Diet Advice for Rabbits
Rabbits have a specially designed digestive tract evolved to help them digest high fibre food.
This high fibre is essential for their dental and digestive health. Rabbits need both digestible and indigestible fibre in their diet. Digestible fibre gives rabbits essential nutrients and indigestible fibre helps keep their digestive system moving effectively.
What diet will my rabbit need?
Approximtely 80% of your rabbit’s diet should be hay. Good quality hay should be available for your bunny to munch on all times, along with access to fresh water. 15% of a rabbit’s diet should be fresh vegetables and only very occasionally fruit, as it has high sugar levels. The best vegetables to feed are leafy greens- although be careful as kale, spinach and watercress have high calcium levels that can cause problems when fed too much. The remaining 5% of a rabbit’s diet is made from concentrated rabbit feed. We recommend feeding a pellet type diet instead of a muesli based diet as this removes the risk of the rabbits just picking out the unhealthy bits! Rabbits should have approximately 1 egg cup of pellets per day per rabbit (depending on the size of the bunny!).
What fruits and vegetables can my rabbit eat?
Here is a list of foods your rabbit can enjoy as a treat.
- Baby Sweetcorn (not large ones)
- Brussel Sprouts
- Cabbage (with care as can sometimes cause digestive upsets)
- Carrots and carrot tops
- Curly Kale (only occasionally due to the high calcium content)
- Green beans
- Radish Tops
- Spinach (only occasionally due to the high calcium content)
- Spring Greens Turnip (only occasionally)
- Watercress (only occasionally due to the high calcium content)
- Banana (high in potassium)
- Kiwi Fruit
- Tomatoes (not the leaves)
See more foods here.
Due to a rabbit’s delicate digestive system it is important that any dietary changes are made slowly over a period of several days to weeks to reduce the risk of gastrointestinal upset.
For any more information regarding your rabbit’s health please don’t hesitate to contact us.