Can Rabbits Have Cheese?
Cheese is an ancient, popular food made from the milk of cows, goats and sheep. But can rabbits have cheese?
In general, it is not recommended to give rabbits cheese or dairy products like milk. That’s because rabbits are crepuscular and herbivorous, meaning they are meant to eat mostly hay, grasses, fresh vegetables, and the occasional fruit. The calcium in dairy products can be difficult for them to digest, leading to GI upset.
However, small amounts of cheese once in a while likely won’t do any harm, as a treat. Here’s what you need to know if you are considering giving your rabbit a morsel or two of cheese:
Types of Cheese
What sort of cheese is ok for rabbits? Soft cheese like Brie, Camembert, Roquefort, feta, and blue cheese should all be avoided. Hard cheese that is low in sodium is a better choice. Avoid processed cheese products like cheese slices or cheese single.
It is important to remember that quantity matters. Rabbits should not receive more than a teaspoon of cheese per 2 pounds of body weight. They should also not receive more than a few pieces per week.
- Introduce new foods slowly: Cheese should not be introduced as a diet staple. It should only be given occasionally.
- Check with a veterinarian: Before offering cheese or other treats, it is important to consult your veterinarian to make sure it is safe for your individual rabbit.
- Other alternatives: If your rabbit loves the taste of cheese, consider giving them healthier items like Timothy hay cubes.
In conclusion, cheese is not a necessary part of a rabbit’s diet, but if given in moderation, it can be a tasty treat every now and then.