Essentials - Adult Rabbit Food

Oxbow’s complete and balanced adult rabbit food is formulated to meet your pet’s unique nutritional needs. We begin with hand-selected Timothy Hay for effective digestion and add wholesome ingredients and vital nutrients to support daily function and performance. In this bag, and beyond, we promise only the best for your pet. Sizes: 5 lb, 10 lb, 25 lb

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  • Testimonials

Premium Ingredients

  • Timothy Hay = Essential Fiber
  • Soy Products = Fiber, Balanced Protein, Healthy Fat
  • Wheat = Ideal Carbohydrate and Energy Source


Timothy Grass Meal, Soybean Hulls, Soybean Meal, Cane Molasses, Wheat Middlings, Sodium Bentonite, Soybean Oil, Salt, Lignin Sulfonate, Hydrolyzed Yeast, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Sulfate, Yeast Culture, Zinc Proteinate, Niacin, Copper Sulfate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Manganous Oxide, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Magnesium Sulfate, Copper Proteinate, Vitamin A Supplement, Sodium Selenite, Manganese Proteinate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Cobalt Carbonate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Calcium Iodate

Guaranteed Analysis

  • Crude Protein min 14.00%
  • Crude Fat min 2.00%
  • Crude Fiber min 25.00%
  • Crude Fiber max 29.00%
  • Moisture max 10.00%
  • Calcium min 0.35%
  • Calcium max 0.75%
  • Phosphorus min 0.25%
  • Vitamin A (min) 10,000 IU/kg
  • Vitamin D (min) 900 IU/kg
  • Vitamin E (min) 190 IU/kg

Feeding Directions

Mature Rabbits (over 1 year)

  • 1-4 lbs = 1/8 cup daily
  • 4-8 lbs = 1/4-1/3 cup daily
  • 8-10 lbs = 1/3-1/2 cup daily
  • 10 lbs+ = 3/4 cup daily

Feed in addition to unlimited grass hay.

*This product is not intended for growing, active, pregnant or nursing rabbits. We encourage pet owners to feed Oxbow Essentials Young Rabbit Food during these stages of life.

Please note that these are guidelines. If your rabbit is overweight or underweight, please contact your veterinarian or Oxbow for more specific feeding information.

Seventy-five percent of your rabbit's diet should be grass hay. Oxbow offers a variety of hand-selected, high-fiber hays to enrich the life and health of your pet.

Transitioning to a New Food: Week 1, mix 3 parts current food with 1 part new food. Week 2, mix 2 parts current food with 2 parts new food. Week 3, mix 1 part current food with 3 parts new food. Week four, feed Essentials – Adult Rabbit exclusively.

Made from timothy grass meal, Essentials - Adult Rabbit is specifically designed to meet the particular nutritional needs of adult rabbits. Adult nutritional needs are lower than those of animals in the growth stage of life.

Rabbits are designed to eat and digest fiber found in plant material. Timothy grass hay provides the fiber necessary to maintain intestinal health, and makes Essentials - Adult Rabbit the veterinarian's number one choice for your adult rabbit.

  • Timothy hay-based
  • Optimum protein level
  • Ideal diet for adult rabbits
  • Recommended by veterinarians
  • Balanced calcium to phosphorus ratio
  • High fiber from quality digestible ingredients
  • Fresh! Straight from the farm!

Always change your rabbit's food gradually to allow the digestive system time to adapt. Some rabbits are resistant to change, so time and patience are needed when switching feeds.

Veterinarians Agree!

When you are concerned about the health of your rabbit, choose Essentials - Adult Rabbit. Adult pet rabbits have different nutritional needs than baby bunnies. Feed them the original timothy hay-based pellet fresh from the farm!

