When you plan to own a rabbit as a pet, you need to find out as many information as possible on how to properly raise and feed this lovely furry creature. You need to know how to provide a right housing, a right maintenance of its habitat and also ensure that it has a right diet. The type of food you feed your rabbit with will influence a lot their state of health and if you care for its health and happiness, then you must provide the best diet and nutrition to go with it for raising a healthy bun.
This article will point out at you the right diet for your pet rabbit or for the future rabbit you plan to raise as your household pet:
- Hay – this may sound a little bit too unusual given the fact that you do not live at a farm where this food is at your discretion. But yes, hay makes for 70% of the pet rabbit’s diet. You can not deprive your beloved pet from this food because it helps your pet to have a good digestion while maintaining its body clean on the inside.It is that intake of fibers that humans need to flush out the wastes and toxins that accumulate inside the body. Not to mention that for some hairy rabbits, there is the risk to swallow hairballs together with their natural grooming and the presence of hay inside their digestive system will help them eliminate that hairball.Another reason why hay should be fed to your rabbit is the help their teeth have with the constant chewing. While your rabbit will constantly chew on the hay, their ever growing teeth will grind naturally. Since they are used to munching on daily basis, the presence of hay as their diet will help them chase away the boredom. Make sure that the ration of hay you provide daily is fresh and if possible keep it feeding the pet rabbit from a tray to avoid having it walked on.
- Green vegetables – make of around 25% of the daily food that you feed your pet rabbit with. You have to provide them a variety of veggies (around 1 cup/3 pounds of body weight) and do not get stuck only into one or two types. Choose parsley, carrot tops, spinach, watercress, peppers, celery, and so on. Again these veggies come with their daily intake of fibers and necessary nutrients for a healthy growth.
- Treats – make of around 5% of their daily amount of food and must be no more than 1 or 2 tablespoons. The amount you feed them with treats depends of course on the body weight of your pet rabbit. Sweet fruits and veggies such as bananas, carrots, strawberries, apples, peaches are only a few to consider mixing as daily treats for your beloved pet rabbit.