A rabbit’s diet is very important to its health and longevity. Pet rabbits should be fed a high-quality, balanced diet consisting of hay, pellets and fresh vegetables or fruit. A pet rabbit’s diet should be composed of approximately 80% hay, 10% pellets, 8% fresh vegetables and 2% fruit. Both a varied diet and portion control is necessary for a healthy rabbit, as they’re susceptible to poor nutrition such as obesity, dental problems, and bladder stones.
Rabbits have sensitive digestive systems. Introduce new foods one at a time and in small amounts. The foods listed below contain general guidelines for what a rabbit can eat. Consult your veterinarian for your rabbit’s specific dietary requirements.
Hay is a rabbit’s primary source of food and should be changed daily. It contains a good source of fiber and helps them to maintain a healthy digestive system. Hay is also essential for their teeth.
An adult rabbit can eat 3-4 cups of hay everyday. Hay should be placed at least 18″ from the edge of a rabbit’s cage to avoid it being over-used and wasted. Hay should be stored in a dry place and protected from the sun. If hay develops an unpleasant odor, it is a sign that the hay is no longer fit for consumption.
|Type of vegetables||Can my rabbit eat it?|
|Cilantro (leaves only)||Yes|
|Celery (including leaves, stalk and root)||Yes|
|Turnips (including leaves)||Yes|
|Type of fruit||Can my rabbit eat it?|
|Other||Can my rabbit eat it?|