Fibrevores

WHAT IS A FIBREVORE?

“FIBREVORES” ARE ANIMALS THAT ARE OBLIGATORY FIBRE-EATERS

This means they absolutely need to eat fibre, first and foremost. In a similar way, cats are obligatory meat-eaters (carnivores).

FIBREVORES ARE:

  • RABBITS
  • GUINEA PIGS
  • CHINCHILLAS
  • DEGUS

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“FIBREVORES” MAINLY EAT GRASS

  • With a few leaves, vegetable matter and occasionally bits of twig & bark.

THEIR DIGESTIVE SYSTEM RELIES ON:

  • A very delicate balance of bacteria breaking down the fibre
  • Fibre moving through their gut at all times

PET “FIBREVORES” RELY ON THEIR OWNERS

  • FEEDING THEM ON A DIET THAT MIMICS WHAT THEY WOULD EAT IN THE WILD; AND THAT IS FIBRE!!
  • Fibre is found particularly in plant cell walls it includes pectins, hemi-cellulose, cellulose and lignin.
  • Grass is not rich in nutrients but “fibrevores” have evolved to  be able to digest grass and fibre to extract all the nutrients they need.
  • A low nutrient diet means that they have to eat all the time; this is particularly important for maintaining shorter teeth!

LET’S TALK ABOUT DROPPINGS!

  • “Fibrevores” need to  process their food twice to get all the nutrients they need from it
  • “Fibrevores” are physically unique, the food goes through them twice
  • They eat their own droppings
  • They should and need to do this

RABBIT DIGESTION

v  Food quickly passes through the stomach & small intestine

v  Fibrous material is divided into digestible and indigestible fibre, in the gut

v  Indigestible fibre helps gut motion and are excreted as normal hard droppings

v  Digestible fibre enters a large “appendix” (caecum)

v  Bacteria in the caecum breaks down the digestible fibre , then it’s excreted as sticky droppings

v  Rabbits eat sticky droppings direct from their bottom

v  Sticky dropping are re-digested and essential nutrients extracted

  

THE PROBLEM WITH MUESLI STYLE FOOD

SELECTIVE FEEDING

  • “Fibrevores” can become fussy eaters
  • They will eat sweet foods, as an easy way to get a glucose fix
  • This can result in “Fibrevores” picking out bits of their food and leaving the rest
  • Leading to an imbalanced diet, with rabbits missing out on essential nutrients, like fibre, calcium, phosphorus and vitamin D

LACK OF FIRBE

 Muesli-style foods do not contain enough fibre

UNHEALTHY INGREDIENTS

Often, the actual ingredients in muesli foods are high in sugar and starch which are difficult to digest.

C IS FOR CAVY

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Guinea Pigs cannot produce their own vitamin C like a rabbit can. Therefore, if they are not fed a balanced diet they can develop hypovitaminosis C, this condition  is more commonly known as scurvy .  It can result in lameness, loss of teeth, rough coat, loss of hair, pain on handling and anorexia. So you must be absolutely sure your pets’ diet compensates and you must not feed your guinea pig rabbit food.

THE FIVE STAGE FEEDING PLAN – BURGESS DIETS

 STEP 1 – EXCEL HERBAGE AND FORAGE These premium quality hay and grass should form most of your pets’ diet. They are especially good for dental health as they contain high levels of beneficial fibre that help to wear down teeth. The teeth of rabbits are constantly growing and overgrown teeth can be the cause of potential fatal problems

STEP 2 – EXCEL TASTY NUGGETS These contain 100% natural, wholesome ingredients, are naturally high in beneficial fibre for digestive health and have added vitamins, minerals and prebiotics. Because they’re not a muesli-style mix, they prevent selective feeding

STEP 3 – EXCEL NATURE SNACKS These healthy, nutritious snacks are idea for rabbits as they promote emotional health –preventing boredom and encouraging bonding and interaction between you and your pet. They can be fed daily, because they’re packed with goodness, and all made with pure, natural ingredients.

STEP 4 – FRESH GREENS Rabbits can be fed fresh greens to give additional fresh nutrients and provide some variety. But you need to be careful about what you feed them, and how much.

STEP 5 – FRESH WATER A plentiful supply of fresh, clean water must always be available.

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THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE DANGEROUS!

GOOD – Apples (Pip less), Asparagus, Banana, Basil, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots And Carrot Tops, Cauliflower Leaves And Stalks, Celery, Chicory, Cucumber, Dill, Fennel, Grapes. Green Pepper, Kale, Mint, Orange (Peeled), Oregano, Parsley, Red Leaf Lettuce, Red Cabbage, Romaine Lettuce, Savoy Cabbage, Spinach, Tomato, Turnip, Watercress

BAD – Apple Pips, Potato And Potato Tops, Rhubarb (Leaves And Stalks), Tomato Leaves, Locust Pods And Beans

There Are Also Several Plants That Are Poisonous To Rabbits Make Sure You Don’t Feed Them To Your Pet Ant That There Are None Growing In Your Garden:  Autumn Crocus, Begonia, Black Nightshade, Busy Lizzie, Buttercup, Carnation, Chrysanthemum, Clematis, Cowslip, Geranium, Hemlock, Laburnum, Laurel, Poison Ivy, Poppy And Yucca.

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