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What should I feed my pet rabbit?
Rabbits should be fed the types of food they are adapted to eating. In the wild, rabbits eat predominantly grass. They may graze for up to 6-8 hours a day. Their whole digestive tract from their teeth right down to the end of their gastrointestinal tract is adapted to this diet and eating habit.
Providing grass or grass hay to pet rabbits is critical to maintain health. Eating grass/grass hay provides for long periods of chewing which is necessary to wear down their continuously erupting and growing teeth thereby helping to prevent dental disease (which is a common health problem in pet rabbits).
Rabbits are also intelligent animals and chewing on grass or grass hay helps to keep them occupied and prevent boredom. The high fibre content of grass and grass hay is also crucial for normal digestion. If the diet is too low in fibre, fatal digestive problems can occur - another common problem in pet rabbits. Feeding the right diet is one of the most important factors in maintaining a healthy rabbit.
To ensure your rabbit has a healthy balanced diet, you should:
For more information please see the following useful links: Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund (RWAF) at http://www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk/ RWAF diet pamphlet at http://www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk/resources/content/leaflet_pdfs/going_green_oct_06.pdf
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