A balanced diet is key to maintaining good health in our pet rabbits. At the wonderland, we feed unlimited hay but we also give a cup of leafy greens twice a day. The natural vitamins and minerals supplements their diet while the extra hydration refreshes their tastebuds! Delish!!
When choosing greens, It is important to know what your rabbit requires. They receive vitamin A from hay so greens like kale and lettuce should be given in moderation. They also make their own vitamin C so there is no need for dark greens, peppers or anything citrusy. Instead, a few varieties with low to zero oxalic acid such as bok choy, chye sim or cilantro are excellent local choices.
Rabbits do have sensitive gastrointestinal system and it is best to avoid ‘gassy’ vegetables such as broccoli and cabbage. Roots like potatoes and beans contains sugar and starch which can cause indigestion. The onion family (leeks, chives, onions) can also cause blood abnormalities. For a complete list of recommendations, check out the links below.
Most rabbits do quite well on greens so a moderate amount such as 1-2 cups daily is enough. For rabbits with weaker digestion, it would be best to limit to 1 cup or lesser. For a more tailored diet, do discuss with a rabbit savvy vet during your rabbit’s wellness check!