Why is Timothy Hay so good for rabbits?

Quality Timothy Hay is essential for rabbits because it is high in fibre, low in sugar and it tastes really good! Hay should make up 85-95% of a rabbit’s daily diet, which means the average domestic pet should be eating c. 1kg of hay every week. Having enough hay is important because it prevents obesity and it also helps rabbits maintain a healthy gut function as well as healthy teeth. Apart from all that a coarse variety of hay, such as Timothy Hay takes time to chew and prevents boredom.

Feeding Guide

Rabbit Feeding Guide

Rabbits are natural grazers, so despite Bugs Bunny always munching on a carrot, the best food for your rabbit and its digestive system is grass or hay. Rabbits do not naturally eat cereals, root vegetables or fruit but they are fine as an occasional treat. Too many of them and the natural sugars contained within can seriously damage your rabbit’s teeth.  
Rabbits’ teeth grow continuously throughout their life and need to be worn down and kept at the correct length and shape by eating grass, hay and leafy green plants. If they eat the wrong diet it can lead to serious dental disease –but don’t ever feed them lawnmower cuttings as these can seriously damage their digestive systems.  

Rabbits naturally eat or graze for long periods of time, mainly at dawn and dusk, and it also provides them with an activity to stop them becoming bored or anxious. How much a rabbit eats very much depends on its lifestyle and size, age and general health. You should take advice from an expert to start with but monitor its intake carefully and adjust if hay is being left or disappearing very quickly.

It’s also important that your rabbit always has access to fresh water as they can easily become dehydrated and seriously ill. This needs to be checked and changed daily.

A little known fact is that rabbits actually produce two types of droppings – hard dry pellets, and softer moist pellets that they eat directly from their bottom.

These are also an essential part of their diet so don’t think of this as anything unnatural.

In summary – good quality hay and/or grass should make up the majority of your rabbit’s diet and should be available at all times, along with fresh, clean water.  You can feed a small amount of commercial rabbit pellets or cereal mix as well, but hay or grass is much more important.

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