Incorrect feeding can lead to many health problems for your pet rabbit. These can significantly reduce its life span as well as causing it a lot of pain and distress.
Rabbits are not designed to eat just rabbit mix. A bowl of fresh water should always be available – avoid water bottles, as many rabbits have difficulty drinking sufficient amounts from them.
Your pet’s diet needs to be made up of mainly grass-based products (such as hay) and supplemented with a variety of vegetables and a small amount of commercial rabbit mix.
Grass really is the perfect food for rabbits. It’s high in fibre, which keeps their digestive systems running well, and is also highly abrasive, so it keeps their teeth nicely worn down – in a much better way than any shop-bought gnawing block could. A permanent grassy run attached to your rabbit’s hutch would be the ideal way to ensure that your rabbit gets as much grass as he or she needs.
Hay is simply dried grass, so use this as bedding (instead of straw or sawdust) and your rabbit will be able to munch away to its heart’s content! Rabbits can eat as much grass and hay as they like – but NEVER give your rabbit grass clippings, as they can make them very ill.
Provide your rabbit with a limited amount of commercial rabbit food, probably about one handful per rabbit per day. High-quality pelleted rabbit foods, such as Burgess Supa Rabbit Excel, are the best choice, as all of the pellets are exactly the same, ensuring that your rabbit receives a balanced diet and doesn’t just pick out the bits he or she likes best!
A selection of leafy greens and vegetables should also be offered each day. You’ll soon find out what your rabbit likes best! Steer clear of very sugary fruits, such as banana or citrus fruits, as both can cause gut problems. Shop-bought rabbit treats are also generally high in sugar, so should be given in moderation, if at all.