Asked in Care of RabbitsRabbits and Hares
What will happen if a rabbit keeps eating veggies?
May 13, 2012 7:20PM
If rabbits eat too many vegetables, they can spoil their appetite and won't eat enough hay. Pet rabbits need a lot of hay: it's the most important part of their diet because it helps promote dental health, digestive health, and mental health! Bunnies should eat at least their own size in hay every day.
Some veggies are better for rabbits than others. Dark leafy greens are the best for rabbits. Non-leafy vegetables (like carrot, squash, fruit, berries, broccoli, peppers) are okay for rabbits as treats only. These vegetables are high in sugars, starches, or other unhealthy things. Too many of these veggies can make rabbits obese, or they can give the bunny gas (which can lead to serious illness, GI stasis).
Even some leafy greens are unhealthy in excess. Too much lettuce can lead to diarrhoea. Too many cruciferous vegetables (like kale, broccoli leaves, cabbages) can give a rabbit gas. Too many greens high in calcium or oxalates may lead to kidney problems (like spinach, dandelion greens, parsley - they may cause kidney stones or urine sludge).
A good portion size for dark leafy greens is 1-3 packed cups per day for a normal, healthy 6 pound rabbit. The portion depends on how many pellets the rabbit eats.
A good portion for non-leafy vegetables and fruit (treats) is no more than 2 tablespoons per day for a normal, healthy 6 pound rabbit.
Aside from veggies, rabbits also eat pellets and hay. See the related questions below for more details about a healthy rabbit diet.