If you have a rabbit of your own as a pet or have designs on owning one in the near term, here is an opportunity to get to know the furry creature a little bit better. What’s necessary to know about your rabbit is the special rabbit food that it must eat. Like all animals, whether carnivores or herbivores, domesticated or rarely out in the wild, the rodent species rabbit has its own special dietary requirements.
To compare carrots with wild shoots, there is not much difference between a rare wild rabbit and a domesticated variation. Food wise, they will have similar taste buds. But there is one obvious area in which they differ vastly. The wild rabbit can just about barely fend for itself out in the wild, given all the dangers its up against, but the domesticated rabbit, kept in a cage for most of its waking life has absolutely no control over its dietary daily requirements.
And that is where you have to come in, quite seriously, as it turns out. Owing to lifestyle circumstances and the problems associated with sourcing fresh green produce on a regular basis, you and your pet rabbit are saddled with dry packaged food, usually in the form of pellets. Fortunately, these pellets are now being formulaically programmed to include most of the nutrients that a rabbit is disposed to in terms of its species.
Alongside the pellets, every effort must be made to provide your caged animal with natural grass or hay to replicate as close as possible the dry but natural food it would have enjoyed out in the wild. Under ideal circumstances it would be best for you and your pet if you could provide for it as far as reasonably possible in terms of its natural and essential nutritional requirements. To that end, you should make a concerted effort to provide the caged animal with a good mix of the grass, herbs, tree barks, sprouts, fruits and leaves.
This, surely, is not much to ask of you. Apart from essential nutrients, the variety of flavors, shapes and colors in the foodstuffs prevents the frivolous animal from becoming bored with a monotonous eating routine. Picture this, and imagine that. Imagine having to eat dry pellets every day of your natural life. Do not for a moment think that small, caged animals, rodents or herbivores or not, are any different from you in terms of eating esthetics.
This is why wild rabbits can survive and thrive to a degree. They have the pick of what is available to them in their natural environment and they can always adapt during times of scarcity. Caged rabbits have no such control over their diet. Also bear in mind that they are not getting the same exercise as their wild cousins are. So, feeding portions do have to be carefully monitored to ensure that the sedentary, by comparison, animal is not overfed.