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    What sort of feed should I be giving to my rabbit

    Articlepet food guidesMonday 18 March 2013
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    Getting a new rabbit can be exciting but it does however pose many challenges on just how you should look after it properly. One such issue is the feeding. Below we take a quick look at a guide on how best to feed your new friend.
     
    First of all you must make sure there is an adequate supply of water. This is by far the most important thing. Without water your rabbit will not be able to survive. This can be done by using various water bowls or even bottles that you can fit onto the hutch. If you choose to use the bottle and you have baby rabbits then make sure that it is positioned low enough for them to reach.  However for a fully grown rabbit, positioning it too low will mean that they have to adjust and bend their necks which could be dangerous in the long term. Try to find the optimal position. Remember also to change the water supply daily to keep the levels up and also fresh.
     
    Your rabbit should also have constant access to foods such as hay, straw and other fibres similar to this. This can help maintain a healthy digestive system for them. Straw pellets have proved a popular choice and these can even double up as sufficient bedding. Relying on these however is not advised. This is because they are manufactured and rabbits who only eat them become obese and also have nutritional related issues. You should supplement the diet with vegetables too. Rabbits, like humans, need some sort of a variety to maintain a well balanced diet. These are the most important food products you should give your rabbits. Their bodies are highly sensitive and any upset could cause problems.
     
    During the warmer periods of the year such as summer you can change the rabbit’s diet to a more fresh approach. You can use feeds like grass, dandelions, leaves and herbs. Due to the hot temperatures you would need to feed them more often as these foods perish in the heat faster.  The change to fresh foods should happen slowly and this includes younger rabbits to help with the stable digestive system.
    In regards to treats, be careful. Treats sold at pet stores could actually be harmful to their digestive systems due to the high sugar levels and carbohydrate levels . A possible idea could be 1-2 tablespoons of fresh fruit instead. However treats are treats and moderation is advised in regards to this.
     
    Source: Kleintiernews
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