Hi bunfriends, as mentioned we are doing a ‘what we eat in a day’ post series 😉, this is the first instalment! Check back for more later and see below for information on hay and it’s importance. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I feed them lots of different types of hay to keep them interested and to provide different texture! For example, the timothy hay in the first photo is very coarse, in the second photo the orchard grass is soft and sweet and in the last photo, that timothy hay is very leafy! If your bun doesn’t like one type, try lots of different kinds to find their favourites. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Information below from www.saveafluff.co.uk @saveafluff
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🌾 Hay keeps the gut moving.
Hay is made up of long fibres that help the muscles of the bunny's gut stay strong. A rabbit's complex digestive system means they need to constantly snack on hay throughout the day to keep things moving inside, and help prevent blockages (eg. from fur or things they've eaten - rabbits seem to have little concept of what they can and cannot digest!) Blockages can often be fatal. If a rabbit doesn't eat enough hay then this can slow down the rabbit's intestinal functions and cause serious problems eg. GI Stasis.
🌾 Chewing hay grinds their ever-growing teeth down to a safe level
Rabbits' teeth continually grow, including all of their back ones (did you know rabbits have 28 teeth?!) If these aren't kept in check by wearing them down on hay and grass, they can grow out of control and cause painful abcesses, and even grow into the eyes from within. It's a fast process - rabbit teeth grow about 12cm a year! Eye problems are often linked to the teeth. Other foods (even hard pellets) do not wear the teeth down like the side-to-side jaw action used when eating hay.
🌾 Keeps bunnies busy rearranging it and searching for the best tasting pieces.
🌾 Teaches rabbits good litter tray habits.
Frank and Nancy’s diet has been approved by 3 exotic veterinary specialists. If you don’t feed the same, that’s okay! If you have any questions or problems please feel free to message me 👍🏻