Leaves for Rabbits: A Curated Selection for Optimal Nutrition and Safety

At Just4rabbits we're all about giving your bunny the best leaves that are not just tasty but also super nutritious and safe. Our selection is meticulously curated to ensure each type of leaf meets the highest standards for quality and nutrition.

Explore our handpicked selection of leaves that are not only a hit with our own bunnies but are sure to delight yours as well!

Apple Leaves: Boost Your Bunny's Immunity Naturally

Apple leaves are a powerhouse of essential minerals and antioxidants. They're an excellent choice for boosting your bunny's immune system.

  • Rich in minerals like calcium, magnesium, and potassium.
  • Contain vitamin C, carotenoids, and polyphenols which act as antioxidants.

Blackcurrant Leaves: Vitality in Every Bite

Blackcurrant leaves offer a unique blend of essential nutrients and antioxidant properties. They can help support overall well-being and vitality.

  • Good source of iron, manganese, potassium, and vitamin C.
  • Also contain anthocyanins and flavonoids which have antioxidant properties.

Dandelion Leaves: A Nutritional Feast for Your Rabbit

Dandelion leaves are a nutritional goldmine, especially rich in vitamins and minerals. They're a great addition to diversify your rabbit's diet.

  • Excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, calcium, and iron.
  • Also provide vitamin C, potassium, and antioxidants like luteolin.

Linden Leaves: Calm and Nutrition Rolled into One

Linden leaves are known for their diverse nutrient profile and calming properties. They're ideal for bunnies that need a little stress relief.

  • Contain antioxidants like flavonoids as well as volatile oils and mucilage.
  • Provide vitamins C and A, calcium, magnesium, potassium and iron.

Nettle Leaves: Energize Your Bunny with Nutrients

Nettle leaves are a protein-rich option that also packs a punch in vitamins and minerals. They're perfect for active bunnies that need extra energy.

  • Rich in protein, vitamins C, A, K, calcium, potassium, iron, and magnesium.
  • Also contain antioxidants like flavonoids and high amounts of chlorophyll.

Raspberry Leaves: A Symphony of Nutrients and Flavour

Raspberry leaves are a versatile choice, rich in vitamins and beneficial compounds. They're a go-to for bunnies that enjoy a varied diet.

  • Provide vitamins C, E, A, B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, and zinc.
  • Contain antioxidants like flavonoids, tannins, and phenolic acids.

Navigating the Leafy Landscape: Your Questions Answered

Q. Is it OK for my rabbit to eat leaves?

A. Yes, rabbits can eat certain types of leaves as part of a balanced diet. Leaves are an important part of the diet, providing nutrients like vitamin A, antioxidants, and fibre.

Q. Which leaf is good for rabbits?

A. Dandelion leaves are highly recommended for rabbits due to their rich nutrient profile, including vitamins A and K, calcium, and iron. They also provide antioxidants and are generally easy to find and identify.

Q. Can my bunny eat a leaf from the outdoors?

A. Outdoor leaves may contain pesticides or parasites, so it's best to avoid letting rabbits eat unknown outdoor leaves. Stick to leaves you know are safe. Wash thoroughly.

Q. Can rabbits eat wet leaves?

A. Yes, rabbits can eat leaves with water droplets on them. Wet leaves do not cause digestive issues. Just avoid fermented or rotting leaves.

Q. Are dried leaves good for rabbits?

A. Dried leaves from non-toxic trees like apple, birch, maple, and willow are safe for rabbits to eat. Avoid unknown dried leaves, which may be toxic.

Q. What wild leaves can rabbits eat?

A. Safe wild leaves include plantain, clover, dandelion leaves, and some weed leaves like chickweed and thistle. Avoid leaves from unknown plants or areas treated with chemicals.

Q. Can rabbits eat spinach leaves every day?

A. Yes, but in moderation. Spinach contains oxalates, so feed a variety of leafy greens and limit high-oxalate greens like spinach to 1-2 times per week.

Leafy Love: 5 Wholesome Tips for Introducing Leaves to Your Bunny’s Diet

1. Introduce New Leaves Gradually: When adding new types of leaves to your rabbit's diet, do so slowly and one at a time. This allows you to monitor for any signs of digestive upset and ensures a smoother transition for your bunny.

2. Thorough Cleaning is a Must: Always wash fresh leaves thoroughly under running water to remove any dirt, pesticides, or other potential contaminants. Organic leaves are a good option to minimize pesticide exposure.

3. Be Cautious with Outdoor Leaves: While some outdoor leaves can be a nutritious addition, it's crucial to only use leaves that you can positively identify as safe for rabbits. When in doubt, stick to leaves from trusted sources.

4. Variety is the Spice of Life: To keep your rabbit's diet interesting and nutritionally balanced, rotate between 3-5 different types of leaves. This not only provides a range of nutrients but also keeps mealtime exciting for your bunny.

5. Balance is Key: While leaves offer a plethora of nutrients, they should complement, not replace, other essential components like hay and water in your rabbit's diet. Moderation ensures a balanced and healthy lifestyle for your bunny.

Bunny-Approved Leaves: Advice from Reputable UK Organizations

Safe plant leaves for rabbits

  • Apple, blackberry, raspberry, strawberry, and blackcurrant leaves are safe and provide nutrients like iron, calcium, potassium, and antioxidants
  • Dandelion, plantain, nettle, and parsley leaves are very nutritious, providing vitamins, minerals, protein and antioxidants
  • Lettuce leaves like romaine can be fed in moderation
  • Mint, basil, dill, and fennel leaves add flavour and nutrients
  • Willow, hawthorn, and hazel leaves and twigs are safe and wear down teeth

Toxic/unsafe plant leaves

  • Rhubarb, potato, tomato, and bell pepper leaves are toxic
  • Onion, garlic, leek and chives can cause allergic reactions
  • Ivy, foxglove, buttercup, delphinium, oleander and azalea leaves are poisonous
  • Most houseplants should be kept away from rabbits

Feeding guidelines

  • Introduce new leaves slowly and watch for reactions
  • Wash leaves thoroughly before feeding
  • Feed a variety of leaves for nutritional balance
  • Limit portions to avoid diarrhoea or other stomach issues
  • Do not feed leaves treated with chemicals or pesticides
  • Avoid lawn clippings which can ferment and make rabbits ill

Citations: rabbitwelfare.co.uk, rspca.org.uk, thebritishrabbitcouncil.org, pdsa.org.uk, woodgreen.org.uk, rabbitawarenessactiongroup.co.uk