Premium Rabbit Food: Hay, Pellets and Forage

At Just4rabbits, we offer a wide selection of high-quality rabbit food to meet all of your bunny's nutritional needs. Providing a balanced diet; rich in essential nutrients like fibre, vitamins, and minerals; ensures that your rabbit maintains optimal digestive health, strong teeth, and a robust immune system.

Browse our collection of Rabbit Food below:

Why Hay is the Cornerstone of Your Rabbit Food Regimen

The most important component of the rabbit diet should always be high-quality grass hay, which should be available to them at all times. Hay provides the fibre and roughage that maintains gastrointestinal and dental health.

In our experience, the best hays for adult rabbits are timothy, meadow, oat hay or other grass hays. Legume hays like alfalfa are too high in protein, calories and calcium for most mature rabbits. Hay should make up 75% or more of an adult rabbit's diet. They need unlimited access to encourage near-constant nibbling.

Rabbits with inadequate hay will develop dangerous GI stasis very quickly. Make sure hay racks are always stuffed full and that you monitor the supply at least twice daily. Hay also promotes healthy weight by providing a satisfying filler food, low in calories. The fibre creates a feeling of fullness that helps prevent obesity. Additionally, hay wearing down the teeth prevents overgrown points that cause pain and make rabbits unwilling to eat.

Type of HayNutritional ValuesAvailabilityRecommended for Rabbits
Timothy HayHigh in fibre, balanced protein, and calciumCommonly availableYes (commonly recommended by veterinarians)
Orchard Grass HayHigh in fibre, balanced protein, and calciumCommonly availableYes
Oat HayHigh in fibre, low in protein and calciumLess commonly availableYes
Meadow HayHigh in fibre, low in protein and calciumLess commonly availableYes
Alfalfa HayHigh in protein and calciumCommonly availableNo (not recommended as the main diet for adult rabbits)

Different types of hay for rabbits, including their nutritional values and availability - Rabbit Welfare Association & Fund (RWAF) website. 

Why Nutritional Pellets are a Game-Changer for Your Rabbit's Health

Rabbit pellets are the second key component of good nutrition. Hay provides large amounts of fibre but is too low in calories, protein and some vitamins and minerals to meet all a rabbit's needs. This is where a measured portion of quality pellets comes in.

When selecting rabbit pellets, we’ve found it beneficial to choose pellets that contain natural prebiotics and probiotics to support digestive health. Additionally, look for pellets that are free from added sugars and grains, as these can lead to obesity and other health issues.

Always check the ingredients list to ensure that the pellets are made from natural, high-quality components like Timothy, Meadow, Fescue, and Sweet Vernal Grasses. The pellets should also be fortified with essential vitamins and minerals to support overall well-being, including healthy eyes, skin, and coat.

Our Just4rabbits Hypoallergenic Rabbit Pellets are expertly formulated with premium ingredients to provide a balanced, high-fibre diet that supports optimal health in rabbits.

The Hidden Dangers of Feeding Muesli-Style Pellets to Your Rabbits

Muesli-style food is bad for rabbits because it can lead to serious dental and digestive problems, as well as obesity. Muesli mixes are high in sugar and starch, and rabbits tend to selectively feed on the tastier bits, leading to an unbalanced diet.

The data below, obtained from a study that involved a controlled feeding trial on 32 Dutch rabbits, assessing the effects of four different diets on rabbit health and welfare; illustrates some of the negative impacts of muesli-style diets on rabbits

Adverse EffectsDetailsImpact on Health
Selective FeedingRabbits selectively ate grains and extrudates, leading to an unbalanced, low-fibre diet.Leads to an unbalanced and unhealthy diet.
Reduced Water IntakeIndicative of reduced gastrointestinal motility.Could lead to dehydration and digestive issues.
Smaller DroppingsAnother indicator of reduced gastrointestinal motility.Signs of digestive issues.
Uneaten CaecotrophsCaecotrophs left uneaten by rabbits.Potential nutrient deficiencies.
Dental Issues37.5% of rabbits in muesli-only group developed clinical dental disease and were removed from the study.Severe dental issues requiring removal from study.

Impact case study (REF3b), University of Edinburgh and SRUC, Scotland’s Rural College, titled: Widespread removal of muesli-style diets from retail outlets and changes to feeding policy following the identification that they are detrimental to rabbit health.

Turn Your Rabbit's Foraging Instinct into Fun with Our Botanical-Infused Baby Bales

The home of the Baby Bale is the USA where it was originally used as a humble table decoration for weddings and other social gatherings. Here at Just4rabbits, we have taken this humble table decoration and turned into a healthy and enriching treat for your rabbit.

We use only the finest, top-quality hay and blend it with botanical forage to create a Foraging Fun Baby Bale. The Foraging Fun Baby Bale is finally topped with further botanicals to create a bale weighing a minimum of 1.1kg. Our Baby Bales are a time-tested foraging enrichment strategy for your buns.

