Rabbit Food

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 selection of Rabbit Food below:

Hay

Pellets

Forage

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
  • 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 Hay Nutritional Values Availability Recommended for Rabbits
Timothy Hay High in fibre, balanced protein, and calcium Commonly available Yes (commonly recommended by veterinarians)
Orchard Grass Hay High in fibre, balanced protein, and calcium Commonly available Yes
Oat Hay High in fibre, low in protein and calcium Less commonly available Yes
Meadow Hay High in fibre, low in protein and calcium Less commonly available Yes
Alfalfa Hay High in protein and calcium Commonly available No (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
  • 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
  • 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.

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Twitch Rabbit Nuggets

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Nettle Pellets

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Alfalfa Pellets

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Dandelion Pellets

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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 Effects Details Impact on Health
Selective Feeding Rabbits selectively ate grains and extrudates, leading to an unbalanced, low-fibre diet. Leads to an unbalanced and unhealthy diet.
Reduced Water Intake Indicative of reduced gastrointestinal motility. Could lead to dehydration and digestive issues.
Smaller Droppings Another indicator of reduced gastrointestinal motility. Signs of digestive issues.
Uneaten Caecotrophs Caecotrophs left uneaten by rabbits. Potential nutrient deficiencies.
Dental Issues 37.5% 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.

Excellent choices:

  • Dark leafy greens
  • Broccoli
  • Bell peppers
  • Bok choy
  • Carrot tops
  • Cucumber slices
  • Herbs like coriander or basil

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:

  • Light-coloured lettuces (which are mostly water)
  • Corn
  • Potatoes
  • Beans
  • Rhubarb
  • 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.

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

Avoid chocolate, onions, and iceberg lettuce.

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

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

Leafy greens like spinach and kale are good daily options.

Yes, rabbits can eat cucumber in small amounts.

Apples, carrots, and leafy greens are safe options.

Our top 5 Rabbit Food Nutrition and Diet Tips – Specialist-approved guidance from an experienced Bun mum.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.