What kind of diet should be fed to pet rabbits?
Fresh hay should make up the bulk of your rabbit's diet and needs to be readily available at all times. Adult rabbits can eat timothy, grass, and oat hays, while younger rabbits should be fed alfalfa. Alfalfa should not be given to adult rabbits because of the higher protein and sugar content. Hay is important for rabbits because it provides the essential fibre needed for good digestive health and it helps wear down a rabbit's teeth (which continuously grow) for good dental health. When choosing hay, make sure it looks and smells fresh.
An assortment of vegetables should be a part of your rabbit's daily diet. When choosing vegetables look for something fresh and free of pesticides.
Your rabbit may enjoy some of the following vegetables:
Broccoli leaves (stems or tops can make rabbits gassy), Carrot tops (carrots are high in calcium and should be given sparingly), Celery, Cilantro, Clover, Collard greens, Dandelion leaves, Dill, Kale (sparingly), Lettuce – romaine or dark leaf (no iceberg lettuce and no cabbage), Mint, Mustard greens, Parsley, Water cress.
Fresh water must always be available to your rabbit.
Pellets should be purchased so that they are fresh, as bunnies will turn their noses up at stale pellets. Look for pellets that are high in fibre and low in protein.
Some fruits that rabbits enjoy include:
Raspberries, Bananas, Pineapple, Apples (no seeds).
I have bird feeders in my garden but the squirrels keep taking away all the food. What should I do?
Use a squirrel proof feeder – This is probably the most effective way to keep a squirrel out of your feeders. Many of the best squirrel proof feeders are weight-sensitive, so that if a squirrel tries to sit on them, the feeder closes and the squirrel cannot get at the food. Other squirrel proof birdfeeder designs include feeders that are surrounded by a metal cage. These allow smaller animals, like birds to get through, but not larger ones. The metal cages are not quite as effective as the weight sensitive, due to the fact that squirrels can and will wiggle their way into anything.
Use a squirrel collar – Putting a cone-like collar on the post that the birdfeeder sits on or on the chain that the birdfeeder hangs from can help to deter squirrels from your bird food. But squirrels can find a way around this if they have a location nearby where they can jump from onto the birdfeeder.
Use a slippery post – If your bird feeders are sitting on wood posts, consider changing them to a metal or PVC pole. These materials make it hard for the squirrel to climb and, therefore, the squirrel will have a more difficult time getting to the food. For added protection, grease the pole with vegetable oil to make it extra slippery.
What's the youngest age at which a pup or a kitten can be adopted?
A pup or a kitten can be adopted in 7-8 weeks of the age.
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