You’ve likely read countless articles on what you should feed your rabbit to ensure its health through nutrition. While what you should feed your rabbit is relatively easy to understand, knowing what not to do isn’t always clear. The following information is the “don’ts” of rabbit feeding. Do you know what not to do when feeding your bunny? Read on to find out.
· Don’t feed your rabbit too many sugary foods including muesli. While your bunny will enjoy sweet treats occasionally, avoid feeding it too many sugary foods. If your rabbit becomes accustomed to eating sweets and muesli, it will begin to deny the nutritious food. This is called selective eating. Limit your rabbit’s intake of sweet treats to once or twice a week and in very small quantities.
· Don’t feed your rabbit hay that is brown and moldy. Hay will make up a large part of your rabbit’s diet. Remember that the hay needs to be high quality. If it is brown, moldy, or has a smell, refuse to give it your rabbit. This can make your pet very sick. Grass from your garden is a better alternative to moldy hay.
· Don’t feed your rabbit treats that are high in carbohydrate. When choosing treats for your diet, strive to make sure that they are nutritional. Treats that are high in carbohydrates will serve only to make your rabbit gain weight. Obese rabbits do not live as long and are prone to health problems. Be very contentious when choosing the type of carbohydrates that your rabbit will consume.
· Don’t over feed your rabbit with too many nuggets. Whilst nuggets are an essential part of every rabbit’s diet, over feeding is a common problem. As your bunny ages, its nugget intake should be adjusted to reflect his life stage.
· Don’t give your rabbit fresh fruits and veggies without washing them first. Protect your bunny from pesticides and other chemicals that can be found on unwashed fruits and vegetables which have been bought from the supermarket. This can make them very sick and in some cases cause death. Wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly before you give them to your pet. Choose fruits and veggies as a nutritional part of a complete diet for your pet, without the risk of pesticides.
Many rabbit owners do not realize the effect that feeding “bad” food to their pets can have. From the overfeeding of sugary foods to feeding too many nuggets, knowing exactly what to feed your rabbit can be difficult. Use the information above to help to determine a healthier, more nutritious feeding plan for your fluffy friend.