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How to feed rabbits - simple tips for beginner rabbit breeders


The main food of rabbits is hay, but to create a full-fledged diet rich in essential substances, it is necessary to include juicy dressing in it. You need to know exactly what vegetables and fruits can feed the rabbits, so as not to harm their health. Many species cause fermentation, edema, and loose stools. After watching the behavior of the pet, select those vegetables that are most liked. Try to offer different options that can enrich the food. The main thing is that they should be grown without the use of stimulants and fertilizers, traces of which accumulate in plants and harm animals.

What vegetables can you give to rabbits?

To the food rabbit add all kinds of vegetables. Well perceived potatoes. It must be boiled and peeled. When offering a pet, consider the high calorie content of the plant. Dilute carrots, cabbage, try to create enough variety. Rabbits love sugar beets, give them ripe root vegetables, peeled in small quantities. Watch your behavior carefully, because this vegetable is causing intestinal problems.

Cucumbers are useful, especially for those who have just given birth to rabbits. They contribute to the abundant production of milk. Vegetable is low in calories and is suitable for constant summer nutrition, as are tomatoes, especially if they are grown in their own vegetable garden.

In the points of mass sale they are covered with special compounds in order to preserve the freshness of the product. These substances are harmful to rabbits, so a lot of such food should not be given.

Stalks are useful for rabbits

  • celery
  • chard,
  • broccoli.

Corn is useful for animals, both raw and cooked. Most of the individuals are not indifferent to the Jerusalem artichoke. Many rabbits, having tried it once, refuse other types of vegetables. If this happens, it should be excluded from the diet, because the pet needs a variety.

What kind of fruit can be given to rabbits?

The choice of fruits for rabbits depends largely on their individual preferences. Most of the fruit consumed by humans, pets eat with pleasure and benefit to the body.

In apples and pears, which are given in small quantities, the optimal content of vitamins and nutrients needed for pets. Once a week you can give a banana without a peel. Although ornamental rabbits really like this fruit, because of its high calorie content, it can harm the pet's health if it is eaten in large quantities.

Melon and watermelon need to be fed with care:

  • peel off
  • remove seeds
  • don't give much
  • Do not feed pregnant females.

Rabbit easily eats strawberries and other berries without seeds without preparation, and kiwi should be cleaned and freed from seeds. Rabbits are interesting and dried fruit. Prunes have a beneficial effect on the bowels, allowing them to naturally cleanse.

This fruit should be given during the molting period, so that the pet's body is cleared of excess wool.

Than not recommended to feed and precautions

Harmful to rabbits:

  • beans,
  • rhubarb,
  • some leafy salads,
  • fresh cabbage in large quantities,
  • raw potatoes.

Contrary to popular belief, cabbage is not recommended. It causes violent gas formation and bloating. Cabbage must be given carefully:

  • top leaves only
  • boil or pull over,
  • offer in very small quantities.

Cabbage must be given carefully

Vegetables and fruits are a delicious treat for rabbits, and can be a welcome encouragement when training. At the same time, it is important not to overdo it with their number. Especially it concerns high-calorie options, such as carrots or banana. Fruits that increase peristalsis and disrupt the bowels, causing swelling, are harmful in large quantities.

Low-calorie zucchini is great for feeding rabbits, but acts as a laxative, so it is better to limit its use in small doses.

Not all fruits are equally beneficial to pets. Apricots and fresh plums cause indigestion, bloating and bring more suffering to animals than pleasure and benefit. Citrus fruits, especially aggressively acidic, can harm the stomach lining of an animal. Sweet seasonal mandarins are well perceived, but their number should be limited to one slice every 3 days.

How to give rabbits vegetables and fruits?

For pets, you need to carefully prepare this part of the diet:

  • wash well and wipe thoroughly
  • most of the varieties are peeled and pitted,
  • cut in small pieces,
  • perhaps a little podvyalit or give fresh.

Vegetables and fruits should be dry and at room temperature. If you feed your pet blanks from the refrigerator, you need to get them in advance, let them warm and dry.

It is possible to add vegetables and fruits to the nutrition of a young rabbit no earlier than 2-4 months. They need to be added to the diet of young individuals gradually, no more than one species at a time, respectively, reducing the other types of food. It is important to determine the individual response of the animal. If the product has caused undesirable consequences, it is better to refuse it completely, try a different look.

Vegetables and fruits are given to rabbits only as an additive to nutrition. If the pet refuses to the main product, which for him is hay, it is worth while to stop feeding.

Vegetables for rabbits

Offer tidbits of vegetables and fruits with the purpose of stimulation to physical activity:

  • hang edible toys from the floor,
  • scatter the pieces on the cage floor
  • bury in a pile of paper.

The animal will be happy to look for them and move at the same time. It is necessary that the rabbit is not bored, and did not begin to gnaw more than usual.

The inclusion of vegetables and fruits in the nutrition of pets or agricultural rabbits is an important part of proper animal care. By doing this carefully and deliberately, you will be able to enrich their diet with useful nutrients, ensure comfortable work of the digestive system and raise healthy rabbits.