You can find many books and articles at the pet shop,
library, or on the Internet about what to feed your pet
rabbits to keep them as healthy as possible. But there isn't
much in the literature about what foods you should
absolutely not feed a rabbit. Below are some recommendations
from experienced rabbit owners to help you make sure you
don't feed your bunny anything that might make it sick.
You might think that if something is marked as good for
rabbits and sold in the pet shop, it is fine. But you'd be
wrong. Although commercial "rabbit treats" won't poison your
pets, they are like feeding fast foods to your pets. Most of
them are over-processed and have far too much filler,
sugars, and the like for optimum rabbit health.
It is okay to feed your rabbit pellets every day, but only a
good pellet that is at least twenty percent fiber, not more
than fifteen percent protein, and not more than one percent
calcium, and does not contain seeds or starches. Give your
rabbits unlimited good timothy hay and clean, fresh
vegetables, and limit the pellets to the recommended
guidelines from your veterinarian or professional rabbit
2. Mueslix or other Seed Mixes
Mueslix mixes are made from seeds and grains, such as oats,
corn, sunflower seeds, dried fruits, and other similar
items. If they are in "sticks" they also have a large load
of honey or other sugars. Seeds have far too much fat for
house rabbits, and excess fat in rabbits can cause liver and
artery damage and disease. Rabbits are designed for a low-
fat and high roughage diet, and without the proper diet your
rabbit won't live long.
In addition, the starches and other simple carbohydrates can
lead to digestive system infections, bloat, and even
probably fatal gastrointestinal stasis, whereas the fiber in
good grass hay slows fermentation and allows the rabbit to
get all the nutrients out of its food.
3. Processed Cereals
Processed cereals are not only expensive; they have too
little fiber and too much fat for rabbit health. Even if the
cereal mix contains dehydrated vegetables, it still has too
high a carbohydrate content and too much preprocessing. Give
your rabbit fresh, untreated vegetables for treats and it
will get the gnawing enjoyment as well as the wide range of
nutrients and minerals that healthy raw vegetables contain.
Commercial cereal and other kibbles also suggest portion
sizes guaranteed to make your rabbit obese and shorten its
life. We can only assume that they care more for the volume
of their product you purchase than for the health of your
You love your rabbits, and you enjoy giving them treats, and
that is wonderful. Just make sure that you give your bunnies
treats that will not only make them happy but will help them
grow and stay happy and healthy as well. Feed your rabbits
fresh, organic raw vegetables daily, give them untreated
wood for toys and gnawing, all the good, mold-free grass hay
they want, and lots of love, and they will repay you with
years of bunny fun and love. And you will save a lot of
These veggies and fruits are safe to feed a pet rabbit.
See also our list of good and bad snacks to feed pet rabbits.
Good and bad snacks for pet rabbits here
Apple (not seeds)
Blackberry (leaves, stems, fruit)
Carrot (tops and root)
Chives (in moderation)
Dandelion (leaves, stem, flower)
Lettuce (romaine, red & green leaf)
Papaya (no seeds)
Raspberry (leaves, stems, fruit)
Tomato (fruit only; greens are toxic)
Fruit should always be given in moderation as the high sugar
content may cause diarrhea.
Introduce fruits and vegetables slowly over several weeks.
Remember no pesticides!!!!!
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