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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.
Apple twigs, leaves, and fruit, but not the seeds!
Beet Greens (**)
Bell Pepper, Sweet Green (no seeds)
Bell Pepper, Sweet Red (no seeds)
Bok Choy (*)
Broccoli (leaves and stems)
Carrot tops (*)
Chinese pea pods (flat kind)
Dandelion greens and flowers (*)
Frisee Lettuce (*)
Lettuce, romaine (*)
Mint Varieties (*)
Mustard greens (**)
Peas, snow (no dried or sweet peas)
Radish tops (**)
Raspberry leaves (*)
Swiss chard (**)
Turnip Greens (*)
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.
Berries (any variety)
Cherries (no pits)
Melons (any variety – can have seeds)
Pineapple (remove skin)
Plums (no pits)
Below is a compiled list of foods and vegetables that should NOT be fed to rabbits under any circumstances.
Beans, raw: lima, kidney, soy
Coffee beans and plant
Whole corn kernels (can get stuck in intestines)
Potatoes, including peels
Common house items/food to avoid
Most house plants (toxic)
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!