Your Rabbit’s Vegetarian Diet

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As one of our favourite household pets, rabbits are still in the top five, remaining one of the best family choices especially where there are young children in the household. They are by nature very docile creatures and are visually appealing with a curious gentle disposition. Choosing the correct type of rabbit food is obviously of paramount importance and should be thoroughly investigated beforehand, which will in the long run, save time and money as using a top quality product will cut down on unnecessary vets bills and prevent any unwanted digestive problems for your rabbit.

Like every other living thing, we all have our likes and dislikes and the same principle will apply to your individual rabbit. It is not a good idea to try and force a certain type of food into the diet if it is patently obvious that it is not going to be eaten. It is a case of trial and error to begin with and as long you have the basic staple diet in place, and stick to this formula on a daily basis; any other foods can be given as perhaps treats or used as a supplement to their specialist food mix. We know them to be vegetarians and as long as the feeding programme incorporates all their nutritional needs, amino acids, minerals and vitamins, then the actual feeding is relatively simple depending on the age and health of the individual animal. One of the more common problems is that some can suffer a rapid weight gain owing in some cases, to selective feeding and lack of proper exercise. It is all common sense really but just as we are responsible for our own well being, as pet owners we are also responsible for our animals and obviously what we feed them will reflect in the end result.

Rabbits are natural grazers – we can all conjure up a picture in our minds of bunnies in a field happily munching away – so this trait is perfectly normal and should, if anything, be encouraged. This activity will help to keep their rapidly growing teeth to an acceptable level as if left to overgrow, your rabbit will become very miserable and could also lead to serious health problems. So you have made your choice of a commercially prepared complete rabbit food which has been tried, tested and recommended as one of the very best (your local supplier, breeder or vet can all help you with suggestions here) so that is your starting point. There must also be an inclusion of fresh hay/grass on a daily basis as they require these components to provide the necessary fibres to ensure digestive health.

As far as supplements go, there are many seasonal fruits and vegetables which you can offer so long as they are pre-washed beforehand and also checked out to make sure they are completely suitable to feed to your rabbit. Surprisingly, some of these could have serious adverse health effects so never give any new kind of food unless you know for sure that it is safe. You should keep a close eye on their fluid intake as any dry mix diet needs to have extra moisture so fresh clean drinking water must be available every day.

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Source by Lindsey Watson

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