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What should you feed your rabbit?

Updated: Dec 11, 2020

To help keep your rabbit fit and healthy it is important to feed it the correct diet.

Rabbits eating growing grass

What should a rabbit's diet consist of?

Contrary to popular belief, a rabbit's diet isn't entirely made up of carrots!

In fact this couldn't be further away from the truth.

In this blog I'm going to take a look at:

  • What is the ideal diet for your rabbit

  • How much food should you feed your rabbit

  • Which fruit and vegetables are safe for rabbits to eat and

  • Which foods are considered unsafe to feed to your rabbit

So let's start by taking a look at what a healthy rabbit's diet should consist of.

What is the ideal diet for a rabbit?

An adult rabbit's diet should consist of:

High quality hay (80%)

A bundle of high quality hay about the same size as the rabbit itself should be fed on a daily basis.

A variety of fresh fruit and vegetables (10%)

A handful of 3 or 4 fresh fruit and vegetables should make up 10% of your rabbit's daily diet.

Dry complete food (10%)

A portion of dry food about the equivalent of two egg cups makes up the final 10% of your rabbit's diet. When choosing which dry food to purchase for your rabbit, consider buying a complete pellet food rather than a muesli style. Rabbits are known to pick out of the muesli the bits they like and leave the rest, whereas a complete pellet means that they cannot be selective eaters.

Finally always make sure your rabbit has clean fresh water

Access to a constant supply of clean fresh water is essential for any rabbit.

What fruit and vegetables are safe for rabbits to eat daily?

When choosing which fruit and vegetables to give your rabbit as part of their daily allowance, here are a few suggestions that are considered to be safe options for your rabbit to eat several times a week. Do mix it up and don't feed your rabbit the same fruit and vegetables every single day, variety is as good for them as it is for us.

  • Bell peppers

  • Broccoli (stems and leaves only)

  • Carrot tops

  • Cauliflower leaves

  • Chard

  • Cucumber

  • Curly kale

  • Dandelion greens (pesticide-free)

  • Fennel

  • Flowers: chamomile, English daisy, marigold, nasturtium, pansy

  • Herbs: basil, coriander, dill, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme

  • Lettuces: romaine, green leaf, red leaf, arugula, butter

  • Spinach

  • Watercress

What foods are safe for rabbits to eat as an occasional treat?

As an occasional treat it would be ok to feed your rabbit the following fruit and vegetables but do make sure the treat is small, around the size of a 50p coin would be perfect to use as a guide, and do only feed a treat once or perhaps twice a week.

  • Apple (no seeds)

  • Banana

  • Berries: blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, cranberries

  • Carrot

  • Cherries (no seeds)

  • Grapes

  • Melon

  • Nectarine

  • Orange

  • Papaya

  • Peach

  • Pear

  • Pineapple

  • Plum

  • Watermelon (no seeds)

What foods are considered to be unsafe for your rabbit to eat?

Some foods can make your rabbit unwell, the list below includes a few examples. This is not a comprehensive list and if you have any questions about what your rabbit should definitely not eat always consult a vet for advice.

  • Avocado

  • Beans

  • Iceberg lettuce

  • Mowed lawn clippings

  • Nuts

  • Onions

  • Potatoes

  • Rhubarb

  • Seeds

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