We all like to treat the ones we love, and it’s no different with our furry friends. The best bunny treats will actually get our rabbits excited! I know that my rabbit looks at me through the conservatory window each morning, waiting for her small piece of banana or apple for the day. She’s sometimes hopping with excitement as she sees me coming!
In this article I’ll share with you the best treats for rabbits, and a few that you should avoid. Let’s take a look!
The Best Bunny Treats
It’s important to remember that rabbits don’t “need” treats. They only want them – like us! A rabbit’s diet should consist of 80% grass hays, but that doesn’t necessarily mean another 20% in sugary treats!
Here are the best treats for rabbits, which should be given in moderation.
Fruit & Vegetables
Fruit and vegetables are one of the best bunny treats. Rabbits love them, and as long as they are not getting too much of them, they are very healthy for bunny.
Here are some of the best fruit and vegetable treats for rabbits:
Apple (remove the seeds as too many can be toxic for rabbits)
There are a wide variety of leafy greens your rabbit will love to snack on, including:
Kale (though only in small amounts from time to time)
There are a lot of weeds and other local grasses that your bunny might not have access to in its rabbit run. I like to pick up a few bits and pieces from parks and neighboring areas while I’m out for a walk and bring them home for my bunnies. They are always glad to get them!
The types of weed will vary according to your country and area. It is best to identify the weeds and grasses first, and then Google them specifically to ensure they are suitable for your rabbit. Your rabbit will enjoy the new tastes, textures and flavors, and it’s good for them too.
In my area, the types of weeds I can pick up include:
Fresh herbs are another great little treat for bunnies. Herbs tend to have very strong flavors and smells which might turn off some rabbits, but others will love them. Too much of any herb is not good. For example, a breeder that I bought my rabbit off believed parsley should only be given when trying to get rabbits to breed! I still give my bunnies a little bit every now and again and it doesn’t seem to affect them.
Herbs that my rabbits love to eat:
Visit Save A Fluff for a full list of suitable herbs for rabbits.
Store Bought Treats
If you really want to spoil your bunny, there are a variety of store bought treats for rabbits. Delicious morsels such as these will really get your bunny running to you in the morning!
Kaytee Timothy Biscuits Baked Apple Treat
These are great little biscuit treats for bunnies. A top rated product, Kaytee Timothy Biscuits are a high fiber mix of Timothy hay and apple.
They contain no artificial flavors or colors and can be safely fed to your pet. These are quite chewy treats for rabbits which they will enjoy nibbling on while it lasts!
Oxbow Simple Rewards Baked Treats – Apple and Banana
Another fantastic Timothy hay based treat, this time from Oxbow. This product is a baked fiber rich treat for rabbits, made with banana and apple – my rabbits’ favorite flavors!
These are small biscuit like pieces, which should only be given infrequently to avoid stomach problems in your rabbit. Maybe once a day, or once every few days, depending on what else you are giving your friend.
Here is an in-exhaustive list of treats not to feed rabbits. Any or all of these foods can cause sickness and the death of your bunny. Ensure your rabbits long life by not giving them anything on this list:
Avocado – this is a fatty fruit that can be toxic to rabbits
Wheat based products – anything like cereals, breads, pastas, biscuits and crackers are not safe for rabbits. This is human food only.
Iceberg lettuce, silverbeet (swiss chard), rhubarb – both of these leafy foods contain chemicals that are not good for rabbits
Foods intended for other animals – such as hamster food, dog food, cat biscuits, etc.
Meat & other animal products – rabbits are vegans (or herbivores!) and should only eat natural plant based foods
There are a number of other foods that your rabbit should not be given. We’ll link to some articles below in the resource section if you would like more information on the best food for rabbits.