We know rabbits as ‘Fibrevores’, This is because rabbits need to keep their digestive systems busy with a mix of two kinds of fibre moving through the gut at all times (these types of fibre are called digestible fibre and indigestible fibre, and at Burgess Excel we collectively call them ‘Beneficial Fibre’). Rabbits can’t get enough nutrition from fibre when it passes through their gut the first time, so they pass it through a second time, by eating their poo!
You’ll be familiar with the words carnivore (a meat eater), omnivore (an eater of meat and plants) and herbivore (animal with a plant-based diet).
Rabbits, guinea pigs and chinchillas are all herbivores. But by far the most important elements of their diet, the one thing they absolutely must have to stay healthy and happy is fibre.
At Burgess Excel, we call them ‘Fibrevores’.
This is because rabbits need to keep their digestive systems busy with a mix of two kinds of fibre moving through the gut at all times (these types of fibre are called digestible fibre and indigestible fibre, and at Burgess Excel we collectively call them ‘Beneficial Fibre’.
Vets recommend that a complete diet for fibrevores should cater for their dental, digestive and emotional health.
The Excel Feeding plan has been developed alongside leading academics and vets to ensure that it meets the needs dietary requirements of rabbits.
Rabbit’s teeth can grow at a rate of 3mm per week and this is why eating lots of grass and hay helps to wear their teeth down.
Rabbits are happiest when they’re living with a bunny friend, the ideal pairing would be a neutered male and a neutered female.
Indigestible fibre is moved through their digestive system and excreted as separate, round, hard droppings. This type of fibre keeps the digestive system moving and their appetite stimulated.
Digestible fibre is moved up into an organ called the caecum – which is like a giant appendix.
Good bacteria in the caecum ferment the fibre, making it easy to digest. This emerges in the form of clumps of sticky droppings – we call these droppings caecotrophs. Rabbits then re-eat the caecotrophs directly from their bottom and the essential nutrients are then absorbed when the digestible fibre passes through for the second time.
If rabbits don’t get the right amounts of both digestible and indigestible fibre, it can rapidly lead to serious health problems.
Sticking to The Excel Feeding Plan will ensure your bunnies get the right amounts of fibre in their diet. The Excel Feeding Plan was developed in conjunction with one of the world’s leading small-animal vets, to provide a perfect daily balance of fibre and nutrition.
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