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Rabbits are herbivorous animals so it will be essential to keep fruits and vegetables in mind in your daily diet. These will provide you with vitamins and offer you a better state of health that will directly affect your life expectancy.
For that same reason, it is essential to know thoroughly Every options that we can offer you, thus enriching our rabbit's diet and discovering which foods he likes the most.
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- Vegetables for daily consumption
- Foods to be eaten 1 or 2 times a week
- Utility as a treat
- Feed for rabbits
Vegetables for daily consumption
There are vegetables that the rabbit must consume daily, and others that the intake should be restricted to 1 or 2 times a week at most. The vegetables of possible daily consumption are:
- Hay: This plant is basic in the feeding of the rabbit. It allows you to have an active intestinal transit, something essential in the nature of lagomorphs. The rabbit should always have fresh and quality hay at its disposal, regardless of its age or stage..
- Alfalfa: Very convenient for its contribution in fiber and protein. It is also very suitable for rabbits that are down or suffering from bone problems.
- Carrot leaves: The whole carrot is not recommended due to its excessive sugar content, however, you will love the leaves and they will seem delicious.
- Radish leaves: In the same way as with carrots, radish contains a lot of sugar so it is advisable to offer only the leaves.
- Endive: Excellent for the liver and a good supply of B vitamins and minerals.
- Watercress: Satiating and purifying plant, perfect for rabbits suffering from obesity.
- Arugula: In addition to providing sodium, arugula contains glucosinate, an effective component that is used in the fight against cancer. It is also useful for eyesight and good blood regulation.
- Clover: In addition to enchanting them, clover has various properties that can benefit our rabbit: it helps the digestive system, helps treat degenerative problems such as arthritis and is also useful for rabbits that may suffer from respiratory problems.
- Lettuce: Hydrates a lot; but the Iceberg variety is not recommended at all for the rabbit's diet as it can lead to severe diarrhea.
Foods to be eaten 1 or 2 times a week
There are vegetables suitable for feeding the rabbit, but whose intake should restrict to 1 or 2 times a week. They are as follows:
- Fresh bean sprouts
- Fennel leaves
- Red pepper
- Green pepper
- Yellow pepper
- Whole carrot
For his high sugar content rabbits will only eat some fruit once or twice a week. The ideal fruits are:
- Melon (the skin love them)
- Watermelon (skin like)
Utility as a treat
Vegetables, as well as fruits restricted to 1 or 2 times a week can also be used in tiny pieces such as candies to reward the rabbit when get an achievement.
With perseverance, a young rabbit can be trained to make its stools in a specific place in the home or garden. If training is not attempted and it is left loose on the floor, it will spread its droppings everywhere. Therefore, let's be sensible and try to educate our rabbits in some basic rules by rewarding them with appetizing vegetable treats.
Feed for rabbits
The basis of the feeding of rabbits should consist of a specific feed that contemplates covering all your needs. On this basis of feed for rabbits, they can be complemented with fresh vegetables and fruits.
In the market there are many different feeds for rabbits, but not all of them are well balanced. Below we will show some scales of minimum requirements in the most important parameters of the composition of commercial feed.
- Fiber. Very important matter for the correct digestion of rabbits. Minimum amount 18%.
- Proteins A protein level of 12 to 14% is necessary for adult rabbits. Young rabbits (less than 5 months) require up to 16% to ensure their good growth and development.
- Vegetable fats. They must be present from 2.5 to 5%.
- Calcium. This element must be part of the feed between 0.5 to 1%.
- Match. A correct composition of this element must be between 0.4 to 0.8%.
- Vitamins Vitamin A: 10,000 IU / kg; Vitamin D: 10,000 IU / kg; Vitamin E: 50 Ul / Kg.
Herbal ingredients (hay, dandelion, alfalfa, etc.), should predominate in the composition of the feed over cereals (oats, wheat, corn), since herbs are more appropriate for the diet of rabbits than cereals.