The Best Food For Baby Rabbits
Newborn baby rabbits can be fed Kitten Milk Replacer, or KMR. You can ask for KMR at your veterinarian’s office or at most local pet stores. Add a tablespoon of whole cream to each can of KMR to mimic the caloric level of natural rabbit milk. An especially good health tip is to add a bit of acidophilus to each feeding to keep baby bunny’s good bacteria at an optimum level. Feed your baby bunny one or two times a day with an eyedropper or sterile oral syringe, which can be found at pharmacies or drug stores. Try not to feed baby too often throughout the day or else they may experience stomach problems. It is important to note that overfeeding is the leading cause of death in pet baby rabbits.
At around 10 days old, your baby rabbits’ eyes will begin to open. At this point you can start to introduce hay and rabbit pellets into their diet. Rabbits of all ages should be given as much hay as they want. Keep a well-stocked, easy-to-reach supply of hay in your bunny’s box. Eating hay keeps the stomach and intestines healthy and prevents dangerous obstructions. Natural dietary pellets will also be good for baby rabbits. Choose pellets that are rich in protein and high in fiber and calcium. Baby rabbits can have an unlimited amount of pellets at first; they will help baby grow strong muscles and bones and healthy fur. After a year, taper off the amount of pellets to 1/8 cup a day to encourage them to keep eating plenty of hay.
At two or three months old, you can start feeding your baby rabbit vegetables. Make sure to ease greens into the diet very gradually so baby’s tummy doesn’t get upset. Add small amounts of carrots and romaine lettuce to your bunny’s meals. Wash veggies thoroughly and serve them wet to encourage your rabbit’s water intake. Eventually your rabbit will be a full-grown adult and will be eating a large variety of fresh vegetables, so let them learn young which veggies are their favorites!