Vegetables that Bunnies Can Eat

Bunnies can eat most vegetables, but some rabbits are more sensitive than others.  If you’re not sure what your rabbit can eat, start him off with just one type of green leafy for a few days.  Watch his poops to make sure he doesn’t get diarrhea, and if he tolerates that vegetable fine, you can add a second type.  Again, watch his poops for a few days to make sure he doesn’t get sick.  Once you’re confident that both veggies are ok, go for a third one, and so on.  We suggest starting with some common and easy vegetables, like green leaf lettuce, romaine, parsley, or cilantro.

You’ll want to feed your rabbit at least three veggies a day, and green leafies are the best.  Those listed in bold print, below, are high in vitamin A, and you should try to serve at least one of these every day.  We’ve compiled a fairly complete list for you here, but if you’re at the store without a list, a good rule of thumb (for green leafies only!!) is that if you can eat it RAW, so can your bunny.  Please note that this applies only to green leafies, and only if they are raw.

Finally, remember that roots and fruits are TREATS.  (Yes, that includes carrots.)  Serve them sparingly if at all.  The rule of thumb is one piece per day, no larger than your thumb.

Vegetables and Fruits Usually Tolerated by Adult Rabbits:

  •  Alfalfa sprouts
  • Anise Hyssop
  • Apple twigs, leaves and fruit, but not the seeds (they contain cyanide)
  • Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Banana fruit, but not the peel.  The peel is covered with pesticides.
  • Basil
  • Beet Greens
  • Bell Pepper (green or red)
  • Blackberry fruit, stems and leaves.  Yes, the thorns are ok; they shouldn’t hurt them.
  • Blueberry fruit
  • Bok Choy
  • Borage
  • Calendula
  • Cantaloupe
  • Carrot roots and tops
  • Catnip/Catmint
  • Celery
  • Chamomile
  • Chicory
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Cilantro/Coriander
  • Clover
  • Collard Greens
  • Swiss Chard
  • Comfrey
  • Cranberry
  • Cucumber peels
  • Dandelion greens and flowers
  • Daylily flowers
  • Dianthus
  • Dill
  • Eggplant
  • Endive
  • English Daisy
  • Escarole
  • Fennel
  • Grapes:  fruit, leaves, and vines
  • Honeysuckle
  • Star Jasmine
  • Jerusalem Artichoke
  • Kale
  • Kolrabi
  • Lavender
  • Lemon Balm
  • Lemon Grass
  • Green Leaf Lettuce
  • Red Leaf Lettuce
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Lilac
  • Lovage
  • Mango
  • Marigold
  • Marjoram
  • Melons
  • Mustard Greens
  • Nasturtium
  • Okra
  • Orange (no peel, because it has lots of volatile oils)
  • Oregano
  • Pansy
  • Papaya
  • Parsley
  • Parsnip
  • Peach (not the pit)
  • Pear
  • Snow Peas
  • Pineapple
  • Purslane
  • Radiccio
  • Radish Tops;  the roots are ok, too, but high in starch, so not that good for them.
  • Raspberry fruit, leaves, and vines (thorns and all)
  • Rose
  • Rosemary
  • Sage/Salvia
  • Spinach
  • Squash fruit and flowers
  • Strawberry fruit and leaves
  • Sweet Woodruff
  • French Tarragon
  • Thyme
  • Turnip tops
  • Viola
  • Violet
  • Watercress
  • Watermelon
  • Wheat Grass
  • Willow leaves and bark

Vegetables Usually Tolerated, but More Likely to Cause Some Problems in Very Sensitive Rabbits

  • Beet Root
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Green Beans
  • Radish Root
  • Turnip Root

Vegetables to Avoid

  • Avocado
  • Bamboo shoots.  They block the absorption of nutrients.
  • Dried Beans
  • Raw Beans:  Lima, Kidney, Soy
  • Bracken Fern
  • Cassava
  • Coffee Beans and Plant
  • Corn Kernels.  They’re just the right size to get stuck in the intestine.
  • Grains
  • Iceberg Lettuce.  It won’t hurt your rabbit, but it doesn’t have many nutrients, so there’s no point.
  • Millet
  • Nuts.  Too high in protein and fat.
  • Onions
  • Dried Peas
  • Potatoes, including the peel
  • Rhubarb
  • Sweet Peas
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Tea Leaves
  • Whole Seeds

Other Foods to Avoid

  • Most House Plants (toxic)
  • Chocolate
  • Refined Sugars
  • Yogurt drops, unless your bunny has just taken antibiotics.  And in this situation, plain nonfat yogurt would be better, anyway.
  • Honey and Seed Sticks.  The bunnies love ‘em, but they’re no good for them.
  • ANYTHING MOLDY!

Sticks and Wood Products for Chewing

  • Apple twigs (with or without leaves) are the #1 choice for chewing.  Bunnies love ‘em, especially when they’re fresh.  The fiber helps move ingested hair through the intestine, and the chewing helps keep the bunny’s teeth nice and short.  There are some other fruit woods that are fine to give your rabbit after they have dried for a few months.  However, we’re not sure what they are, so we recommend only apple. 
  • Willow baskets, straw baskets, etc, are fine, as long as they are clean and haven’t been shellacked, painted, or anything like that. 
  • Paper products, including newspapers, make wonderful and cheap chew toys, too.

Notes:

  • Foods that are high in sugar or starches, such as fruits and roots, should be served as a treat only:  one serving per day, no larger than your thumb.
  • Flowers from the local nursery probably have pesticides on them.  Don’t serve them unless you know they’re organic.
  • Most rabbits can handle vegetables that are high in calcium or oxalates, as long as these vegetables are served in moderation and the bunny doesn’t have kidney or urinary tract problems.  If you have a healthy rabbit, do not hesitate to serve him wonderful vegetables such as kale, just becuase they are high in calcium.
  •  Any food that causes diarrhea should be removed from the diet immediately!
  • For the most part, people food isn’t good for rabbits.  It may be fun to feed them, but try to restrain yourself for the good of your bunny.
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