How to Care for a Pet Rabbit - My House Rabbit

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While you are reading what best to feed your rabbit, I know what you want to see... What do we feed our rabbits? This is going to sound like an advertisement, but what I'm about to say is based entirely on the testimony of my rabbits. We like Standlee products.

You may not have seen them because they are in the horse department. Horses and rabbits have very similar needs. It starts with hay. Everyone has hay. Department/grocery store has hay, pet store has fancy expensive hay. I've tried them all. Then one day I took in a special foster rabbit. She was a stray, she didn't want the hay I had, and she didn't like the fancy hay, either. With 4 bunnies now those little bags were getting expensive, so I bought a Standlee grab-n-go bale of Timothy at the feed store. When I pulled open the wrapper at home it was so green, and it smelled sweet. Everyone loved it. Best hay ever, they told me. Even the new foster. And it was really tightly compressed, and seemed to last forever for what I paid for it. Definitely a good quality economical choice. Yay!

So I was shopping in the horse department, and I saw they had cubed alfalfa/oat hay mix. They're hard cubes--good for chewing. I research the ingredients. All good for bunnies. I bought a bag for treats. I won the mother of the year award by unanimous vote. Alfalfa is good for babies, nursing mothers, under weight or recovering rabbits, and the occasional treat. Oat hay is sweet and tasty. The cubes are also good for travel food in the carrier.

What to feed your pet rabbit:
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Ideally, grass is the main dish in every meal for both pet rabbits and those in the wild. Hay is grass that's been grown specifically for feeding animals, so when you feed your pet rabbit hay, you're actually giving him a type of grass. In the wild, rabbits must eat whatever grass is available to them. They also spend a lot of energy searching for food. Your pet rabbit doesn't have a choice and has to eat what you give him, so make sure it's a type of hay that won't make him too fat. Timothy, oat, bermuda, orchard grass or wheat hay are all good choices for pet bunnies. Alfalfa hay has too many calories and too much calcium for rabbits and should only be given as an occasional treat. What to feed your pet rabbit:
Photo provided by FlickrWhat can your pet rabbit eat? What are safe foods to feed your bunny. This resource provides a list of safe fruits, vegetables, treats and more.
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Grass is a staple for a rabbit - domestic or wild. Hay is ideal, which is basically grass that's been grown specifically to feed animals. Wild rabbits don't have the luxury of having their hay placed in front of them so they expend a lot of energy searching for their food. Because of this, be mindful of what type of hay you feed your pet.Rabbits can make incredible pets, combining many of the unique traits of other animals. Like dogs, they are playful and loyal, but like cats, they often have an independent streak and require less attention. But what do you feed a rabbit? Which to choose?Just like people, bunnies enjoy a good meal. A nice mix of hay, vegetables, pellets, as well as fresh water will make your rabbit healthy and happy. Read on for more information about what to feed your pet rabbit.It is best to avoid purchasing pellets and hays from grocery stores and pet store chains, as the feed can sit on the shelves or in storage for months, which makes it stale and lacking in proper nutrient values. You can usually purchase good quality pellets (, Purina High Fiber…) and hays from local feed stores, or . Some rabbit vets also sell high quality pellets, and often, local rabbit rescues will sell hays and pellets to help supplement the high costs of rescue (what we do).What do rabbits eat today?
Wild rabbits don’t get the convenience of a commercial pellet feed, but our domesticated rabbits that live with us can definitely benefit from the complete nutrition offered in commercial rabbit pellets.

Feed your rabbit an amount of rabbit pellets appropriate for its weight, along with free-fed grass hays (timothy, orchard, oat). Fresh, raw, organic (pesticide-free) vegetables can also make up part of the rabbit's rations, if you like.

Go really easy on fruits as treats.

Rabbits like to chew a lot. They'll appreciate it if you give them a piece of wood or untreated plywood to chew on. It might help keep them from chewing on your furniture, electrical cords and phone wires. They don’t usually realize those items aren’t on the menu.

What do rabbits eat, especially PET rabbits? Rabbit food is one of those things where you really do get what you pay for. Inexpensive pellet food is almost always inferior in quality to those priced slightly higher. Premium pellet food not only has the highest amount of nutrition, it also typically contains ingredients that help reduce the rabbit's odor. Rabbit urine can smell very strongly of ammonia, so feeding your pet a better grade of food can help reduce or eliminate that offense.