Smart, sociable, fluffballs of fun – it’s no wonder that more people are choosing house rabbits as pets. But did you know that these super furry animals who share our homes have specific nutritional needs?
Posted: 07 September 2018
There are cat people and there are dog people – there are also rabbit people who open up their homes for free ranging bunnies to enjoy their life as house pets. As rabbits are clever, clean creatures who can be litter-trained, why not have bunnies as part of the family?
Having indoor rabbits means bunny-proofing your home. These chewy little pets will get their teeth into anything they can – furniture, curtains, electric cables, slippers, plants and practically anything else. So, when you’re not able to keep a very close eye on them, they’ll need to have a safe area to spend time in that’s equipped with cosy beds, hiding places, litter tray, safe toys to chew and plenty of good quality feeding hay to nibble on.
To coax your rabbits into their safe space, try some irresistible treats such as Excel Blueberry Bakes, which are perfect for hand feeding.
When it comes to what to feed your indoor rabbits, there are some nutritional challenges to meet. Burgess in-house vet Dr Suzanne Moyes explains: “While indoor rabbits may roam the lounge rather than the great outdoors, they still need to get everything from their diet that a wild rabbit would. With this in mind, we’ve developed a food developed specifically for house rabbits.”
Excel Indoor Rabbit Nuggets is a food that’s based on beneficial ingredients bunnies would forage for in the wild. The specially formulated recipe includes:
Even though rabbits can learn to love their humans, they need company of their own kind and should share their indoor home with at least one other bunny buddy.
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Sources: rabbitwelfare.co.uk, pdsa.org.uk