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Best Treats for Your Rabbit: A Guide to Happy and Healthy Snacking

While their main diet should always consist of hay, fresh vegetables, and a limited amount of pellets, treats can play a fun and beneficial role in their lives. Here’s a guide to choosing the best treats for your furry friend.

Natural and Nutritious Options

Fresh Vegetables:

 

Leafy Greens: As discussed in our previous post. These are low in calories and rich in vitamins.
Root Vegetables: Small amounts of carrots, parsnips and beetroot can be given occasionally. These are higher in sugar, so moderation is key.
Herbs: Basil, mint, and dill are aromatic and tasty options that most rabbits enjoy.

Fruits:
Berries:Strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries are excellent treats in small quantities. They are rich in antioxidants but also high in sugar.
Apples: Apples (without seeds) can be given in small slices. They are crunchy and enjoyable but should be an occasional treat.
Bananas: Small pieces of banana are delightful for rabbits. Due to their high sugar content, limit these treats to once or twice a week.


Dried Vegetables and Fruits:
Choose dried options without added sugars or preservatives. Dried apple slices, carrot slices, and herbal mixes can be convenient and loved by rabbits.

Forage:
Sticks and Roots: Dried fruit tree sticks or some roots make a great snack choice as well as a good option for dental wear
Leaves: Dried leaves are high in fibre. Scattering dried leaves around your rabbit's habitat can encourage natural foraging behavior, providing mental stimulation and physical activity.
Flowers: Many flowers are not only safe for rabbits but also beneficial, offering vitamins, minerals, and fibre. Flowers available from Little Hay Co include; Hibiscus, Rose, Marigold plus various mixes you can buy on their own or as part of the hay forage box.


Pre made options
Grass-Based Treats:
Many commercial rabbit treats are made from compressed grass. These are healthy and safe, providing additional fibre to your rabbit’s diet. The Piggy Nom Nom range are suitable for both Rabbits and Guinea Pigs and are made from compressed grass, veggies and herbs
Herbal Blends:
Dried herbs and flowers make a great healthy treat option and encourage your pets natural foraging instincts. 

 

Treats to Avoid
Sugary and Processed Treats:
Avoid giving your rabbit biscuits, crackers, bread, and any other sugary human food. These can cause obesity, dental problems, and digestive issues.

High-Fat Foods:

Nuts, seeds, and high-fat foods are not suitable for rabbits. They can lead to obesity and other health problems. read more on why we don't recommend Muesli based products here.

Toxic Foods:

Never give your rabbit chocolate, onions, garlic, or any other toxic foods. Always research before introducing new treats.

 

Moderation is Key:

Treats should only make up a small portion of your rabbit’s diet (around 5%). Overfeeding treats can lead to nutritional imbalances and health issues.

Observe Your Rabbit:

Watch how your rabbit reacts to new treats. If you notice any signs of digestive distress (diarrhea, bloating, changes in poos), discontinue the treat immediately.

Interactive Treats:

Use treats to encourage exercise and mental stimulation. Hiding treats in toys or using them in training sessions can keep your rabbit engaged and active.

Treats can be a wonderful way to bond with your rabbit and provide variety in their diet. By choosing natural, healthy options and giving them in moderation, you can ensure your rabbit enjoys their snacks while maintaining their overall health.

Always prioritise their primary diet of hay, fresh vegetables, and water, and consult your veterinarian if you’re ever unsure about the safety of a particular treat. Happy treating!