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What do baby bunnies eat?



(August 22, 2011)

Bunny rabbits have become a very popular choice for house pets all over the world. This could be due to the fact that as compared to many other domestic animals, rabbits are quite easy to look after. However, this does not mean that rabbits do not have their own requirements. There are several factors that should be kept in mind, by perspective pet owners, before they decide to take on rabbit as a pet. These factors include a bunny diet, housing requirements, exercising, behavior and reproduction, just to name a few. One of the biggest factors that could lead to several health problems in a rabbit is an improper bunny diet. This means that rabbits could fall seriously ill or could suffer from major health concerns, in case they are not given the right bunny food. What makes matters worse is the fact that there are several misconceptions about the foods that are good for rabbits and the ones that should be avoided. Unfortunately, not a lot of people are aware of what a proper bunny diet consists of.

Bunny Diet

A bunny diet may vary, based on based on its age. Ideally, the diet of a rabbit should consist of good quality pellets, fresh hay and fresh veggies. Rabbits require a lot of fresh water throughout the day too. Anything besides hay, vegetables and pellets is usually regarded as a rabbit treat, which should be avoided, as far as possible.

Bunny Food Guide

It is quite common for people to feed their rabbits a high amount of special “rabbit pellets”, which are easily available in most pet stores today. However, what a lot of people are not aware about is the fact that rabbits require higher amounts of “real foods” than pellets. This includes fresh green vegetables, which include:

• Alfalfa sprouts
• Cilantro
• Escarole
• Parsley
• Romaine lettuce
• Basil
• Clover
• Green pepper
• Broccoli stems or leaves
• Peppermint leaves
• Spinach (only in small quantities)
• Collard greens
• Kale (only in small quantities)
• Brussels sprouts
• Dandelion flowers and greens (without pesticides)
• Radish tops
• Wheat grass
• Mint
• Carrots or carrot tops
• Endive
• Mustard greens
• Raspberry leaves
• Watercress
• Celery

The nest type of hay that should be included in the bunny diet list is Timothy Hay. In fact, this should be the main source of nutrition for all rabbits.

It is possible for different bunnies to have specific requirements, based on their age and overall health. Therefore, it may be best for all pet owners to consult a doctor, for a customized bunny food list.
Submitted by N on August 22, 2011 at 05:18

 

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