Having rabbits as pets is not only fun, but it is also rewarding and stress relieving as well. However, it is not that easy to have one because it requires lots of care and handling. As pet owner, it is your responsibility to ensure that they are healthy and fit always. One way of keeping their health at peak is the provision of quality and nutritious foods to your pets.
As a pet owner, you need to instill in your mind that raising a rabbit is not solely restricted to giving them foods which are only available in stores. It is needed that you have basic knowledge on what types and kinds of foods are needed to keep your bunnies healthy. You should know the sources of quality and nutritious foods for your pet. More so, you need to be aware what are the nutrients, minerals and vitamins needed for them to be healthy.
By nature, rabbits are herbivores, meaning they are plant-eating animals. They love to eat grass, herbs, seeds and twigs. However, there are instances when pellets are given to domesticated rabbits. Well, there is no problem of giving them pellets so long as it contains the necessary nutrients, vitamins and minerals they need. It is vital for you to be vigilant on the composition of the pellets you give your pets. Before buying them, it is important that you read the product labels and assess their composition and nutritional contents.
At present, there are different types and brands of quality rabbit foods in the market, but they are commonly in pellet form. However, it is not good to give your rabbits solely pellets as foods because they could become obese. Be sure to give them varied types of pet foods. You should give them vegetables, oats, hay, fruits and fresh water. Avoid giving them meat products, otherwise they could experience digestive problems. You should not give them vegetables which contain molds or spores because it is already unsuitable for your pets.
When you give your rabbits vegetables, be sure to give variety of veggies such as spinach, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, turnips, beetroots, leeks, potatoes and other types of veggies. You can give them combination of pellets and vegetables.
You should also remember that there are certain poisonous plants that you should avoid giving to your pets like calla lilies. Do not let your rabbits roam around your back garden to avoid them munching on calla lilies, if ever you have them. To be sure, check all the plants in your front and back yard to ensure that all of them are non-toxic. Other poisonous plants that should be avoided include almonds, azaleas, begonias, avocado leaves carnations, buttercups, cyclamens, gladiola, daffodil bulbs, elderberry, ivy and irises. You do not want to see them dying of toxins, right? So be sure to double-check that you let your pet do its routine exercise in a safe area.
Another thing that you should remember is to avoid giving your rabbits processed foods like baked goods, candies, cookies or chocolates because these foods will make them ill.