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Feeding Your Bunny: Appropriate Food Diet for Rabbits

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Bunnies enjoy a good meal. Providing them with a mixture of hay, dry food, and fresh vegetables as well as water will make them very happy and healthy. You can also provide them with occasional treats, but remember to only give them small amounts.

The food diet of pet rabbits consists of three essential parts, hay, dry food, and fresh foods. Getting the right balance of these three elements is crucial in keeping your bunny healthy. A bad food diet will result to indigestion, obesity, or overgrown teeth. When feeding your pet rabbit, you can consider some of these options.

Fresh Hay

This should make up most of your bunny's diet since it is high in fiber which is very important in ensuring the proper function of their digestive system. In addition, it also helps wear down the bunny's teeth. If you have a young rabbit, you should feed him with alfalfa. For adult rabbits, you can feed them with grass, timothy, or oat hays. Do not feed them with alfalfa since it is high in protein and sugar content.

As an added tip, you should place the hay at the other end of the litter box. In doing so, you will encourage the utilization of litter box because rabbits tend to ingest hay and excrete poop at the same time. If your bunny doesn't like to eat hay, you should encourage him by placing the hay in areas where he likes to sleep.

Dry Food

If your rabbit doesn't eat as much hay as he should be, it will be particularly important to choose a dry food that is high in fiber. There are different types and brands of dry food; thus, choosing one for your pet can be overwhelming. Generally, there are two types of dry food:

  • Pellets: The ingredients, such as cereal and flaked peas are mixed together within the pellets. Although this type of dry food looks unappealing, rabbits tend to like it for its taste. Choose rabbit pellets that are high in fiber and low in protein. Remember also to control the amount of pellets ingested by your rabbit.
  • Mixes: This type of dry food is a mixture of different ingredients, including cereals, colored biscuit lumps and flaked peas.


There are different types of vegetables that will suit the rabbit's diet. When choosing vegetables for your pet, you must choose one that is fresh and if possible, free from chemical and synthetic pesticides. Make sure to wash the leaves before feeding it to your rabbit. Some of the vegetables you can take into account are:

  • Basil
  • Celery
  • Carrot tops
  • Clover
  • Cilantro
  • Broccoli leaves

These are just a few of the appropriate foods you can feed your rabbit with. Remember that your pet's dietary needs will also depend on how young or old they are. Young bunnies need higher protein levels while older rabbits need more dry food to maintain their weight.



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