What Is A Good Diet For Pet Rabbits?

The majority of your rabbits' diet should consist of fresh, clean drinking water and high-quality hay and grass. A rabbit's digestive tract need hay or grass to function correctly, therefore a healthy supply is critical. You can add leafy greens and a tiny amount of pellets to supplement. Because rabbits do not naturally consume root vegetables or fruit, they should only be given in small amounts as a treat. Always avoid muesli-style foods, which are bad for rabbits and cause a variety of health issues.

Rabbits require:

  • Fresh, clean drinking water is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In the winter, make sure the water does not freeze. Rabbits grow gravely unwell when they are deprived of water.
  • The majority of rabbits' diets should consist of high-quality hay and/or grass that is always accessible.

- Rabbits graze, eating grass/other plants for extended periods of time, primarily at dawn and night.
- Rabbit digestive systems require grass and/or hay in order to function properly.
- Review the meal planning and feeding advice.

  • Hay and/or grass are far more valuable than commercial rabbit pellets ('nuggets').

- If using pellets, follow the manufacturer's directions.
- Do not refill the bowl because rabbits may stop eating enough hay and/or grass.
- Growing, pregnant, nursing, or underweight rabbits may require more food.

  • Diets that are nutritious. Avoid muesli-style meals because they have been linked to health issues. Advice on transitioning rabbits to healthier foods can be found at Muesli is unhealthy for rabbits. For dietary recommendations, consult your veterinarian.

- Rabbit teeth grow continuously and must be worn down and maintained at the proper length/shape by eating grass/hay/leafy green vegetation.
- A poor diet contributes to significant tooth disease.

  • Only eat root vegetables (such as carrots) or fruit in modest amounts as treats. Other treats should be avoided as they may be harmful to your rabbits.

- Rabbits do not eat grains, root vegetables, or fruit in their normal diet.

  • Daily washed leafy green vegetables/herbs/weeds are safe. Take precautions because some plants are harmful.

- Avoid abrupt diet changes and do not feed lawnmower clippings, as both can irritate rabbits' digestive systems and cause disease.

  • Feeding amounts are regulated to keep them from becoming underweight or overweight.

- The amount of food rabbits require is determined by their age, lifestyle, and overall health.
- Rabbits get overweight and may suffer if they consume more food than they require.

  • The quantity they eat and drink is being monitored. If these behaviors alter, droppings become less frequent or cease, or mushy droppings adhere to their back end, consult your veterinarian immediately as they may be critically unwell.

- Rabbits produce two sorts of droppings: hard dry pellets and softer wet pellets, which they eat directly from their bottom and are a dietary necessity. See the rabbit poo infographic to see why.

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