Last Updated on December 16, 2022 by Rei Garnet
Rabbits should not eat goat feeds because most brands contains grains. Rabbit’s diet should consist of mostly fiber, feeding them grains (high in carbs) could lead to dangerous digestive distress such as GI stasis.
It’s fine if your rabbit accidentally ate goat food, but make sure that you don’t make it a habit.
Rabbits and goats have different nutritional needs.
As an example, most goat foods have the following nutritional percentage: 16-18% protein, 2.5% fat, 1.3% calcium and 9% fiber.
On the other hand, rabbit foods needs to have 18–22% fiber, <3% fat, <1% calcium, and 14–18% protein.
As you can see, goat feeds doesn’t meet the fiber requirements of rabbits and it has too much calcium.
Now that I’ve given you the gist of the article, read on as I explain in more detail why rabbits can’t eat goat food long-term:
Risk of feeding goat food to rabbits.
Because rabbits and goats have different nutritional needs, feeding your rabbits goat foods has risks if fed long term.
Here are some of the risks associated with feeding your rabbits large amounts of goat food:
Gastrointestinal stasis is also possible when a rabbit is fed large amounts of goat food, which is high in carbs (due to grain content of most goat feed).
GI stasis mainly happens when a rabbit is fed a low-fiber diet or when fed the wrong diet.
GI stasis happens when the balance of bacteria in your rabbit’s gut is disrupted.
This disruption would cause painful gas that would eventually lead to organ failure and death if not treated immediately.
The signs of GI stasis are:
- Hunched posture
- Decreased appetite/anorexia
If you notice any of these signs, immediately bring your rabbit to a veterinarian.
Overfeeding goat food to older rabbits, whose metabolism is slower, could lead to obesity due to the high-carb content of goat food.
Obesity could also lead to uneaten cecotropes, or “poopy bottom,” because obese rabbits wouldn’t be able to reach their cecotropes to eat them.
Diarrhea in rabbits is often caused by the wrong diet or when their diet is changed too fast.
Feeding your rabbit large amounts of goat food would check those two boxes I mentioned.
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Should you panic if your rabbit ate a little bit of goat food?
While it’s true that rabbits should not eat goat food, taking a small bite of goat food is not a problem.
Rabbit food and goat food are actually quite similar; it’s just that goat food contains a grains and has less fiber.
As long as you’re not feeding your rabbit a lot of goat food intentionally, then you should be fine.
Observe your rabbit for any behavioral changes or any changes in their poop.
What to do if your rabbit ate goat food?
Observe their behavior, poop, and urine for any changes.
If you did notice something after your rabbit accidentally ate goat food, call a veterinarian for proper advice.
Goat food should never be fed to rabbits intentionally because rabbits’ nutritional needs are different from goats’.
Rabbit food needs to have 18-22% fiber, <3% fat, <1% calcium, and 14–18% protein.
Most goat foods have 16-18% protein, 2.5% fat, 1.3% calcium, and 9% fiber.
As you can see, goat food has less fiber and is high in calcium.
Feeding your rabbits goat food long-term could lead to all kinds of digestive problems like GI stasis, diarrhea, and renal problems.
If you have noticed some behavioral, urine, and poop changes, call a veterinarian for proper advice.
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