Is A Rabbit A Herbivore? Do Rabbits Only Eat Plants?

Is a rabbit a herbivore? And do they only eat plants?


Well, it’s not much of a mystery, and you’re not going to be surprised, but YES, rabbits are herbivores. Rabbits only eat plant based foods. That’s all you really need to know, but if you’re like me, interested in everything about rabbits, then you’ll want keep reading below for all the details.


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Why Is A Rabbit A Herbivore?


A herbivore is an animal which only has the capacity to eat and digest plants and plant based products. They have physically adapted to be this way. The enzymes in the stomach and bacteria in the intestines of herbivores only allow for plant based materials to be broken down and digested.


The mouth and teeth of a rabbit are also designed to be best for eating plant based products. They have not adapted to eat meat which (as I’m sure you know) is much different to chew and swallow.


The majority of a rabbit’s diet should consist of hay and grass – approximately 80%. The remainder of a rabbit’s diet should include fresh fruit and vegetables, pellets (made for rabbits), fresh weeds, grasses and herbs.


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The clip above suggests the following diet breakdown for a herbivore such as a rabbit or guinea pig:

  • 75% hays and grasses
  • 20% quality pellets
  • 5% treats such as fresh fruit and vegetables


Do Rabbits Eat Meat?


The answer to the question of ‘do rabbits eat meat?’ is a resounding no! No, you cannot and should not try to slip your bunny a piece of bacon. They do not need it and won’t be able to digest it. To be honest, I don’t think they would even attempt to eat a piece of meat, but I don’t recommend testing it out either!


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Herbivore Resources


If you want to go deeper into the study of herbivores, here are some further resources worth taking a look at:

Are Rabbits Herbivores? – House Rabbit Society

What Is A Herbivore? – National Geographic Society

Herbivore – Wikipedia


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