Rabbits and Lagamorphs

Rabbits are gentle, quiet animals that make excellent pets. They have dynamic personalities and appreciate human interaction. The more time you spend with your rabbit, the more it will become tame, friendly and bonded to you. Rabbits like to explore, but also like to chew, so it is important to guard your home (furniture, electrical cords, wood) against their inquisitive nibbling when they are allowed to roam around your house. It is important to provide a stimulating environment for rabbits, such as the availability of toys. Toys may be as simple as cardboard mailers, paper towel centers, safe wooded toys made for birds, or PVC tubing. A rabbit should be handled carefully, especially when removing it from its cage. Always support its hindquarters when picking it up, as its powerful rear legs can cause serious spinal injuries if it kicks while being handled.

DIET

RABBIT PELLETS A good quality rabbit pellet may be offered daily but in limited qualtities. The uncontrolled feeding of a pelleted diet can lead to obesity, heart and liver disease, chronic diarrhea, and kidney disease that results from the high concentration of carbohydrates, low fiber and high calcium levels in pellets.Make sure you buy pellets high in fiber ( 18%) or more and that you buy small quantities. Keep the pellets refrigerated or cool and dry to prevent spoilage. Old, rancid pellets can cause a rabbit to stop eating. If you must buy more than 2 months of pellets at a time, freeze the extra. DAILY FEEDING AMOUNTS Do not refill the bowl, over feeding of pellets is the number one cause of health problems that we see.

Please note: these amounts are for the maintenance of non-breeding mature house rabbits.

  • 2-4 lb body weight= 1/8 cup daily
  • 5-7 lb body weight= ¼ cup daily
  • 8-10 lb body weight=½ cup daily
  • 11-15 lb body weight= 3/4 cup daily

HAY: Timothy or other grass hay should be offered daily in unlimited amounts. It is important that hay be available at all times for your pet. Rabbits tend to eat small amounts of food frequently throughout the day. Therefore, witholding hay for long periods can lead to intestinal upsets.We prefer long loose strands of hay as opposed to bales.

 

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