Diet

What should I feed my rabbit?

Rolo and Poppy enjoy some leafy romaine.

Rolo and Poppy enjoy some leafy romaine.

 

A healthy rabbit diet should consist of the following items:

 

Hay, Hay, and more Hay

Rabbits should have unlimited access to hay, as it helps keep their teeth worn down properly and aids in digestion.

0-7 months: Alfalfa Hay

7 months and older: Grass Hays (Timothy, Meadow, Orchard) or Oat Hays (Oat, Wheat, Barley)

Note: If you feel you are allergic to your rabbit’s hay, try buying the “second cutting hay,” and wash your hands immediately after handling the hay.

 

Water

Rabbits should be given UNLIMITED water

Water can be given in a bowl or cage hung water bottle

 

Fresh Leafy Greens

**Be sure to wash thoroughly before feeding greens, fruits and veggies to your rabbit. **

The House Rabbit Society suggests about 1 packed cup of fresh,  leafy, greens per 2 lbs of body weight per day.

Romaine and other dark, leafy lettuce is safe for a rabbit. Iceberg lettuce should not be given to rabbits.

 

Treats & Snacks

Does it grow in a garden?

No= Definitely not safe

Yes= It may be safe

Fruits

Apples (not the seeds or stem)

Apricots

Banana (a crowd favorite

Blackberries (and their leaves)

Edible flowers

Kiwi

Mango

Melon

Nectarine

Papaya

Peaches

Pears

Pineapple (not the skin)

Plums

Raspberries (and their leaves)

StarFruit

Strawberries (and their leaves)

Tomatoes (NO LEAVES)

Rolo enjoying a delicious cherry (but not the pit or stem!)Rolo enjoying a delicious cherry (but not the pit or stem!)

Veggies

Artichoke leaves

Asparagus

Bell Peppers (all colors)

Broccoli (very limited quantities because can cause gas)

Brussel Sprouts (very limited quantities because can cause gas)

Carrot Tops (Carrots roots should be very limited, high in sugars)

Cauliflower (and their leaves)

Celery leaves

Cucumber

Fennel

Green beans

Peas (the flat Chinese ones, and their leaves)

Pumpkin

Radish Tops (very limited quantities because can cause gas)

Spinach (very limited quantities because can cause gas)

Sprouts

Turnip (very limited quantities because can cause gas)

 

Safe Herbs: basil, rosemary, coriander, dill, sage, thyme,  peppermint, parsley, oregano, cilantro

 

HELP! My rabbit had surgery and will not eat!

First, let me say that if your rabbit is not eating, he/she needs to get to the vet right away! A rabbit that is not eating is a rabbit in danger! In the meantime, here are some tips to help stimulate your rabbit’s appetite:

  1. Fragrant herbs (basil, rosemary, coriander, dill, sage, thyme, peppermint, parsley, oregano, cilantro) will be appealing to your bunny right now.

Tip: Cut them up very small to make them juicier, more fragrant, and easier to eat

  1. Purreed fruits (in very small amounts) will be easy for your bunny to eat
  2. Place food right next to where your bunny is laying either on the ground, or in a very shallow dish. A deep dish may be hard for your bun to access, especially if they are in pain.
  3. I have heard wonderful things about Critical Care. Critical Care is a product designed as a recovery food. I have not had to use it with my buns, but you can ask your vet or read more here: https://www.oxbowvetconnect.com/vets/products/critical_care

 

 

Please note: All advice on this page and this blog is given by a rabbit owner, not a veterinarian. I am a rabbit owner and these foods have worked with my rabbits. You can find a rabbit savvy vet in your area at: http://rabbit.org/vet-listings/