What your Rabbits Can Eat!

Published Date: November 10th, 2006
Category: Rabbits

By: C King

Rabbits enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables and ideally they should be fed as part of a balanced diet.

Petmillions.com supports The Rabbit Welfare Fund, to help support this charity click this link http://www.petmillions.com/signup.asp?r=14. The mainstay of a rabbit’s diet should be large unlimited amounts of fresh hay (preferable Timothy or Meadow Hay) with ad lib clean water available. Large amounts of grass, if available, provide good balanced nutrients for your rabbit. Rabbits, like humans are individuals and as such some may be unable to tolerate certain foods.

When introducing any new food, always do so slowly to avoid digestive upsets. We also recommend you introduce one new food at a time, so if it does upset the rabbit it can be removed from the diet. Only give a small amount and wait for 24 hours, if it isn’t well tolerated (i.e. soft stools are produced) withdraw it and try with something else after everything has settled back to normal. Allow 5-7 days before making any other additions.

The exact quantities given often depend upon the rabbit, so you may need to test your buns individual limits, as a rule an average 2.5kg rabbit should get 1.5-2.5 cups of fresh vegetables per day.

The following list is divided into sub-sections of vegetables, herbs, fruits and wild garden herbs/flowers that are deemed safe to feed rabbits, but this list is not a conclusive list and other fresh foods may also be suitable to feed to rabbits: Support The Rabbit Welfare Fund’s work now by entering this contest http://www.petmillions.com/signup.asp?r=14

Vegetables: Artichoke leaves Asparagus Baby Sweetcorns (but not full size ones) Beetroot (care with leafy tops as high levels of oxalic acid) Broccoli (and its leaves, including purple sprouting varieties) Brussel Sprouts (leaves and sprouts) Cabbage (can sometimes cause digestive upsets) Carrots (and carrot tops) – the roots should be limited as they are high in sugars Cauliflower (and the leaves) Celeriac Celery (and its leaves) Chicory Courgette (and flowers) Cucumber Curly Kale Fennel Green beans Kohl rabi Parsnip Peas (including the leaves and pods) Peppers (red, green and yellow) Pumpkin Radish Tops Rocket Romaine lettuce (not Iceberg or light coloured leaf) Spinach (only occasional) Spring Greens Squash (e.g. Butternut) Swede Turnip (only occasional) Watercress Herbs (often powerful tastes so may take some getting used to): Basil Coriander Dill Mint (peppermint) Parsley Oregano Rosemary Sage Thyme

Fruits (should be fed in moderation, due to sugar content – up to 2 tablespoons worth per day): Apple Apricot Banana (high in potassium) Blackberries (and leaves – excellent astringent properties) Blueberries Cherries Grapes Kiwi Fruit Mango Melon Nectarines Oranges (not the peel) Papaya Peaches Pears Pineapple Plums Raspberries (and leaves – excellent astringent properties) Strawberries (and leaves) Tomatoes (not the leaves)

Wild Garden Herbs/Weeds/Flowers: Borage Calendula Camomile Chickweed (astringent) Clover (leaves and flowers) Coltsfoot Comfrey Dandelion (diuretic properties) Goosegrass (cleavers) but may stick to coat! Lavender Mallow Nettle Nasturtium (leaves and flowers) Shepherd’s purse Sow Thistle Plantain Yarrow

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About the Author

The Rabbit Welfare Fund is Part of the RWA, and helps increase awareness about Animal Care & help rehome the many rabbits who have been illtreated.

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