Greens and Vegetables
Do rabbits really like carrots?
Yes, they do! But carrots are more like a sugary treat for a rabbit (so are fruits), so they should
be given in small quantities. They can upset a rabbit’s digestive system if given too much.
A better way to think about giving a healthy variety of foods to your bunny is to feed a salad a
day. Salads are a very healthy and important part of your rabbit’s diet. In other words, give
bunny those carrot tops instead, along with a nice selection of other greens!
Try to select a minimum of three types of greens daily. Each type of veggie will provide not only
different nutrients, but also different chewing motions to aid with tooth grinding (rabbit teeth are
constantly growing!). Remember that there are many pesticides sprayed throughout the
growing process, so it’s important to thoroughly clean all produce before consuming it.
Check the list below for examples of the greens and vegetables that are safe to feed your rabbit.
A good guideline is to feed a minimum of 1 cup of vegetables for each 4 lbs. of body weight per
day. Add one vegetable to the diet at a time. Eliminate if it causes soft stools or diarrhea.
Remember - each rabbit is an individual, and you will need to alter these guidelines to meet
your rabbit’s specific requirements based on his health and sensitivity to certain foods.
Limit fruits to 1-2 tablespoons per 5 lbs. of body weight (none if dieting) from the list below of
high fiber fruits. Sugary fruits such as bananas and grapes should be used only sparingly, as
occasional treats. Rabbits have a sweet tooth and if left to their own devices will devour sugary
foods to the exclusion of healthful ones.
Alfalfa, radish & clover sprouts
Beet greens (tops)
Broccoli (mostly leaves/stems; limit, can cause gas)
Carrot & carrot tops
Dandelion greens and flowers (no pesticides)
Pea pods (the flat edible kind)
Red Leaf lettuce
Romaine lettuce (no iceberg or light colored leaf)
Orange (remove the peel)
Small piece of carrot (1/2 inch)
Naturally dried fruits (1 tsp, or 1-2 raisins, Craisins, etc)
Absolutely NO chocolate (poisonous!), cookies, crackers, breakfast cereals, bread,
pasta, onions, yogurt drops, or other "human treats." There is research to suggest these items
may contribute to fatal cases of enterotoxemia, a toxic overgrowth of "bad" bacteria in
the intestinal tract.