Rabbits can easily overeat, as they are natural grazers. Providing the proper amount and type of food can make all the difference in your pet’s health.
High-quality grass hay should always be available to your pet rabbit at any time. Their daily diet should consist primarily of grass hay (80-90%) because it provides many health benefits, including:
- gut health
- dental health
- key nutrition
- prevents fur blockage
- encourages natural behaviors
Avoid giving your loved one alfalfa as the primary source of hay because it is too high in protein and calories.
Along with hay, rabbits should eat fresh fruits and vegetables (details on types and amounts below), most of them being a mix of leafy greens.
Other veggies rabbits can eat (in small quantities):
- bell pepper
- snow peas
Rabbits can eat fruit in small amounts, but not every day. If you are buying fresh food from the store and there is a possibility for lingering preservative chemicals, remove the skin.
DO NOT Feed Your Rabbit:
- iceberg lettuce
- fruit pips
- allium vegetables (onions, garlic, chives, etc.)
Consult your veterinarian if you have any questions about what your pet can eat.
They should eat ¼ cup of high-quality pellets per 5 lbs body weight per day. Timothy-based pellets are recommended for adult rabbits.
The pellets should be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. Only buy enough for 3 months, otherwise it will spoil.
Hydration is crucial in any pet’s health. Always provide clean water for your rabbit.
Some rabbits prefer to drink from a bowl rather than a bottle. Whatever their preference, all water containers should be washed weekly.
The Importance of Nutrition
Gastrointestinal and dental problems are the most common rabbit health issues, with nutrition being a significant contributing factor. Feeding them the proper amount and kind of food is key in providing them the best chance of a healthy life.
Animal Family Veterinary Care offers an extensive range of services all in one place, so we can meet your pet’s needs in almost every situation. Our veterinarians in Davenport treat dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, and a variety of other exotic species, because every pet is unique and important.