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Tips & tricks for feeding your rabbit

Tips & tricks for feeding your rabbit

Feeding your rabbit a Superior Nutrition diet is essential for their health. 

Pellets around 5% of diet. Leafy greens 2-4 cups per day. Hay - Unlimited fresh hay, makes up around 80% of their diet.

The Rabbit Food Pyramid

The Animates Vetcare team have compiled a list of tips and tricks, designed to help you understand how best to nourish your rabbit.

Rabbits are herbivores and so a diet containing mostly hay, leafy greens and pellets is recommended for optimum nutritional benefits.

Safe Vegetables for Rabbits
  • Alfalfa or Brocco sprouts
  • Basil
  • Carrot tops
  • Coriander
  • Fennel
  • Mesculin Mix
  • Mint

  • Parsley
  • Radish tops
  • Romaine (Cos) lettuce
  • Rocket lettuce
  • Rosemary
  • Watercress
  • Willow

Vegetables that are high in oxalates should be used sparingly, such as Kale and Spinach. They can cause or exacerbate bladder sludging and stones, as well as other calcium/kidney problems. We also recommend avoiding iceburg lettuce.

Some rabbits may find the below vegetables rather "gassy". If diarrhoea occurs, remove from their diet and remember that rabbits can't get rid of gas like we can.

  • Bok Choy
  • Broccoli (and leaves)
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Silverbeet

Treats should only be fed occasionally, 1-2 times per week in small amounts. To reward your rabbit you might like to consider:

  • Capsicum
  • Carrot
  • Banana
  • Apple (no seeds)
  • Grapes (no seeds)
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Pineapple
  • Melon
  • Papaya
  • Strawberries
Pellets should contain no seeds, corn or colourful bits

Pellets

Pellets only need to be a small portion of your rabbits diet, around 1/5 cup twice a day based on a 1.5kg - 2kg rabbit.

No seeds, corn or colourful bits. Supreme Science Selective or Oxbow are Superior brands.

Appropriate pellet diets should contain around 12-14% protein; minimum 18% fibre; 1-3% fat; 0.5-1% calcium; 0.4-0.8% phosphorus (equally important is the ratio between calcium and phosphorus, which should be 1.5-2:1 calcium to phosphorus).



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