Diet

  • Rabbits require clean fresh drinking water every day, this should be checked at least once a day and twice a day in the warmer months. You should also ensure that the water doesn’t freeze in winter. Rabbits can become seriously ill without any water.

  • They should always have access to good quality hay and/or grass, this should constitute the majority of your rabbits' diet.  

  • Rabbits are natural grazers and usually eat large amounts of grass or other plantation mainly at dawn and dusk.

  • You should avoid feeding your rabbit muesli-style foods as the are associated with health problems and are full of sugar, rabbit pellets is a much better alternative. Growing, pregnant or nursing rabbits should be fed an unlimited supply of pellets.  

  • Rabbits teeth grow continuously so it is important to give your rabbit a good quality diet which will help with wearing them down. Not eating the right diet can result in serious dental disease.  

  • Fresh food including herbs, vegetables and fruit also make up a large part of your rabbits diet, please see the list below for examples of safe vegetables, fruit and herbs:

Vegetables:

  • Artichoke leaves

  • Asparagus

  • Baby Sweetcorns (but not full size ones)

  • Broccoli (and its leaves, including purple sprouting varieties) - can cause gas so limit

  • Brussel Sprouts (leaves and sprouts) - can cause gas so limit

  • Cabbage (can sometimes cause digestive upsets) - can cause gas so limit

  • Carrots – but not the roots as they are very high in sugar. Carrots in general should be limited due to their high sugar content.

  • Carrot tops

  • Cauliflower (and the leaves)

  • Celery 

  • Chicory

  • Courgette 

  • Cucumber

  • Curly Kale

  • Fennel

  • Green beans

  • Peas (including the leaves and pods)

  • Peppers (red, green and yellow)

  • Pumpkin

  • Radish Tops - can cause gas so limit

  • Rocket

  • Romaine lettuce (not Iceberg or light coloured leaf)

  • Spinach (should only be given occasionally)

  • Spring Greens

  • Squash (e.g. Butternut)

  • Swede

  • Turnip (only occasionally)

  • Watercress

Fruit (these should be fed in small quantities):

  • Apple (but not the pips as they are poisonous!)

  • Apricot

  • Banana 

  • Blackberries (and leaves – excellent astringent properties)

  • Blueberries

  • Cherries (not the pits and plant - they contain cyanide and are therefore poisonous!)

  • Grapes

  • Kiwi Fruit

  • Mango

  • Melon

  • Nectarines

  • Papaya

  • Peaches

  • Pears

  • Pineapple

  • Plums

  • Raspberries (and leaves – excellent astringent properties)

  • Strawberries (and leaves)

  • Tomatoes (NOT the leaves)

Herbs:

  • Basil

  • Coriander

  • Dill

  • Mint (peppermint)

  • Parsley - not too much as high in calcium

  • Oregano

  • Rosemary

  • Sage

  • Thyme

  • Dandelion

  • Lavender

  • Nettle

  • Yarrow

  • Plantain

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