Rabbits are active and intelligent animals that can live to an average age of about eight to ten years.
A rabbit needs a balanced diet with a high amount of fiber to keep their intestines healthy and to aid the chewing process, which is how their continuously growing teeth wear down. Fiber is found in roughage such as hay. Give your rabbit unlimited, good quality hay every day. Quality hay is great for their teeth, digestion and keeps them busy. Cut, fresh grass should be avoided as it ferments quickly and can cause digestive disorders. Always provide access to fresh water from a bowl or feeding bottle with a metal tip, check the bottle regularly to make sure it is working properly. Feed leafy vegetables that are good for teeth and provide variety. Root vegetables, including carrots, are not good for rabbits, so use them only as a snack. Rabbits love to nibble on branches, such as willow branches. This gives them something to do, it is good for the teeth and it provides extra fiber.
Rabbits can quickly become (over-)fat if they do not get the right food and/or do not get enough exercise. Use the Rabbit Condition Scorecard about every four weeks to check the body condition of your rabbit. Give your rabbit space! In order to stay healthy, they need a lot of exercise and the right food!
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