What Do Rabbits Eat?
Rabbits have a sensitive digestive system and their diet should consist mostly of hay, fresh veggies, and a high quality rabbit pellet food.
Hay Hay Hay!
Your rabbits diet should mainly consist of hay. Hay is high in fiber and helps keep their digestive system moving. Bunnies under 6 months old need a higher fiber diet then adult bunnies so feeding alfalfa hay or a mixture of alfalfa and timothy is recommended. After 6 months old switch to timothy. Some rabbits can be picky hay eaters. If so you may want to check the Small Pet Select sampler box to see if your bun prefers a different type or cutting of hay. Here is the link to the sampler box. > AMAZON.
If your bun is still having a difficult time eating hay, try sprinkling some dried flowers or herbs to possibly make the hay more enticing.
Here are some hay brands we recommend listed below with the links.
Oxbow Timothy Hay
Oxbow Timothy/ Orchard Mix
Oxbow Alfalfa Hay (For rabbits under 6 months)
Small Pet Select 2nd Cutting Timothy Hay
Small Pet Select Meadow Hay (Very soft hay. Good alternative if your rabbit won't eat timothy or orchard)
Rabbits LOVE vegetables. Each bun has their own preference of what they will like and dislike. Always be sure to slowly introduce a new vegetable especially if you have a bun that is under 6 months old. A good rule of thumb is to feed 1 cup of fresh veggies a day per 4lb of rabbit after they are 6 months old. Fruits are high in sugar and should only be given as treats. If you'd like to learn more about how safe vegetables are for young rabbits, click HERE. To view a list of safe and unsafe foods for rabbits click HERE.
A good quality pellet will have no refined sugars or artificial ingredients. It also will not have nuts, fruits, or mystery bits mixed inside. A lot of rabbit food on the market will have little treats or random seeds and nuts mixed within. Stay away from these types of pellets! It can cause diabetes and an array of other health issues.
Here are a list of rabbit pellets we recommend and the link to them!
Oxbow Young Rabbit
Oxbow Adult Rabbit
Modesto Milling Organic
Sherwood Pet Adult Rabbit
There are also families that have 3lb rabbits that they pour a half a cup of pellets once per day with a handful of veggies and unlimited hay.
Your rabbit usually won't eat more then what they are hungry for so chances of them getting obese are slims if they live in an open concept home and aren't caged most of the time. It's recommended that you also ask your vet what your rabbits diet should look like as each rabbit is different and some have special diets due to health concerns.
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