Understanding Your Rabbits Nutritional Requirements

Posted June 19th, 2010 by gemainz

Rabbits currently have a well earned reputation for being excellent pets. They can be friendly, inquisitive, happy to play with their keepers and can happily be stroked and held. Together with the right diet program, proper care and handling you and your rabbit will have a long and wonderful time together. This can be for around 12 yrs or even more.

There are particular considerations you’ll want to learn about your animal’s diet regime so that you can appreciate the experience of being a rabbit owner.

What is normally not recognized is that rabbits need high amounts of a mixture of 2 kinds of fibre in their digestive system, classed as digestible and indigestible fibre. You will need to make sure you give the correct proportions of these two types of fibre so the bunny receives the uppermost level of nutritional benefit.

Indigestible fibre is normally shifted throughout their digestive tract and excreted as individual, round, hard excriment. This acts to help keep the digestive system moving and also encourages appetite. The digestible fibre is moved up straight into the body organ named the caecum. The beneficial bacteria within this body organ ferment the fibre which in turn emerge as tacky droppings. The bunny subsequently re-eats these kinds of droppings and their system extracts the necessary nutrition from them as the fibre travels through them for a second time.

If you don’t feed the needed ratio of fibre a bunny can easily become sick, or maybe even pass away. This is why muesli type feeds are a really huge problem. Rabbits may become fussy eaters and will consume sweet tasting ingredients as a simple way to get a sugar fix. Subsequently, they will pick out all the unhealthy elements within the muesli and leave what’s left.  This is known as selective eating and will unavoidably lead to an imbalanced eating routine, lacking in calcium mineral, phosphorous and Vitamin D. Most importantly this kind of behaviour can lead to deficiencies in fibre with potentially fatal consequences.

These kinds of issues can be eliminated by sticking to a fibre rich diet regime and you may decide to purchase specialist rabbit food designed to satisfy your rabbit’s dietary needs. Furthermore, you can also feed your bunny the occasional reward. Keep in mind not all vegetables and fruits are beneficial for your bunny. Apples, bananas, green grapes and turnips can be fine in small amounts, however stay away from feeding potato, rhubarb and avocado.

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