The basic diet for a rabbit is simple. Rabbits require 70% grass/oaten hay (not lucerne) and 20% leafy green vegies, and 10% high quality pellets. A high percentage of fibre also helps control teeth growth. Rabbits groom themselves like cats and therefore develop hairballs – a healthy diet prevents hairballs becoming a problem.
Rabbit fed on a high carbohydrate/low fibre diet can suffer from a condition called gut stasis. This can also be brought on by stress, lack of exercise or fur ingestion. This causes the gut to stop fermenting food and no faeces are produced. Rabbits suffering from gut stasis will stop eating, become depressed and stop producing faeces. This condition can become serious after just a few hours so if you notice changes in your rabbit you should have him/her checked as soon as possible.
Not all commercially available rabbit food are good for rabbits. Some are not balanced and can cause severe problems for rabbits with gut stasis.
Contact us for advice on which brands of rabbit food are the best.
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