Today I am back with an informative post about feeding your rabbit.  (You know, because food is kind of important…)

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Now that you’ve welcomed your new bun into your home and its cage has been placed in an optimal location, let’s talk about how to properly feed your rabbit.  Bunny tummies operate differently from our regular house pet companions like cats and dogs, so it’s very important that we are aware of these differences so that our rabbits friends can live long, happy lives.

Cats and dogs are predominately carnivorous (though we all have those weird animals like my dad’s cat who loves biscuits) and have stomachs that can handle (or at least attempt to) a variety of substances.  Rabbits, on the other hand, are herbivores with relatively delicate digestive systems.

Their primary source of food is hay (not straw, the difference being that hay is green grass that has been cut and dried, whereas straw is dried wheat that contains little to no nutritional value.  Please do not ever feed straw to your rabbit.)  A rabbit should have access to fresh hay at all times.

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Mondo bag!

This is the hay we feed Izzy.  I put a large handful in each of her litter boxes every morning and evening.  She likes to pull it out of the litter box and throw it all over the floor, then eat about half of it.  So annoying.

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This is her “I’m getting ready to move it to the floor” pose.

In addition, rabbits should be fed pellet food and fresh vegetables to round out their diet.  As far as pellets go, a 6 lb rabbit should receive ¼- ½ cup of pellets a day.  This is not a fill up the bowl and let the rabbit munch all day situation.  That’s what the hay is for.

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Izzy’s pellet ration. Remember, she’s tiny!

Tipping the scales at just over 2 pounds (remember she is a dwarf breed), Izzy receives a very small amount of pellets twice a day.

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RIght now she gets a mix of these two foods.

Izzy also receives about 1 cup of fresh vegetables every day, usually consisting of lettuce (any variety except iceberg), spinach, parsley, cilantro and I throw in a sliver of carrot into the mix as a treat.  (Rabbits can begin to receive fresh veggies starting at about 6 months old.  When introducing a new veggie, just add a small amount at first to make sure your rabbit’s digestive system can handle it.)

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Om nom nom.

Treats for rabbits include most fruits, but they should be given sparingly, especially if your rabbit is housed in a cage and doesn’t have much room to run around.   Izzy’s favorite is dried papaya.  She knows what the plastic bag sounds like and will come running if she ever thinks she hears it.

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She loves it!

It’s very important not to feed your rabbit anything you’re unsure of.  Unlike cats and dogs, rabbits cannot vomit (gross fact, I know) so anything you feed them will be digested.  If you have any specific questions about feeding your rabbit, feel free to email me.  I also find this website to be a good source of information.

Have a hoppy weekend everybody!

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