Feeding your rabbit
Feeding your rabbit correctly
Rabbits have a unique dental and digestive system. Feeding the correct diet is important to prevent problems such as dental disease, diarrhoea and obesity.
Remember that in the wild rabbits are grazers and so are designed to eat food (grass) that is low in energy and high in fibre. Rabbit’s teeth grow continually and are worn down by the constant chewing.
If this doesn’t happen overgrown teeth and dental abscesses can result, which can be very difficult to treat.
Hay should form the main part of your rabbits diet, this is high in fibre and gives them something to chew. Hay (or grass) should make up 80% of your rabbits diet.
Think of this as feeding an amount of hay equivalent to your rabbit’s body size every day.
An adult-sized handful of fresh greens can be fed alongside hay. Think of this as feeding an amount of greens equivalent to the size of your rabbit’s head.
Complete pelleted food can be fed, but rabbits do not need to much of this. It is important to choose the complete blended pellets rather than the ‘muesli’ type food; if your rabbit only eats certain parts of the food he will not be getting a balanced diet. Just a tablespoon of pellets is sufficient for most rabbits.
Think of this as an amount equivalent to the size of your rabbits ears.
Treats are not really necessary and often contain a lot of sugar. If you want to feed treats only give a small amount very occasionally.
rabbitwelfare.co.uk – Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund offering advice on caring for your rabbit