Rabbit Nutrition

Rabbits enjoy nothing more than a good meal and crave a varied diet that keeps them happy and healthy. 

Hay

A rabbit’s diet should predominantly consist of hay and it should be available to your rabbits constantly.  Timothy hay is perfect for adult rabbits and can be purchased at all pet stores while younger rabbits should be fed Alfalfa.  This is unsuitable for adult rabbits due to the high protein and sugar content which could cause health issues for older rabbits.   

Whilst hay is important to a rabbits diet because of the fibre contained in it, promoting good digestive health, it also helps with the wearing down of rabbits teeth.  Rabbit teeth never stop growing so wearing them down is a daily occurrence, hence their constant gnawing and the need to rabbit proof your house.

Rabbits will generally tend to poo and eat hay at the same time so as an added bonus, putting a litter tray near your hay feeder will your rabbits to use that.  

Any hay that you purchase should be fresh, check the look of it for mould and if it smells off do not use.  When you are storing your hay look for a cool, dark place that allows air flow to stop the hay from getting mouldy.

Fresh Food

Rabbits love fresh food and vegetables are a perfect accompaniment to your bunnies daily diet.  Ideally you should find fresh vegetables that a free of pesticide but you should always thoroughly wash any fresh food that you are feeding to your pet rabbit.   When introducing a new vegetable to into your rabbit’s diet start with small quantities to see how they react to it before making it a main staple of their diet.

Please be aware that many house plants can be poisonous to rabbits so do not feed them any.  A list of poisonous can be found here.

Some vegetables that your rabbit may like:

  • Carrot tops
  • Curly Kale
  • Basil
  • Celery
  • Parsnip
  • Cauliflower
  • Fennel
  • Mint
  • Spring Greens

Water

At all times fresh water should be available to your rabbit.  A bowl or a hanging bottle are both good options, each rabbit will have their individual preference.  Rabbits are also susceptible to over heating so this is even more important in the summer month, an ice cube or two might help when it gets increasingly warm.

Pellets

These should always be fresh so store them in a cool dry area.  The best pellets will be low in protein and high in fibre.  The older the rabbit gets the fewer pellets they should be having.  Too much protein can lead to health issues in rabbits as they age.  You will also find pellets with treats mixed in which should be avoided, they are not healthy for your bunnies.

Treats

Who doesn’t love a treat?  Rabbits are no different but they should be limited.  Carbohydrate based foods should not be fed to your rabbit and generally rabbit ‘treats’ are not as healthy for your rabbit as advertised. 

Fruit is the best option for giving your rabbits treats.  They are high in sugar though so should be given sparingly and be aware that rabbits should not be fed anything that contains seeds. 

For more information on what foods your rabbit should a should have then the Rabbit Welfare Associate & Fund have a good summary.

Mac and Cheese

The rabbits you see on this website belong to the administrators, Tom and Laura, who have been keen rabbit owners for many years. The two rabbits are called Mac and Cheese, Mac is the black one you see and Cheese is the light brown coloured one. If you have any questions about the care for your rabbits or what to expect when becoming rabbit owners then you can get in contact here.