In order to keep your lionhead rabbit healthy it is important to the select the best diet and give them healthy food only. Feeding your bunny on a daily basis is of great essence, and should be done with great care. For example, if you feed your rabbit with food that contains loads of proteins or fat this might harm him. This is due to the fact that their digestive system is created for digesting low nutrition food instead of highly nutrition food that contains large amounts of proteins,fat and calcium.
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Lionhead Rabbit diet
The basic ingredient of a rabbit diet is hay. More than 75% of their diet should consist out of eating hay. There are many different kinds of hay available. Below an overview of recommended hay is shown. Also take a look at these safe plants that lionhead rabbits are allowed to eat.
Lucerne or how most people call it; Alfalfa hay is one of the most commonly used hay within a rabbit diet. What makes this type of hay so popular is that it is a great a fiber source, its nutrition value is extremely high. Besides large amounts of calcium and protein it also contains multiple vitamins (B,C,D,E and K) and minerals. There is however downside, as mentioned feeding food that has extreme nutrition values could lead to for example obesity. As a result it is not recommended to feed lionhead rabbits who are older than 7 months with Alfalfa hay. Nevertheless, it is a very suitable hay for young lionhead bunnies since they need a lot nutrition in order to grow. Please take the above in consideration when composing the diet.
We recommend: Kaytee Alfalfa Mini Bale Pet Treat, 24-Ounce
This type of hay is very popular, there is however a clear explanation. Identical to Alfalfa hay Timothy Hay is also a healthy fiber source that contains calcium, proteins, fat, vitamins and minerals. However, the great difference is that Timothy hay has smaller amounts of nutrition. As a result it won’t harm the rabbit’s digestive system. Timothy hay is therefore extremely suitable for rabbits of all age. Besides, expert’s state that is has also some dental benefits. Looking for a good deal?
We recommend: Carefresh Timothy Hay Pet Food, 32-Ounce
In addition to Alfalfa and Timothy there are also other suitable alternatives. For example meadow hay. Contact your vet or pet store if you would like some more information about these alternatives.
Besides eating hay it is essential to provide your lionhead rabbit with fresh water. In general their diet consists out of eating hay and drinking water. Before you replace the water make sure you clean the bottle/container in order to maintain their health. Moreover, fresh water should be available at all time.
In order to complement the diet of a lionhead rabbit is it advised to feed them with pellets. These pellets which are in fact small pieces of squeezed hay also contain a lot of nutrients of which it is possible that they are not present within the regular hay your rabbit gets. However, please keep in mind to be careful with feeding pellets. It is common that they are also used to make sure that a rabbit gains a lot of weight. Therefore feeding can easily lead to obesity. Moreover, there are many different pellets available. As a result it might be wise to consult your vet for some advice. An alternative is to search the online web for recommendations. Ideally you should look for pellets that have plenty of fiber and low amounts of protein. All in all, pellets complement a lionhead rabbit diet but the basic rule is; carefully dose the amount of pellets you feed.
Basic lionhead rabbit feeding guidelines
If you are looking for more detailed information about what your lionhead rabbit should eat and how many times you should feed him or her we refer to this special basic feeding guidelines page. The page describes in great detail what you should feed and what you shouldn’t feed your lionhead.