There are few lower-maintenance pets than rabbits. However, they do have some basic requirements.
Your rabbit’s diet should consist of the following:
- Good quality pellets – usually about ¼ cup per 5 lbs. Most pet stores sell rabbit pellets. Fresh hay, such as timothy, alfalfa, or oat.
- Hay provides roughage that helps reduce hairballs or other blockages and is essential to your rabbit’s health.
- Small amounts of vegetables dark leafy and root vegetables are best. (Stay away from beans and rhubarb.) Vegetables should be thrown out if your rabbit doesn’t eat them within 24 hours.
- Clean, fresh water, changed daily.
In addition, Food and water should always be available to a rabbit. Many house plants are toxic to a rabbit, as is any grass treated with pesticides.
Things to Remember
- Your rabbit’s house should be at least 4 times the size of your rabbit.
- Avoid direct sunlight or very drafty areas. If the cage has a wire floor, cover it with something softer like a rug or a flat board.
- Cover the floor with 1 to 2 inches of hardwood shavings or pellet/recycled product (cedar shavings are not recommended as they can cause harm).
- Provide fresh bedding at least weekly.
- Clean the cage regularly with mild soap and water. Make sure it is completely dry before returning the rabbit.
Call us at Angel Ridge Veterinary Service or schedule an appointment if you notice any of the following:
- Weight loss
- Distressed breathing
- Skin lesions
- Not eating or drinking
- Overgrown teeth
- Hair loss
- Discharge from the eyes or nose
- Not walking/hopping normally
- Any abnormal behavior which concerns you
As always, don’t hesitate to give us a call with any questions.