Micah Feeding

Vet Speak

In this section, Dr. Micah Kohles, Oxbow’s Director of Veterinary Science and Outreach, answers all of your animal health related questions.  If you have a question for Micah regarding the health or behavior of your small animal, send it to web@oxbowanimalhealth.com.

Is there a best time to feed your bunny? I have noticed that when I feed him in the evening he gets more tense.

Great question.  Hay should be available all of the time - 24/7/365.  We want small herbivores to have access to clean, fresh hay so they can forage and graze no matter what time of day or night. This is not only nutritionally important, but also provides the animals a sense of comfort, as they are actively doing something.

In terms of pellets, I recommend establishing a feeding time and staying consistent.  This allows you to observe normal behavior patterns; if something changes with their appetite or attitude you will see it sooner than later.

Water, like hay, should always be available and I always recommend providing two sources, such as bottle, crock, etc.  Change the water daily, as we want fresh, clean water in order to increase their desire to drink as much as they can.

Greens should also be a daily part of their diet. I like to feed these opposite of my pellets. So if I am feeding pellets in the morning, I feed my fresh greens at night.  This spreads out their nutrition and, in turn, the activity of feeding that goes along with it.

Treats are the one area where I think variety of timing is good. The key is limiting the amounts of treats offered as a whole. 

Sincerely,

Dr. Micah Kohles, DVM
Director of Veterinary Science and Outreach
Oxbow Animal Health