The Ideal

BUNNY DIET!

An ideal diet for a rabbit should mimic what wild rabbits get, which is mostly hay or grass and the rest leafy green veggies. A very small amount of treat food such as fruits, or pellets can also be offered. Treat foods can be used to train your rabbit.

The BSAVA  (British Small Animal Veterinary Association) currently recommends that to keep teeth healthy, in addition to hay / grass, rabbits be fed at least 5 different types of leafy green vegetables every day. As a general guide rabbits should eat a diet 80% hay, 20% leafy greens – as a rough guideline – a pile of hay roughly the size of their body, and green the size of their head.

Rabbits can eat most plants, and when they are given lots of choice, they will avoid plants that are toxic.

The ideal diet for rabbits to prevent dental disease:

 

Recommendation from the BSAVA manual of rabbit surgery, dentistry and imaging

  1. Tiny amount of good quality pellets (oxbow) or none at all

  2. Small amount of hard fruit and root vegetables

  3. Wide variety of leafy green herbs and vegetables

  4. A constant supply of palatable hay

  5. Twigs, branches and leaves, especially from fruit trees

Foods suitable for rabbits

VEGETABLES:

Broccoli

Brussel sprouts (peelings, stems, leaves)

Cabbage

Cauliflower leaves

Celery

Chicory

Chinese cabbage

Fennel

Kale

Leeks

Romaine (cos) lettuce

Spinach

Spring greens

Watercress

HERBS: Basil, Chervil, Coriander, Mint, Parsley, Rocket 

GARDEN ITEMS

Carrot tops

Leaves and branches from fruit trees

Pea plant

Strawberry, blackberry, raspberry leaves

Sunflower leaves 

Sweeetcorn plants

Tops from celeriac, beetroot, artichokes or other root vegetables

WILD PLANTS

Bramble

Burnet

Chickeweed

Clover

Coltsfoot

Comfrey

Cow parsnip (hog weed)

Dandelion

Dock

Grass

Ground elder

Groundsel

Knapweed

Plantain

Shepherds purse

Sow thistle

Vetches

Wild chervil

Yarrow

In small amounts only (these can make your bunny fat!)

Apples | Artichokes | Bananas | Beetroot | Carrots | Celeriac | Parsnips | Pears Swede |

(nb this is not an exhaustive list, and includes some British wild plants which may not be available in Australia.)

How to change a rabbit’s diet

Slowly! It takes weeks for a rabbits tummy to acclimatise to a new diet. Gradually reduce the amount of pellets you feed by 5%, whilst adding new greens – a couple of small pieces a day for  2-3 weeks.  Overfeeding one type of plant, or suddenly introducing large quantities of new plants can lead to tummy upsets or loose faeces.