Do rabbits eat carrots?

In this brief guide, we will answer the question “Do rabbits eat carrots?” and tell you how often  you should feed carrots to your rabbits. We will discuss why rabbits should not eat carrots everyday and what makes up a healthy diet for them. We will also discuss whether you can feed lettuce to your pet rabbits and if store-bought rabbit food is good for them. 

Do rabbits eat carrots?

Yes, rabbits eat carrots. Rabbits are herbivores and they like to eat vegetables, hay and fruits. They like to eat carrots because carrots are sweet. It’s not their favorite food though, they like carrots only as much as they like other fruits and vegetables.

The notion that rabbits’ favorite food is carrots probably comes from the cartoon Bugs Bunny who was always shown to be eating carrots. 

Wild rabbits do not get fruits and vegetables so they mainly eat grass and leafy greens.

How often should rabbits eat carrots?

You should only give carrots to rabbits as occasional treats. You should not give them carrots everyday and should not make it a part of their everyday treat. Fruits should be also given to them as occasional treats. This is because foods like carrots have a lot of sugar in them and they can cause health related issues in rabbits. We will discuss them in the next session.

Why shouldn’t rabbits eat carrots everyday?

Due to carrots’ high sugar content, rabbits who eat carrots everyday will develop tooth decay. It can also lead to obesity. It can also lead to digestion issues as rabbits need a lot of fiber in their diet.

What should rabbits eat?

Rabbits need a diet that is high in fiber to keep them healthy. Their diet should mainly consist of hay and leafy greens. You should also give your pet rabbits pellets for extra nutrition. Vegetables like cabbage and kale are good for them. You should also give them grass.

Hay should be available to them at all times.

If you are giving them vegetables, then give them green leafy vegetables such as bok choy or basil instead of giving them vegetables that have a lot of sugars in them.

Your pet rabbits also have fresh water available to them at all times. 

Rabbits like to eat fruits because they are sweet but you should not include fruits in their diet. Fruits should be given to them as treats. Some fruits that you can give them as treats are strawberries, apples, and bananas. Again, fruits have a lot of sugar so rabbits should not have a lot of them

Learn more about a healthy rabbit diet here.

Should you give lettuce to rabbits?

They can eat lettuce but the kind that has more nutrition and fiber. Romaine lettuce is good for them.

Do not give them lettuce like an iceberg lettuce, because it has a chemical which can be harmful for the rabbits. Iceberg lettuce is also not very nutritious and can cause digestive issues if they eat too much of it.

Is store-bought rabbit food good for rabbits?

Yes, store-bought rabbit food is good because it contains all the vitamins and minerals required to keep the rabbits healthy. However, store-bought rabbit food should not be the main source of their food, it should be hay and grass.

If you give them only store-bought food, they might not want to eat hay or grass and as explained above, it is necessary for rabbits to have fiber-rich food in their diet.

Do rabbits eat carrot tops?

Yes, they do eat the carrot tops and they should. The green leafy tops contain a lot of nutrients and do not have a lot of sugar unlike the actual carrot.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “Do rabbits eat carrots?” and told you how often  you should feed carrots to your rabbits. We discussed why rabbits should not eat carrots everyday and what makes up a healthy diet for them. We also discussed whether you can feed lettuce to your pet rabbits and if store-bought rabbit food is good for them. 

Citations

https://petkeen.com/can-rabbits-eat-carrots/
https://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/pets/rabbits/diet/myths#:~:text=Myth%20%231%20%2D%20Rabbits%20eat%20carrots&text=Rabbits%20don’t%20naturally%20eat,See%20our%20rabbit%20meal%20planner.
https://www.vets-now.com/2018/06/what-can-rabbits-not-eat/

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.