The furry-looking and adorable little bunnies entered the pet world, overloaded with charm and cuteness. They are the new breed of pets that attract the hearts of many and send off positive vibes in every household as they welcome you with a glamorous face.
Surely, bunnies are very pleasing to look at, and they are stress-relievers as you scratch your hand over their silky fur.
Now, if you are planning to have one or you already have bunnies at home and want to know how to take good care of them, especially the perfect type of food to give them, this article will be useful you.
We all know that it is essential to nourish our pets and condition them to stay healthy. In this case, we will talk on how to take care of your bunnies by listing several treats for the bunnies to enjoy while ensuring their safety.
In terms of taking care of a bunny, just like any other pets, bunnies also have specific needs to live a long, happy, and healthy life. Hence, you need to know their specific needs, particularly the food they eat.
Here are some treats you can give to your lovely bunnies:
First on the line are vegetables. Bunnies are herbivore species; thus, vegetables must be present in their diets. Here is the list of vegetables that is safe for your bunnies to gobble up:
- Bell peppers
- Brussel Sprouts
You can also give your bunnies leafy greens such as:
- Lettuce leaf
- Turnip Greens
- Dandelion Greens
- Raspberry Leaves
- Bok Choy
Take note that you can give your bunnies most vegetables, even if it is excluded from the list. However, you must consult your trusted veterinarian first before feeding your bunny.
Remember, you must gradually introduce the new type of food by feeding them slowly until they adjust. Otherwise, they may suffer from abnormal digestion, and you do not want that to happen to your gorgeous bunnies.
Another note to consider is the moderation of giving food to your bunny. You need to balance the food that you give them as they tend to get overweight if the distribution of food is not done correctly.
You must start giving them small amounts and slowly increase over time is vital. Also, you need to monitor the change in their behavior after feeding them new food.
Next on the line are fruits. You can give bunnies some fruits, but you need to know what type of fruits. Here is the list of fruits that your bunnies can enjoy:
The giving of fruit depends on the weight of your bunnies. If you have bunnies that are much bigger than the average size, you should forget to give them fruits because it might cause them to become overweight, leading to illnesses and immobility. But if your bunnies are not overweight, then you can give them fruits but with moderation.
Moreover, you can only feed fruits to your bunnies at least once or twice a week in small amounts. Before giving them the fruits, you must clean it and remove the seeds. You must be careful in giving those fruits because overfeeding them can cause an imbalance in their diet.
Always remember, similar to vegetables, fruits should be introduced slowly.
Rabbits are grazers and nibblers, so giving them something they can chew is a good idea.
You must supply them with hay or grass every time as they are good sources of fiber. Most importantly, fresh grass and hay should compose 80% of the bunny’s overall diet. Here is the list of hays that is safe for your bunnies to eat:
- Timothy Hay
- Oat Hay
- Wheaten Hay
- Pasture Hay
- Paddock Hay
- Meadow Hay
- Ryegrass Hay
The only hay that should be abolished from the diet of an adult bunny is Alfalfa hay, but it is safe for babies and growing bunnies. The abovementioned hays are the bunny-approved hays.
It is necessary to provide grass or hays to your lovely bunnies to maintain health. One apparent benefit of giving them grass or hays is the deceleration of their teeth from growing due to continuous chewing, therefore preventing any dental diseases from occurring. Another benefit includes the prevention of obesity, diarrhea, and boredom.
Additionally, bunnies needed a high amount of fiber to promote healthy digestion. Abnormal digestion is a common problem of pet bunnies due to the low fiber diet. So, your adorable bunnies must have an unlimited supply of fresh grass or hays.
Pellets are part of a bunny’s diet as well. You can give your bunnies some pellets in addition to hays and vegetables but, you must know the exact amount of pellets concerning the size of a bunny.
For example, the average bunny (6 to 10 pounds) needs a one-quarter cup of pellets each day. For bunnies under 5 pounds, you must feed them one-eighth of a cup.
If your bunny is above 10 pounds, you should not give them more than one-quarter of a cup because it is not a crucial part of a bunny’s diet, unlike fresh grass and hays.
Here is the list of pellet brands for your bunnies:
- Oxbow Animal Health Bunny Basics Essentials
- Small Pet Select Rabbit Food Pellets
- Kaytee Fiesta Food for Rabbit
- Sherwood Adult Rabbit Food- Timothy Blend
- Manna Pro Small World Rabbit Feed
Never forget that you must not overfeed your bunnies, especially pellets. Oversized bunnies do not need more pellets, only those babies and growing bunnies or bunnies that lack weight must be provided with endless pellets and a pile of hays and vegetables.
To be more confident about which pellet should you serve your bunnies, it is highly advisable to consult a veterinarian.
They can help you pick the pellet with the best quality necessary for your bunny’s health.
Now, you already know which treats are safe for your bunnies. Let us talk about the foods that are bad for your lovely bunnies. Here is the list of some foods you need to avoid giving the bunnies:
- Beet Greens
- Mustard Greens
It is crucial to know the dos and don’ts when giving treats to your bunnies. Just like humans, we can be allergic to a particular food. The same goes for our pets; hence, pet owners should make an effort to determine which are safe or unsafe for their pets.
Keep in mind, when giving treats to your lovely bunnies, always do it with moderation. Give them treats when it is the right time to do so. Do not forget to provide crucial foods to maintain a healthy diet.
Do not be fooled by their cuteness, and you tend to give them food because they are too precious to look at when chewing. Remember, be disciplined enough to think of your bunny’s health more than your satisfaction.
If you notice any undesirable behaviors of your bunnies, do not apply or feed them with anything, immediately go to your nearest vet office and let them do the work for you.