Can Rabbits Drink Milk?

Milk is something that we take for granted band drink every day in various forms.

Whether is drunk in full pasteurized, semi skimmed or skimmed milk or even UHT it is consumed around the world as a daily staple food.

So can rabbits drink milk at all?

Let’s take a look at its nutritional data and find out more.

Its always good to try and find out what’s actually in a food before making a decision, when we have the data, of course.

In particular, its calcium, phosphorus, sugar, salt, acidic and water content is of most interest as far as bunnies are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 252 kJ (60 kcal)
Carbohydrates
5.26 g
Sugars
lactose
5.26 g
5.26 g
Fat
3.25 g
Saturated 1.865 g
Monounsaturated 0.812 g
Polyunsaturated 0.195 g
Protein
3.22 g
Tryptophan 0.075 g
Threonine 0.143 g
Isoleucine 0.165 g
Leucine 0.265 g
Lysine 0.140 g
Methionine 0.075 g
Cystine 0.017 g
Phenylalanine 0.147 g
Tyrosine 0.152 g
Valine 0.192 g
Arginine 0.075 g
Histidine 0.075 g
Alanine 0.103 g
Aspartic acid 0.237 g
Glutamic acid 0.648 g
Glycine 0.075 g
Proline 0.342 g
Serine 0.107 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv. (6%) 46 μg
Thiamine (B1) (4%) 0.044 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (15%) 0.183 mg
Vitamin B12 (19%) 0.45 μg
Choline (3%) 14.3 mg
Vitamin D (0%) 2 IU
Minerals
Calcium (11%) 113 mg
Magnesium (3%) 10 mg
Potassium (3%) 132 mg
Sodium (3%) 43 mg
Other constituents
Water 88.32 g

source wikipedia

Summary

As you can see, milk contains a huge amount of water as expected, a little salt, a large amount of calcium of course and a lot of acidic content and a little sugar and fat.

This means that unfortunately they can’t drink milk at all.

Because of the calcium, acidic and fat content it is not good for them and will give them an upset stomach causing them to be sick if they have too much.

So it is definitely a food to steer clear of giving to them.

Stick to giving them water instead it’s much better for them, they will enjoy it much more.

Originally posted 2014-09-05 13:47:25.

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