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Old 07-11-2005, 10:17 PM
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Default Rabbit - Cabbage, lettuce, Potatoes?

Ok, so I know those are three foods that you DONT feed to Guinea Pigs, but what about rabbits?
My mum has been feeding them cabbage and she says they'll be fine. But I won't let her feed them the potatoes because I doubt that is good for them.
Also I heard that lettuce isnt that good for them, so i feed thistle minimum amounts and try to put in plenty of sprouts, carrots and grain.

But I need to know what I can feed them and what I can't.

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Old 07-11-2005, 10:25 PM
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Iceberg lettuce isn't good for them, too much water content for such a small nutritional value. If they have diarrhea already it can be helpful for rehydration. Cabbage in small amounts should be fine, just can be a gassy food for them just like us. I have never heard of feeding potatoe to a rabbit, I doubt they would be interested.

I feed my three romain, green and red leaf lettuce, small carrots (lots of sugar in the little things), swiss chard, dandelion greens which they love (small amounts again due to their cleansing effect on the system), clover, raspberry leaves when young, pretty much any green leafy veggie is good for them. Hope this helps

Edit to add: I didn't see you mention any type of hay. If you do not feed a commercial rabbit pellet you need to feed timothy hay to adult rabbits and alfalfa to young buns. The fiber keeps their intestinal tracts working and in rabbits they should be constantly cleaning out. It also helps to keep thier teeth in check since they are constantly growing and it helps to relieve bordeom.

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Old 07-12-2005, 12:53 AM
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Yeah, I never fed cabbage or any other 'gassy' food like broccoli or cauliflower. Some people say it's ok in small amounts but I don't like to risk them getting bloated.

Potatoes are a definite no and lettuce is ok as long as it's dark and leafy. Iceberg or 'head' lettuce is not good.

And lots of hay. Grasses (a nice grass mix is wonderful) for babies and adults and some alfalfa is ok for the young ones. I only feed pellets as a supplement. About a tablespoon a day.
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Old 07-12-2005, 08:11 AM
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ok, we have charf at home for the horses, i think it is timothy mixed with a little oat charf, but hay is better? they also have this grain type thing with seeds and pellets in it. I've asked mum to buy some just pellets but she doesnt wanna spend the extra money, so i am going to the pet store tomorow, next week and ill get them some then.

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Old 07-12-2005, 09:57 AM
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My sister owns a rabbit and feeds her lettuce like romaine daily along with carrots and such. Iceberg is completely useless, both to animals and humans.
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Old 07-12-2005, 12:38 PM
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Aside from the pellets you are probably feeding your rabbit a variety of the following Veggies should be fed daily to your Rabbit...Feed at least one of these each day. Alfalfa, radish, and clover sprouts, Basil, Beet greens (tops)
Bok choy, Broccoli (mostly leaves/stems), Brussels sprouts, Carrots and carrot tops, Celery, Cilantro, Clover, Collard green, Dandelion greens (NO pesticides), Endiv, Escarole, Green peppers, Kale, Mint, Mustard greens, Parsley, Pea pods (the flat edible kind), Peppermint leaves, Radicchio, Radish tops, Raspberry leaves, Romaine lettuce (NO iceberg or light colored leaf lettuce), Spinach,,Watercress, Wheat grass.

Kale, mustard greens, and spinach contain high levels of oxalates (the salts of oxalic acid), which can accumulate in the system and cause toxicity over time. Rather than eliminating these veggies from your list (because they are highly nutritious and loved by most rabbits), limit your use of them to 1 or 2 meals per week.
In addition to nutrition, hay and vegetables are also important to your rabbit's dental health. A diet that requires little chewing produces uneven tooth wear, causing enamel to grow on the sides of the teeth. These spikes can cause severe oral pain and excessive salivation (often called "slobbers"). They also cause reluctance to chew, inability to close the mouth, and reduced food intake. The situation deteriorates as the teeth continue to grow, and, if it is not treated, results in severe malnutrition. In addition to hay and vegetables, you will want to provide your rabbit with chew sticks or gnaw "bones" of untreated wood of various sizes and shapes. Cardboard tubes and untreated wicker can also be used.

Treats: Treats, including fresh fruits, should be given sparingly because of their calorie content. Rabbits can digest small quantities of oats and barley, but again, they generally provide more calories than necessary. And, too much carbohydrate has been associated with enteritis in rabbits.

Feeding rabbits through their stages of development

Like human beings, rabbits need to be fed differently at different stages of their growth to ensure healthy development, digestion, and weight. Throughout a rabbit's life, avoid any sudden changes in diet; new foods should always be introduced gradually. Remember to keep fresh clean water available at all times, too. Water bottles versus dishes are recommended.

Baby rabbits: A baby rabbit, or kit, feeds solely on its mother's milk for about the first three weeks. During the first few days, the milk contains high levels of antibodies that help protect the kit from disease. After three weeks, the kit will begin nibbling on alfalfa hay and pellets. By 7 weeks of age, baby rabbits can handle unlimited access to pellets and alfalfa hay in addition to mother's milk. Kits are usually weaned from their mother's milk by 8 weeks of age, depending on the breed.

Juveniles: Between weaning and 7 months of age, the young rabbit can have an unlimited amount of pellets and alfalfa hay. At 3 months of age, start introducing small amounts of vegetables into your rabbit's diet. Introduce one vegetable at a time. If any vegetable seems to cause digestive problems, avoid feeding it in the future.

Young adults: Young adult rabbits from age 7 months to 1 year should be introduced to timothy, grass hays, and/or oat hay, and it should be available all day long. The fiber in the hay is essential for their digestive systems to work properly. At this point, they will require little alfalfa hay, as well as fewer pellets. Alfalfa hay has more calories and calcium than rabbits need at this stage of development, and the high calorie content of pellets can also begin to cause weight problems. Instead of offering unlimited pellets, a good rule of thumb is 1/2 cup per 6 lbs. of body weight daily. To make up for the nutritional loss, you must increase your rabbit's intake of vegetables and hay. You can feed your rabbit some fruits during this stage, but because of calories, limit them to no more than 1-2 ounces per 6 pounds of body weight daily.

Mature adults: Mature adult rabbits should be fed unlimited timothy, grass hay, oat hay, and straw. Once again, you should reduce the pellet portion of the diet. A standard guideline is 1/4 cup per 6 lbs. of body weight per day. Several servings of vegetables are required (2 cups per 6 pounds of body weight daily). Make sure to choose dark, leafy greens, and feed at least three different kinds daily. Iceberg or other light-colored varieties are NOT nutritious. Also, make sure you are offering dark yellow and orange vegetables. Treats, including fruits, must be fed sparingly.

Seniors: Senior rabbits over 6 years of age can be fed the same diet as mature adults if they do not have weight loss problems. You may need to increase pellet intake if your pet is not able to maintain his or her weight. Alfalfa can also be given to underweight rabbits, but only if calcium levels are normal. Annual blood workups are highly recommended for geriatric rabbits to determine the level of calcium and other components of the blood.
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Old 07-13-2005, 01:23 AM
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Are you kidding? Romaine lettuce is good for guinea pigs! Just hearing that it wasnt infuriated my guinea pig, who I call little lechuga (lechuga = lettuch in spanish). She loves it!

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