Cabbage is also known as brassica and comes from a large family which includes cauliflower, broccoli, and other different varieties of leaved vegetables including Brussels sprouts and pak choi.
They range in flavour from savoury to sweet and are at their best when they have bright and crisp leaves.
So can rabbits eat cabbage at all and if they can how much can be eaten?
As per usual, we’ll take a look at their nutritional data, in particular, their calcium, sugar, phosphorus, acidic and fat content.
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 103 kJ (25 kcal)
Sugars 3.2 g
Dietary fiber 2.5 g
Fat 0.1 g
Protein 1.28 g
Thiamine (B1) (5%)0.061 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (3%)0.040 mg
Niacin (B3) (2%)0.234 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
Vitamin B6 (10%)0.124 mg
Folate (B9) (11%)43 μg
Vitamin C (44%)36.6 mg
Vitamin K (72%)76 μg
Calcium (4%)40 mg
Iron (4%)0.47 mg
Magnesium (3%)12 mg
Manganese (8%)0.16 mg
Phosphorus (4%)26 mg
Potassium (4%)170 mg
Sodium (1%)18 mg
Zinc (2%)0.18 mg
Fluoride 1 µg
As you can see cabbages contain a little phosphorus, calcium, sugar, and are quite acidic.
This means that rabbits can eat cabbage in small amounts and not in large amounts as is often thought as it will give them stomach upsets.
Twice a week in small amounts should suffice as part of a good balanced diet should suffice for a bunny.
Can rabbits eat cooked cabbage?
Unfortunately, rabbits cant eat any cooked food. They are better off only eating raw cabbage.
Can rabbits eat cabbage stalks?
Yes cabbage stalks are fine for rabbits to eat.
Can rabbits eat cabbage leaves?
As previously mentioned, cabbage leaves are fine for rabbits to eat but only in small amounts up to twice a week. Don’t feed them too much as they will get a stomach upset.