Rabbits are strict herbivores…
They only eat vegetable and vegetable materials and need high fiber diets to maintain good digestion. Providing high-quality grass hay pellets and fresh hay, along with vegetables and fruits provides good nutrition. They must have clean water that is freshened regularly.
Rabbits’ basic nutrient needs are protein, carbohydrate, fat, vitamins, minerals, and water, which is the most important. Twelve to 18% dry matter is optimum for protein intake. Times of gestation and lactation require 18% dry matter protein and growth requires 15% to 16; maintenance requires 13% dry matter protein.
According to Vetsecure.com, “a diet too high in grain or fermentable fiber, such as oats and corn, can cause enteritis. High levels of nondigestible fiber, such as timothy grass hay and alfalfa hay, may help prevent enteritis and obesity. Nondigestible fiber is not fermented in the cecum, whereas digestible fiber is fermented by passing though the cecum. Nondigestible fiber is important for dental health because it helps wear rabbits’ teeth. Nondigestible fiber also helps stimulate gut motility. Fermentable fiber helps rabbits digest cecotrophs as well as prevents colonization of the cecum by pathogenic bacteria, helping to prevent bacterial overgrowth and decreasing the likelihood of enteritis. Rabbits do not need fat added to their feed.
“Vitamins should be provided—B, C and the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. Rabbits absorb all the calcium in their diets; the kidneys excrete excess calcium as calcium carbonate in the urine, which appears milky as a result. Excess calcium carbonate can cause crystals and uroliths to form in the kidneys, ureters, and bladder. Therefore, rabbits require a calcium level limited to 0.5% to 1% DM.
Alfalfa is a legume with a high calcium content, and grains have a high phosphorus content; therefore, a diet high in alfalfa and grains has adequate calcium and phosphorus for growing rabbit kits but excessive levels for full-grown rabbits. Deficiencies in phosphorus, calcium, or vitamin D can result in rickets, which causes a crooked, unnaturally arched back and enlarged joints in young rabbits. Pet rabbits do well when fed grass hay, such as timothy hay, which has a low calcium content.”
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