If many people without hesitation feed a cat or dog with the same food they eat, then with decorative domestic rabbits, the situation is quite different. Fluffy animals will begin to have intestinal problems from malnutrition, dangerous diseases can occur, and in some cases even death is possible. In order to prevent such a development of events, even before buying a pet, try to figure out how to feed an ornamental rabbit is possible, and what is absolutely impossible.
- 1 What to feed domestic rabbits: factory or natural feed?
- 2 Rough and juicy natural food
- 3 Dangerous feed for ornamental rabbits
What to feed domestic rabbits: factory or natural feed?
Keep in mind that the diet of rabbits differs markedly from the diet of all other domestic animals, whether cats, dogs, guinea pigs, hamsters or rats. What is useful for domestic rodents may well harm the decorative rabbit. From the article you will learn that ornamental rabbits are eating, and from what feeds they may have health problems.
With a constant saturation of dry food, the rabbit will simply abandon natural food.
Video about the care of the decorative rabbit
Use factory feed in limited quantities, in the form of treats – then they will be useful for the rabbit. Just keep in mind that rabbits are herbivores, so mixtures of grains, nuts, dried fruits and vegetables are undesirable for them. Such feed for rabbits is too fat and can lead to liver obesity, which will end badly for an animal.
When buying food, always carefully examine its packaging: high-quality factory feed should contain more than 20% crude fiber, less than 15% protein, fat and calcium up to 1%. Since small rabbits need calcium and protein for growth, they can be given more dry feed, gradually reducing the portion after seven months to avoid disruption of the digestive system in adults.
Rough and juicy natural food
In summer, instead of hay, rabbits can be given a mixture of herbs dried in the sun.
The ornamental rabbits, whose diet consists mainly of fresh grass hay, are distinguished by excellent health. It improves animal digestion, provides vitamins and protein, and also saves wool from lumps formed in the stomach. Hay, you can feed your furry pet all year round in unlimited quantities. The main thing – make sure that it has a greenish grassy color, pleasant aroma and was not raw. In summer, instead of hay, rabbits can be given a mixture of herbs dried in the sun (a star sprout, a yarrow, common hogweed) or dried asparagus stalks, hops, calendula.
Nettle hay leads in protein and vitamins, which you can prepare yourself, gathering nettles before flowering and drying it in the shade. If you decide to harvest hay yourself, remember: no poisonous plants, no grass processing, and no roads nearby.
Feeding decorative rabbits must include branches that not only have high nutritional value (especially with leaves), but also allow animals to grind their teeth on the bark. The following tree species will do: willow, linden, aspen, hazel, Canadian maple, ash, acacia, pear, currant, apple. It is not recommended to give branches: bird cherry, elderberry, buckthorn, broom, poplar, walnut, peach, apricot, plum, cherry, cherry. Sprigs of oak and alder are given in small quantities as a fixative if rabbits have a digestive upset and it is better not to abuse birch branches because they have a diuretic effect.
Sprigs of oak and alder are given in small quantities as a fixing agent.
How to feed a homemade rabbit from succulent feed:
- green grass (leaves of quinoa, wheat grass, dandelion, knotweed, rhubarb, chicory, young leaves of burdock, clover, seeded herbs);
- garden crops (tops of radish, carrots, turnips, turnips, strawberry leaves, sunflower and Jerusalem artichoke, celery, spinach, basil, parsley, savoy and Brussels sprouts, various types of lettuce, except lettuce);
- vegetables (tomatoes, zucchini and cucumbers – always without seeds, carrots, turnips).
Small quantities can be offered to rabbits chickpeas, green beans, watermelon, cantaloupe, bananas, apples, pears. Exotic fruit is better not to give.
Dangerous feed for ornamental rabbits
So, what you can feed decorative rabbits, you have learned, but it is equally important to remember what products are not recommended to give to your pet, so as not to harm its health.
Keep your pet always has clean water
Having understood what to feed a dwarf rabbit, do not forget about the fact that it is necessary for it to consume a lot of fluids for normal life. Every day, pour fresh water at room temperature to the rabbit, pre-rinsing the drinker or bowl with hot water. Make sure that your pet always has clean water in the drinking bowl, fresh hay in the manger, and the diet is varied every day.