They encourage the natural foraging instinct of your rabbit whilst they dig, tug and nibble at the hay to find the tasty botanicals blended within the hay.
Foraging provides enrichment and helps to relieve boredom whilst providing a tasty, healthy treat.

For the ultimate tasty, fresh, foraging fun treat for your rabbit, order your Foraging Fun Baby Bale today!

 “Absolutely love these bales, my bunnies get the best of both types of hay and love how fresh it is!” – Julie ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

 “My Bunnie’s chomp away it from the sides and hop on top too” – Marie ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

 “My rabbits love the baby bales! It’s such a good idea and with the stand it keeps most of the hay off of the floor to reduce waste” - Lucy ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 

30 Leafy Greens and Vegetables Your Rabbit Will Love

In addition to unlimited grass hay and measured portions of pellets, our rabbits enjoy some fresh vegetables as part of their diet. Try to select produce that provides nutritional value.

Dark leafy greens, broccoli, bell peppers, bok choy, carrot tops, cucumber slices and herbs like coriander or basil are excellent choices. A good rule of thumb for vegetables is approximately 1 packed cup total per 4 pounds (1.8kg) of body weight daily. It is important to introduce new vegetables slowly, one at a time, and watch for loose stools indicating digestive upset.

Reduce portions if this occurs. The total should be split between at least 2-3 types of veggies daily for variety. Some vegetables to avoid include light-coloured lettuces (which are mostly water), corn, potatoes, beans, rhubarb and any veggies in the onion family. The natural sugars in fruits can also cause GI problems.

Treat your Bunnies only with a few banana slices or a couple of berries once a week. Always rinse produce to remove residues. The ultimate Rabbit Salad ingredients:

Cabbage Family: Broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale

Leaf Lettuces: Endive, escarole, green leaf, red leaf, romaine

Fragrant Herbs: Basil, cilantro (coriander), mint, parsley, peppermint leaves

Greens: Beet tops, collard, dandelion, mustard

Roots and Tops: Carrots, radish

Miscellaneous: Alfalfa sprouts, bok choy, celery, green peppers, radicchio, raspberry leaves, spinach, watercress, wheat grass

Kathy Smith, author of Rabbit Health in the 21st Century, suggests a variety of the herbs and leafy greens above to make the perfect Rabbit Salad.

Don't Let Your Rabbit Go Thirsty: The Importance of Fresh Water for Your Bunny's Health

It is critical to provide your rabbit with constant access to fresh, clean water. The most convenient and sanitary method is a water bottle that attaches to the cage. Check it twice daily to ensure it is dispensing properly and refill as needed. Change water daily.

Water bowls require very frequent changing to keep water clean and prevent dangers like GI stasis. Bear in mind that bottles can malfunction too, so it’s important to know the signs of dehydration; like reduced urine production and skin "tenting." Address any water consumption concerns immediately.

Your Brief Guide to Rabbit Food and Nutrition: FAQs Answered

What is the best food for rabbits?

Hay is the best food for rabbits, specifically hays like Timothy hay and Meadow hay.

What fruits and vegetables can rabbits eat daily?

Carrots, lettuce (not iceberg), and apples are safe for daily consumption.

What shouldn't you feed rabbits?

Avoid chocolate, onions, and iceberg lettuce.

What is rabbit's favourite treat?

Carrots are often a favourite treat, but moderation is key.

What food should rabbits eat daily?

A diet of hay, fresh vegetables, and water is ideal for daily feeding.

What veggies can rabbits eat daily?

Leafy greens like spinach and kale are good daily options.

Can rabbits eat cucumber?

Yes, rabbits can eat cucumber in small amounts.

What fruits and veggies can bunnies eat?

Apples, carrots, and leafy greens are safe options.

Jacqui’s top 5 Rabbit Food Nutrition and Diet Tips - Specialist-approved guidance from an experienced Bun mum.

  1. Hay is Essential: Hay should make up the majority of your rabbit's diet. It provides the necessary fibre for a healthy digestive system. Always ensure that hay or grass is readily available for your bunny.
  2. Limit Sugary Foods: Treats like fruits and root vegetables, such as carrots, should be given in moderation due to their high sugar content. Too much sugar can lead to weight gain and other health issues.
  3. Nutrient-Rich Greens: Leafy greens and herbs are a good source of vitamins and minerals. However, be cautious with greens like collard, as they may contain high amounts of calcium which could lead to bladder issues.
  4. Pellets in Moderation: While pellets can provide essential nutrients, they should not replace hay or fresh vegetables in your rabbit's diet. When making any diet changes, do so gradually to give their digestive system time to adapt to the new food.
  5. Monitor Weight and Health: Keep an eye on your rabbit's weight and overall health. Adjust the food portions and types of rabbit food you offer based on their age, lifestyle, and general health. Consult your vet if you notice any changes in eating habits or weight.