Are Rabbits Herbivores, Omnivores or Carnivores?

By Link the Bun June 15th, 2021

Whilst rabbits do try to eat everything, where do they fall? Are they Herbivores or not? The answer is, yes! Rabbits are Herbivores.

There’s some misunderstanding outside of the rabbit community as most rodents are omnivores and rabbits are commonly seen as rodents despite actually being Lagomorpha. Rabbits may try to steal your pizza, but this doesn’t mean they don’t require a plant based diet!

Rabbits are herbivores and eat grass hay

Why are rabbits herbivores?

Rabbits are extremely dependent on a plant-based diet due to their constant need of fiber. Whilst there’s only so many nutrients a rabbit can get from Grass & Hay, it is their main portion of their dietary needs.

You should also provide your rabbit with greens on a daily basis, try to mix this up if you can and avoid using any sort of flavorings, spices, toppings other than critical care.

Another reason to be a herbivore is the constant use of grazing on fiber which helps wear their teeth down and avoid long term dental issues.

What diet should my rabbit have

Do rabbits eat meat?

On the odd occasion it can happen, after all they are only animals and can be curious about whatever they can nibble on. However, you should NOT feed your rabbit meat.

On the event your rabbit has a very small amount of meat by accident, it shouldn’t be cause for worry unless they have a very sensitive digestion system. Any concerns and you should go to your veterinarian with a recommendation of a lot of greens.

If your veterinarian is closed and you have no out of hours nearby, keep an eye on your rabbit and make sure they’re still eating fresh hay, greens etc.

If your rabbit does eat meat, you may find that they will have loose stools and require a lot of fluids, if so, be prepared to use a syringe to assist with assisted drinking.

For clarification, a one off instance usually isn’t that bad. If you rabbit eats meat regularly they will have issues and more than likely die due to an inability to digest meat and the high quantity of protean.


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