Should rabbits have unlimited hay?

Rabbits should have a daily diet of mostly hay, a smaller amount of fresh vegetables, and a limited number of pellets. Hay is the most important part of a rabbit's daily intake. Unlimited, high-quality grass hay, such as Timothy, orchard or brome, should make up the bulk of a rabbit's diet.

Should rabbits have hay at all times?

Hay provides lots of long-strand fibre which keeps your rabbit's gut moving properly and teeth healthy. It's the closest thing to a natural diet. Rabbits would naturally graze upon it all day, so ensure yours have an unlimited supply.

Can a rabbit eat too much hay?

There's no such thing as a rabbit eating too much hay. Rabbits' teeth grow constantly. Grazing on hay helps to keep their teeth short. If your rabbit isn't eating enough hay, it'll have to have its teeth filed down by a veterinarian.

How much hay should I give my bunny daily?

Rabbits need at least one bundle of good quality hay everyday, and it should be as big as they are!

Can a bunny survive on just hay?

Rabbits eat grass (or hay)!

Rabbits should be fed in a way that is as close as possible to their natural diet: mostly grass or hay. In fact, rabbits could live on hay and water alone, but we recommend providing some fresh leafy vegetables and a small amount of commercial feed.


Should rabbits sleep on hay?

Bedding for rabbits

Bedding should be provided to give your rabbit extra insulation, somewhere to hide and something to nibble on. It should be clean and dry and should also be safe for your rabbit to eat. Hay and straw can be used. Wood shavings are not suitable as bedding material.

Do rabbits eat hay all day?

A rabbit's complex digestive system means they need to constantly snack on hay throughout the day to keep things moving inside, and help prevent blockages (eg. from fur or things they've eaten - rabbits seem to have little concept of what they can and cannot digest!)

Is hay 80% of a rabbits diet?

Hay should be 80% of your rabbit's diet. Rabbits are designed to eat large amounts of high fibrous food. A proper diet consists of 80% grass hay, 10% veggies, 5% healthy pellets, and 0 to 5% healthy treats. Fresh water must be available at all times.

Do rabbits eat hay at night?

Never should your rabbit run out of hay. Rabbits like to graze throughout the day, in-between naps and especially late at night and very early in the morning, when you are probably in bed. So this is why you need to make sure they have access to hay 24 hours a day.

Can rabbits just have hay as bedding?

You can use hay as bedding for your rabbit but this can be costly and less efficient for absorbency. But if you are out of your normal bedding and only have hay, then this isn't the worse thing to use.

Do rabbits get cold at night?

Do rabbits get cold at night? Of course, everyone does! But bunnies have thick fur that can protect them from chilly temperatures. They're fine at 30°F, but if you have outdoor rabbits, keep your hutch at about 100°F during the night.

Do rabbits prefer day or night?

Nope! Another question that people often ask is whether rabbits sleep mostly during the day or at night. And the answer is neither. They are crepuscular, meaning that they are most active at dusk and dawn.

Do rabbits gain weight from hay?

Go for the Greens

Like hay, greens promote chewing and contain fiber. They are also low in calorie, so rabbits can generally munch on greens to their hearts' content without gaining weight. Greens also have the added benefit of containing water – something herbivores need lots of for proper digestion.

Is Timothy Hay fattening for rabbits?

3rd cutting Timothy hay is super soft, super green, and high in leaf. This cutting has lower levels of fiber, but higher levels protein and fat, which makes it the perfect hay for buns who need to gain a little weight, baby bunnies, or any bunny that's looking for a delicious treat.

What happens if I don't give my rabbit hay?

Not only is hay necessary for good digestive health, it also wears down rabbits' teeth, which continuously grow. Regular hay consumption helps prevent rabbits from developing sharp hooks on their teeth known as molar spurs. Molar spurs can be very painful, causing rabbits to stop eating.

Do rabbits like blankets over their cage?

It's no secret that rabbits love soft materials. All domesticated rabbits like blankets and pillows in the home. You'll likely be tempted to place similar items in your pet's hutch for added comfort. Blankets and towels are great additions to a rabbit's home.

How much time do rabbits need out of their cage?

To keep your rabbit happy and healthy, let it out of its cage at least once a day, giving it time to roam. Though at least one hour is necessary, aim closer to three or four. As a rule, never keep your rabbit cooped up for 24 hours at a time.

Does hay make rabbits thirsty?

Rabbits must have access to plenty of fresh water at all times. Rabbits eating lots of fresh grass and greens will drink less, whilst those eating mostly hay will drink more. Bowls are better than bottles as lapping from a bowl is more natural to rabbits.

Is grass better than hay for rabbits?

Because of the large quantity of grass a rabbit eats each day, it is rarely practical to provide enough fresh grass to meet all your rabbit's needs. The solution to this is to supplement or substitute grass with hay, which is readily available and easily stored. Hay is just grass that has been cut and left to dry out.

Do rabbits prefer grass or hay?

Grass is more nutritious than hay as hay is dried, causing some of the beneficial vitamins & minerals to fade over time. Just as their wild counterpart, a domestic rabbit will always opt to eat fresh grass over hay, and eat it with fervour too!

How do I know if my rabbit is happy?

You will know if your rabbit is happy because they will:
  1. Lie down with a relaxed body.
  2. Lie down with a stretched body, still relaxed.
  3. Lie down with a fully extended body, still relaxed.
  4. Jumping into the air all 4 paws off the ground.
  5. Have a healthy appetite.
  6. Calm and quiet.
  7. Inquisitive.

Do rabbits miss their owners?

You may worry that your rabbit will be lonely. If you spend a lot of time with your rabbit, they will undoubtedly miss you when you're away, the same way you miss them. The two of you have developed a bond and friendship that your pet rabbit also understands.

What should rabbits sleep on?

A rabbit's bedding must keep them safe, comfortable, and warm. Rabbits often eat their bedding, so it cannot be toxic. Shredded paper, Aspen shreds, specialist litter or pellets, and hay are all safe options.

Should you cover a rabbit cage at night?

If the rabbit's cage is indoors: It is not necessary to cover the cage at night. This is because the temperature in the house remains stable and a nest or a house for rabbits in the cage is sufficient for the animal to sleep in it without freezing.

Do rabbits like light at night?

Rabbits need a contrast of light and darkness. A rabbit that lives in constant light can experience stress. In addition, their eyes can be damaged, and they'll gain weight. Provide a dark area for your bunny to sleep and relax within.