Have you recently brought a bunny into your home? Congratulations! You’ve definitely chosen a charming pet. Bunnies have been charming the socks off us for centuries with their adorable faces and cute personalities. While these little furballs aren’t difficult to care for, they do have some very specific needs. Proper veterinary care is of course very important. You’ll also need to provide Floppy with a comfy habitat and plenty of safe and suitable chew toys. A good diet is also crucial to your bunny’s health. A Cambrian, CA vet discusses bunny nutrition in this article.
Fresh quality grass hay, such as Timothy hay, should make up the biggest portion of your pet’s diet. Make sure Floppy always has plenty of hay to nibble on. This is very important because rabbits’ cute furry tummies are suited to eating tough plants and roots, which is what bunnies eat in the wild. Since pets eat much softer food, you’ll need to provide hay to keep everything running smoothly.
Floppy can have a commercial bunny food, such as a pellet mix, for her main meals. Feed your pet at the same time each day.
Floppy can eat many different types of vegetables, including Romaine or red leaf lettuce; Bok Choy; celery; and wheat grass. Don’t feed your pet the same thing every day: mix it up.
Floppy can enjoy small bits of fresh herbs. Basil, cilantro, peppermint, and mint are good options. Parsley is fine on occasion. You can even offer Floppy a small, windowsill-sized pot of organic herbs as a special treat.
Fruits are also suitable for bunnies, though don’t give Floppy too much of these sugary foods. Apples (not the seeds), melons, oranges, papaya, peaches, pears, strawberries, and blueberries are all suitable choices.
Always research a new food before giving it to your furball, to be sure it is safe. Also, be sure to ask your vet for specific nutritional recommendations, including portion sizes, treats, and safe and unsafe foods. Some of the things you should never feed Floppy include chocolate, alcohol, and products containing xylitol. There are many more, including several fruits and veggies. It’s also important to know that many foods are safe on occasion, but aren’t suitable for daily consumption.
Do you have questions or concerns about your bunny’s health or care? Call us, your Cambrian, CA veterinary hospital, today.