What Can I Feed my Pet Rabbit?

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Rabbits are herbivores, which means they only eat plants, fruits and vegetables. Most domestic bunnies eat store-bought, grass-based foods, but there are plenty of other options to nourish your pet.

Offering your bunny rabbit different types of vegetables will diversify their diet and make feedings more enjoyable. You can even pick different types of veggies to experiment with and discover their personal favorites.

Rabbits need a variety of vitamins and nutrients in their diet to stay healthy and energized, just like people. While crispy lettuce and crunchy carrots are certainly delicious, there are plenty of other options that will give your rabbit a balanced diet.

The Bunny Basics: Hay

Rabbits are grazing animals, which means they spend most of their time munching on something throughout the day. Hay is the basis of a good bunny diet. Rabbits should have access to hay all the time, but it has to be the right kind.

Bunnies should only eat grass hay. Your local pet store can help you discover the right kind of hay for your rabbit. Some of the best kinds are timothy, brome, orchid and oat hay.

The Best Vegetables for Rabbits

It's important to make sure you only feed your pet rabbit vegetables and plants that are safe for them. Some types of vegetables might be too difficult for a bunny to digest and make them sick, so only stick to vegetables that have been approved by your vet or recommended by a reliable source.

Here are some of the best rabbit-friendly veggies, according to the Best Friends Animal Society.

  • Bok choy

  • Brussels sprouts

  • Okra leaves

  • Radicchio

  • Cucumber

  • Fennel

  • Fresh herbs: basil, cilantro, dill, mint and oregano

  • Romaine, green and red leaf lettuce, Boston bibb and arugula

Fruits

Give some of these fruits to your bunny once or twice a week as a sweet treat!

  • Apples (no seeds)

  • Bananas

  • Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and strawberries

  • Seedless cherries

  • Melon

  • Orange (peeled)

  • Peach

  • Plum

  • Pineapple (peeled)

  • Watermelon

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