Things You Should And Shouldn't Feed Your Rabbit


Their are many bad foods for your rabbit, here are most of them which you should try and avoid:
  • Lettuce
  • Beans
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Parsnips
  • Potato
  • Rhubarb
  • Spinach
  • Tomato leaves
  • Cereal/grain mixes
I strongly recommend not giving any of these foods to your rabbit as most of these are bad for their digestive system. Lettuce may cause your rabbit to have diarrhoea, as lettuce contains lactucarium. It will eventually go away but for the time being your rabbit won't have the best of times. Lettuce has also been known to cause GI Stasis, which is a fatal condition. So definitely stay away from lettuce.

If you let your rabbit out into the garden you must make sure you do not have the following plants in your garden:
Honeysuckle
  • Anemones
  • Arrow grass
  • Bluebells
  • Broken fern
  • Burdock
  • Buttercups
  • Clovers
  • Daffodils
  • Dahlis
  • Deadly Nightshade
  • Delphiniums
  • Fireweed
  • Foxglove
  • Hemlock
  • Horehound
  • Honeysuckle
  • Iris
    Dahlis
  • Ivy
  • Jimson weed
  • Lillies
  • Laurel
  • Lupine
  • Milkweed
  • Poison hemlock
  • Poppies
  • Primrose
  • Snow clover
  • Tarweed
  • Tulips
  • Water hemlock
As there are many plants that your bunny shouldn't be eating, the safest option is to not have any plant life except grass... Only joking! It isn't really necessary to get rid of all of the plants you have, your bunny may love to adventure into the depths of your garden but I can defiantly tell you your rabbits favourite part of your garden is the grass. I mean it's basically an all you can eat buffet, open 24/7! So whats not to like. But I just recommend keeping an eye out for your rabbit if and when he or she is in the garden, to just make sure they aren't eating those particular plants. If you see your rabbit eating any of the above contact your local vet.

Foods that your rabbit is allowed. There are many safe foods to feed your rabbit but some must only be feed to your rabbit in small amounts. They are:
  • Basil
  • Beet greens
  • Carrot
  • Carrot tops
  • Celery leaves
  • Dandelion leaves and flower
  • Dill
  • Mint
  • Parsley
  • Watercress
  • Wheat grass
  • Kale
I feed Nibbles carrots, parsley, kale and basil mainly. As a little treat during the day, if you would like to check out what else Nibbles eats daily I did a blog post.
What Nibbles Eats Daily

As fruit is very sugary compared to vegetables, only give your rabbit some fruit. I would say around one or two pieces every second day. Here are the following fruits in which your rabbit can eat:
  • Apple
  • Bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Cranberries
  • Pears
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
If you give your rabbit an apple or pear or just anything with pips in them, make sure to get rid of the seeds first. As they contain amounts of cyanide, which although does not harm humans, it can be harmful to rabbits. So make sure to take out the pips!

Tips:

Also provide a good quality of fresh grass and or grass hay throughout the day.
As a guide on what you should feed your rabbit daily, put two packed cups of leafy greens per kg body weight per day, eg if Nibbles weighs 1.5kg I'll give him two and a half cups of leafy greens per day.
Aim to keep feeding habits consistent (the types of food). If you feel the need to change their diet, you must do it gradually over a two to three week period, to minimise digestive discomfort or upsets.

If you feed you rabbit the right food and make sure they're kept away from the nasty yet beautiful plants. Then your rabbit too will be licking their lips just like Nibbles!

Links:
Instagram - @rabbitnibbles
Youtube - Rabbit Nibbles
Email - rabbitnibbles.owner@gmail.com

About Nibbles

Age: 4 (at the moment)
Birth date: 17 of September
Type of breed: cute and fluffy?
Gender: male
Age when adopted: 6 weeks
Personality: VERY adventurous, and just in general crazy!
Loves:
  • Running (or in this case hopping)
  • Chasing me all around the house (and nearly making me trip over him all the time) 
  • Kale
  • Parsley
  • Carrots 
  • Getting rubs on the head
  • Flopping out (as shown down below)
  • Being cheeky and going out and adventuring into the garden
  • Going through the tunnel
  • Playing with a see through curtain
Dislikes:
  • Big dogs
  • Stairs (yet he is adventurous and enjoys going for a little wonder upstairs, even when he is not supposed to)
  • Dried corn
  • Going into his hutch

So as you can tell Nibbles loves many things but when he is put in a situation in which he 'dislikes' such as being put into his hutch which normally ends up with Nibbles running up and down kicking the sides of his hutch a couple of times, just to get the message across that he is annoyed and wants to be brought back inside (that cheeky munchkin). My favourite thing that Nibbles loves doing is playing with the curtain, he just runs around with a bit of the curtain in his mouth trying to twist it and just playing and having fun with it in general, which I think is adorable.




