Can Rabbits Eat Cottage Cheese?

You may be wondering if rabbits can consume cottage cheese. This cheese’s rich, the creamy flavor may be enjoyed by your pet. However, there are certain hazards associated. For starters, the Lactobacillus bacteria found in cheese cannot thrive in the rabbit’s cecum. If your rabbit suffers from diarrhea, he may be unable to digest the cheese.


Lactobacillus cannot survive in the cecum’s anaerobic environment. Rabbits have a unique digestive mechanism that allows them to consume indigestible plant material. Unlike humans, their tiny intestines and stomachs lack the enzymes required to digest fibrous food. As a result, the rabbit cecum functions as a food fermentation chamber. The cecum is the rabbit’s biggest organ, a huge pouch that opens at the intersection of the large and small intestines. The cecum digests food to create important nutrients such as amino acids, vitamins, and volatile fatty acids.

The strains LS1 and LS2 were cultivated in anaerobic chambers at 37 degrees Celsius and injected with 0.1, 0.2, or 0.3 percent bovine bile. At 37 degrees Celsius, the bacteria were cultured for at least five hours. Every hour, optical densities were used to assess the capacity of the injected cells to develop under anaerobic circumstances.

Ruminococcaceae V9D2013 and Lachnospiraceae NK4A136 were the most common in the caecum. Lactobacillus and Escherichia-Shigella were the other two groupings. Interestingly, all three groups outnumbered Lactobacillus, and their microbial diversity in the caecum was more than twice as high as in the gut.

Even though the GIT is very acidic, Lactobacilli do not pass through the cecum in adult rabbits. However, L. acidophilus supplements were observed to enhance cecal acetic acid and VFA while decreasing the coliform population in the cecum. Acetic acid may also enter the bacterial cytoplasm, altering the electrochemical proton gradient and causing bacteriostasis. As a result, feeding rabbits “night droppings” may be detrimental.

The number of microorganisms in the EC has also grown.

The number of microorganisms in the EC rose in tandem with the rise in EI. Sphingomonas, Enterobacter sakazakii, Escherichia coli, Bacteroides, and Ruminococcus were among the microorganisms found in the EC. Furthermore, Escherichia coli, Bacteroides spp., and Escherichia coli were shown to be substantially more abundant in the EC.

Rabbit caecal contents include indigestible fiber, which impacts their appetite. High quantities of indigestible fiber encourage consumption, but high protein diets reduce it. This is because the caecal flora produces amylase, which degrades carbs in the caecal environment. It is also essential for regulating the cecum’s pH, which should be between 5.7 and 6.1. Any change in this range might result in pathogen multiplication. Furthermore, the ratios of indigestible fiber in rabbits are an important element in influencing rabbit hunger and gastrointestinal motility.


According to earlier research, the Bacteroides group, one of the most common bacterial groups in the rabbit digestive tract, plays a vital role in maintaining proper intestinal physiology. The latest study’s authors stated that an overgrowth of uncultured Bacteroides species is a key contributor factor in ERE, however, the precise pathogens involved are yet unclear.

By analyzing the microbial compositions of the small intestine, stomach, and caecum, researchers were able to identify the bacteria that cause ERE. To induce ERE in rabbits, researchers fed them a low-fiber diet. These bacteria, including Lactobacillus, are resistant to the cecum’s anaerobic environment.

Probiotic supplementation for rabbits fed BS or BL

Probiotic supplementation of rabbits with BS or BL resulted in greater bacterial and coliform counts in all three intestinal regions. In the cecum, LA had the lowest coliform count. Rabbits fed LA had larger levels of Lactobacillus spp. in their cecum and ileum than rabbits were given LA alone.

Furthermore, feeding L. acidophilus with probiotics increases the population of intestinal lactobacilli, which may improve nutrient digestion and feed efficiency. It has also been discovered that taking L. acidophilus supplements increases the amounts of intestinal hydrolytic enzymes such as lactase and sucrase. Furthermore, administering probiotics to L. acidophilus may improve bacterial populations and gastrointestinal function in rabbits. Lower fecal scores and higher intestinal VFA levels are linked to better growth performance.


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