It’s very important to know exactly the percentage of the food that should be given to a rabbit and the one that you shouldn’t feed a bunny.
Main Ingredients of a Rabbit Diet
About eighty per cent of the diet must be hay for a rabbit and the hay should be of the good quality. The most desired kinds of hay for a bunny are grass hay, timothy and oat hays, some orchard hay is okay too. There may be a mix of hays for a rabbit diet.
Actually, two things which rabbits should have in unlimited amounts in their diet are hay and lean water to drink. The fruits and vegetables should be limited in amounts, as when giving too much of some kind of food, you risk your rabbits to get upset stomachs or diarrhea.
Also, hay contains useful vitamins like a vitamin A and a vitamin D, proteins, calcium and the other necessary bunny nutrients. When eating hay rabbits make their teeth stronger and improves health of a bunny digestive system. So, provide your pet with plenty of hay to be sure in its health condition.
Can Rabbits Eat Cabbage?
Yes, rabbits can eat cabbage and it’s very useful for their organism, but as any new product, you should start giving it in small portions. First, give your rabbit one leaf of a cabbage and see how it reacts to it, if it likes it or not (as rabbits have different tastes like people do) and if it feels okay after it or not.
Some owners claim their bunnies have gas problems after the cabbage, but, actually, for them cabbage is easy to digest, so there mustn’t be any problems when feeding them with this veggie. If the rabbit feels fine after eating one leaf, the next day start giving it some more and you can feed it with up to five leaves of cabbage but not more. As the bunny diets should include about ten per cent of fruit and vegetables, not more. Excessive amounts of any veggies, that refers to cabbage too, can cause upset stomachs or soft poop.
As to the kinds of cabbage that a pet bunny is allowed to eat, they might be green cabbage, red cabbage, Pak Choi and Savoy cabbage. These cabbage types are completely safe for your pet, provided they are fresh and clean. So, make sure that there are not more than five leaves of cabbage for your rabbit to eat and plenty of hay. Rabbits have a tendency to finish every kind of food they have, so if there is too much of any food in their place, they will eat it all and may get sick. These furry animals have a delicate digestive system, which demands a lot of fiber content food and reacts to the wrong diet fast.
If your rabbit did not like cabbage when eating it first, don’t worry. It needs time to get used to a new food and develop a liking for it. So, continue feeding it with a little of cabbage from time to time and it will love it.
Of course, there might be cases of food allergy, when a rabbit may be sensitive to some kind of cabbage and have a diarrhea after it. If you have this kind of situation with your pet, avoid giving it this cabbage kind. Like many people rabbits are able to suffer from allergies too.
The Other Fruit and Vegetables for a Rabbit
Fresh fruit and veggies are very important when feeding your pet, they provide supplemental vitamins, nutrients and tastes and textures for a rabbit. Fresh products also give more moisture to a rabbit organism and it influences it bladder and kidneys in the best way. The leafy green products should make up around seventy –five per cent of the bunny fresh food. Any green product with leaves, which is useful for a human or a horse, is okay for a bunny to feed it.
Many owners also consider that they have to feed their rabbits with many greens to provide them with a vitamin A, but the vitamin A is available in hay for them in large quantities, so there are no worries about the lack of this nutrients while a bunny has a lot of hay.
Some owners also think that broccoli may provoke gases in a rabbit’s digestive system, but that’s not true. For rabbits the foods, that contain a lot of sugar and starch, may be a cause of bloating. So, broccolis and cauliflower are fine to feed a rabbit with together with the most of the root vegetables, which are rich in nutrients. But keep in mind that these products are rich in starch and sugars, so don’t give a rabbit too much of them for avoiding digestive tract problems.
Be careful and avoid feeding a domestic bunny with any onion vegetables like onions, leeks, chives or garlic. They may provoke some blood problems.
When we speak about fruits for a bunny, they are allowed to eat but in small quantities. Fruits have a lot of sugar and may be given to a bunny as a small treat. A great way to create a bond with your pet is hand -feeding it with little fruit treats. That is also an effective way to check the appetite of your favorite pet. When it eats the fruit you give to it, it’s healthy, but when it shows no desire to get the treats, you had better refer to the veterinarian, as something is wrong with your bunny.
So, that is just a little info about the rabbit diet and what it should eat or shouldn’t eat when living at home. Take care of your pet in the best way, give it fresh food and a lot of clean water and it will make you happy for a long time!