Safe Plants, Fruit and Vegetables for Rabbits

Rabbits can eat many different types of plants, fruits and vegetables. Rabbits are unable to identify  what is safe and what is not safe for them to eat, so it is important that you only feed rabbits plants, fruit and vegetables that you know are safe.

Listed below are some fresh foods that are safe for rabbits to eat. This list is not comprehensive, but does include a large selection of plants, fruit and vegetables that are safe for rabbits to eat.

Do not feed anything to your rabbit unless you know it is safe for rabbits to eat.

Plants and Herbs That Are Safe For Rabbits To Eat

  • Basil
  • Clover
  • Dandelion – Flower, leaves and stem
  • Dill
  • Fennel
  • Lemon Balm
  • Lilac
  • Marigold
  • Marjoram
  • Mint
  • Mustard Greens – not seeds
  • Parsley
  • Sage

Fruits That Are Safe For Rabbits To Eat

  • Apple – not the seeds (pips) as they are poisonous
  • Banana
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cucumber
  • Grapes
  • Peach
  • Pear
  • Pineapple
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Tomato – only the fruit; leaves and stem are poisonous

Vegetables That Are Safe For Rabbits To Eat

  • Asparagus
  • Brocolli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Carrot – tops and root
  • Celery
  • Green Pepper
  • Lettuce – dark leafy varieties, such as Romaine; not Iceberg
  • Spinach

Feeding Guidelines

Feed fresh food in moderation, particularly fruit as it has a high sugar content. Any new food should be introduced gradually, as a sudden change in diet can upset your rabbit’s digestive system. Make sure that any plants, fruit or vegetables you feed to your rabbit are clean and free from chemicals such as pesticides.

Do not leave fresh food to go mouldy. If your rabbit does not eat the fresh food while it is still fresh, remove it.

7 Responses to Safe Plants, Fruit and Vegetables for Rabbits

  1. Isobel says:

    Hi –

    Are there any houseplants that are poisonous to rabbits? Most of mine would be out of reach of a rabbit, but I have two ficus trees that would be within reach and, due to their size, cannot be lifted out of reach. I’m a little worried about getting a rabbit in case it could poison itself on the plants!

    • Richard Lord says:

      Hi Isobel
      Ficus is the name of a genus of many different species of plants, many of which are poisonous to rabbits (and humans too).
      This list of plants poisonous to rabbits includes several species of Ficus.
      If you can not move the plants, would it be possible to make sure that a rabbit can not get near to them by blocking them off or keeping the rabbit in other rooms?

  2. laura says:

    May sound a silly question but just wondering how often you can feed a house rabbit fresh food? should it be used as a subliment to his shop bought food(top up) or can it be used instead of shop bought food?

    • Richard Lord says:

      Hi Laura
      A house rabbit can have some fresh vegetables every day. An adult rabbit’s diet should mainly consist of timothy, grass or oat hay, a small amount of dried pellets, and a small handful of fresh vegetables each day. Dark leafy vegetables (such as kale or spinach) and root vegetables (such as carrots) are best.
      Richard

  3. laura says:

    thanks very much for the tips, and making Bramble fridays photo.

    any tips for encouraging Bramble to wear his harness? at the moment all i’m getting when go to put his harness on is him running and hiding under the sofa and then i get the slient treatment. I have a shared garden so can’t klet him run loose.

    • Richard Lord says:

      :-) That sounds familiar! Barney and Jemima were not too keen on putting their harnesses on at first, and this was not helped by the fact that we had rabbit harnesses that were made with separate straps that needed to be buckled underneath.
      I found that it is best to hold the rabbit gently but firmly by kneeling on the floor, kind of sitting on my feet, with the rabbit between my knees. This way, the rabbit is secure without being hurt, and you can keep him still with one hand while putting on the harness with the other. When the rabbit is in this position, stroking his head may keep him still without you having to hold him.
      This became much easier for us when we got a rabbit harness that fastened with velcro and a single clip (like this one) – much quicker to put on!

  4. D.Ashique salam says:

    This wed site is very usefull to animal keepers.

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