We all know how easily rabbits can put a smile on the faces of full-grown and pint-sized pet-lovers, alike. But how in the hare do we control their teeth, that just won’t stop growing?
Hay, hay, hay – we’ve got the solution.
Petsperts believe Rabcula’s on-growing teeth may be hereditary, but more often than not, diet is the cause. Fibre is the real hero here – it’s pet-sential for rabbits because it takes more chewing, which constantly wears down your whiskered one’s teeth. This of course, keeps them short, but ready to bite. The best fibre source for your toothy Tan is hay, which should make up as much as 80 percent of his menu. Throwing in some twigs and branches to gnaw on, can also be a treat for his teeth.
Keep in mind that rabbits can be really picky eaters, however. Often they form a bunny bond with certain types of food, very early in life. So, if you don’t expose your vampy Velveteen to a litter of foods from the get-go, it may be tough to get him on the right diet, later on.
Need to wean your wabbit off dry food and/or fresh veggies, so you can feed him more hay? Here are some tips:
- Swap a bit of the daily food (dry or fresh) with some hay. If your buck-toothed buddy eats it, gradually reduce the amount of dry or fresh food, by replacing it with more and more hay. Hey! That’s easy.
- If Bunnicula turns his tail on the hay at first, try different types. He may just like one better than the other.
- Tropical tip – rubbing a bit of banana on the hay can also entice your bunny not only to hula, but also have a nibble.
If your mouthy Mini Rex’s teeth remain out of control, you may need to say, ‘What’s up, Doc?’ and have your vet trim them. However, you’d need to take your mouthy mate in every two to four weeks, so it’s much better to just nip the problem for your bud, in the first place.
Follow these tips, and you can shorten your bunny’s teeth in no time – that’s the tooth!