Can Rabbits Eat Cabbage?

Published: March 1st, 2021
Last Updated: July 26th, 2023
Written By: Bradly Spicer
Can rabbits eat cabbage

Like me, if you’re a vegetable grower, you’ll have cabbage as a staple vegetable in your household, like most families. However, given how sensitive your rabbit’s gut is, you may wonder if it is safe for your rabbit to eat Cabbage? Cabbage has a few pros and cons, so let’s break it down.

Can rabbits eat Cabbage?

Yes, Cabbage is a very safe cruciferous (related to the cabbage family) vegetable that your rabbit can eat daily. There’s a variety of cabbages that your rabbit can eat: White, red (Often seen as purple), green, and a favorite of ours, Chinese (Bok Choy). Cabbage has excellent nutritional value due to its being rich in Vitamin C.

It’s worth noting that your rabbit may disagree with Cabbage. To avoid GI Stasis and excessive gas, give your rabbit minimal quantities when introducing it into their diet.

Rabbit diets are complicated to work with, they can be very picky, and the slightest change can potentially be fatal to your furry friend. That’s why you should always read up on your rabbit’s dietary needs and familiarize yourself.

Can Cabbage Kill Rabbits?

Cabbage is not poisonous or toxic to your rabbit. However, like anything else a rabbit can eat, it should only be taken in small quantities. Vegetables part of the cabbage family are notoriously known for producing gas which may cause discomfort in your rabbit in the long run.

If you’re worried about potentially causing GI Stasis due to your rabbit’s sensitive gut, cabbage should be avoided, as there are plenty of other vegetable alternatives for your rabbit’s diet.

Unfortunately, the gas seen in cabbages can cause bloating in your rabbits, which can cause discomfort and cause GI Stasis due to lack of eating and drinking.

Cute Rabbit

The Nutritional Content of Cabbage

Cabbage belongs to the cruciferous vegetable family and comes in various types, such as green, red, and savoy cabbage. It is low in calories and a good source of essential vitamins and minerals, including:

  • Vitamin C: An important antioxidant that supports a rabbit’s immune system.
  • Vitamin K: Essential for blood clotting and bone health.
  • Vitamin B6: Aids in various bodily functions, including metabolism.
  • Folate: Important for cell division and growth.
  • Calcium: Important for bone and teeth health.
  • Potassium: Helps maintain proper heart function.

Can Rabbits Eat Cabbage Daily?

Yes, rabbits can eat cabbage daily. However, you should mix this up to avoid your rabbit becoming reliant and safe with one set of vegetables! Always try and combine cabbage with other fresh green leafy vegetables or herbs.

There are many different varieties of cabbages, some are better than others, but only your rabbit can decide which one they like most!

Type of CabbageSafe for rabbits?
White CabbageYes
Pointed Cabbage (Sweetheart Cabbage / Hipsi)Yes
Red CabbageYes
Savoy CabbageYes
CauliflowerYes (In very small quantities)
Brussels SproutsYes (In small quantities)

How much Cabbage can I feed my rabbit?

There is no specific amount of cabbage to provide your rabbit. However, your rabbit’s diet should consist of anywhere from 5-15% of vegetables, and cabbage can take up a considerable amount of this portion.

If possible, give your rabbit as wise of a variety of vegetables as possible, but at the very least, try three different types of leafy green.

If your rabbit has never had cabbage you may struggle with getting them to eat it, that’s totally normal. Simply slowly ease them into the feeding process of fresh veggies whilst mixing in some vegetables you know they’ll love!


What Other Vegetables Can Rabbits Eat?

While cabbage can be a tasty treat, it’s essential to offer a variety of vegetables to meet your rabbit’s nutritional needs. Some rabbit-friendly vegetables include:

  • Carrots: A favorite among rabbits, but remember to feed in moderation due to their high sugar content.
  • Broccoli: Rich in nutrients and safe for rabbits, but should be given in small portions.
  • Kale: A nutritious leafy green that provides valuable vitamins.
  • Celery: Safe for rabbits and a good source of hydration.
  • Bell Peppers: A colorful treat that offers vitamins and minerals.

Can Baby Rabbits Eat Cabbage?

Baby rabbits, also known as kits, have sensitive digestive systems. It is best to avoid giving cabbage to young rabbits, as it could lead to digestive problems. Stick to their mother’s milk and later introduce a balanced diet that includes hay and suitable vegetables as they mature.

The Importance of a Balanced Diet for Rabbits

Before we dive deeper into the cabbage conundrum, let’s discuss the significance of a balanced diet for rabbits.

A balanced diet is crucial for maintaining a rabbit’s overall health and well-being. A proper rabbit diet should consist of a combination of:

  • Hay: High-quality grass hay, such as timothy or orchard grass, should make up the majority of a rabbit’s diet. It provides essential fiber for proper digestion and helps wear down their constantly growing teeth.
  • Fresh Vegetables: A variety of fresh vegetables rich in nutrients and vitamins should be included in a rabbit’s diet. These can include leafy greens, herbs, and occasional root vegetables.
  • Pellets: High-fiber, quality rabbit pellets can be given in moderation to ensure they receive the necessary nutrients. However, pellets should not be the primary food source.
  • Water: Fresh, clean water should always be available for your rabbit.
What diet should my rabbit have

Now that we understand the fundamentals of a balanced rabbit diet let’s explore cabbage and its potential benefits and risks for rabbits.

Final thoughts – Can Rabbits Eat Cabbage?

Whilst it’s weird to think that vegetables like Kale and Brussels sprouts are part of the cabbage family, it’s great to know that cabbage is perfect if your rabbit has a healthy and productive digestive system.

Whilst cabbage isn’t a crucial or staple part of a rabbit’s diet, it’s easy to come by and grow at home. However, if you do wish to avoid the risk of gas, there are plenty of other green vegetables that your rabbit can eat instead of cabbage.

Feeding your rabbits cabbage is completely optional, but we definitely suggest giving it a go in small portions.

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