Feeding Pet Rabbits
Pet rabbits benefit from a nutritionally balanced diet every single day because they can easily suffer from specific dietary deficiencies. The staple component of a rabbit’s diet is hay, which is a primary source of fiber. Chomping on hay is also a natural way to keep their teeth trimmed at an appropriate length. About 90% of a rabbit’s diet should be composed of hay and other fibrous types of food. Rabbits also love to munch on lettuce, basil, mustard greens, kale, and dandelion greens; all of these are excellent sources of additional nutrients. However, you should steer clear of giving cabbage, brussel sprouts, spinach, broccoli, and cauliflower to your bunny. Fragrant herbs such as arugula, basil, parsley, and cilantro can be offered more frequently. You can also give carrots and other sweet vegetables as treats or in limited amounts. As for pellets, the general recommendation per day is 1/4 cup for every 5 kilogram of a rabbit’s body weight. Remember to choose plain pellets and avoid those with nuts, seeds, or any additional ingredients.
For more information about your pet’s dietary needs, visit your veterinarian Happy Valley, OR.