LIST: Fresh Greens and Fruits for Rabbits

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In order to have a healthy rabbit they need to eat properly. When you have your rabbit on a proper diet you should be giving them 80% fresh hay, 10% fresh greens/vegetables, 5%  pellets, and 5% treats.

However, you will want to stay away from anything that contains dairy. Rabbits cannot properly digest any dairy products.

It is recommended that you give your rabbit 2 packed cups OR 1 cup per 4 lbs body weight, of a mixed variety of greens from this list daily. Giving your rabbit the same vegetables or fruits everyday can cause them to develop a distaste for that certain food.

Try rotating greens and fruits.

** Indicates higher in oxalic acid, only one per day. Try rotating between these greens on a daily basis.

* Lower in oxalic acid.  It’s alright to feed a variety every day of your bunny’s diet.

(Alphabetical Order)

Apple twigs, leaves, and fruit, but not the seeds!
Arugula (*)
Beet Greens (**)
Bell Pepper, Sweet Green (no seeds)
Bell Pepper, Sweet Red (no seeds)
Bok Choy (*)

Broccoli (leaves and stems)
Carrot tops (*)
Celery
Chicory (*)
Cilantro/Coriander (*)

Chinese pea pods (flat kind)
Cucumber leaves
Dandelion greens and flowers (*)
Daylily flowers
Dianthus
Dill (*)
Endive (*)
Ecarole (*)

Fennel
Frisee Lettuce (*)
Kale (*)
Lettuce, romaine (*)

Mache
Mint Varieties (*)
Mustard greens (**)
Parsley (*)
Peas, snow (no dried or sweet peas)
Radicchio (*)
Radish tops (**)
Raspberry leaves (*)
Spinach (**)

Spring Greens
Sprouts (**)

Summer Squash
Swiss chard (**)
Turnip Greens (*)
Viola
Violet
Watercress (*)
Wheat Grass (*)

REMINDER: Limit to two PACKED cups or 1 cup per 4 lbs body weight daily, while rotating your choices.

Now time for the fruits! A lot of fruits contain sugar and it is recommended to only feed 1 to two tablespoons per 5 lbs body weight.

BEFORE feeding your rabbit any fruits, take out the core/seeds. It can be fatal for them to digest seeds and cores. It’s ok to leave the peel on as it’s more nutritious unless stated otherwise.

Apple

Apricot

Banana (peeled)
Berries (any variety)

Berries (uncooked)

Cherries (no pits)

Currants

Kiwi

Mango

Melons (any variety – can have seeds)

Nectarine
Papaya
Peach
Pear
Pineapple (remove skin)
Plums (no pits)
Star Fruit

Below is a compiled list of foods and vegetables that should NOT be fed to rabbits under any circumstances.

Avocado
Bamboo shoots
Beans, dried
Beans, raw: lima, kidney, soy
Bracken Fern
Cassava
Coffee beans and plant
Whole corn kernels (can get stuck in intestines)
Grains
Lettuce, Iceberg
Millet
Nuts
Onions
Peas, dried
Potatoes, including peels
Rhubarb
Sweet peas
Sweet Potatoes
Tea leaves
Whole seeds

Common house items/food to avoid

Most house plants (toxic)
Chocolate
Refined sugars
Yogurt drops
Honey/Seed sticks
Anything moldy

What kind of vegetables does your bunny babe love the most?

Don’t forget to check out my post on safe rabbit treats for your fur-bun!

By | 2017-11-06T05:08:42+00:00 August 20th, 2017|Advice, Archives, Health Care, Rabbits 101, Tips + Tricks|32 Comments

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  2. Jeff August 22, 2017 at 3:28 am - Reply

    That is some really great information, and very specific. I was not aware rabbits were unable to digest dairy products properly. Thanks for the tips!

  3. Jackie | CareOnSkin.com August 22, 2017 at 3:46 am - Reply

    I don’t have a rabbit as a pet but interestingly, they do have the same needs as dogs. We all need posts like this caring for our dear animals.

  4. Ching August 22, 2017 at 4:06 am - Reply

    great info!

  5. Nawal August 22, 2017 at 4:35 am - Reply

    Aww I’ve looked at rabbits as these cutsey animals that don’t need much attention. i really have never took the time to really think about it. That was eye-opening.

  6. Ty August 22, 2017 at 5:28 am - Reply

    I’ve never considered having a rabbit for a pet but I will be sure to pass this info to some of my friends who do.

  7. Gee Lifestyle Blog August 22, 2017 at 7:30 am - Reply

    Just this month, the uncle who is staying with us decided to have some rabbits and this is a good read. Thank you

  8. Stephanie August 22, 2017 at 8:20 am - Reply

    Very informative. Thanx for sharing. My son loves animals although we dont have a pet yet

  9. Saint Facetious August 22, 2017 at 9:10 am - Reply

    I had a dwarf when I was a kid, and he really loved the alfalfa and lettuce over everything.