Links:
Instagram - @rabbitnibbles
Email - rabbitnibbles.owner@gmail.com

What Nibbles Eats Daily

In the morning Nibbles normally wakes up before I wake up especially in the holidays. Every morning whilst I watch TV and eat breakfast, he hears the TV on and realises that I'm up so he starts to kick the sides of his hutch to get my attention. Once I have finished eating my breakfast I finally give into the urge of getting him out of his hutch and bring Nibbles inside to have his breakfast.

MORNING:
There is half a cup or less of pellets which is always at his reach throughout the day and also a bowl of water which he can drink or eat at anytime because they are the most important source of nutrients that a rabbit can have.

LUNCH:
Around lunch time or dinner time I would give Nibbles either a seed mix or some kale (which is his absolute favourite food). At lunch time I would let him go outside or play with him inside with some of his toys, if you would like to see what toys Nibbles plays with to help stimulate his brain check out my last blog post. http://rabbitnibbles.blogspot.com.au/2016/01/toys-that-your-rabbit-will-and-will-not.html

DINNER:
After Nibbles has gotten a bit tired out from either playing with his toys or running around outside, or I guess just chasing me around the house. I give him a carrot once finished if he is still hungry I'll give him either some parsley or a homemade treat which I have also written a blog post on how to make them. The good thing about making your own rabbit treats is that you know there aren't any chemicals or preservatives and you definitely get a lot of rabbit treats which will last you around 4 weeks or more.
http://rabbitnibbles.blogspot.com.au/2015/12/homemade-christmas-cookies.html









After dinner I let Nibbles stay inside until he needs to go into his hutch, which is bedded with hay and newspaper underneath. Nibbles also has a drink bottle. Small animal drink bottles cost from $5 to $15 here is a cheap one which seemed to last quite a long time.
 https://www.petstock.com.au/products/S0000670/pet_one_-_deluxe_drinking_bottle_for_small_animals

I hope this helped or informed you on what is good for your rabbit to eat and what Nibbles eats daily. As at times I am not at home with Nibbles, before I go I put a carrot or a couple pieces of kale into his hutch so he wont go hungry. For rabbits, it is ideal to have around 4 hours of play time and free roaming whether it's inside your house or on the grass area.

links:
Instagram - @rabbitnibbles
https://www.instagram.com/rabbitnibbles/
Email - markosvictoria.rabbitnibbles@gmail.com




Toys That Your Rabbit Will And Will Not Enjoy

As I live in Australia I'm unable to purchase quite a lot of rabbit toys because most rabbit websites that sell rabbit toys, treats and food, don't ship to Australia. I am a rabbit owner who likes to see my rabbit have fun and toss things around. (Fun fact : rabbits play by throwing things around). So I find other alternatives such as toys that are made for birds, cats and mice. Or basically anything that is small enough for a rabbit to play with.

Here are toys that Nibbles plays with:

"Avi one coloured wood parrot toy chain"
Price: $5.99 (similar types cost $5 to $15)
Note: The bell is easily detachable with a bit of force
Pros:
- Your rabbit can chew on on and grind their teeth down.
- Its got a hook that enables you to place the toy anywhere.
Cons:
- It has a bell on it, many rabbits get frightened with bells.
- It is rope so your rabbit may chew through it.

