Ask the Vet: Diets for Rabbits
“What diet is appropriate for my 1-year-old adult rabbit?”
A variety of grass hays should make up the majority of the diet of a healthy adult rabbit. Grass hays include timothy, oat hay and orchard grass. Make sure the hay smells fresh, is free of mold and keep it available to your rabbit at all times. Avoid alfalfa hay in adult rabbits. It is a legume hay and is too high in calories and protein for an adult rabbit.
Fresh leafy greens should be offered daily. Good choices include romaine, endive, cilantro and dandelion greens. Fresh fruits are fine to give in limited quantities. Apples, bananas, and berries can be used as treats.
Pellets should make up a small part of the diet of a healthy adult rabbit. While alfalfa based pellets are fine for young, growing bunnies, a timothy hay based pellet should be offered to adults and limited to about ¼ cup per 5 lb bunny per day. Avoid yogurt drops and pellets that contain “extras” such as oatmeal, seeds and other treat type foods. These foods can lead to stomach upset. Keep fresh water available at all times.
For more information about all things bunny go to The House Rabbit Society website.