What bunnies can eat ? All about Bunny diet and their eating habits.
What can bunnies eat? What is Bunny diet?
A leafy green vegetable or a dark red carrot is not only safe for you but also a safe choice for your rabbit. Your food choices for your bunny can make him happy and satisfied. ‘
Do you want to know what’s right for your bunny? Are you worried about the eating requirements of your bunny? What do rabbits eat other than carrots? What you should feed to the baby bunnies?
Similar questions pop up in the minds of pet keepers. We are here to guide you from scratch, in a simple and easy way.
A quick tip: As a rule of thumb, a 2 lbs rabbit needs about 1 cup of greens. You can divide this amount and feed your rabbit after intervals.
Why do bunnies need a good diet?
Bunnies do need a good diet to reproduce, survive, and keep them warm and motivated. Pet rabbits always notice their diets. Along with the constant supply of hey, they need fresh fruits and vegetables to boost up their energy level and maintain body moisture.
Vitamins, minerals, and essential nutrients in the vegetables and fruits make them healthy and smart.
Do’s and Don’ts
- It is a common misconception that you should not let your rabbit eat kale, Why? It is discarded from the bunny’s diet as the high oxalate food, but in reality, it’s NOT.
- Always control the amount of broccoli your rabbit eats. It is higher in starch and sugar, and try to cut it entirely from the diet of baby kittens. Small amount of broccoli in the diet of adult rabbits is not bad, even a good choice as a unique green vegetable.
- As we know that carrots are root vegetables, and root vegetables are hard to digest for bunnies. Although, we see carrots in the diet of many rabbits, yet it is not a healthy approach. Some experts totally advise discarding the carrots from the diets of bunnies, while others suggest using them in moderate quantities.
- Rabbits love celery, but if they eat it in a bulk quantity, they may get digestive problems. As a matter of fact, celery is a very rich vitamin source and it also contains potassium, calcium, fiber and folic acid.
- Do you want to give a treat to your pet bunny? Or you are in search of healthy and soft food for your baby rabbit? Romaine lettuce is a perfect choice. It is a darker, leafier, and more fibrous kind of lettuce. Introduce it to the rabbit’s diet slowly and gradually to avoid any digestive issues.
- What about fruits? Strawberries and other fruits like apples, oranges, pears, raspberries, blueberries, pineapples should be introduced to bunnies as a treat. Avoid giving them to your bunny in bulk amounts. You can impress your bunny by introducing some of these fruits as a training treat.
A Quick Tip: It is good to add new food items in the diet for three days and check if the rabbit likes it or not, and whether its digestive system is able to process it normally or not. If you observe soft stools for three days, immediately remove that food from their diet.
During the early few months, baby rabbits like to feed on the mother milk. They don’t need any other food in bulk quantity. When they become a bit strong at the age of a few weeks, they start trying to chew grasses.
If your rabbit is very young, and can’t feed on mother’s milk for some reason, you should not try introducing any fruit or vegetable in its diet. Remember that they are fragile creatures and their stomachs are weak. Simply give them Kitten Milk Replacer (KMR)
When they become able to eat, Hay is a perfect choice.
A comprehensive list of bunnies’ diet
Leafy vegetables make 75% of the total diet of bunnies. So we are going to list them first. This catalog will help you to simply go through in an easy way.
- Raspberry leaves
- Bok Choy
- Fennel (the leafy tops as well as the base)
- Yu Choy
- Sprouts (from 1 to 6 days after sprouting, sprouts have higher levels of alkaloids)
- Mustard green
- Beet greens
- Swiss chard
- Radish tops
- Borage leaves
- Dill leaves
- Leafy Greens II (low in oxalic acid)
This is not an end. Rabbits not only eat leafy vegetables, but they do eat non-leafy vegetables as the most important part of their diet. They make 15% of the total diet of rabbits.
Here is the list.
- Brussel sprouts
- Cabbage (any type)
- Summer squash
- Carrots (in moderation, possibly best avoided except as an occasional treat)
- Broccoli (leaves and stems)
- Edible flowers (roses, nasturtiums, pansies, hibiscus)
- Bell peppers (any color)
- Chinese pea pods (the flat kind without large peas)
- Zucchini squash
From where the remaining 10% come? Don’t worry, we are here to tell you about that as well. Well, obviously, the remaining diet portion is covered by the fruit.
- ectarineApple (any variety, without stem and seeds)
- Banana (remove peel; no more than about 2 1/8 inch slices a day for a 5 lb rabbit)
- Melons (any – can include peel and seeds)
- Star Fruit
- Plum (without the pits)
- Berries (any type)
- Berries (uncooked)
- Pineapple (remove skin)
There are also some favorite types of hay that the rabbit loves to eat.
- Oat hay
- Grass hay
- Timothy hay
So as you can see that we have made it easy for you to figure out the dirt of the rabbit and what do they eat. If you are planning to buy a pet rabbit, don’t forget to read this comprehensive note on rabbits’ diet.
If you are a vegetarian, you can also choose from the above lists, but please ignore hays. I hope you have found this article interesting and comprehensive. We love to hear your feedback.