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Date Posted: 17:52:27 09/05/10 Sun
Author: Bunny
Subject: What do wild rabbits eat and rabbit care

Wild rabbits mostly eat grass and some herbs and weeds. Baby rabbits under 6-8 weeks usually are still feeding on their mothers milk. If you have a baby rabbit and its mother has is sick or has died, you can get rabbit formula in powdered form from some veterinary practices. Pet rabbits are the same as wild rabbits except for having been bred into different shapes and sizes so wild rabbits eat the same as pet rabbits. Wild rabbits will also drink rabbit formula.

Fresh unsprayed grass from your yard can be ok for rabbits in moderation as can some dandylion leaves. Wintergrass is also ok. Hay is one of the best things you can feed your rabbit to help keep his/her digestion going and to help keep their teeth in order (rabbits have teeth that grow - see fact sheets and information pages below). Oaten hay is a good choice and sometimes a little Lucerne hay. Don't feed too much cabbage as this may cause wind and don't feed too much lettuce as this may cause diarrhea leading sometimes to death. Some rabbit breeders don't allow the feeding of lettuce or cabbage at all. The best thing is a varied diet of not too much of anything. Some rabbit mix (rabbit pellets mixed with rabbit mix - buy both from your pet supply or feed and grain store) is good and supplement this with fresh water always on hand and some carrot, a small amount of greens (and I mean small), dandelion leaves, etc. Hay is good for bedding and a fresh bundle of hay to eat every day.

If you give your rabbit a bowl of water, make sure you check regularly that its clean water. If you use a rabbit bottle with a licking spout, make sure the ball is not stuck in the spout/metal pipe and that it has fallen to the bottom of the pipe so that it works properly. If you see the rabbit has not drunk from the water bottle, check to see if its working correctly, if you can't get it to work properly, leave a bowl of water for your rabbit. Keep your rabbit dry and out of draughts and cold and also out of the heat. Rabbits cannot perspire and can die of heat exhaustion at around 28C. Keep your rabbit indoors in hot weather. If you have a hutch, keep the hutch indoors. The preferable hutch should open from the front (top opening hutches can scare your rabbit and some will bite from feeling defensive with a top opening hutch).

For more inforation on rabbit care read

<a rel=nofollow target=_blank href="http://members.iinet.net.au/~rabbit/rabukfcts.htm">http://members.iinet.net.au/~rabbit/rabukfcts.htm</a>
<a rel=nofollow target=_blank href="http://members.iinet.net.au/~rabbit/rabukfcts.htm">http://members.iinet.net.au/~rabbit/rabukfcts.htm</a>

Cheers,

Bunny

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