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An Overview Of Dairy Options for Rabbits

By Tom Seest

Can Rabbits Eat Dairy Products?

Kids may be tempted to leave out various dairy products for their bunnies. While it is possible for rabbits to eat dairy products, they should not be overfed. The calcium content in dairy products is too high for a rabbit’s system to handle. The calcium will bind with phosphorus in the rabbit’s system and strain its systems. Cheese snacks, such as cheese nips or cheese puffs, are also problematic for rabbits. Place these items out of reach of your rabbit.

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Can Rabbits Drink Goat Milk?

Goat milk is a great option for rabbits, especially for babies. Baby rabbits need milk to grow, and goat milk is packed with all the necessary nutrients. Using goat milk as a supplement can help you meet your rabbit’s nutritional needs without breaking the bank. Rabbits can also consume other liquids, such as water.
Goat milk is also easier to digest than cow milk, as it contains less lactose and sugar than cow milk. However, goat milk should be used in conjunction with formula. Rabbits can drink goat milk for short periods of time or as a part of a daily diet.
Goat milk contains high amounts of calcium. However, excessive calcium can cause bladder stones. So, it’s best to serve leafy greens in small pieces. Leafy greens can contain seeds, so you should remove them from the food before feeding them. If you want to serve your rabbit leafy greens, make sure they’re in pieces and not whole leaves.
The only downside to using goat milk in rabbits’ diets is that it is very rich in calories. Despite this, the milk is also low in lactose, so rabbits can drink it without feeling sick. While goat milk is a natural dairy product, it is not a suitable substitute for human milk.
It’s not a good choice for adult bunnies because adult rabbits don’t have enough lactase to digest the lactose. Cheese is also very high in fats, which may cause indigestion. Cheese is also high in carbohydrates and sugars, which can contribute to obesity in rabbits.

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Can Rabbits Drink Kitten Milk Replacer?

Kitten milk replacer is a high-protein milk substitute that rabbits need to drink during the first two weeks of their lives. It combines whey protein, milk, oils, and vitamins. Some people also feed their rabbits goat milk, which is high in calories and good for their development.
The reason why Kitten milk replacer is so beneficial for rabbits is that it is easier for the babies to digest than other types of milk formulas. It also contains less lactose than other types of milk, so it is better for the baby bunnies’ digestive system. Kitten milk replacer for rabbits is usually made from goat milk, which contains rich nutrients and is low in lactose.
It is best to feed your rabbit kitten milk replacer as soon as possible after separation from its mother. It is important to remove the young rabbit from their mothers at a young age so that they do not experience negative consequences later on. While most rabbits should be left in the wild and only 10% should be hand-reared, it is still best to provide them with a nutritious milk formula.
It is important to use a clean bottle of the formula. Do not overfeed your rabbit. This may lead to aspiration, a condition in which liquids accidentally go into the rabbit’s lungs. This can lead to pneumonia. Moreover, baby rabbits often wiggle and refuse to eat at the beginning. During the first few days, you should use the oral dropper to feed them. Make sure to use the right amount based on the age and breed of your rabbit.
Another option for feeding baby rabbits is homemade goat milk formula. This formula is easy to prepare and is gentle on their stomachs. You can use powdered goat milk and sugar-free heavy whipping cream to make it. Once the milk is warm, you can start feeding the baby rabbits.

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