In the first article in this series, we discussed the need rabbits have for indigestible fiber. But fiber, while important, is only part of the story. Protein and fat and the sources from which they come are also vital pieces in the nutritional puzzle. Because rabbits are still not considered “equal” to dogs and cats by the pet food industry, information about rabbit nutrition and what is best for rabbits is slow in coming.
Bunny Care Guide: What Foods Do Rabbits Eat? | PetHelpful
The ideal diet for any pet rabbit begins with a pellet food source. Pellet food contains a wealth of nutrition that's specially formulated for rabbits, and this food is easy on the animal's digestive system. A good rabbit pellet food will have between 15 and 16 percent protein, which is usually what most rabbits require. If you notice your rabbit's urine begins to turn reddish in color, try a pellet food with a lower protein content since the reddish urine is a result of the rabbit getting too much protein.
Rabbit Diet and Nutrition - Zooh Corner Rabbit Rescue
Along with pellet food, a rabbit's diet should be fortified with hay, straw and fruits. Hay and straw are important because they contain a different type of fiber than what's found in most pellet foods, and this fiber is excellent for the rabbit's cardiovascular health. Chewing on hay and straw also helps keep the rabbit's teeth worn down. Good choices include timothy hay, orchard grass, coastal Bermuda or fescue. If you're gathering the hay or straw from your own yard, make sure it is free of thorns, weeds, mold and dust.
Rabbit Feeding Basics - Petfinder
Just like with humans, there’s a big difference between what we like to eat and what we should eat. Then there’s also those things that we may like to eat but we may be allergic or sensitive to. Rabbits are not different than humans in both regards. Rabbits like green plant matter and have a sweet tooth. Both of those traits can get a bunny into big trouble. I am not a veterinarian, so I won’t focus heavily on how to feed your pet rabbit but I will share with you a list what human foods are toxic to rabbits and why.Oxbow pellets are one of the best brands and although they are a little more expensive, they are so much healthier! You can get Alfalfa and Timothy pellets from Oxbow. Some of the packages have a resealable top. Alfalfa is considered "Young or Baby" rabbit food and Timothy pellets are considered "Mature" rabbit food. What that means is that for bunnies under 8 months, the alfalfa is important because it has a higher fat content, and babies and lactating mother rabbits need that extra fat. For bunnies over 8 months, they can be slowly switched to Timothy which has less fat and is healthier at that point. Overweight bunnies can develop all kinds of problems, including liver issues.