DIETARY GUIDELINES FOR THE HEALTHY RABBIT
RABBITS: The basic diet for a healthy adult rabbit should consist
of unlimited access to grass hay (not pelleted, cubed or chopped)
along with a variety of fresh vegetables and a limited amount
of timothy hay-based rabbit pellets---every day.
RABBITS: Alfalfa pellets and hay should be available in unlimited
quantities to baby rabbits starting at about three weeks of age.
is crucial to your rabbit's health as it is the main source
of fiber/roughage which aids the digestion, helps prevent g.i. stasis
and hairballs and it is helpful in keeping your rabbit's teeth in
good shape. Grass hays should be available in unlimited quantities
to all rabbits over three weeks of age.
should always be fresh. Don't buy more than a month's supply
at a time or they may get stale and lose nutritional value. By the
time your rabbit is 7 months to 1 year old you should begin switching
over to a timothy hay-based pellet, such as OxBow Hay's Bunny Basics/T.
should be fresh and free of pesticides. Feed at least 3 kinds of
vegetables every day. See our Veggie/Fruit
list for more information.
balance is just as important as nutritional balance. Divide the
pellets and vegetables between the morning and evening meals. Hay
should always be available.
are dietary recommendations for the different phases of your rabbit's
life. ALL recommendations are based on a healthy rabbit. These are
just guidelines. You should always consult your Rabbit Vet about
diet and other health issues, especially for older, ailing or frail
to 3 weeks - mother's milk
to 7 weeks - mother's milk, unlimited access to alfalfa pellets
and grass hays (timothy, oat, orchard)
weeks to 7 months - unlimited alfalfa pellets and grass hays
months - introduce *vegetables (one at a time, under 1/2 oz.)
ADULTS: 7 MONTHS TO 1 YEAR
pellets to 1/4 cup per day per 5 lbs body weight, start switching
rabbit to timothy hay-based pellet
daily vegetables - slowly
1-2 times a week, no more than 2 oz. (2 TBL)
ADULTS: 1 TO 5 YEARS
timothy, oat or other grass hays
¼ to ½ cup timothy hay-based pellets per
5 lbs body weight (depends on metabolism)
cups of veggies per 5 lbs of body weight, decrease if bunny is
not eating enough hay
1-2 times per week, limit to 2 TBL - NO FRUIT for overweight rabbits
RABBITS : 6 YEARS AND UP
weight and health are OK, continue diet as above
and/or older rabbits may need unrestricted pellets and/or other
dietary enhancements to keep weight up
For older rabbits it is important to have a blood workup
done by your vet - at least once a year - to check the calcium
level and kidney function (among other things)
more in depth information on the rabbit diet, and for a list of
healthy veggies and fruit, please read our article "Rabbit
Diet and Nutrition"