|It is important to feed your rabbit a balanced diet so that they remain fit, active and healthy, and it is vital that your rabbit has access to fresh water at all times. |
A range of rabbit mixes and pellets are sold in our store and in pet shops. They have been designed with the nutritional needs of rabbits in mind and they consist of a variety of dried vegetables and grains. You shouldn't feed your rabbit food that has been designed for other animals as it may not be nutritious enough and it could even cause health problems.
Rabbit food is dry and it should be fed to your rabbit alongside an unlimited amount of hay and some vegetables.
Grass hay, such as timothy or oat hay, should be made available for your rabbit at all times. Fibre is vital to the normal function of your rabbit's digestive system and hay is a very important source of fibre.
Young rabbits can be fed alfalfa hay as it is higher in calcium and protein than regular grass hay, but grass hay should be introduced into their diet at 6 - 7 months old and they should be weaned off alfalfa hay completely by the time they are a year old. Adult rabbits should only be fed alfalfa hay as a treat.
You should ensure the hay you feed to your rabbit is free from dust and mould.
A variety of vegetables should make up a large portion of your rabbit's diet. They should be introduced in small quantities to young rabbits from 12 weeks old and by the time they are a year old they should be eating adult rations.
Vegetables that can be included in your rabbit's diet are: carrots, carrot tops, broccoli, collard greens, mustard greens, parsley, turnip greens, endive, romaine lettuce, kale and spinach.
Some vegetables can cause digestive problems in rabbits so they should be avoided. These include beans, cauliflower, cabbage, potatoes and rhubarb. Iceberg lettuce is ok to be fed to rabbits, however it has almost no nutritional value so should therefore be avoided.
Any vegetables should be thoroughly washed before your feed them to your rabbit.
Plants & Flowers
Plants and flowers are a nice treat for your rabbit but you should ALWAYS make sure that they are safe for your rabbit to eat. If you are in any doubt about the safety of the plant, DO NOT feed it to your rabbit. Examples of some safe plants are: dandelion leaves, clover, marigold and groundsel.
A wide variety of rabbit treats are available in our store or your local pet shop. Your rabbit will really enjoy these however, treats should be given sparingly to avoid obesity.
When to Feed
Your rabbit should be fed twice daily, in the morning and evening, and his hay topped up as often as he requires. When you feed your rabbit, make sure you remove any leftover vegetables and rabbit food from his hutch to avoid them rotting and going mouldy. Always check your rabbit's water bottle and top up as required.
Changing your Rabbit's Food
Rabbits have a very sensitive digestive system, so any changes to their diet should be done gradually.
If you are changing your rabbit's food to include some new types of vegetables, only add one at a time to his diet and monitor him for any digestive upsets. This way you will be able to identify which vegetable is causing him problems so you can omit it from his diet.