The first idea you should have is that your rabbit is a strict herbivore, adapted to the intake of a diet high in fiber. Feeding a rabbit should be based on three essential elements: hay, granulated and fresh vegetables.
Provides the fiber needed to: stimulate intestinal motility, allow the animal to be bored and have no behavioral problems, allow the teeth to wear, stimulate the appetite and intake of caecotrophs, keep the cecal flora stable and thereby allow the correct absorption of nutrients and prevent the proliferation of harmful bacteria.
The granules should be as complete as possible at the level of all the necessary nutrients and with an approximate composition of:
- Gross weight: + 18%
- Nondigestible fiber: + 12.5%
- Crude protein: + 12-16%
- Fat: 1-4%
- Calcium: 0.6-1%
- Phosphorus: 0.4-0.8%
- Vitamin A: 10000-18000 IU / kg
- Vit D: 800-1200 IU / kg
- Vit E: 40-70 mg / Kg
- Avoid mixtures based on sunflower seeds which contain a high-fat content.
- Fresh Vegetables / Herb
Fresh vegetables and herb are the quintessential natural food for a rabbit. As most rabbits raised for pets are not accustomed to them, they should be introduced gradually into the diet, however, they should be offered daily as a source of vitamins, minerals, and protein.
Do not forget…
Fresh water and hay should always be available to your rabbit.
Introduce new foods gradually
Always have good quality hay available
Provide great variety of vegetables every day
If possible, allow your rabbit to exercise outdoors.
Give small amounts of food in granulated or cereal mixture only once a day and remove after a few hours.
Do not give more than 2-3% of the animal’s weight in granules per day.