Caring for pet rabbits

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Dietary Fact Sheet

Rabbits are herbivores and eat only grasses, grain, vegetables and fruit. For a balanced diet, your pet rabbit needs 4 essential elements:

  1. Hay
  2. Dry Feed
  3. Fresh fruit and vegetables, and
  4. Water


1. Hay

Hay should comprise 75% of your pet rabbit’s daily diet. Hay is a source of long-strand fibre and is vital to the digestive health of pet rabbits. Regular consumption provides essential roughage for healthy gastrointestinal function and promotes healthy dentition by wearing down your pet’s constantly growing teeth. Allow your pet rabbit unlimited access to the hay for constant grazing.

Choose from 4 delicious varieties of Peters hay:

  1. Oaten Hay
  2. Timothy Hay
  3. Timothy & Rye Hay, and
  4. Pasture Hay

Peters Pasture Hay is also ideal for bedding; your rabbit will enjoy burrowing into a generous nest of hay for warmth and comfort. Always ensure your pet’s bedding is clean and fresh by replacing it regularly.

As hay is a natural product, it may contain grass seeds. Regularly check your pet rabbit to ensure it doesn't have any grass seeds in its skin and eyes.


2. Dry Feed

Peters rabbit foods such as Fibre Right, Munch & Crunch, Nibble & Gnaw and Original Mix are specially formulated for all breeds of adult rabbits. The premium ingredients in our product range are carefully selected for their taste and texture, shape, size and colour, to provide variety and interest in your pet’s diet.

The amount to feed will depend on your pet’s size and age. The needs of individual rabbits may vary so weight and wellbeing should be regularly monitored.


3. Fruit & Vegetables

Offer your pet rabbit a variety of fresh vegetables and fruit each day. Your pet may enjoy the following selection:

  • Apples
  • Broccoli
  • Beans
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Green and red peppers (capsicums)
  • Lettuce
  • Parsley
  • Peas
  • Pears
  • Silver beet
  • Spinach
  • Sweet potatoes, and
  • Turnips.

Too much lettuce and cabbage can cause diarrhoea so feed these sparingly.

Ensure the fruit and vegetables are fresh and washed clean. Place the roughly chopped food in a heavy ceramic bowl that can’t be tipped over.

Introduce new foods slowly and in small amounts to avoid stomach upsets. This will also help you to identify your pet’s favourites.

Rhubarb is toxic to rabbits as are a number of plants so beware of feeding plants or shrubs from the garden.

Do not feed any mouldy or spoiled food.


4. Water

Ensure your rabbit has plenty of fresh water. We recommend a gravity flow plastic bottle with a metal tube (sipper tube) as this keeps water clean.

Replace the water daily.


Treats

Peters small animal treats such as Bikkies, Nibble O's and Twiggies will provide hours of contented nibbling activity when your rabbit is confined to its enclosure. Ideal as a reward or training aid, Peters treats can be hung in the enclosure or mixed into the dry feed to add variety and interest to your pet’s diet.

Rabbits also enjoy sultanas, apples and bananas which may be offered as an occasional treat.

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