Micah Feeding

Vet Speak

In this section, Dr. Micah Kohles, Oxbow’s Director of Veterinary Science and Outreach, answers all of your animal health related questions.  If you have a question for Dr. Kohles regarding the health or behavior of your small animal, send it to web@oxbowanimalhealth.com.

How do you describe the amount of leafy greens a rabbit should have each day? I teach rabbit care classes and I use the 1/4 cup per 5 lb for pellets and I say to give a pile of hay that equals the size of the rabbit morning and evening (roughly).  In my own home, for my rabbits, I do not cut up greens. I give the entire leaf or stem (mint, parsley, collard, dandelion). I figure it's more satisfying and natural for them to work on the entire plant instead of getting it pre-chopped. But how then do you measure volume?

Thank for this important question. The first thing to consider is that every animal is unique and, therefore, while we can have “general recommendations,” I want each owner to decide individually on behalf of their bunnies. Some are more sensitive than others.  In general terms, with a rabbit that is gradually offered more and more greens, I would suggest roughly an amount that is the equivalent of their body size per day. 

I completely agree with you that there is no need to cut up the offering. Secondly, it is really important to make sure we are focusing on the fresh leafy greens first, with only small amounts of veggies and even less fruit offered into the mix. The HRS website www.rabbirt.org  has a great list of healthy greens.

Sincerely,

Dr. Micah Kohles, DVM
Director of Veterinary Science and Outreach
Oxbow Animal Health