Hay for dwarf rabbits
Julie Lambert, Paris, France
December 16, 2020
Hay is the staple food for dwarf rabbits. It must therefore be of good quality to ensure the good mental and physical health of your rabbit. Hay is not only a source of food for your rabbit, but also a source of well-being.
01 – Why give hay to my rabbit?
Dwarf rabbit hay serves primarily as a nutritious source of energy. The dwarf rabbit needs a diet rich in fibre, and hay contains a lot of fibre. For this reason, hay should be the basis of the rabbit’s diet and should be available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. In addition to fibre, hay provides vitamins, minerals and protein for a healthy rabbit.
Furthermore, hay helps rabbits to wear out their teeth. Since rabbits’ teeth grow continuously throughout their lives, it is important that they can wear them out to prevent abscesses or other infections.
Finally, the rabbit has a very special digestive system that must never stop and therefore allowing the rabbit to eat something continuously is important.
02 – How do I choose hay for my rabbit?
To take a good hay, ideal for your rabbit, you should choose it green, dry, with a good smell and above all dust-free. Avoid bagged hay that is too compressed, cut or yellow in colour. You should also avoid hay with too much calcium and alfalfa, which can cause problems for your rabbit. Do not use straw for hay because it does not provide any benefit to your rabbit. Personally I recommend Crau hay which is often very appreciated by rabbits.
03 – How do I give hay to my rabbit?
In order to give your rabbit hay properly and for him to eat it, it must not only be good quality hay. Your rabbit must also have easy access to the hay with a rack that is practical, fun and safe. You can also put it in a small cardboard or wooden tray so that your rabbit can rummage through it as it pleases, which will be a lot of fun.
So to conclude, your rabbit should have quality Crau hay available 24 hours a day, so that it can have fun and be healthy.