What to Feed Your Rabbit

When you go to the grocery store make sure you also bring a list of what foods your bun is going to need 🙂

LOTS AND LOTS OF TIMOTHY HAY. The amount of hay should equal to the physical size of your rabbit. It’s very imperative for gastrointestinal tract and overall health. Also keeps teeth nice and healthy. Rabbit teeth constantly grow so chewing helps shave them down and keep them at a good length.

Pellets:

  • I don’t feed them pellets anymore but when I did when they were young, I gave them 1/4 cup of this great brand, Sherwood Forest Natural Pet Rabbit Food (they also have baby rabbit food for under 12 weeks). They always manage to ship within 3 days and the price is great.
  • OxBow also has GREAT pellets as well, along with other products. Give their site a visit.
  • Make sure that when switching to different types of pellets, you mix in the old pellets with the new so your rabbit doesn’t get an upset stomach
  • When looking for a good brand of pellets, make sure it has around to at least 20% fiber
  • DO NOT get rabbit pellets with seeds or dried fruit mixed in. I made that mistake and it caused Pup a very nerve-wracking and expensive visit to the vet. He had intestinal blockage and a lot of fluid floating around in his stomach which caused him not to eat. He had a 103 degree fever as well. They had to take an X-Ray (which allowed them to determine that there was fluid in the stomach) and I had to syringe feed him antibiotics as well as a motility medicine, pain reliever, stool softener, and Critical Care for a while.

Leafy Green Vegetables:  These should make up 75% of of the *fresh portion* of your rabbit’s diet (about 1 packed cup per 2 lbs of body weight per day)

  • Parsley (in moderation)
  • Romaine Lettuce (NOT iceberg)
  • Spinach (in moderation)
  • Carrot tops
  • Kale (in moderation)
  • Dandelion greens
  • Mint
  • Basil
  • Cilantro

**Carrots should only be given as a small amount (treat) because of the high sugar content**

Fruits: Always in moderation. NO Citrus. Fruits should not make up more than 10% of your rabbit’s diet because of the high sugar content.

  • Apples
  • Banana (I only give a tiny amount every once in a while, but no peel. They go crazy for bananas. You’ll see…)
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries, especially the tops

For a complete list of the above food groups visit this great site: www.rabbit.org .

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5 comments

  1. The hardest part of not having our bun any more is the constant reminder every time I prepare vegetables that there’s no little rabbit teeth waiting to munch all the brocolli stalks, cauliflower leaves and brussel sprout trimmings!

  2. Hi! I just wanted to clarify that leafy green vegetables should make up 75% of of the *fresh portion* of your rabbit’s diet (about 1 packed cup per 2 lbs of body weight per day)- see “http://rabbit.org/suggested-vegetables-and-fruits-for-a-rabbit-diet/” . But as for the percentage of your rabbit’s *total* diet, hay should definitely be the majority. Although you clearly stated in the beginning that they need “LOTS AND LOTS OF TIMOTHY HAY” (and other types of grass hay including orchard, oat hay, brome, etc.!), I just wanted to help clarify that leafy greens don’t account for 75% of the *total* diet, just in case there was any confusion. I appreciate you noting how imperative it is for their gastrointestinal tract and overall health. I have encountered too many people who do not understand how essential hay is! I think your blog is wonderful and provides great information and resources for good rabbit care, as well as adorable pictures and anecdotes that I have been truly enjoying! Thanks and keep it up!

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