The diet of rabbits: Is your rabbit eating right?

The typical diet for a pet rabbit consists of water, hay, feed grain, fresh vegetables and grain for the intestine. The fruit and other foods are given only in very limited quantities because they can cause obesity. Rabbits require a constant water management as they dehydrate quickly.

Most information sources recommend that 80% of the diet of Timothy hay or some other type of hay. Too many vegetables in the diet of a rabbit typically leads to diarrhea and other digestive problems.

Granulated food.
Rabbits are usually fed with a number of food pellets available in pet stores, supermarkets and farm shops. Pelleted feeds were originally designed for rabbit breeders in order to provide the most energy and vitamins in the cheapest way possible. This is optimal when the rabbits are being bred to be eaten or for experiments.

Most sources recommend a minimum of 18% fiber, low protein (14 or 15%) and less than 1% of calcium. Depending on the amount of vegetables available, an adult rabbit should receive 20 ml to 40 ml per kilogram daily. The teens and preteens rabbits (seven months and under) can receive a diet with sufficient amounts of food pellets as they can consume, but give additional plant food is better than giving additional pellets. A rabbit’s oldest, more than six years, you may receive more food pellets if you have trouble maintaining a constant weight. Food Timothy Hay based pellets are great for rabbits that have stopped growing and do not need to gain weight. The alfalfa-based pellets food is better only for the young growing rabbits or rabbits older than little weight.

Hay.
Hay is essentially a key to the health of all rabbits. A constant readiness of hay will help prevent gastro intestinal problems and other digestive tract problems. Additionally, provide several vitamins and minerals with little nutritional value. Rabbits enjoy chewing on hay, and always have hay available for the rabbit may reduce its tendency to chew other things. Timothy hay and other types of hay are considered best for providing a rabbit. Like having too much calcium can be a harmful thing for rabbits based on alfalfa hay or clover should be avoided. Alfalfa is also relatively high energy level and a constant diet that alfalfa can cause obesity in rabbits.

Sweets.
Treats are unhealthy in large quantities for rabbits, just as they are for humans. Most treats sold in pet stores are full of sugar and a lot of energy from carbohydrates. If an owner wants to feed their rabbits with sweets, the best treat you can provide is the fruit. Acceptable fruit, removing stems and seeds, are: bananas, mangos, apples, kiwis, oranges and other citrus fruits, peaches and pineapple. The pineapples, mangoes and papaya contain natural enzymes that can reduce hairballs.

Fruits or other sweets should be given in moderation, as rabbits can easily gain weight and suffer health problems. Your diet should consist of no more than a spoonful of fruit or candy per day. However, fresh fruit should not be given to rabbits less than four months because their digestive system is not always developed enough to handle it. Can cause enteritis, which is fatal within 48 hours.

While there is a common myth about the rabbits that we must give them lettuce, this is not a good idea because it contains very little or no nutritional value for rabbits and back can cause enteritis, which leads to a quick death.

Food pellets for the intestine.
Do not be alarmed if you see your rabbit eats his own waste. This is known as a food grain for the intestine, and is a vital part of their diet. These foods are soft, ugly smell, are perfectly round and are the only source of vitamin B12 in the rabbit. Due to the design of the rabbit’s digestive system can not extract some vitamins and minerals directly from their food. At the end of your digestive system is an area where cellulose and other plant fibers are split and fermented. After the past have been broken and the digestive tract, the rabbit can finally extract the vitamins.

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