Can a rabbit eat kale?

Yes – Fresh kale can be given sparingly to adult rabbits due to its high calcium content.

Can a rabbit eat kale?

What is kale?

Kale is a leafy green vegetable belonging to the cruciferous family. It has three different varieties: curly, lacinato, and Russian.

 What are the health benefits of kale?

Digestion

Kale is rich in vitamins A, C and K. It’s also high fiber, which helps to keep the digestive system healthy.

Diet

However, kale also contains a high level of calcium, which can cause kidney problems such as kidney stones.

How to prepare kale for a rabbit

  1. To prepare kale wash the leaves thoroughly. Remove the tough stalks and midrib sections.
  2. Cut the leaves into bite size pieces.

How much kale to give to a rabbit

Adults

Kale can be given to a rabbit sparingly. For example as a small treat. On average 2 large kale leaves.

Baby

It is not recommended to feed baby rabbits kale.

How to store kale

Kale can be stored in a plastic bag or container in the refrigerator. Make sure to pat dry the leaves before storing.

Where can I buy kale?

Kale is available year-round in many grocery stores, usually in the produce section. It is usually bought in bunches. If you have a garden you can also grow kale at home.

FAQ’s

Does kale have a high oxalate content?

No – Kale contains relatively low concentrations of oxalate meaning it is not as likely to cause bloating or gas for your rabbit.

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