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Plants and vegetables as rabbit food
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Image Amount of water in grass
The amount of grass that would provide the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of calcium also contains 350mls water, which is an important consideration, especially for rabbits with urinary tract disease.
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Image Puffed wheat
This component of one brand of muesli mix looks like (and probably is) breakfast cereal.
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Image Free food for rabbits
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Image Troff document Dried carrot
Dried pieces of carrot can be found in some brands of muesli mix. It is hard to understand why it is preferable to give rabbits dried carrot when fresh carrot is cheap and widely available. Some people worry that the sugar content of carrots may cause digestive upsets. This does not happen although carrots are low in calcium and high in soluble fibre so they are fattening.
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Image application/x-internet-signup Whole grains
Whole grains are often included in muesli mixes. Because of the fibrous shell, the addition of whole grain increases the overall fibre content of the mixture so the analysis on the side of the packet looks good. This is misleading as rabbits seldom eat the grain and if they do, they leave the shell in the bottom of the bowl.
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Image application/x-troff-ms Alfalfa stems
Alfalfa (lucerne) is used in many diets for commercial rabbits that are growing or breeding during their short lives. It has a high fibre and calcium content. It is also high in oxalates. In diets for pet rabbits, it may be found in some muesli mixes to balance out the calcium deficient parts of the diet. Not all rabbits eat it, especially those with dental problems that do not have the perfect teeth that are required to cut through the fibrous stems.
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Image ECMAScript program Muesli mix with lots of flakes
This brand of muesli has a few pellets and extruded nuggets and is mainly composed of flaked cereals. This mixture is very likely to induce dental disease and obesity.
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Image Flaked peas
Flaked peas are a firm favourite with rabbits despite their low calcium content. They also contain sugar and starch. In moderation, they are not harmful. If the rabbit picks them out of the mixture and eats a lot of flaked peas, it will be eating a very unbalanced, calcium and fibre deficient, fattening diet.
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Image ODS spreadsheet Crushed pieces of locust bean pods.
Locust beans are the pods of the mediterranean carob tree (Ceratonia siliqua). The pods are hard, fibrous and taste sweet with a chocolate flavour. Crushed pods are sometimes found in muesli mixtures . They are not harmful but their seeds might be as they can be the right size to cause a fatal intestinal obstruction.
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