Rabbits require a balanced diet made up of different foods, such as hay, pellets and fresh vegetables. Hay is one of the most important components of a healthy rabbit diet and should be provided at all times. Pellet food and vegetables should be measured out according to the rabbit's weight.
Fresh hays, such as timothy hay, wheat, oat, coastal or Bahia are all acceptable to include in a balanced rabbit diet. Other types of hay, such as alfalfa, contain too much calcium and protein and cannot be used as the main type of hay in a rabbit diet.
Pellet food that contains the correct balance of vitamins and minerals should be provided to rabbits. Typically, 1/8 of a cup of food for every 5 pounds the rabbit weighs is enough pellet food per day. Rabbit pellets should not contain starchy ingredients or dried fruit. Rabbit pellets should also not have seeds or nuts.
Fresh vegetables, such as kale, dark leaf lettuce, carrots, broccoli and tomato are all ideal vegetables to include in a rabbit diet. Generally, 4 cups of fresh vegetables for every 5 pounds the rabbit weighs is an ideal amount per day. Overly starchy vegetables and fruit should be given to rabbits in small quantities.