Feeding Your Bunny

Have you recently adopted a bunny? If so, you’ve got a very cute friend! Bunnies are absolutely adorable, and can make great pets. In order to keep Floppy healthy and happy, you’ll need to provide her with a comfortable cage, lots of toys, regular veterinary care, and, of course, proper food. Rabbits do have some very specific nutritional requirements, so, if you’re a new bunny parent, you’ll want to do a bit of research. Below, an Upper Arlington, OH vet discusses what to feed your bunny.

Hay

Did you know that hay should actually make up the bulk of Floppy’s menu? Your pet’s cute furry tummy is naturally suited to processing lots of tough roots and fibers, which is what bunnies eat in the wild. Since pets eat much softer foods, you’ll need to give your furry pal plenty of quality grass hay. Offer your adorable buddy plenty of fresh grass hay, such as Timothy hay.

Commercial Food

For breakfast and supper, Floppy can have a commercial pellet food. Look for one that is high in fiber, but low in protein. Ask your vet for recommendations.

Veggies

Floppy should have some fresh veggies every day. A few suitable options include radishes, clover sprouts, asparagus, beet greens, red, yellow, or green bell peppers; Bok choy; broccoli; Brussels sprouts, carrots; Swiss chard; mustard greens; okra leaves; squash. Romaine, butter, Boston, and green leaf lettuces are also fine.

Herbs

Bunnies can also enjoy some fresh, organic herbs. You can grow tiny pots of basil, mint, parsley, peppermint, cilantro, or clover on your windowsill, and give Floppy the whole pot as a treat.

Fruits

Floppy can also enjoy many fresh fruits, though you don’t want to give her too much fruit, as it’s very high in sugar. Some good examples are apples (no seeds or pips), pineapples, melons, peaches, plums, and pears. Certain berries, such as raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries, are also safe.

Tips

Never give your bunny a new food without researching it first to be sure it is safe. Always carefully wash produce before giving it to Floppy. Making sure Floppy always has fresh, clean water is also important. Ask your vet for specific nutritional advice, including portion sizes, feeding schedules, and safe and unsafe foods.

Do you have any questions about your bunny’s diet? We can help! Please contact us, your Upper Arlington, OH animal hospital, anytime.