Diet Details

As the House Rabbit Society continues to collect data, and to enlist the interest of veterinarians in their beloved companions, we are learning more and more about keeping them healthy and increasing their longevity. Within the past few years, it has been determined that there are better diets than those previously recommended. This version of “Your Rabbits’ Diet” offers the latest in what we know about the ideal diet for your rabbits. Explanation Of Terms Hay and Straw Straw has few nutrient...
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Vegetables — The Joy of Rabbits’ Diets

Vegetables Quantities The quantity of vegetables offered daily should be limited to assure the rabbit eats plenty of hay. The quantity should be twice the size of the rabbit’s head, if you were to chop the vegetables coarsely and gather them snuggly (but not squeezed tightly) into your hands. Don’t chop the vegetables though. Rabbits prefer whole pieces they can “chop” themselves. The following table may also help you judge the quantity of vegetables to give your rabbit Weight Sample...
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If Your Bunny Won’t Eat Hay

The Problem for All of Us In years when we have excellent timothy hay available, our rabbits may become accustomed to only the best hay, and then, because of a bad year for timothy ranchers, the harvest produces second rate hay. Or, in a particularly bad year, we may be forced to give our bunnies brome or orchard grass or some other grass hay. So what do you do when your rabbits take one look at their new hay, look at you in disbelief, and show their displeasure by digging the hay out of its...
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Putting Weight on Skinny Bunnies

Most of us have the problem of keeping our bunnies from getting overweight - which can be deadly. Most of the time, this means nothing more than limiting treats and pellets. However, some of us have the more difficult problem of putting weight on our rabbits. Often, skinniness is the result of illness, where the just-recovering rabbit may not be as interested in food as we would like them to be. There are several things you can do to help your skinny bunny gain weight: Give high-fat an...
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One Fat and One Skinny in a Pair

We had a problem - one too-fat bunny and one too-thin bunny in the same Rabbitat. Bridgette came to us needing to lose some weight. We tried, but she gained more! Brandon came to us just fine weight-wise, but after abscess surgery and his grueling aftercare, he’d was underweight. We added a meal and treats for Brandon. Bridgette was so delighted! She‘s very food motivated (surprised?) with no compunctions about stealing food right out of Brandon's mouth. Now he was still underweight and sh...
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