Safe Greens For Rabbits

An improper diet can be deadly to a bunny, so it’s important to feed them correctly! When a rabbit is not fed correctly, problems with teeth, digestion and obsesity can arise. A healthy diet includes, unlimited access to fresh Timothy hay, greens, and quality thimothy based pellets. Some greens are better for your rabbit than others. Below is a list of safe greens for rabbits. You might find it useful to print to use while shopping.

Vegetables & Greens

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To use on daily basis:

It is important to have a mix of light and dark leafy greens daily. NOT one or the other to maintain proper nutrition and proper amounts of calcium. Too much calcium causes urinary tract problems in bunnies so they need a good mix to balance that intake.

Always try and be consistent and feed the same items. Much like an infant you need to introduce anything new in small quantities and slowly so as not to upset their digestive system.

It is important to provide at least two cups twice daily.

Here is a recommended greens regimen:
Sprigs of: Cilantro, Parsley–Italian & Curley

Combined with: lettuces:
Endive
Escarole
Green or Red Leaf Lettuce (never Iceberg)
Romaine lettuce
Watercress
Wheat Grass

Then add in limited quantities:
*May cause gas or contain oxidants and giotrogens. Please use sparingly.

Carrot tops
Radish Tops or sprouts
Dandelion
Kale
Bok Choy
Broccoli leaves and stems
Collards
Kale (limit to one tablespoon twice daily)
Cabbage (limit to one tablespoon twice daily)
Spinach

FRUITS
*Limit to 1 teaspoon per 5 pounds of bodyweight. This is critical. Bunnies are junk food and sugar lovers but it CAN KILL them. Fruits can be sugary, so feed sparingly as a treat.

Apple
Banana
Blueberries
Carrots
Grapes
Melon
Papaya
Peach
Pear
Pineapple
Plums
Raspberries
Strawberries

ABSOLUTELY NO
*These items and other human “treats” can cause intestinal problems, including a toxic overgrowth of “bad” bacteria in the intestinal tract. Beware of “rabbit treats” sold in stores as these may include seeds, nuts, corn or too much sugar.

Bread
Chocolate
Cookies
Crackers
Cereals (one square of non sugar coated shredded wheat can be given as a treat. Limit to one per day)
Corn
Nuts
Onion
Pasta
Raw potato or skin
Rhubarb
Seeds
Sugary treats
Yogurt drops
Pea’s
Beans or legumes
No butter or iceberg lettuce EVER.