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Feeding Your Rabbit

A proper diet is important to the health of your bunny. Fresh water should always be available for your bunny.

Pellets

The main diet of a rabbit should be rabbit pellets. Rabbits can also be fed certain vegetables, and hay. The most common recommended amount of pellet to be fed daily is 1 ounce per 1 pound of rabbit. If your rabbit weighs 4 pounds, then it should receive 4 ounces of rabbit pellets. Bunnies up to 4 months old should be fed as much as they will eat. Good quality pellet should be 16% to 18% protein, and at least 16% fiber. Rabbit pellet can spoil or get mold on it, both can cause illness in your rabbit. Only buy enough pellets to feed your rabbits for about a month. Ours typically lasts three weeks.

Hay

Hay should also be a regular part of your rabbits diet. Hay helps reduce hairballs and blockages in the intestines which can kill your rabbit. The most preferable type of hay is timothy hay. It provides the best fiber and lowest levels of calcium. alfalfa hay is higher in calcium and protein and lower in fiber. Alfalfa is usually an ingredient in rabbit pellets. Straw can be used, but contains little nutritional value.

Vegetables & Treats

Rabbits have a sweet tooth. They can be fed several types of treats, but should be limited to small portions two or three times a week. Never feed treats that have been treated with chemical fertilizer or pesticides. Rabbits under 6 months should not be fed any of these items. After 6 months or when trying a new treat watch the rabbits droppings to ensure they stay solid. Below is a list of items you can and cannot feed your rabbit.

Good

  • Apples (no seeds)
  • Grapes
  • Pears (no seeds)
  • Oranges
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Papayas
  • Pineapples
  • Melons
  • Mangoes
  • Peaches (no pit)
  • Tomatoes
  • Peas
  • Beans
  • Kale
  • Carrots
  • Carrot Tops
  • Mustard Greens
  • Dandelion Greens
  • Sugar Beets
  • Parsnips
  • Parsley
  • Potato Peels

Bad

  • Acorns
  • Almonds
  • Apple Seeds
  • Apricot Pits
  • Asparagus Fern
  • Azalea
  • Bleeding Heart
  • Carnations
  • Cherry Pits
  • Clematis
  • Creeping Charlie
  • Daffodil Bulbs
  • Daisy
  • Eucalyptus
  • Gladiola
  • Hyacinth Bulbs
  • Iceberg Lettuce
  • Iris
  • Ivy
  • Jack-in-the-Pulpit
  • Jonquil
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Milkweed
  • mistletoe
  • Mustards
  • Nutmeg
  • Oak
  • Peach Pits
  • Pear Seeds
  • Peony
  • Philodendron
  • Plum Pits
  • Poinsettia
  • Rhododendron
  • Rhubarb Leaves
  • Skunk Cabbage
  • Tomato Leaves
  • Tulip Bulbs

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