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What Do Rabbits Eat?

Rabbits have fairly simple needs, they require three key types of food to keep them healthy and happy:

  • Dry Food
  • Fresh Food
  • Hay/Grass

They will also need a supply of water that they can access at any time, and may benefit from a salt lick, too.

Hay should form the bulk of your rabbit’s diet. Wild rabbits get almost all of their nutrition from the grass that they eat, so it is a good idea to mimic this the best you can. Not only will it ensure that your rabbits are getting all the nutrients that they need, but it also helps keep their teeth at a manageable level and ensures proper function of their digestive systems. It really is an essential part of their diet.

Rabbit hay
Hay is an essential part of a rabbit’s diet

Dry foods are very important and will ensure that your rabbit gets all the vitamins and minerals they need to function properly. Dry food is specially formulated to provide the right amount of everything they need, so they really are an essential part of their diets.

Fresh foods are needed too. Fresh (not frozen or damp) leafy foods should be provided to your pets on a daily basis. However, be careful about what veggies you serve them, as some can cause more harm than good. Have a look at our rabbit food list for more information.

It is important to mention that when you are bringing home new rabbits for the first time, you must ask what food they’re currently being kept on. A rabbit's diet needs to be changed slowly, doing it too quickly can cause serious stomach and digestive problems.

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