Hay: Timothy or other grass hay should be available at all times. Hay is an important part of your rabbit's diet. The high fiber content of hay promotes a healthy bowel, while the chewing action helps keep teeth from growing too long. Alfalfa hay is too high in protein for adult rabbits and leads to obesity and bowel upset. Hay can be purchased from a feed store, pet store or a local farmer. Do not store hay in an airtight container. Always check for mold or insects before feeding.
Alfalfa or Timothy
Up to 1 cup daily.
Fruits: Fruits can be given in small amounts as a treat. Too much fruit can cause a bacterial overgrowth in the bowel leading to diarrhea.
Fresh water should be available at all times.
Snack food: Crackers, cereals and sweets are not recommended as they can cause weight gain and bowel upset.
Night droppings: (cecotrophs) These are small soft fecal pellets resembling a cluster of grapes. Rabbits will ingest the cecotrophs directly from the anus. These are usually produced 4-5 hours after a meal. The cecotrophs are softer than regular pellets with a stronger odor and should not be confused with actual diarrhea. Cecotrophs are a necessary part of your rabbit's diet. They contain vitamins and proteins essential to your rabbit's health.