What should I feed my rabbit?

Bunny Diets? Here’s what to feed your pet rabbit!

Just like people, bunnies enjoy a good, balanced meal. A mix of hay, vegetables, pellets, and freshwater, will promote healthy, happy bunnies. Here’s how it works:

Hay:

Hay should make up at least 80% of any rabbit’s diet. Fresh hay should be available in abundance to your pet rabbit at all times. A great guideline is to provide each bun with a bunch of hay about the same size as the bunnies body in fresh hay everyday. Hay is fibre rich which is perfect for gut mobility and dental health – an essential for any-bun.

  • Eragrostis: fine stemmed, medium softness, and high nutritional values making it very popular for all livestock. It is also known as lovegrass.
  • Teff Grass: fine stemmed, leafy and “soft” and is very palatable to all types of livestock. Teff Grass is considered a premium grass with high nutritional values. It is part of the Eragrostis Grass family and is also known as Williams lovegrass.
  • Oat Hay: harvested before the oat develops into a seed, the way small herbivores need and like it! This appealing hay contains savoury husks full of both flavour and fibre, making it a favourite for many pets.
  • Lucerne: also known as alfalfa, is a high fibre legume packed with protein, energy and calcium. This hay is perfect for young or lactating animals that need concentrated nutrition. The succulent taste stimulates the appetite of ill or recovering pets. Once your pet reaches adulthood (older than 6 months) or completes recovery, this nutritious forage should be replaced with an appropriate hay/grass alternative.

Leafy Greens & Vegetables

When choosing vegetables for your pet rabbit, look for something fresh and free of pesticides. Always wash your vegetables thoroughly before feeding them to your rabbit. As a rule of thumb, serve new vegetables in small quantities to your bunny – like humans, some foods just don’t agree with them. Feeding in small quantities helps you gauge if your bunny is okay with the new food or not. If not, immediately remove the offensive food and monitor your bunny closely. Dark green leafy vegetables and herbs are the best for rabbits, such as:

  • Basil
  • Bok choy
  • Carrot tops (carrots are high in calcium and should be given sparingly)
  • Celery
  • Cilantro
  • Dandelion leaves
  • Dill
  • Kale (sparingly)
  • Lettuce – romaine, cos or dark leaf (no iceburg lettuce)
  • Mint
  • Parsley

Water

Refill your rabbit’s bowl with water daily! On a hot day you can drop an ice cube or two in your rabbit’s water dish to cool it down. If your rabbit does not seem to be drinking enough water, rinse off your leafy greens and serve them still fairly wet to ensure your pet is keeping hydrated.

Rabbits can drink from hanging water bottles however, we promote having a water bowl present as an option always. This way of drinking is more natural for buns, easier to refill and less likely to become clogged up and cause your rabbit to struggle to get water.

Pellets

Pellets should make up no more than 10% of your rabbit’s diet, with hay/grass being their primary food source. Pellets should be high in fibre and low in all other nutrients. Muesli or treat mixes should be avoided as they often include ingredients that are not ideal for rabbits. Burgess Rabbit Nuggets are the highest quality pellets on the markets but can be expensive as they are imported. A good quality generic pellet, like the Njom Njoms Oat Hay Pellet is fine too. Always check in with your rabbit-savvy vet if you’re unsure if your pellet is fine for your rabbit. 

Treats

Just like us, rabbits love a treat! But moderation is always key. Fruit is the best option for a treat as it is natural and you know it does not include any suspicious ingredients that may not be good for buns. With fresh fruits be sure that they are thoroughly washed and serve only in small pieces. Fruits to include:

  • Apples (no seeds)
  • Pears
  • Banana
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Pineapple

Our Dried Natural Fruit range is perfect – already in serving size pieces and naturally dried so it keeps in your pantry for when it’s time for a treat.

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