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Rabbits – Feeding Tips

 

1. Buy specialist rabbit food – ask your vet or pet shop for advice.

2. Ensure your rabbit has plenty of hay- it is the best form of fibre for rabbits.

3. Provide them with access to dried or fresh grass- another great source of fibre.

4.  Feed leafy vegetables– good for their teeth!

5. Include a few root vegetables (but go easy on the carrots which actually aren’t that good for rabbits as they are high in sugar.  As a treat you can feed carrot tops but they are loaded with calcium and your rabbit can't have too much!)

6. Always provide access to fresh water – they like it best from a metal tipped feeding bottle, check the bottle regularly to make sure it’s working properly.

7. DON’T give them sticky or sugary treats – a real no-no for their teeth.

8. Rabbits are quite sensitive so if you change their food do so gradually.

9. Rabbits naturally graze and forage for their food.  You can encourage this natural behaviour by scattering hay, leafy vegetables and prepared rabbit food.  Try concealing the food in hidden places, like inside an empty toilet roll or a rabbit feeding toy.

10. Rabbits can get fat quickly if they're not eating the right food or taking enough exercise. Use the Rabbit Pet Size-O-Meter every four weeks or so to check your rabbits body condition.  


Below vet Mark Abrahams shows you how to use the Rabbit Size-O-Meter