Can I Feed My Rabbit, Cat and Dog Spinach?
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Today is National Spinach Day
Since I know almost nothing about having pet rabbits I rely on the experts for information. Rabbits are tricky eaters. There is such a variety of food that they like and can eat, but the trick is when and how much. If you overfeed your dog or cat once or twice, they are not likely to get too sick or die, but Rabbits have a very sensitive digestive system. All this is the long way to say that only uncooked spinach is good for rabbits and too much can cause stones. Below is a link to a very good website with a wealth of important information about what and how to feed your fur kids.
What about my dog or cat?
Spinach has lots of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin c, beta carotene, calcium, fiber, and many more. It promotes healthy teeth and a stronger immune system and improves energy levels.
Dogs can eat spinach as long as they are healthy. A few leaves every once in a while could have benefits for your dog.
Well, cats can eat spinach and some wet cat food formulas have spinach in the ingredients. But cats are not omnivores, so it is best to limit the amount of plant food you give them. If you are like me you will let your cat try something you are making for yourself if for no other reason than to show them that they don’t want it. But if you have one of the weird ones that will eat cereal or even a bit of fruit, let him try it. Just don’t give him too much.
Here's the rub for all three animals, Spinach has something called soluble oxalates, sodium and potassium salts containing oxalic acid. Oxalic acid binds with other essential minerals in the blood blocking them from doing their job in your fur kid’s body. I wouldn’t be afraid to give a little bit but it is very important to remember that less is more.