Who can forget the image of Bugs Bunny chomping on carrots as he outwits Elmer Fudd. We’re all familiar with the stereotype of rabbits eating carrots, but is it true? Indeed, rabbits do eat carrots but their diet is not as specific as carrots alone. Wild rabbits eat a variety of foods and while each species of rabbit will have some variation in their diets, most rabbits enjoy a similar range of foods.
Carrots are loved by rabbits because they are hard vegetables that help them to sharpen and work their teeth. Also, carrots are sweet and a great treat for rabbits, but this food alone is insufficient for their diets. In fact, eating carrots alone can provide your rabbit with too many calories and too few vitamins so you should introduce a more complete diet to your rabbit. Rabbits, for example, love to eat hay for fibre. Hay can help rabbits maintain good digestive health, specifically intestinal health. Fresh vegetables are also important for rabbits but they must be combined with some food that is high in fibre (i.e. hay). Vegetables provide nutrients and water to rabbits but can cause diarrhea if rabbits don’t get enough fibre. Finally, fresh fruits like apples, cherries, peaches, and berries can be fed to your rabbit as a treat; however, fruits are high in sugars and should be given to rabbits in moderation only. The can be a great treat and are especially useful for luring an escaped rabbit!
Whatever diet you feed your rabbit, remember that it needs to include a range of vitamins and nutrients. Like humans, rabbits need to eat well to live a long and healthy life. Feeding your rabbit the same food every day will not only be boring for your rabbit but will also prevent them from achieving proper nutritional health.