Feeding Pocket Pets: Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Hamsters, And More
Pocket pets have unique nutritional needs. Most have teeth that never stop growing. Chewing on food that can help prevent overgrown teeth is very important. For this reason, about 75% of their diet should be fiber. This can be achieved by giving good quality hay, such as Timothy hay or orchard hay. Oat grass is also a good source of fiber. The best hay will depend on the type of pocket pet that you have, so it’s a good idea to ask your vet for help.
Fresh vegetables should compose about 20% of the diet. Many pocket pets love a nice salad. Offer a small salad serving composed of dark, leafy vegetables, such as kale and collards, or of broccoli and shredded carrots, every two days.
A weekly serving of fruits, such as banana or papaya, rounds out the last 5% of a pocket pet’s diet. Any leftover fruit or veggies that are still in the food bowl 4 hours after being served to your pet should be removed.
Commercial pellets may be given occasionally. Fortified pellets are preferred over non-fortified formulas.
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