Feeding of the belier rabbit

Animal file: Belier

These little long-eared rabbits have become regular pets in many households. However, many are unaware that they are very delicate animals and that their care must be specific. Coat care or space and exercise needs should be considered when adopting a small belier rabbit.

They are generally a calm and sociable rabbit, but they also need room to move and a suitable cage. As for its diet, it does not differ from the diet of any domestic rabbit, discover its needs in the different growth phases detailed in the rabbit's diet.

In this AnimalWised article, we will address the feeding the belier rabbit. If you want to know more about the general care of this rabbit, we recommend you read also care of the belier rabbit

You may also be interested in: Feeding of the dwarf rabbit Index
  1. Fiber contribution
  2. He think
  3. Vegetables for the belier rabbit
  4. Fruits for the belier rabbit
  5. Forbidden food

Fiber contribution

Rabbits are herbivorous animals but in addition to fruit and vegetables they will need to receive a daily fiber intake so that your intestinal transit works properly. Also, like cats, rabbits can suffer from the presence of hairballs. The fiber will help them remove them and prevent clogs. To remedy this problem you can also offer a little malt.

The fresh hay it is a good source of fiber. You should have plenty of hay to eat as you please and to keep your intestinal tract working properly. The lack of indigestible fibers in the diet can cause constipation and even death in extreme situations. When this happens, they decrease their water intake and their stools are sparser..

Of course, choose a good quality hay, without dust or pesticides and with a high fiber content in its composition. The Water it is very important too, you should always have it.

He think

You should avoid at all times the feed intended for farm rabbits as in many cases they are intended for fattening the animals. This would not be suitable for our rabbit, we need a balanced diet and avoid obesity. Nor should you offer other feed that is not specific to rabbits.

In specialized stores we can currently find, feed for domestic rabbits and specifically for small breeds such as the belier rabbit. When looking for a suitable feed you should look at the following aspects:

  • It should be high in fiber.
  • The feed must contain a higher proportion of cellulose than protein.
  • Avoid offering feed that contains seeds.
  • Look for one low in fat

They are normally presented in the form of pellets and should never be the only food for your rabbit. The I think it is a complement, the diet should contain fresh and varied products.

On the other hand, you should know that the feed is not appropriate for rabbits of all ages: during its youngest stage the rabbit must have plenty of feed, but in its adult stage the ration will be approximately 30 grams per day. An excess will lead to a significant obesity of the rabbit and will harm its diet.

Vegetables for the belier rabbit

The vegetables they must always be present in your diet. It should make up about 50% of your diet. A rabbit fed only with feed, even if it is of good quality, may have nutritional deficiencies. Rabbits eat small amounts of food throughout the day.

We must provide you with fresh vegetables cut into small pieces to make feeding easier, especially in the first months.

Some of the vegetables that you can give your belier rabbit are the following:

  • Carrot
  • Endives
  • Endive
  • Watercress
  • Radish leaves
  • Artichoke
  • Spinach
  • Cabbage

Remember that every time you introduce a new food into its diet, you must observe your rabbit to see its reaction. Introduce each food individually so you can know if it feels bad and eliminate it from the diet.

Some vegetables that they are not recommended because they cause heavy digestions and can make our rabbit feel bad are:

  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Leek
  • Iceberg lettuce (excess water)

Fruits for the belier rabbit

The fruits they will be occasional foods as they contain a high percentage of sugar. We can give you small amounts of any fruit you like once or twice a week..

Avoid the seeds and pips of the fruits. The skins and peels of melon or watermelon can be eaten without problems. Some fruits that you can offer:

  • Cherry
  • Pineapple
  • Apple
  • Cantaloupe
  • Pear
  • Watermelon
  • Mango

Some fruits should be avoided as they contain elements that are toxic to our rabbit or that can cause difficult digestion:

  • Avocado
  • Grapes
  • Plum
  • Citrus

Forbidden food

Many foods present in our diet are harmful to our rabbit. They are herbivorous animals, so other types of food should be avoided. Even if he eats it when offering it, we should never give him the following foods:

  • Sweet
  • Dairy products
  • Packaged cereals
  • Fruit in syrup
  • Decorative plants
  • Bread (excessively fattening)

Do not forget to visit our post on obesity in rabbits to know how to lose weight and achieve good physical shape.

Leave Your Comment

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here