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Homemade Rabbits Treats for your Bunny

If your rabbit is acting abnormally and you have concerns please take them to a vet immediately.

Rabbit treats found in supermarkets are usually pretty unhealthy and contain ingredients that can cause your rabbit to get sick, for example yogurt drops. Many other treats you find in a shop that may be healthier likely still contain high traces of sugar, corn or seeds, all of which should be avoided.

However, the ultimate solution for this is to simply remove any trace of unhealthy treat and make your own rabbit treats! Not only is this cheaper and healthier but you can make exactly what your rabbit loves!

What can I put in my DIY Rabbit treats?

When making your homemade rabbit treats, you want to use fresh or dried fruits and vegetables with a combination of their favorite type of hay. Our recommendation is Timothy Hay as it “Fuzzy Parts” which most rabbits love (These are in-fact seed heads).

Food your rabbit can eat

  • Asparagus
  • Bok choy
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage (Can cause gas so small portions only)
  • Carrot tops
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Chard
  • Clover
  • Collard greens
  • Cucumber
  • Curly Kale
  • Dandelion greens (pesticide-free)
  • Endive
  • Escarole
  • Fennel
  • Fennel
  • Flowers: English daisy, hibiscus, honeysuckle, marigold, nasturtium, pansy, rose
  • Herbs: basil, cilantro, dill, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme
  • Kale
  • Lettuces: romaine, green leaf, red leaf, Boston bibb, arugula, butter
  • Okra leaves
  • Peas
  • Pumpkin
  • Radicchio
  • Radish tops
  • Spinach
  • Spring Greens
  • Squash
  • Swede
  • Watercress
  • Wheatgrass
  • Zucchini

Food your rabbit can’t eat

  • Arum lily
  • Bindweed
  • Bracken
  • Bryony
  • Buttercup
  • Convolvulus
  • Deadly nightshade
  • Delphinium
  • Elder
  • Fools parsley
  • Foxglove
  • Hellebores
  • Hemlock
  • Henbane
  • Laburnum
  • Lily of the valley
  • Lupin
  • Most evergreens
  • Oak leaves
  • Poppies
  • Potato tops
  • Privet
  • Ragwort
  • Rhubarb leaves
  • Scarlet runnertoadflax
  • Woody nightshade
  • Yew

Note: Do NOT give your rabbit Iceberg Lettuce or Light coloured lead Lettuce. Also chop your vegetables into chunks but not small enough for your rabbit to choke. Chopping or dicing them into cubes is perfect.

Precautions: Before we start

Before we go into the videos and text guides on types of treats you can make for your bunny, we should take the following considerations:

  • Wash all fruits and vegetables – Unless you’re using home grown vegetables and fruits without the use of chemicals and pesticides, it’s highly recommended to remove any dirt or pesticides. As rabbit stomachs are extremely vulnerable, this is a critical step.
  • Store these homemade treats in the fridge or freezer – These treats can be left in an airtight space and shelved for about a week, however, to keep them fresh you shouldn’t do this for longer than a week and refrigerating them is a better option.
  • Pestle & Mortar or Blender – A big part of these treats is pellets and oatmeal (Porridge Oats), the easiest way to create these treats is with a blender however a Pestle & Mortar works well too!

Banana Skewers

Homemade Banana Skewers for rabbits

These fantastic treats aren’t as simple as just putting banana slices through a skewer and calling it a day. This recipe will go through mixing hay with banana slices & pellets. If your rabbit commonly gets GI Stasis, this is a great option to add some gut stimulant to.

Ingredients

  • Timothy Hay (Or any other Hay you have which your rabbit likes)
  • Banana (Firm)

Directions

  • Slice the Banana into small portions, depending on how well your rabbit can chew
  • Pierce the banana with long/thick strands of hay.
  • Additionally, use a pestle and mortar to create a fine powder and sprinkle it on the banana.

Time to create: 5 – 10 minutes

Making Banana Skewers

This is completely optional, but you can mush up the banana if your rabbit has difficulty with chewing. Alternatively, simply keep them as sliced. Once the banana slices are around half an inch in thickness, simply take a long strand of hay and poke it through (Holding the tip will make it easier to go through), the thicker the hay the easier it is to go through.

You can put as much hay as you want, however, adding too much hay can make the banana extremely weak and may fall apart. Whilst this may be a bit messy, it can go down a treat for any bun and is easy to control portion size.

How many homemade treats can I give my rabbit a day?

This has a multitude of factors such as the type of fruit / veg and how big they are. However, even with healthier treats the quantity should be kept to a minimum to allow your rabbit to stick to their recommended dietary plan. As such, you should only keep your rabbits treat size at a maximum of 1 Tablespoon worth per day.


Thank you for reading this post!
Link is an incredibly spoilt rabbit who lives completely free roam. When he's not jumping on his owners heads at 5am or digging at carpet he can often be seen loafed or eating copious amounts of hay.