Real Food for Rabbits
Unlike dogs which have adapted
markedly from their counterparts in the wild, pet rabbits
have the same physiology as wild rabbits. Rabbits are designed
to eat grass as their main source of food.
Grass has a low nutritional value and is high
in fibre which means that rabbits must spend a long time each
day grazing in order to meet their needs.
the wild, the rabbit will spend several hours grazing, especially
at dawn and dusk. Herbs, fruits and berries will form only
a small part of the rabbit’s food intake.
Ideally, the diet of the pet rabbit should
mimic that of the wild rabbit i.e. based on grass or hay which
should always be available. This should be supplemented by
vegetables, wild plants and herbs.
Any changes to the diet should be done gradually
to avoid the danger of digestive upset. If your rabbit stops
eating, veterinary attention should be sought.
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natural way of feeding, using high quality hay together with
a wonderful mix of dried flowers and herbs.
Because of the ‘friendly bacteria’
in the gut, any dietary change should be done gradually. This
will avoid sudden changes in the types of bacteria present
in the intestines (which will hopefully prevent loose faeces).
Some experts recommend keeping to the same
vegetables every day to avoid any digestive upset, however
as long as each new vegetable is introduced in small amounts
gradually your rabbit should adapt successfully.
A sudden change in diet can be fatal, especially
in young rabbits.
• Feed unlimited amounts of high fibre,
good quality grass hay
• Make sure fresh water is always available
• Feed a variety of vegetables
• Use fruit and herbs as treats only
• Never change diets quickly
• If you do use commercial cereal based food, feed very
small amounts of a high fibre, low fat diet
n.b For more information on natural feeding
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Herbal Blend - 100g
Protein 15%, Oil 3%, Fibre
Contains: Green Oat, Parsley,
Melissa (Lemon Balm), Mint,
Nettle, Dandelion, Chamomile
Meadow Mix - 100g
Protein 13%; Oil 4%; Fibre
Contains: Dandelion, Chicory,
Plantain, Mint, Milfoil, Chamomile, Marigold, Nettle,
Tree Leaf, Willow Bark.
Oat Hay (min 900g)
Hay does lots of wonderful
things for your rabbit. It provides essential nutrients
necessary to your rabbit's diet, while being low in
calories; Its course stalks help keep your rabbit's
teeth ground down; and most importantly the fibers
helps keep your rabbit's digestive tract working normally.
Green oat hay, recommended
by many rabbit experts is 10% protein, 3.5% oil and
(14 to a pack)
Rabbits love to chew, and chewsticks
are great for supporting dental health. Unfortunately,
many are also brightly coloured or coated with sugar.
That's why we're offering
these 100% natural chewsticks in willow and hazel
AVAILABLE FROM SELECTED
and online at Burns