This item doesn't necessarily need to be hung up on the roof of a cage. Nibbles normally just chucks it around, even when it's on the ground. Even though the toy can be chewed to grind down his teeth, Nibbles does not often chew it and seems a bit pointless in that regards but it seems like he does enjoy this toy. So overall a good purchase but would only get one as it is not his favourite.
https://www.petstock.com.au/products/112111000255/avi_one_coloured_wood_parrot_toy_chain,_perch,_beads_&_bell_-_26cm_long


Cat tunnel
Price: $10 (similar types cost $5 to $10)
Pros:
- Easy to put away (folds up).
- There are three ways to get out of the tunnel.
- It's a good obstacle to use when training your rabbit.
Cons:
- The crunchiness of the tunnel (the sound it makes when played with).
- It moves around a lot due to the shape of the tunnel.

I must say Nibbles was not 100% on what the anonymous object was at first, so he sniffed and poked it here and there but soon got comfortable with the toy. This toy is definitely Nibbles's favourite, although it does take up quite a lot of room. When folded it can be easily stored though. If the size is a problem for you and want to be able to fit it into a small space there are quite a lot of lengths in which cat tunnels come in, just make sure to check the size before buying it. I would definitely recommend buying a cat tunnel for your rabbit... If you can stand the noise. Make sure to feel the fabric before buying to see if you can stand the noise or not.
http://www.cheapaschips.com/products/pet-accessories/pet-accessories/product/cat-tunnel-90x25cm-canvas/


Cat toy spring with ball
Price: $4
Pros:
- You can put food such as kale in the middle of it and make it a challenge for your rabbit, by doing this the challenge stimulates their brain.
- Nibbles also likes to put it onto it's side
Cons:
- Due to Nibbles size the toy is a bit bigger than him which does effect him playing with it.
- The ball rattles.

I must say this object does have many ways rabbits can play with it. One problem I have come across when I bought it, is that the ball on the top rattled, rabbits are not all that fond of objects that rattle when moved. A quick solution is to take the ball off which is quite simple to do and by doing that Nibbles seems to interact with the toy a lot more. Overall not the most interactive toy in which Nibbles is attracted to, I would not bother buying another one if it breaks. The toy is a good way to stimulate your rabbit's brain now and then but overall Nibbles doesn't seem to be attracted to the toy.
http://www.cheapaschips.com/products/pet-accessories/pet-accessories/product/cat-toy-spring-with-ball-27cm-x-13cm/


I do not have a photo of Nibbles with this
as it broke a while ago, apologies
Cat swat and swing
Price: $2.50
Pros:
- Nibbles enjoys playing with anything he can move.
- It's easy to store away.
Cons:
- The mouse fell off after a while.

Nibbles wasn't all that interested in this toy, and it also broke quite easily. The toy is thin but if you don't have a cupboard to store it away, it is rather quite noticeable. I do not have much to say about this item as I will not be repurchasing it due to it breaking quite easily and Nibbles wasn't all that interested. He would play with it for a couple seconds at a time but it was definitely not his favourite toy.
http://www.cheapaschips.com/products/pet-accessories/pet-accessories/product/cat-swat-and-swing-pet-toy/


Trixie natwood flex wicker bridge
Price: $10.99 (similar types cost $10 to $31)
Pros:
- Can grind down rabbit's teeth with the wood.
- The toy is very flexible and can change from a tunnel to a wood mat and others.
Cons:
- For a rabbit of Nibbles's size it needs to be a bit bigger.

apologies for the bad quality, this is
 the only photo I have of the item
The wooden bridge was a bit of fun, but for a rabbit of Nibbles's size it was a bit too small and it is more suited to hamsters or guinea pigs. I may in the future buy this item again, but only if it is bigger. Nibbles did go through it and also sit on top of it but still was a bit too small. If there was a bigger size I would have definitely opted for the larger one. The bridge was not chewed very much and I would say if you wanted it so your rabbit can grind down their teeth, go for a different option as this is not what you're looking for. Instead go for a hard food block or a pine cone. Over all this toy is worth buying if you want your rabbit to have some fun (just make sure to check the size).
https://www.petstock.com.au/products/S0000962/trixie_-_natwood_-_flex_wicker_bridge_-_for_small_animals



Links:
Instagram - @rabbitnibbles
https://www.instagram.com/rabbitnibbles/
Email - markosvictoria.rabbitnibbles@blogspot.com
Contact me if you know a rabbit website that sells toys and ships to Australia via my email or instagram.
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