchasing bags from a pet store.
Your rabbit’s daily diet should consist of a wide array of vegetables. When choosing vegetables, choose those that are fresh and free of pesticides. Always wash your vegetables well before feeding them to your rabbit. Feed new vegetables in small amounts until you know how your rabbit will react to them. Houseplant leaves should not be fed to rabbits because many are harmful to them. Visit the Sacramento House Rabbit Society’s page on dangerous plants for a complete list.
Vegetables that your rabbit might like include:
- Bok choy
- Broccoli leaves
- Carrot tops
- Collard greens
- Dandelion leaves
- Kale (sparingly)
- Mustard greens
- Water cress
Your rabbit must have constant access to fresh water. If you have a cage, a hanging water bottle is a fantastic alternative. A rabbit may also drink from a water bowl. You can put an ice cube or two in your rabbit’s water dish on a hot day. If your rabbit does not appear to be drinking enough water, you can provide the vegetables slightly damp.
Stale pellets will turn bunnies away, so buy them while they’re still fresh. Look for pellets with a high fibre content and a low protein content. As your rabbit gets older, you’ll need to reduce the amount of pellets he eats. Obesity and other health issues in rabbits have been linked to high-protein pellets. Pellets containing “treats” should not be given (dried corn, etc.). These additives are never good for rabbits’ health, and they might create stomach issues.
Everyone enjoys a treat now and then, but treats should only be provided on rare occasions to maintain your rabbit’s health. Breads, crackers, pasta, pretzels, cookies, chips, and cereal are all heavy in carbohydrates and should not be fed to your rabbit. Many commercially manufactured bunny treats, such as yoghurt chips, are heavy in fat and sugar and should not be fed to bunnies. Chocolate is harmful to rabbits, so never give it to them.
Fruit is the finest option for a reward, but due of the sugar content, you should only give it in modest amounts. We strive to buy organic fruits that are known to be pesticide-free. Make sure they’re well rinsed, just like veggies.
Rabbits enjoy the following fruits:
- Apples (no seeds)