Hay makes up 80% of rabbits' dietary needs and also plays a key role in wearing down ever-growing teeth, bursting with good nutrients that perfectly satisfy their natural foraging behaviours.
Hay is vital to a rabbit's diet and should always be available to them. It makes up 80% of their diet and also plays a key role in wearing down their ever-growing teeth. This helps prevent dental problems which can be costly to treat. Meaning that spending a little extra on hay that they love can save you money in the long run.
No hay is outright bad for rabbits but there are points worth considering. Young rabbits are often fed alfalfa hay which is high in protein and calcium. This is great for their growing bodies but adult bunnies should be fed less protein and calcium dense hay to prevent them from getting overfat and having bladder sludge issues.
The best hay for your rabbit is the one which they eat the most of. Timothy hay is the most popular but bunnies just like humans have varying palates and can have their favourites among all types of hay. This is why we offer sample packs so that your bunny can pick their favourite for themselves!
Whilst it may look similar to us humans, there are a huge variety of hays available. The main factor is the type of grass used to make the hay. Be it Timothy, Ryegrass, Orchard or anything else. Meadow and Crau hay are slightly different in that it is made from areas that naturally contain a variety of grasses.
Hay quality is also hugely dependent on the growing season and the amount of sunshine and rain that the crops received during the harvest season. Meaning that no two crops of hay will be exactly the same.
Rabbits love all things sweet and are tough to say no to when they beg! However, they shouldn't be fed human foods. If you can't resist their puppy dog eyes then suitable treats would be small amounts of any sweet fruits such as apples, bananas and carrot tops. Although these should be fed sparingly.