  10. Prateek Goel August 22, 2017 at 9:25 am - Reply

    I’ve never seen rabbit as a pet, however, I’ve seen some of my friends to have a rabbit as a pet.

  11. Alina Marcu August 22, 2017 at 11:25 am - Reply

    I have had a rabbit as a pet, and I was feeding it with lots of the veggies you’ve stressed.
    He was actually craving every time I was eating a salad!
    Great post!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

  12. AllMyDeals August 22, 2017 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    I always wanted a rabbit, now I know what they like to eat. May be time to pet one

  13. oursamyatra August 22, 2017 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    My brother has 2 rabbits. I will share it with him. very informative post.

  14. Baleigh August 22, 2017 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    This is some good information!

  15. Kimberly Love August 22, 2017 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    A very informative article for anyone with a rabbit. I will share it with the couple of people that I know that do have rabbits.

  16. Paroma August 23, 2017 at 9:26 am - Reply

    We often give our dog veggies mixed with his regular food too. Very good for his health!

  17. Debbie August 23, 2017 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    What a great resource! These lists are great references for bunny owners.

  18. Michelle & The Paw Pack August 23, 2017 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    Great post! My little one is only 2 lbs but I actually feed him a bit more greens than what’s usually recommended since he tolerates them really well and is on a pellet free diet. My boy will be 11 later this year and is still very healthy/active so I figure I must be doing something right.

  19. Lori Hilliard August 23, 2017 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the comprehensive list! Some owners do the “trial and error” method of feeding, but even a small amount of something like mango can be fatal. Never “test” a food to see if your bunny likes it until you’ve determined that it is safe for your pet!

  20. Hindy Pearson August 23, 2017 at 4:00 pm - Reply

    Great post full of such helpful info! I’ve never had a rabbit but would love one, the problem is rabbits are not the right pet for our lifestyle. I wasn’t aware there were so many things they’re allowed to eat. One of the girls that works at my vets office is a huge rabbit lover, so I’m going to share your link with her, I’m sure she will find your article very informative.

  21. Sweet Purrfections August 23, 2017 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    I didn’t realize rabbits needed hay as their major diet source. I’ve never had a rabbit, but used to admire the rabbits a science teacher friend of mine had in her classroom.

  22. Kristen @ My 3 Little Kittens August 23, 2017 at 6:44 pm - Reply

    Very informative post. I have always wanted to get a rabbit, but never attempted it since I am sooo cat crazy! 10 cats right now!!! Thank you for this fabulous post!

  23. Dorothy "FiveSibesMom" August 23, 2017 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    Wonderful and informative post! I had two rabbits – a pure white and a brown & white dwarf. Amazing little babies. Our dwarf lived for 13 years, loved to watch TV, was potty trained, and was a constant companion to my young daughter – from being her reading buddy, along with our family dog, and both accompanied her in her Barbie corvette! I wish I had this info then!

  24. Jana Rade August 23, 2017 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    I adopted a bunny once, long time ago. I was buying fish food and saw him. Nobody wanted him. We generally fed what was affordable and most common so the veggies we gave were cabbage, carrots and the hard parts of cauliflower and stuffs like that.

  25. Joely Smith August 23, 2017 at 10:51 pm - Reply

    Wow! Feeding a rabbit is easier than feeding children or even some of the adults in my family! Time to trade the humans in for furry cuteness!

  26. Sandy Kubillus August 23, 2017 at 11:20 pm - Reply

    It’s been about twenty years since I had a rabbit and I fed him rabbit pellets, hay and he loved stale bread. I wouldn’t have thought about the bread, but a friend who had rabbits suggested it. I don’t think he liked carrots and lettuce that much. But the day he refused to eat bread was the day he died. If I ever get a rabbit again, it will be a bunny and at the same time as I get a puppy. My young Springer and Dutch dwarf rabbit were best buds!

  27. Marjorie at Dash Kitten August 24, 2017 at 1:27 am - Reply

    I used to tend rabbits for our local rescue. I was told that rabbits do need a balanced diet and not too many green as it gave them the runs (no fun for the volunteers!)

    You need to make this a cute rabbit themed printable so families can stick it on the fridge!

    • lifeonpaws August 24, 2017 at 3:02 am - Reply

      Thank you for that idea! It’s something I’ll sure put on my to do list!

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  29. Shayla August 25, 2017 at 2:53 am - Reply

    I had a rabbit when I was growing up, and I had not a single clue what to feed him! We found him in our back yard, and did the best we could, but lists like this would have been so valuable at that time!

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