I read something about mash for rabbits.
What is it made with? How to prepare it? In which cases is it useful?
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My senior rabbit has problems with maintaining her weight, so I explored this on kaninchenwiese.de.
It works for rabbits that need more energy because they are:
But one must be aware that in the long run, health issues could arise. If the rabbit eats the mash only, for example, the food-grinding would be missed, which causes the teeth to grow longer than usual.
And (even if you want your rabbit to gain weight) it should be fed in low doses. Around 1 full teaspoon for one kilogram of rabbit daily is enough. (This would be 2 full teaspoons for a 2 kg dwarf rabbit senior per day.)
Example for a recipe from the linked website (above)
My mix for my senior rabbit (with chronic common colds):
I buy these ingredients in a supermarket, because I am limited in my options to buy other seeds and dried herbs where I live
I mix the whole cups (without fresh food like apple/carrot) together into a closable plastic food storage box. Each day I take two teaspoons full of the mix out of it.
Then I crush the mix in a mortar, while waiting for the water to boil.
I mix the crushed components with warm water (between 30 and 50°C) and let them soak and swell for around 30 minutes.
The first few times I needed to experiment with how much water is needed. One can use a little bit at first and then add some until the consistency is like baby food.
I serve this mix on a small plate to my senior, but in extreme cases it is possible to feed it with a syringe too. If you have rabbits who should not gain weight in addition to your rabbit, then you may need to separate them for around one hour. My senior defends her plate against her husband, so I do not need this. But maybe your rabbit is not powerful enough to do so.