How to choose food for ornamental rabbits?

No matter how corny it sounds, but proper feeding of the rabbit – the key to your pet’s health, and in this article, female site tell me what food for ornamental rabbits to work the best.

General principles of composing a diet

In the wild rabbits diet consists mostly of dried and fresh herbs. Fewer rabbits eat bark from trees, twigs and shoots, fruits and seeds. It is important to know, to understand, what to feed a Bunny at home.

A staple food for domestic rabbit — hay of any variety. It is rich in vitamins a and D, and also calcium, protein and other nutrients. Hay affects the health of teeth and digestive tract, so it should be available to the rabbit is constant.

For hay, you can mix different herbs, but not add it to alfalfa. Alfalfa is too high in calories, and the amount of protein contained therein is far superior to the average demand in this rabbit.

We can not exclude fresh food — they contain additional nutrients, water, and also provide a variety of taste. The main part of fresh feed — green (75%). Many herbs and other leafy greens, safe for humans, can be added to the diet of the rabbit.

But there are plants that give rabbits should not be.

The digestive tract of rabbits differs from that of men, and many products are suitable for people who have rabbits cause disease of the gastrointestinal tract (primarily swelling and inflammation of the intestine). You can’t give rabbits any grains and legumes and root vegetables and fruits that contain large quantity of starch is the most inappropriate food for ornamental rabbits.

Fruits and dried fruits can also be given in small amounts (1 teaspoon per 2 kg body weight per day). Rabbits, like other animals, love the sweet and high-calorie foods. Limit the amount of fruit that the rabbit has not scored overweight and not sick!

In a cage a rabbit should always have clean drinking water (preferably in a dedicated drinker).

What to feed a Bunny

Further here is the list of products that are best food for ornamental rabbits.

Leafy greens:

  • Arugula;
  • The carrot tops;
  • The leaves of a cucumber;
  • Salads watercress, frisée and Romaine;
  • The turnip tops;
  • Dandelion greens;
  • Chicory;
  • Raspberry leaves;
  • Dill.

Due to the high content of oxalic acid can not give often parsley, spinach, the tops of radishes and beets.

Vegetables should be no more than 15% of the diet (about 1 tablespoon per 2 kg of body weight per day). The list of allowed for rabbit feed vegetables include:

  • Broccoli;
  • Bell pepper any color;
  • Brussels sprouts;
  • Zucchini;
  • Zucchini;
  • Edible flowers (nasturtium, pansies, hibiscus);
  • Celery.

You can not frequently give (and better, in General, exclude) fresh cabbage, in many cases, it causes digestive problems.

Fruits should not constitute more than 10% of the diet (1 teaspoon per 2 kg body weight per day). If you are confident in the quality of fruit – just wash them. Otherwise, better to cut all the skin to avoid chemical poisoning.

That you can give:

  • Apple (any variety, without seeds);
  • cherry (without stones);
  • pear;
  • peach;
  • plum (pitted);
  • banana (without skin);
  • melon (rinds and seeds);
  • kiwi;
  • papaya;
  • mango;
  • any berries;
  • pineapple (without the skin);
  • apricot;
  • a nectarine.

What else can you feed a Bunny

In addition to fresh produce and hay, Pets can be fed prepared foods. Their selection in store is huge, and you can choose the right food for ornamental rabbits. Finished feed are divided into two groups: the feed mixture and herbal granules.

The feed mixture is often full, and when feeding they only need to add hay. Herbal granules are best used as a treat and not to get involved with them, but instead to regularly give green feed.

For the better grades of prepared feeds include:

  • Fiory;
  • Versele-Laga;
  • Padovan.

Before giving your pet any food, pay attention to its quality: in the composition should not be grains and legumes, sunflower seeds and animal fat.

Poisonous plants and prohibited products

Now let’s talk about what to feed a Bunny home, you should not.

Plants causing poisoning in rabbits include:

  • iris;
  • Lily of the valley;
  • Buttercup;
  • avocado;
  • physalis;
  • Laurel;
  • the bark and leaves of cherry and oak;
  • cloves;
  • most houseplants;
  • peony;
  • Mac;
  • tansy;
  • hydrangea;
  • Jasmine;
  • hyacinth and some others.

In addition to the above-mentioned grains and legumes, rabbits absolutely can not give chocolate, salty foods, sweets with honey and boiled and fried food.

Rabbit is one of the most undemanding Pets, and properly feed it quite easy. With a well structured diet for a long time the rabbit will remain healthy and will give you many joyful moments of communication!

The author – Svetlana Feldshera practicing veterinarian, specifically for your website –

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