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FEEDING ADVICE RABBITS & RODENTS | Choice for pellets, muesli or mixed feed

When you are about to choose a food for your rabbits or rodents, the choices can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. In fact, the feed can be divided into 3 types: muesli, pellets or mixed feed. In this blog you will find the pros and cons of each type of food and we will help you find out which food is (most) suitable for your animals.

Muesli

Muesli is most similar to the food of a rabbit or rodent in the wild. Garvo’s muesli include dried vegetables, grains and grasses that are mixed separately in different proportions. This is supplemented with pellets full of vitamins and minerals. Moreover, vegetable oils are added to the muesli. Garvo makes the muesli from coarse parts and partly whole grains, so that rabbits and rodents can nicely gnaw and it stimulates saliva production. The fibers in the food stimulate digestion. With these mueslis you keep your rabbits and rodents healthy in a natural way.

Examples of mueslis are for example: the 1025 alfamix rabbit, the 1050 alfamix guinea pig or the 1060 alfamix squirrel.

Selective eating behavior is possible (prevent this by not giving too much, e.g. give a measured portion daily)
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Thanks to the rich variation in raw materials, the absorption time of muesli is longer than with grains
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Mueslis contain vegetable oils that support digestion, coat and energy housing

Garvo mueslis are suitable for all rabbits and rodents. Do you have any animals that are used for breeding and show? Our mueslis are especially suitable for an extra vital condition of the animal. A good condition is characterized by an extra beautiful coat and lively appearance of the animals.

Alfamix

When looking for a name for many of our feeds, it was important to choose a name that would reveal the special strength and positioning. In the end we chose the first letter of the alphabet. Alfa is in the front and remains in the front.

The starting point for developing these feeds is to create a feed with clear added value for the animals for which it is intended. This results in better health, better fertility and more vitality.

Alfamix stands for a feed that consists of “mixed” components (grains, flakes, possibly vegetables and granules), possibly also with oils, lecithin and apple molasses.

Pellets

Pellets are balanced compressed chunks. The ingredients are milled, mixed and pressed into a full grain. Each grain contains all the nutrients (building materials, vitamins and minerals) that an animal needs.

Examples of pellets are the 5068 guinea pig pellet with vitamin C, the 5065 rabbit breeder pellet or the 5069 chinchilla pellet.

Pellets prevent selective eating behavior because the ingredients are ground together with all nutrients in one chunk
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the ingredient variation is in every grain, there is only a choice for a pellet that already contains everything

Compared to muesli or mixed feed, the animals may quickly eat too many pellets because the animals have no choice. Make sure that the animals do not become too heavy. Pellets are ideal for all rabbits and rodents and especially for animals that eat selectively.

Mixed feed

Mixed feeds consist of pellets, vegetables and grains. This food is comparable to that of rabbits or rodents in the wild. The coarser structure makes the animals gnaw and chew extra, which stimulates saliva production. Mixed feed contains less extra vegetable oils and on average less fibers than the muesli.

Examples of mixed feeds are the 5081 rabbit mix with carrot flakes, the 6504 hamster and rat and the 5540 rodent mix.

Selective eating behavior is possible (prevent this by not giving too much, e.g. only give new food when the bowl is empty)
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Thanks to the variation in raw materials, the absorption time of mixed feed is longer than that of pellets, which improves digestion
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Thanks to the variation, this food keeps the animals busy gnawing

Mixed food is suitable for all rabbits and rodents.

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