Rabbits irrespective of if they live in the wild or are domestic, eat about the same type of food. In fact if the rabbit is turned into a pet, one must endeavor to tailor their diet to match that of the wild rabbit because it was discovered that a sudden change of diet can lead to stomach upset and some complications. So what exactly do rabbits eat?
- Hay and Grass: This is top of the list, it’s the most important diet for the rabbit. A rabbit must always have unlimited supply of hay and grass throughout the day, they cannot do without it. There are many types of grasses and hay both in the Forrest and in the market so you need to know the type your rabbit likes. To be safe you can mix different types together in order to get a perfect mix.
- Pellets: Rabbits also eat pellets, these are also very good for their development. You must not go for rabbit mixes that contain pellets because the rabbit may end up developing some kind of problems. Instead you should go for high quality pure pellets that are rich in fiber and you must not feed them lots of pellets.
- Vegetables: Rabbits love to have variety and fresh vegetables hell to add this to the rabbit’s diet. These vegetables are usually introduced gradually into the diet of the rabbit. There are certain vegetables that are safe for the rabbit and some that aren’t. The safe ones include: Artichoke leaves, Celery leaves, Broccoli, Asparagus, Curly Kale, Radish Tops, Spinach, Brussels sprouts, Carrots, Cucumber, Peas and many others.
- Fruits: Rabbits also eat fruits, but it’s not something they should eat always because some of these fruits are high in sugar. Sugar upsets the stomach of rabbits so fruits ought to be taken in little quantities and not always. Here are examples of some fruits that the rabbits eat: Apple, Apricot, Kiwi fruit, mango, melon, pineapple, pears, blackberries, and plums.
- Foraging materials: Rabbits also eat packets of leaves, flowers and twigs that are sold in supermarkets. Normally wild rabbits spend time in the woods foraging, so to mimic this activity in home grown rabbits you can get these materials from supermarkets and pet shops.
- Water: You may not classify this as food but it’s very important to the survival of the rabbit. You must provide water throughout the day for the rabbit. Water helps them to stay hydrated and it aids digestion processes. It basically helps to make the rabbit healthy and happy.
Other things that rabbits eat include plants, herbs, weeds and flowers. All of these can be gotten at your local pet shop but you must go for the ones that have high quality so as to avoid contaminating the diet of your rabbit. It’s normally said that a person is what he eats, this same thing applies to the rabbit. When you give the rabbit what it eats, it ends up living a healthy life.