Rabbits are very fragile, from their insides to their outsides. Rabbits need a lot more in their diet than a few pellets, carrots and some lettuce. They require a constant feed of Hay, regular fresh vegetables and the occasional fruity treat!
When introducing a new food to your furry friend, you need to make sure that you’re easing them into it, this means smaller portions day by day until their digestion tract is able to handle whatever you put in their fruit and vegetables bowl.
If you are introducing new foods into your rabbits diet, make sure they have a lot of fresh hay available to help regulate their stomachs balance. The same can be said for changing a rabbits diet, try to do this as little as possible as it can upset their digestive system.
Rabbit Pellets: How many is too many?
The general rule of thumb is one-quarter cup of pellets per day for an adult rabbit.
Pellet quantity is something that many people will give difference answers to, so take this with a pinch of salt. If your rabbit is under 5lbs it will need 1/8th of a cup.
If you have a baby bunny or a small under one year old rabbit, it can be given alfalfa pellets. If this is the case, make sure you swap out to grass hay to balance out the dietry needs. If you can, buy hay with the highest fiber content you can.
DO NOT BUY PELLETS WITH DRIED CORN, NUTS & SEEDS.
We highly recommend having pellets instead of food mix, purely on the basis that pellets provide a decent balanced diet however the mixes allows you rabbit to pick out the higher sugar and starch based goodies.
Try to avoid giving your rabbit any form of mix as pellets are much more beneficial to their diet.
Rabbit Hay: Which Hay to pick?
A majority of your rabbits diet will be Hay, so you shouldn’t ever let the supply of Hay run low. Rabbits are grazing animals and as such they will need regular fresh hay daily which doesn’t run out. We personally use tubs to keep the hay in so we can add and top up as the day goes on.
Hay can also grow mold on it which will make you rabbit sick. So make sure to throw away any older Hay or even put it in a compost bin with your rabbits stray poo!
Your Rabbit will require Grass Hays, these include Timothy Hay, Orchard Grass, Brome & Oat Hay. It’s okay to mix these as well as only give one type of hay.
If your bunny is an adult, it is generally advised to avoid giving them Alfalfa Hay as this is legume based and is too rich for a regular basis. However, it can be given to your rabbit as a treat.
How many Treats can they have?
Rabbits LOVE food and even more so, they love treats. They’ll quickly pick up where the treats are and beg, so be prepared! Treats should be given sparingly if at all in most cases.
There are healthy treats for your rabbit, these would include small chunks of fresh fruit and then there are unprocessed mixes such as Hay biscuits, mixed dried flowers and we recommend Rosewood Natural.
What Vegetables can’t my rabbit have?
Whilst veggies are likely your rabbits favourite food, a lot of vegetables aren’t safe for your rabbit and can cause issues with their digestion which may lead to Stasis.
Whilst most vegetables are safe, we have our own list that you can print out and stick to your fridge or keep bookmarked!