Fruits, Vegetables, Plants & Herbs that are suitable for your rabbit
Rabbits are very fragile creatures, but they love food. Especially fruits and vegetables. Whilst a majority of your pets diet should be fresh hay, grass and an unlimited supply of clean water, there are some precautions to take.
Rabbits stomachs can take some time to get used to new food, much like ourselves too much of a good thing can cause issues. Your rabbit may not get along with some of these foods in this list.
After giving your rabbit some of these foods, we suggest waiting at least 24 hours and keeping an eye on their poo as this will be a good indication of any intolerances digestive issues.
Any sign of soft poo or mushy poo (Except cecotropes) should result in going back to a normal diet.
One common mistake we see on forums and in Facebook groups is that owners don’t wash their rabbits foods. If you have fruit or vegetables remember to give everything a wash for at least 20 seconds. Simply run it under cold water and give it a wipe over to remove any poisonous toxins or chemicals.
What vegetables can I feed my rabbit?
Always give your rabbit small portions, no more than 1 cup of vegetables for each 4lbs your rabbit weighs. For example, if your rabbit weighs 8lbs, give them 2 cups of vegetables!
Vegetables your rabbit can eat
- Bell peppers
- Bok choy
- Brussels sprouts
- Carrot tops
- Herbs: basil, cilantro, dill, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme
- Lettuces: romaine, green leaf, red leaf, Boston bibb, arugula, butter
- Okra leaves
- Radish tops
- Broccoli stems and leaves only
- Collard greens
- Dandelion greens (pesticide-free)
- Flowers: English daisy, hibiscus, honeysuckle, marigold, nasturtium, pansy, rose
- Cabbage (Can cause gas so small portions only)
- Curly Kale
- Spring Greens
Note: Do NOT give your rabbit Iceberg Lettuce or Light coloured lead Lettuce. Also chop your vegetables into chunks but not small enough for your rabbit to choke. Chopping or dicing them into cubes is perfect.
What vegetables can I feed my baby rabbit?
Your baby bunny can eat the same vegetables as their parents did, anything from the list above will be fine in moderation.
In essence, anything is fine in moderation. Some traditional vets will advise that baby rabbits should not be fed any form of fresh food. This is purely due to their sensitive digestive system.
This is an old myth that you are likely not to find with any newer exotic vet. Any rabbit can eat vegetables as long as it has time to adjust to its dietry changes.
Baby rabbits in the wild don’t live on pellets and whilst this shouldn’t be a standard rule for your rabbit, it does apply here. By 4 weeks, your baby rabbit should be able to enjoy small portions of vegetables.
What Fruit can I feed my rabbit?
Fruits should be limited due to their high sugar content which can cause health issues for your rabbit. We highly suggest limiting this to 1-3 tablespoons of fruit per day, but it’s worth checking with your vet incase your rabbit requires a specific dietry restriction.
Fruits your rabbit can eat
- Grapes (Purple & Green)
- Kiwi Fruit
- Water Melon
- Tomatoes (Do not give them leaves or stalk)
Note: Do not give your rabbit pips or stones as these are usually poisonous.
What Herbs can I feed my rabbit?
Herbs are potent, so make sure to start by giving very small portions. Try mixing these in with your other fruits and veg!
Herbs your rabbit can eat
Note: Be very careful with Wild Herbs as some may contain poisonous chemicals.
Can plants in my garden make my rabbit poorly?
Some wild plants can be hazardous to your little fur friend, this list of poisonous plants has been sources from various locations and checked with the Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund.
Plants your rabbit should NOT eat
- Arum lily
- Deadly nightshade
- Fools parsley
- Lily of the valley
- Most evergreens
- Oak leaves
- Potato tops
- Rhubarb leaves
- Scarlet runnertoadflax
- Woody nightshade