Rabbits are herbivores,they eat a variety of grasses,twigs,bark,berries,roots and other things in the wild.
We want to immitate their natural diet when kept in captivity and that's why is so important to understand how they eat and what they should eat when kept as pets.
They are much different from cats,dogs, and more similar to horses and cows. Their cheek teeth are grinders that has open roots allowing its body to replace it as needed.
Rabbits are grazers who grinds their fibers from grass hay,legume hay for a long period of time ,they might grind for 120 times per minute a single piece of hay!!! That's why here at Gio's we don't feed our bunnies once or twice per day. A variety of studies have confirmed that rabbits will eat for a long period of time grazing on hay slowly ,instead of goubling down one meal. You just like us you also want to provide free feed pellets for your bunny as he will most likely not overdue it ,assuming you will provide plenty of fresh hay that has been stored in cool dry place,free of mold,plus a variety of dark green leaves throught the day.
As long as they have a hay rack or ball to keep the hay of their feet and keep it fresh,they will most likely graze on it for most of the day. One of the biggest killer of Rabbits is lack of fiber. They end up stop eating and getting back up due to eating only pellets.
Younger rabbits will prefer legume hay like Alfalfa,but its good to temper down as they approach 4 months because Alfalfa is rich in Calcium and protein and could eventually cause accumulation of calcium in their bladder causing crystals to be formed.Grass hay ( timothy,wheat,clover) are great for them full of coarse fiber and very important to keep a healthy Hind gut. If you know your grass is untreated your bunny could munch on your grass during playtime as well.
During pick up I will give you a feeding guide to follow,but please feel free to call me or text with questions.
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