Can rabbits eat cat food? Good or Harmful

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Can rabbits eat cat food? Good or Harmful

It may not seem worrying at first glance to let your rabbit nibble on some cat food, but in truth, it’s not a good idea at all. The food for dogs and cats is specially designed for carnivorous animals and not for herbivores. These foods, in fact, have a high protein content and contain a lot of carbohydrates which, even if they initially do no harm, could make worse later on.

Do not give cat food to your rabbit. As mentioned above, cat food has a lot of protein and carbohydrates, which, if consumed in excess, can lead to kidney damage and obesity.

It may happen that your rabbit munches on cat food if it finds a chance, rabbits do it with anything, so don’t think that just because it eats it with enjoyment it’s a good idea to let it end up undisturbed. Always make sure that it avoids gulping down excessive amounts of something it shouldn’t eat!

To stay healthy, a rabbit should always pellets on top quality feed, hay, fresh vegetables, and water. Anything beyond what is listed is an unnecessary luxury for the rabbit and should not be given to it frequently.

can rabbits eat cat food

Pellets

  • It must be fresh and contain at least 20% fiber.
  • A healthier, fiber-rich feed is good for young rabbits, while timothy hay is more recommended for older ones.
  • Don’t buy it all at once, it could go bad.

Vegetables

  • Green leafy vegetables and tubers.
  • Avoid beans and rhubarb.
  • Introduce new vegetables as you go.

Hay

  • To keep your rabbit healthy, it is essential that you always provide it with fiber-rich hay. They will help keep them from having problems with hairballs and other possible obstructions.
  • It must be within reach of the rabbit all day.
  • Oat hay, Timothy hay, coastal hay, bromine hay, wheat hay, and Bahia hay are particularly recommended.
  • Avoid medical and clover herbs as they often contain too many calories and protein.

Show how much love you feel for your rabbit by always providing it with a healthy and balanced diet. Even rabbits, like children, often eat foods that are not always good for their health, and it is by avoiding them to eat certain things that you can show them when you love them!

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.

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About Amanda

Passionate about animals, Amanda draws her expertise from her training as an educator, pet 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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