Rabbits love fresh fruits and vegetables as part of a balanced diet. Fruits and oats are good as an occasional treat rather than a main part of their diet. Rabbits, like humans are all different and as much some may be unable to certain foods. Below is the list of good vegetables to feed your rabbit as part of their daily healthy diet and nutrition.
A good guideline is to feed a minimum of 1 cup of vegetables for each 4 lbs of body weight per day.
- Alfalfa, radish, and clover sprouts
- Beet greens
- Bell Peppers (green, red, yellow…)
- Bok Choy
- Some bunnies may find this a rather “gassy” veggie. If diarrhea occurs, remove from diet
- Brussels Sprouts
- Carrot tops (organic)
- Dandelion Greens (Pesticide Free!)
- Freshly cut from your backyard only
- If you are sure there are no chemicals, fertilizers, or poisons (park grass usually has one or all of these)
- Mustard Greens
- Okra leaves
- Pea pods (AKA Chinese pea pods)
- Peppermint leaves
- Pumpkin leaves
- Radish tops
- Raspberry leaves
- Squash: Zucchini, Yellow, Butternut, Pumpkin
- Various lettuces
- Romaine, butter, green leaf, Boston, bibb, arugula, etc
- Avoid very light hearts
- No iceberg
- Wheat grass
Vegetables that are higher in calcium should be used sparingly (once or twice a week).
For older buns, or those with bladder or kidney problems, avoid these, unless otherwise directed by your rabbit vet.
- Collard greens
- High in either oxalates or goitrogens, which can cause or exacerbate bladder sludging, and other calcium/kidney problems
- Use sparingly!
- Turnip greens
Notes: NO LEGUMES, NUTS, SEEDS, CORN COB TREATS, OR YOGURT DROPS! These are not natural foods for rabbits and they can be very dangerous to gut function.
Fruits should be fed in moderation due to sugar content (up to 2 tablespoons worth per day). NO SEEDS OR PITS! Sugary fruits, such as bananas and grapes should be fed only as occasional treats, and NO fruit should be fed to an overweight rabbit.
Herbs and plants suitable for rabbits
Double-check which plants are in your garden before letting your bunnies loose!
- Chickweed (astringent)
- Clover (leaves and flowers)
- Dandelion (diuretic properties)
- Goosegrass (cleavers) but may stick to coat!
- Nasturtium (leaves and flowers)
- Shepherd’s purse
- Sow Thistle