The importance of getting your rabbits diet correct is fundamental in it living a long and healthy life. We aim to bring you some key information in this concise guide.
Are you bored of reading articles with all the scientific backing on why your rabbit should eat a certain food? If so, this article is the one for you. We have decided to write a short but sweet healthy rabbit nutrition guide for keeping your rabbit in the best possible condition. Although we haven’t included the facts and figures to back our statements up, you can rest assured that all of our statements are based on thorough research.
In this post we will take you through the do’s and don’ts of your rabbits diet. Below are some of the key guidelines for keeping your rabbit healthy on a well balanced and nutritional diet.
Give Constant Access to Hay/Grass
Hay and or Grass is hugely important for every rabbits diet. In fact, the majority of your rabbits diet should consist of hay or grass. After all, a rabbit in the wild will be able to graze throughout the day on grass, it’s important you mimic this grazing pattern.
Ensure Your Rabbit Has A Constant Water Supply
A constant water supply. It’s important this is checked throughout the day to ensure that it is fresh. As us humans do, rabbits need to stay hydrated, and risk poor health if they do not have a constantly supply. It’s also worth noting that in winter, especially if your rabbit lives our doors you must be cautious of water freezing and regularly check on this.
Monitor Your Rabbits Food & Water Intake
Monitoring your rabbits food and water intake is key. Especially if you feel your rabbit is losing or gaining weight. If you are monitoring your rabbits diet closely, then you can make suitable adjustments should there be any need for your rabbit to put weight on or lose weight. It’s always important to remember your rabbit has a complex digestive system. If you do decide to make any changes to its’ diet do so very gradually.
Follow Recommended Guidelines
When feeding your rabbit pellets, make sure that you give them portions that comply with the guidelines on the packaging. After all, as these foods are often very nutrient rich it’s important that you get the quantities perfect, as stated on the packet of the food. We wrote an article on the best healthy foods for rabbits, which is made up primarily of pellet food. This is because they often have a great amount of vitamins, nutrients and protein. However, as we have stated previously, the main source of nutrients in your rabbits diet should be from hay and or grass.
Feed Your Rabbit Too Many Vegetables
Vegetables, despite the stigma of rabbits living a diet of carrots need to be given in moderation. In fact, rather than buying purpose built treats from the store, we recommend using fruit and veg as a treat for your rabbit. It’s important that these are given only in moderation to to high sugar density.
Feed Inconsistent Portions
Portion control is an important factor to consider when feeding your rabbit. You need to make sure that all portions are consistent. This means that your rabbit should be consuming the same healthy amount of food day by day. For example, feeding your rabbit a huge amount one day then very little the next is not a healthy practice.
Overfeed Your Rabbit
Look, we know it’s cute and it’s fluffy but you must give it food and treats in moderation. Overfeeding your rabbit is the worst thing you can do as it’s owner. We appreciate that sometime you will want to be kind to your rabbit and feed it extra snacks. However, your rabbit will eat to its heart content with just Hay and Grass in it’s hutch. Treats should be given on very rare occasions, any more than this and you risk making your rabbit overweight.
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