“Rabbits with low energy and BM difficulties improve significantly after being on Essentials - Adult Rabbit. I also notice improvement in the skin and coat texture.”
Dr. Linda Stern
Avian 'n Feline Hospital

“Essentials - Adult Rabbit has done really well as part of a reduction diet for obese or overweight rabbits. I really like the low calcium level and recommend it for many patients with urinary calculus problems.”
Dr. Carolyn Harvey
VCA Bay Area Pet Hospital, California USA

“One of our rabbits, Bunnicula, is over 9 years old. Some months ago, she was getting thin and listless, and had some other health issues. We thought she was simply getting old, and would soon pass on. My vet recommended we switch her from an alfalfa-based feed to a timothy-based one, so we turned to your timothy-based pellets. I am happy to report that, 6 months later, she has regained her weight (and energy!) and the health problems have all cleared up! Thanks, Oxbow - you saved our rabbit!”
George from Canada

“From my point of view, there is one preferred pellet - Oxbow Essentials - Adult Rabbit. Oxbow has been the only manufacturer to date to realize that basing a pellet on timothy just fundamentally makes more sense.”
Leah Postman, DVM
Windover Veterinary Clinic – Walpole, Massachusetts USA

“I like the low calcium level in Essentials - Adult Rabbit and recommend it for all my older rabbit patients.”
Peter Fisher, DVM
Pet Care Vet Hospital, Virginia USA

  1. BrandyJuly 25, 2013
    Only the best for my babies
    Rating 5 out of 5
    I have 7 rescued house rabbits that are very spoiled. I did a lot of research on rabbit nutrition and the Oxbow adult rabbit food is by far the best product on the market. With a wide variety of sizes (ranging from 2.5 pound holland lop to a 12 pound new zealand) and health issues (over or under weight rabbits are common when rescued, GI troubles, bladder sludge tendencies, E Calculi, etc.) in my warren I needed a wonderful base to feed to all of the rabbits. This pellet is the one I trust for them all. My chubby buns slimmed down and the thin ones gained. Now everyone is a perfect weight and in good health. They also get lots of fresh hay, clean water, and daily greens to round out their diet for optimal health. Oxbow is the only pellet I have found that is Timothy based. That is important to me since it helps keep the calories reasonable, the protein appropriate, and the calcium lower than alfalfa based pellets. The feeding recommendations are also spot-on for weight maintenance. Many other junk foods I read the labels of encourage over feeding. I am confident that my rabbits are getting the well rounded nutrition and vitamins they need from this pellet. Feeding breakfast is always a joy because they run to their dishes to eat. It feels good to feed them something so healthy that they clearly love.
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  2. JanelApril 30, 2014
    Rating 5 out of 5
    This is by far the best rabbit food on the market. I have had rabbits for over 15 years and would recommend the Oxbow products to all rabbit people!!!! Any other products have resulted in loose stools for my rabbits, therefore I know that Oxbow is the BEST!
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  3. LaurenNovember 26, 2013
    Rabbits love this food
    Rating 5 out of 5
    My two rabbits absolutely love this food, and I love that the pellets are healthy and nutritious for them. Whenever they hear me open the Oxbow bag in the morning, they race to the front of their pen and are falling over each other because they are so excited to eat their pellets (and they have hay in their.pen 24/7, so it's not that they are just hungry). Both rabbits are very healthy and energetic. I tried feeding them a different brand one time when my pet store was out of Oxbow Adult, and they would not touch it. I got more Oxbow the next day and they gobbled it up. I love that Oxbow makes an effort to understand small animal health and nutrition in a way that other companies just do not. I'll never buy another brand for any of my small pets. I also buy the Oxbow Strawberry Simple Rewards treats for the bunnies, and they go crazy for them.
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  4. MauraNovember 17, 2014
    We have been using this for months but don't forget to feed them Bokchoy and slantrio plus no more pellets when over 8 moths
    Rating 5 out of 5
    Ox bow is so helpful it has been our bunny fav. Pellets so far when we come home she has ate all of it thanks so much oxbow makers don't forget to feed them slantrio and bac choy no letucute and stop feeding them pellets when over 8 months sorry for bad spelling and stuff it won't correct it. Thanks so much oxbow!
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  5. AnnJuly 10, 2013
    Rating 5 out of 5
    When I didn't know better I bought the colorful rabbit food for my bunnies. Now I gotten a little smarter and started to by Oxbows products.
    My bunnies loves these pellets. Can't put the bowl down before they start eating it.
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  6. JulietMarch 9, 2014
    Rating 5 out of 5
    Other people in China says that some rabbits don't like Oxbow rabbit foods, but I think this is such a lie because my two bunnies absolutely LOVE this food. Whenever I go near the cages, they ask for it. A recommended rabbit food!
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