How to Feed Your Rabbit the Right Greens.
Your pet rabbit deserves a healthy and well rounded diet, with a mixture of hay, pellets, and fresh vegetables. Not only will this ensure that your bunny gets enough nutrition every day, but it will also keep your bunny healthy for the duration of her life. Rabbits have sensitive digestive systems, and they need a diet high in fiber, with pellets, hay, and veggies, to help their digestive systems functioning properly. Keep your bunny healthy and happy with a daily serving of the right greens.
1. Select at least three types of vegetables per feeding, including one high in vitamin A. Each type of vegetable will give your bunny different nutrients, ensure she eats a variety of veggies, and will allow her to practice different chewing motions. Your bunny’s teeth are constantly growing, so helping her work her teeth will help with grinding.
2. Avoid overfeeding your bunny certain vegetables. Some vegetables can be harmful if your bunny eats too much over a short period of time, or if she develops a build up of certain nutrients in her body. Vegetables like kale, parsley, mustard greens and spinach should be fed sparingly to your bunny as they are high in oxalates and goitrogens.
3. Use carrots and fruits as treats. The image of a bunny munching on a pile of carrots is in fact an unhealthy one, as carrots are high in sugar and oxalate, the later can encourage bladder stone formation. Carrots should only be used as treats for your bunny.
4. Give your rabbit a daily serving of vegetables based on her body weight. The standard formula is a minimum of one cup of vegetables a day for each 4 lbs. of body weight. Most bunnies weigh around 5-8 lbs. Determine the weight of your bunny and then use the formula to determine the amount of veggies you should be feeding your bunny.
5. Maintain your bunny’s diet with hay and pellets. Fresh hay is the most important element of your bunny’s diet, as it is high in fiber and good for your bunny’s digestive system. Your rabbit’s diet should consist of mostly fresh hay, vegetables, fresh pellets, and fresh water. Give adult rabbits timothy, grass, and oat hays, and give younger rabbits alfalfa hay. Avoid giving adult rabbits alfalfa, as it is too high in protein, calcium, and sugar.
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