What Do Rabbits Eat?

by Pet Coupon Savings on June 7, 2013

What do rabbits eat? Well, I’m sure that a lot of people instantly think of the cartoon Bugs Bunny gnawing away on a carrot while saying “What’s up doc?” While it is true that rabbits eat carrots, they eat several other things as well. Rabbits need various nutrients to keep them healthy and thriving. In the wild they have to fend for themselves when it comes to finding different foods. Pet rabbits depend on their owners to provide these different sources of food. Pet rabbits can live an average of 10-15 years if taken care of properly by their owners. Maybe you’re here because you are considering owning a pet rabbit and are curious what they eat besides carrots. Rabbits need a lot of fiber in their diet. A rabbit’s diet should also be low in sugar, fats, and calcium.

what do rabbits eat

What Do Rabbits Eat: A diet high in fiber

One of their favorite staple foods is hay. While completely unappealing to us as humans, rabbits love to nibble up this dried grass on a daily basis. Hay needs to be available to them at all times. All other foods that rabbits eat are always in addition to hay.

Much like their wild counterparts, pet rabbits need to eat a lot of leafy greens. Some good varieties of leafy greens for rabbits are: lettuce, broccoli greens, carrot greens, dandelion greens, clover, celery greens, sprouts, cilantro (fresh only), watercress, spinach, and kale.

You can also take away a lot of the guess work when it comes to addressing what do rabbits eat by providing them with per-formulated pellets that you can buy at your local pet supply store. You can also search for deals on rabbit pellets online. Of course it is important to remember that hay and leafy greens should also be provided.

Fruits and vegetables also play an integral part in a rabbits diet. Fruits should however be viewed as a treat for a rabbit due to them being high in sugar. Some fruits that are okay for rabbits to eat are apples (seeds removed), strawberries, pineapple, seedless grapes, pears and peaches. Rabbits can eat several types of vegetables such as broccoli, green peppers, chopped celery (ribs removed),  and cucumbers.

Water is also important in a rabbits diet. While water should always be provided for a pet rabbit they also get a lot of their water from the grass and vegetables that they eat on a daily basis.

Keep in mind that all rabbits can have different preferences. While one rabbit might really enjoy eating carrots another rabbit might only eat them occasionally. When asking what do rabbits eat, it is important to note that it can vary from rabbit to rabbit. Ultimately it is important that they are provided hay, leafy greens, formulated rabbit pellets, vegetables and occasionally fruit as a treat. By providing the proper nutrition for your rabbit you are doing your part to ensure they live a healthy and optimal life.

In Summary, What Do Rabbits Eat?

  • Hay
  • Formulated Rabbit Pellets
  • Vegetables and Leafy Greens: Carrots, Lettuce, Broccoli, Broccoli Greens, Chopped Celery, Celery Greens, Clover, Green Peppers, Dandelion Greens, Sprouts, Fresh Cilantro, Parsley, Watercress, Spinach, Kale, Cucumber
  • Fruits (Occasionally as treats): Apple (seeds removed), Strawberries, Grapes (Seedless), Pineapple, Pears, Peaches
  • (Optional Treats): Raisins
  • Water


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bradley wilson June 8, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Thanks for this! My little girl has been wanting a rabbit for a long time now and I have finally decided to get her one. I don’t know anything about taking care of a rabbit’ let alone what they eat. This article has helped educate me a lot what I should be feeding it. Thank you!


Jessica Hehir June 8, 2013 at 5:09 PM

This is great information. My girls have been trying to leave carrots for a rabbits in our yard… this will be great information to share with them. Love the photo too:)


Jennifer Hall June 9, 2013 at 3:37 AM

Lots of great information for anyone who is considering buying a rabbit. Thank you for sharing this.


Renae C. July 6, 2013 at 11:26 AM

I actually did know that carrots were not high on their list of eats, but I had NO idea about hay! That little bunny is SO cute, BTW!


Brian Reasoner July 6, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Wow. I thought carrots and greens myself.


Nicole July 6, 2013 at 12:28 PM

What great info!!


autumn eaton July 6, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Great info and what a super cute little rabbit! I had one when I was younger but it was a huge, fat all white rabbit. Mine loved apples I think more than the carrots.


Tough Cookie Mommy July 7, 2013 at 12:09 AM

This post brings me back to when I was a young girl in Spain and my Grandmother used to raise rabbits. They really were very affectionate animals and I have great memories of helping to feed them and care for them.


Erica Ardali July 7, 2013 at 12:54 AM

I had a black rabbit named Shadow years ago… I was amazed at all the things that are toxic to bunnies! Mine LOVED Dandelion Greens.


Wendy @ ABCs and Garden Peas July 7, 2013 at 8:45 PM

Not so different from what a guinea pig eats! I always used to keep them as pets.

Can you believe my brother has a bunny that will not touch kale? weird!


Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma) July 17, 2013 at 9:57 AM

That picture is SO cute! Thanks for making me smile!


Pet Coupon Savings August 6, 2013 at 11:45 PM

Thanks for stopping by!


Katherine July 17, 2013 at 10:34 AM

I seriously had no idea what they ate, thanks for the info!


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