House Rabbit Dietary Recommendations

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A rabbit’s diet should be made up of high-quality pellets, fresh Timothy hay, fresh water, and fresh fruits and vegetables. Hay and pellets should be available 24 hours a day. Fresh veggies should be give twice per day and fruits should be limited to a treat, but no more than two times per day in small amounts. Rabbits prefer to drink from a bowl like a dog. However, if your bunny continuously knocks over his bowl, you may want to switch to a drip-style water bottle that hangs from the side of the cage.

Hay is essential to a rabbit’s digestive health. It provides necessary roughage that reduces the danger of hairballs and keeps the gut in working order.

Below is a guide of appropriate fresh veggies, leafy green and fruits.

Dark Leafy Greens

  • Arugula
  • Basil
  • Bok Choy
  • Beet greens
  • Carrot tops
  • Cilantro
  • Dandelion greens
  • Dill greens
  • Escarole
  • Fennel
  • Green, red or Romaine lettuce (no iceberg)
  • Parsley
  • Radish tops
  • Turnip greens

Non-Leafy Greens

  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Bell peppers
  • Broccolini
  • Broccoli (leaves and stems)
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Pea pods

Fruit

  • Apple
  • Banana
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Grapes
  • Melon
  • Pear
  • Peach
  • Papaya (including papaya pellets)
  • Raspberries