I have a rabbit and he is kept in the dark most nights. He gets on really well and doesn’t seem to mind (he’s quite happy to sit on my lap) but I am wondering if this has any effect on his feeding habits?
He doesn’t eat much hay as it is, but I know he needs it, so should I be trying to get him to eat more hay in the evening?
There is no definitive answer to this question as different rabbits may have different habits. However, most rabbits do typically eat their largest meal of the day at night. This is because they are crepuscular animals, which means they are most active at dawn and dusk.
In general, it is a good idea to try to get your rabbit to eat as much hay as possible throughout the day. This is because hay is an important part of their diet and helps to keep their digestive system healthy.
Some rabbits may not like eating hay when it is dark, especially if they are in a new environment and do not feel quite at home yet. You can buy special lighting that simulates daytime and produces enough light for your rabbit to see the food and eat. If your rabbit continues not to eat during dark hours, then you may want to consider this as a possible solution. However, if your rabbit is happy and healthy otherwise, there is no need to worry. Just make sure he has plenty of freshwaters to drink.