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is it okay to feed a pet rabbit crackers or bread

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is it okay to feed a pet rabbit crackers or bread?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Pet
Expert:  Anna replied 7 years ago.

No, both crackers and bread are bad for rabbits. They often lead to digestive problems, some of which can be fatal. The most important thing you need to do is get your rabbit some good-quality timothy hay. Don't use alfalfa because it can lead to other health problems. Rabbits should be allowed to eat as much of this good grass hay as they want. You can usually buy it in a pet store in bags. If you can't find any locally, here is an online source:

I can't emphasize enough the importance of feeding your rabbit hay. It will keep the digestive system working properly.

A five pound rabbit should also get about 1/8 cup of pellets daily. A variety of fresh produce, especially greens, is also important. Iceberg lettuce, however, isn't good. It has no nutrients in it and can lead to diarrhea. Greens should be introduced gradually. The following link will take you to a site with detailed information on rabbit feeding, including lists of the best produce, and what foods to avoid:

Any time you need reliable rabbit information or just want to learn about rabbits, this is a great site:

If you have any more questions about this, just let me know.


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