Safe food for your rabbit
This post is for all of you, bunny lovers, who wants to have a healthy and happy fur baby. I’ve had a few bunnies before, and still have one today and I’ve learned a lot about them.
Rabbits are so adorable. With their big ears and little nose they conquered my heart <3
Meet flash, my new baby rabbit. I called him flash because he likes to run and he is fast. Just like flash ;p
Here’s things you should and should not feed to your bunny on a daily basis.
As I showed you in the previous picture, your rabbit diet is mostly water and hay! 85% of their diet should be composed with hay (timothy, alfalfa, or meadow hay). 85% is about the size of your rabbit. What kind of hay to choose? If your rabbit is chubby, I would feed him the timothy hay. Alfalfa hay would be good if your rabbit is skinny or not eating a lot since it’s th highest in proteins. Meadow hay is also high in proteins. Hay has also a “teeth sharpening” fact. Yeah, rabbits teeth always grow. They need to get sharpened naturally. Hay is doing the sharpening job on their teeth. My rabbit is young and he is eating a lot and growing very fast so I give him the timothy hay because I don’t want him to get fat.
They should also have unlimited quantity of fresh water. Their water bowl or bottle should be washed and filled everyday. If you have a bottle, I really recommend you to verify occasionally if it works good. By experience, I once had a bottle that wasn’t working good. It was either running all the time or not at all. So make sure it’s working well. Your bunny should never run out of water!
Pellets should also be a part of your bunny’s diet (5% of his diet). There’s many choices when it comes to pellets. Ask your veterinarian or your pet shop for advice on wich pellet to choose. 5% is about a handful of pellets per day.
fresh fruits and vegetables are an important part of you bunny’s diet. They find other vitamins and nutrients in their veggies and fruits that they won’t find in the hay and pellet. You should feed your rabbit a variety of fresh veggies and fruits everyday. It should be 10% of their diet. Be careful to add it gradually to his diet! Only feed your floppy ears pet a tiny piece of the vegetable/fruit you want to give him to make sure his body will accept it. Some veggies or fruits might cause diarrhea or constipation. And he might also not like it. So why take risks to get your bunny sick or wasting food?
Here’s a list of vegetables and fruits that I did experience with my rabbit:
- Carrot ♡ : His favorites
- Celery ♡
- Green beans
- Yellow beans
- Snow peas
- Radish ♡
- Sweet potatoes ♡
- Spinach ♡
- Apple ♡
- Raspberry ♡
- Cranberry (homemade cranberry juice)
So, as you might have noticed, I try to give more veggies than fruits because there is less sugar in vegetables. And don’t forget that vegetables and fruits should only be fed as a treat!
I think someone is waiting for you to bring him a delicious treat! See you!