Diet

The diet of your rabbit should consist of quality hay, pellets and fresh veggies. To make sure your Mini Lop or Cashmere Lop rabbits are happy, healthy (and not too fat!) we recommend feeding them the following on a daily basis:

  • Up to half a cup of pellets.
  • One cup of fresh vegetables (organic is best).
  • As much hay as they can eat.

Hay

Hay

Hay should be a regular part of your rabbits diet. Hay helps reduce hairballs and blockages in the intestines that can kill your rabbit. We do not recommend lucerne hay as it’s too rich for rabbits and will cause diarrhoea if fed in large quantities. Other types of hay include grass, oaten, rye and clover, and pure clover.

Pellets

Rabbit Pellets

If you purchase your pellets in bulk make sure they are in an airtight container to prevent them going mouldy, which could cause illness in your rabbit. Rabbits should not be fed a rabbit and guinea pig mix that consists of seeds, dried fruit, corn, nuts, etc. It is very fattening and not needed for their diet. Rabbits can be fed a pellet free diet if that is what you wish. We advise you wait until they are adults and then make sure they get excellent quality hay and a large variety of fresh vegetables and fruit to ensure they are getting all the necessary dietary requirements that are found in pellets.

Vegetables and Fruit

Please make sure you wash all vegetables or fruit and only feed the quality that you yourself would eat. Whenever possible feed organic – or better still grow it yourself! Rabbits do have a sweet tooth and for this they can be given the odd treat such as a grape, a piece of apple or a sultana.

Parsley

Young rabbits

Rabbits up to 4 months old should be fed as much as they will eat, however rabbits under 3 months should not be given excessive amounts of vegetables or fruit. If you have purchased a new baby bunny from us it will have been fed pellets and hay. You can start introducing vegetables slowly within a week or so. Offer small amounts every second day, making sure the baby’s tummy is coping with the richer food. Within a couple of months your rabbit should be eating veggies as a regular part of its diet.

Good vs Bad food

Below is a list of items you can and cannot feed your rabbit. Our rabbits’ favourites are silver beet, celery, parsley, carrot, dandelion, roses and apple tree branches. This is just a small list, there are many more poisonous and edible plants, fruit and vegetable available. If you aren’t sure about a food item, ask your vet.

Bad

  • Avocado
  • Lettuce
  • Almonds
  • Acorns
  • Rhubarb
  • Cabbage
  • All pips and seeds of fruit
  • Plants including azalea, asparagus fern, daisy, rhododendron, iris, ivy
  • All bulbs
  • Tomato leaves
  • Eucalyptus
  • Oak tree

Good

  • Silver beet
  • Cauliflower, leaves and heads
  • Broccoli, leaves and heads
  • Parsley, excellent for their health
  • Apples, without the pips
  • Carrots, once older
  • Parsnip
  • Radish, leaves as well (grow your own from seeds)
  • Bok Choy and other Chinese leafy vegetables
  • Beans
  • Corn
  • Celery
  • Rose, both flower and stems, the prickles are fine! (as long as they have not been sprayed)
  • Willow Tree branch and leaves