Wednesday, May 12, 2010

How to Feed Baby Cottontail Rabbits

Baby cottontail rabbits are incredibly cute, and it is tempting to want to feed them. You might be doing so because you found an orphaned rabbit, or because you simply enjoy interacting with wildlife. Most people are unfamiliar with the dietary habits of cottontail rabbits, especially BABIES, It is therefore beneficial to familiarize yourself with their favorite foods and eating habits if you wish to feed these animals.

  1. Step 1

    If you're considering "adopting" an abandoned baby, first determine if it truly needs human intervention. A well-meaning human can jeopardize the life of a cottontail who, while small, would have been able to successfully survive on its own. Also do not assume that a nest of rabbits has been abandoned. Mother rabbits tend to leave their babies alone for long periods of time, and cannot be seen at the nest during most daylight hours.

  2. Step 2

    Mix the formula. Powdered formula is easiest, as you can then add water and Pedialyte according to the rabbit's needs. You can mix this formula each time you need to feed the rabbit, or make an entire day's worth and keep it in the refrigerator. If you decide to refrigerate, make sure to warm it before you feed it to the rabbit. It should come to about the same temperature as the rabbit. Make sure to hold the rabbit with its head upwards while it's eating.

  3. Step 3

    When the bunny's eyes open, it's time to start moving them to a more adult diet. Feed them with three parts commercial rabbit food and one part of their natural diet, such as dandelions and clover. You can supplement this with small quantities of things like spinach and carrots.

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