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Can rabbits eat cabbage? Good or Harmful

Can rabbits eat cabbage? Good or Harmful

Rabbits are generally easy to keep animals and don’t make too much fuss about what they should eat. Usually, a rabbit’s diet consists of vegetables, fruit, feed, hay, grass, and freshwater.

However, they are also satisfied with just fruit and vegetables. But the question is, can rabbits eat cabbage?

Can rabbits eat cabbage? 

Yes, they can eat it occasionally without overdoing it. Eating too much can cause bloating, gas and diarrhea.

This famous vegetable is highly recommended in feeding rabbits, both by vets and nutritionists. Some are afraid, however, that the cabbage can cause swelling in their bunny and, therefore, decide to avoid it. In truth though, there’s not too much to worry about even if your rabbit looks a little bloated, considering cabbage is very easy to digest.

There are a large variety of vegetables in supermarkets and they are all perfectly safe for your rabbit. Including red cabbage, savoy cabbage, Chinese cabbage and green cabbage.

How to introduce cabbage

If your rabbit has never eaten cabbage in its life, you should start by giving it a little at a time. Start with a leaf and then watch its reactions for the rest of the day. If you notice this is causing it diarrhea, stop giving it immediately.

If, on the other hand, its body accepts it without problems, you can gradually continue to give it more every day.

It is not certain that your rabbit will like cabbage right away. Sometimes, rabbits take a while to enjoy a new food. So keep giving it to it, and you will see that after a few days it will eat it with gusto!

The downsides of feeding your rabbit cabbage 

Although cabbage has been found to be a more than healthy food for rabbits, it can sometimes have negative effects that cause the poor bunny to have bloating, gas, and diarrhea. It doesn’t happen often, but it’s good to know that there’s a chance it will happen if your rabbit eats too much of it.

Rabbits are the type of animal that finishes everything on their plate without setting limits. Well, you have to set the limits, so avoid giving too much cabbage to your rabbit. On average, an adult rabbit eats 5 cabbage leaves per day (maximum).

A balanced diet

It is also important to remember that your rabbit’s diet must include at least 95% hay, 5% feed, and 5% vegetables. Foods that include grass, vegetables, and fruit are also essential for your rabbit’s digestion and well-being of the kidneys and bladders.

Also, remember that 75% of fresh foods should be green leafy vegetables.

If your rabbit really likes cabbage, you can use it as a “treat” occasionally. You can also add other vegetables or fruits such as: bananas, mangoes, plums, melons, cherries, pears, tomatoes, pineapples, and oranges.

The importance of hay 

Rabbits eat different types of plants, such as: dry twigs, tree bark, fruit, seeds, etc. Considering that hay is very important in feeding a rabbit, it is good to limit other foods.

Hay contains many essential substances such as proteins, vitamins A and C. Hay is also important because it aids digestion and healthy teeth. You can also mix different types of hay such as oat, bromine, or timothy.

Alfalfa, on the other hand, is not recommended for daily use due to its high protein and calorie content, much more than a rabbit should take.

Other types of green leafy vegetables

In addition to cabbage, there are also other vegetables that your rabbit might like, such as romaine lettuce, rocket, mint, dill, broccoli, asparagus, beets, and coriander.

Baby rabbits also like herbs but you have to be careful as their strong smell and taste may not be very pleasant the first few times.

Final Thoughts

To return to the original question, can rabbits eat cabbage? Yes, they can, as they can eat many other green leafy vegetables too. Just remember not to give it too often and no more than a few small leaves to avoid diarrhea, gas, and bloating.

Also, each time gradually introduce new vegetables, including cabbage. Give your rabbit small portions initially and then, if you don’t see any problems whatsoever, you can continue by giving larger portions.

This article is purely informative, at Shelterapet we do not have the right to prescribe veterinary treatments or make any type of diagnosis. We encourage you to take your pet to the vet in case of any kind of discomfort.

Written by Amanda

Passionate about animals, Amanda draws her expertise from her training as an educator, canine behaviorist as well as her extensive experience with animal owners. A specialist in dog and cat behavior, Amanda continues to learn about our four-legged companions by studying veterinary reference books but also university research sites (UCD, Utrecht, Cambridge, Cornell, etc..)

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