Like so many other pets these days and their human owners, obesity in rabbits is a common and growing problem.
Overweight rabbits run the risk of developing serious health problems, including:
- Heart problems
- Improper digestion
- Fly strike (maggot infestation) resulting from a urine-soaked tail
- Restricted movement
- Inability to groom
According to Mairwen Guard of Cottontails Rabbit Rescue on PetfoodIndustry.com, feeding guidelines for commercial rabbit formulas are often misleading, recommending twice as much food as rabbits need to meet daily caloric requirements.
As reported by PetfoodIndustry.com, Guard advises an average rabbit’s diet should consist primarily of good quality meadow hay, with the remainder consisting of fresh green vegetables and a small amount of dry pelleted food.