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
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:
Green or Red Leaf Lettuce (never Iceberg)
Then add in limited quantities:
*May cause gas or contain oxidants and giotrogens. Please use sparingly.
Radish Tops or sprouts
Broccoli leaves and stems
Kale (limit to one tablespoon twice daily)
Cabbage (limit to one tablespoon twice daily)
*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.
*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.
Cereals (one square of non sugar coated shredded wheat can be given as a treat. Limit to one per day)
Raw potato or skin
Beans or legumes
No butter or iceberg lettuce EVER.