Following a correct and proper diet is essential for your pet bunny. Not only does it help them when they are young to grow into healthy adults, it also helps as they get older to make sure they live a longer life. Over feeding your bunny can lead to too much of a weight gain and therefore reduce their ability to effectively exercise, while not providing the proper nourishment can leave your bunny thin and bones brittle. Below are the steps we take to feed our bunnies a balanced, nutritional diet, while always keeping in mind that any treats given to our bunnies are artificial coloring, preservative, and sugar free.
The main diet consists of:
1. Fresh All Natural Timothy Hay (No mixes)
2. Fresh All Natural Alfalfa Hay (No Mixes)
3. Pellets- Pellets will vary by where you purchase your bunny, for our bunnies we stick to "Blue Seal Home Fresh Show Hutch Deluxe 17 Pellets". They are nutritional and have always given our bunnies the right balance of what they need nutritionally.
4. Bottled, Filtered, or Sterile Water- Tap water carries a wide amount of microscopic bacteria, and in some rare cases parasites. Humans generally can fight these off with out issue. For bunnies, we prefer to be proactive and simply rule it out all together.
* At the 4-5 month mark your bunny can begin to have greens for extra nutritional value, and fruits for healthy natural sugar added to their diet as well as a tasty treat. We recommend Kale and Parsley for veggies and bananas and apples for fruits. We recommend staying away from Spinach and Ice Berg Lettuce.
Now that we have the diet laid out I will go over the daily routine of feeding your bunny.
1. Fill the pellet bowl in the morning, if there are pellets left over at night, it is fine to fill it again. In essence you can always make sure your bunny has an ample amount of pellets, especially when developing into an adult.
2. Every morning you will put a handful of all natural Timothy Hay along with a handful of all natural Alfalfa Hay.
3. You will repeat step two at night time, basing your refill time off the amount of hay left over. Bunnies truly should have an unlimited amount of Timothy Hay specifically, however this does not demean the importance of the Alfalfa.
4. Lastly, is the water. Our bunnies drink from a water bowl, NOT a water bottle. This is very important to maintain that they continue to drink from a bowl. Bunnies can drink a massive amount of water, so you MUST make sure they have access to fresh water at all times. Try to clean the water bowl once every two days to eliminate any lingering bacteria, or whenever you are refilling the water bowl at lease wipe the bowl down. Again, it is always better to be proactive than reactive.
Following these steps with implementing exercise, will help ensure your bunny grows into and remains a healthy weight.
Wishing the best to all the bunny lovers out there,
Matthew- Team Lovely Bunny's
Phone: (973) 330-2928