You can give your rabbit a small amount of plain Cheerios. You shouldn’t give them more than five at a time (and no more than twice a week as a special treat). While your rabbit can have Cheerios as a treat, there are healthier alternatives like oats or vegetables.
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Yes, Cheerios are safe for rabbits to eat. They’re a processed grain and rabbits sometimes eat grains and wheat in their natural habitat – this is a natural source of energy for them.
Grain makes up a small part of your rabbit’s diet and an easy way to give them grain is a handful of shop-bought pellets.
It is important to only give your rabbit Cheerios in moderation as they have processed ingredients and additives. They are okay in very small amounts, but your rabbit would happily eat the whole bag – so it’s up to you to control the portions.
Rabbits can eat natural cereals like bran, rolled oats, and barley – as they all contain natural carbohydrates, good fats, vitamins, and minerals.
Honey Nut Cheerios may be your favorite, but they are bad for your rabbit and should be avoided due to their high sugar content. They are also highly calorific, and too much could quickly lead to obesity, diarrhea, or severe digestive issues for your rabbit.
You should steer clear from any flavored Cheerios. If you really want to give your rabbit Cheerios, you should stick with the plain variety. If you give them anything flavored you would risk upsetting your rabbit’s tummy and ending up with vet bills.
If you want to introduce Cheerios into your rabbit’s diet, start small. Half a Cheerio is a good place to start, and give them 24 hours to make sure they are agreeing with your rabbit. You can then slowly increase the amount up to a maximum of five.
Your rabbit’s diet should be unlimited hay, access to fresh, clean water, and a variety of green vegetables. Grains like pellets should only be given in small amounts, for reference about 25g per kg of your rabbit’s body weight is ideal.
For treats, you can give them five Cheerios, or small quantities of other fruits or vegetables. If the treat is sugary, always remember to give them in moderation.
Note: The ideal portion is five individual Cheerios. You can have a full bowl of Cheerios, but for your rabbit, this is a rare treat. Too many will make them sick.