Feeding Your Pet Rabbits: What to Know About Kale

Feeding Your Pet Rabbits: What to Know About Kale

Your pet rabbits are an important part of the family. They deserve healthy, fresh food just like you and your children! But how do you know what to feed them? In this blog post, we will tell you everything that there is to know about feeding kale to your pet rabbits. We will cover everything from whether or not they can eat it, to how often they should be fed it. So read on and learn more about this amazing leafy green vegetable!

Food family of kale.

Kale (Brassica oleracea) is part of the food family known as Brassicaceae or Cruciferae which also includes broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts and turnips. All plants in this family are edible to both humans and rabbits! Kale was primarily grown for its leaves, which are nutrient-dense, but the stems and roots are also edible. Today it is grown throughout the world for both human consumption and livestock feed!

How often should I give my rabbits kale?

We recommend giving your pet rabbits fresh kale at least 3-5 times per week. You can give them as much of this rabbit food as they want each time.

How much kale do rabbits eat a day?

Each rabbit is different, so you will want to keep an eye on your pet’s food intake. If you are able to see the bottom of their bowl- they have eaten enough!

What kale are safe for rabbits?

All types of kale can be fed to your pet rabbits, however red Russian has more leaf than stem so the stems will be easier for your bunny to munch on. Curly kale has more stem than leaf, so the leaves tend to be thinner and easier for your pet rabbits to eat.

What is your experience feeding kale to rabbits?

I feed my rabbits fresh kale daily! They love it and I feel good knowing they are getting some of their greens each day.

Is kale bad for rabbits?

Kale in large quantities can cause some stomach upset in some bunnies, but it is a safe food in general.

Is it safe to feed kale to your pet rabbits?

Yes! Kale is a safe, nutritious vegetable to feed your pet rabbits. We recommend feeding them at least 3-5 leaves each day!

Where can I get kale for my rabbits?

Kale can easily be grown in your backyard or obtained from local grocery stores, farmer’s markets or health food shops! Depending on where you live, there are likely multiple produce markets that will have fresh or pre-packaged kale. It may take some searching to find the best price for this rabbit food, but it is definitely worth it!

What to do if your pet rabbits are sick from eating kale?

While kale is safe for rabbits, big portions can cause diarrhea in some bunnies. If you are concerned your pet is sick, please consult with a veterinarian to find out if their illness could be linked to what they are eating.

Do rabbits like kale?

Rabbits have a natural liking for kale, so you don’t need to do anything special to get your pet bunny to enjoy eating it! However, the stems of kale are slightly more bitter than the leaves. If you would like to give your bunny some variety, try alternating between feeding them kale and feeding them romaine lettuce or thinly sliced cabbage.

Can pet rabbits eat kale?

Yes! Kale is safe for rabbits to eat. They can eat it raw or cooked, but large quantities should be avoided.

7 steps to prepare kale for your pet rabbits.

  1. Wash the kale thoroughly to remove any dirt, bacteria or debris that may have been sitting on the leaves!
  2. Take a pair of scissors and cut out thick stem. Be sure not to cut into the leaf, as this can cause browning.
  3. If the kale is not already pre-washed, soak it in a bowl of water and allow any dirt to settle to the bottom of the bowl before draining the water from your pet’s food dish.
  4. Cut up into pieces that will fit inside your rabbits cage or bowl
  5. Dry pieces by placing them in a salad spinner or patting down with a paper towel.
  6. Collected pieces into Ziploc baggies and freeze until ready to serve
  7. When you’re ready, toss the frozen pieces into your bunny’s food dish and let them enjoy!

4 health benefits of kale for rabbits.

  1. Provides a healthy dose of fiber- just what bunnies love!
  2. High in antioxidants and beta carotene which help protect your pet rabbit from cancer
  3. The nutrients in kale can support eye and heart health, as well as digestive health
  4. Kale is packed with Vitamin K which can help keep the immune system strong!

4 Possible concerns when feeding kale to rabbits.


If you are giving your pet rabbit too much kale, their stomach could get filled with too much fiber and lead to hairballs. If you are concerned your pet is suffering from this, please consult with a veterinarian.

2. Diarrhea

As mentioned earlier, kale in large quantities can cause some stomach upset in some bunnies. If you are concerned, please contact a veterinarian to ensure the health of your rabbits!

3. Oxalates

The stems of kale have a higher concentration of oxalates than the leaves. Make sure to cut out any thick stem before giving this rabbit food to your pet!

4. Pesticides

Conventionally grown kale may have been exposed to pesticides, so it is important that you choose organically grown varieties whenever possible.

4 signs pet rabbits are sick from feeding kale

1. Tummy sensitivity

If you suspect your pet rabbit is not feeling well after eating kale, check their stomach for any signs of discomfort such as pushing or pawing at their stomach area.

2. Lack of appetite

If the bunny you are caring for refuses to eat this healthy rabbit food, try offering it to them in different ways such as hiding it amongst their existing food.

3. Sneezing or wheezing

While you may not be able to hear any noises coming from your rabbit’s nose, they could be sneezing or wheezing due to the irritation of the stomach. Please contact a veterinarian as soon as possible!

4. Weight loss and poor coat quality

When rabbits stop eating because of illness, they may start to lose weight and their fur can become dull or patchy looking. Please contact a veterinarian if you believe your pet is sick from this rabbit food!

After All Is Said And Done

Kale is a great food for rabbits and we hope you found this article helpful. We love all the comments so far! What other questions do you have about feeding your bunny? Share them below and we’ll answer as soon as possible.

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