If you are a new pet owner, you might
be wondering what is the best rabbit food.
Should my pet
rabbit be eating wild rabbit food?
Is there a rabbit
Feeding you bunny should be simple.
Think of how they eat in the wild and try to mimic it as
close as possible.
In the wild rabbits primarily graze on grass. Not only
because that is one of the best foods for them, but also
because it is plentiful and available in most areas.
Your bunny should have a very similar diet.
If you have ever had a garden and there were any wild
rabbits (or unsupervised pet rabbits) around, you have
probably discovered they love certain types (and parts)
of vegetables and fruits. Leafy vegetables are good
rabbit food. The best part for them is actually the
leafy tops or greens. Yes, this is where the saying "I
don't eat rabbit food" came from.
The occasional fruit is OK, but limit the amount because
of the high sugar content. Even though it is natural it
can still lead to obesity. The ones that are high in
fiber are the best: pears, apples, tomatoes, etc.
A list of the top rabbit foods may be helpful.
1. Fresh Grassy Hay and Water
You should provide your pet rabbit plenty of fresh
grassy hay. Timothy, brome, bahia, coastal, oat,
paddock, meadow, ryegrass, and wheat are good choices.
Do not feed your rabbit alfalfa or clover hay. They are
too high in protein and calcium. Do not use any hay that
is moldy or old and brown.
Timothy hay is one of the most common. As a primary
source of a rabbit’s daily diet, hay keeps their
digestive system in balance. If they do not consume it
regularly, they may have trouble with their digestive
track which can cause them to be sick.
2. Leafy Vegetables
The green leafy top of a carrot is better for your
rabbit than the actual carrot. This usually works out
pretty good as humans do not typically eat the tops of
most vegetables anyway. Just be sure the greens have not
been treated with any kind of chemicals and are washed
One common item to stay away from is iceberg lettuce. It
has basically no nutritional value and can cause gas in
rabbits which is very bad for them.
3. Commercial Pellets
These make a good supplement to your bunny's diet but
should not be their main source of food. You may choose
from many different kinds of pellets but the best ones
are high in fiber. This type of information is usually
printed right on the bag, label, or webpage if you are
If your rabbit is overweight, do not feed them fruit.
Other than that you can give your bunny small amounts of
fruit once or twice a week. Sugary fruits like bananas
and grapes are considered treats and should only be feed
to them occasionally. Yeah, they really like them - just
like kids like candy.
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