The wrong diet can cause all sorts of health problems, such as dental disease, gut stasis and obesity. Rabbits need lots of good quality foods to give them all the nutrients they need. In this time of crisis, our front-line staff are working hard to ensure we’re still there for the UK’s most vulnerable pets. We need your support now more than ever to keep our doors open. Our vets recommend the following diet alongside constantly available fresh drinking water. You might want to try scattering their food in a clean area of their cage or in a box of hay so they have to search to find their pellets or greens. Although rabbits love carrots, they contain a lot of sugar and calories but not any good fibre to help keep their guts moving. Like fruit, carrots are OK but only occasionally as a treat. It’s best to stick to other veg to keep your bunnies healthy. Feeding hay is fresher, smells more fragrant and is usually greener than bedding hay.
Root vegetables such as carrots or fruit, should only be given in small portions as a treat, as rabbits don’t naturally eat these type of foods. Do not feed your rabbit potatoes, corn, beans, seeds or nuts. In the wild, rabbits spend more than half their time feeding. Safe veg for rabbits. You can read about my experience and advise for caring for elderly rabbits including what to do about their diet and other possible health problems that result from old age. If you feed your rabbits muesli-style food, we recommend slowly changing their diet over to a healthier option of hay with small amounts of rabbit pellets or nuggets. The wrong diet can cause all sorts of health problems, such as dental disease, gut stasis and obesity. But be careful! Ideally you should easily be able to feel its ribs.
Just like people, bunnies enjoy a good meal. A nice mix of hay, vegetables, pellets, as well as fresh water will make your rabbit healthy and happy. Read on for more information about what to feed your pet rabbit. Adult rabbits can eat timothy, grass, and oat hays, while younger rabbits should be fed alfalfa. Alfalfa should not be given to adult rabbits because of the higher protein and sugar content. Placing hay at one end of a litter box will also encourage the use of the litter box, as rabbits tend to eat hay and poop at the same time. When choosing hay, make sure it looks and smells fresh. Do not choose a hay that looks brown or moldy or no longer smells like fresh cut grass. Store hay in a dry place in a container that allows air flow to keep it from getting moldy. Buying hay in bulk from a local farmer tends to be much more economical than buying bags from a pet store.