Cabbage is one of the most popular foods among humans. One reason cabbage has gained such popularity among humans is because it’s nutrient rich, and also low cost. That’s why many Maltese owners wonder whether they can feed cabbage to their Maltese as well.
But can you really feed cabbage to your Maltese? The short answer is: yes, you can feed cabbage to your Maltese. However, there are a few things to keep in mind. In this article, we will answer all of your questions regarding the subject of feeding cabbage to your Maltese.
Let’s start with the most basic question:
Is cabbage safe for Maltese?
Cabbage can be safe for Maltese, but it is important to introduce it slowly. If you are feeding cabbage to your Maltese for the first time, it is best to start with small quantities and watch out for any abnormal signs or symptoms.
Cabbage is a good source of fiber and is rich in vitamin C and K and contains folate, potassium, manganese, and beta-carotene. It’s rare, but some Maltese can show a food intolerance or allergic reaction after eating cabbage, and if you observe any abnormal symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain or trouble breathing, then you should contact your veterinarian immediately.
Additionally, it is best not to feed your Maltese too much cabbage at once because they could develop stomach upset caused by the high fiber content. Cooked cabbage is a better option because it is more digestible than raw.
Benefits of cabbage in Maltese
– Antioxidants: stop damage from free radicals, which can cause cancer.
– Vitamin C: boost the immune system.
– Vitamin B Complex: breaking down carbohydrates and transporting nutrients, nerve function.
– Vitamin K: blood clotting, helping wounds to heal.
– Potassium: regulates fluid balance, muscle contractions and nerve signals in your Maltese.
– Calcium: bones and teeth strong.
– Phosphorus: bones, teeth strong; muscle contraction; removing waste through kidney; managing body’s energy.
– Fiber: helps digestion, prevents constipation and colon cancer, helps maintain weight loss.
– Moisture: keeps your Maltese hydrated while also keeping their caloric intake low.
Do all Maltese like cabbage?
Unfortunately, no, not all Maltese like cabbage. Like humans, Maltese can have food preferences that are more or less adventurous than others. Your Maltese may not like cabbage because they’re picky, or because it’s a new food and they don’t know what to make of it. If you’re trying to introduce a new food to your Maltese’s diet, it’s always important to consult with your vet first. You also don’t want to force the new food if your Maltese is reluctant—it could lead to negative associations with the food in the future.
Can my Maltese have cabbage every day?
There’s no rule on how often Maltese can eat cabbage. However, if you want to feed your Maltese the recommended amount of cabbage every day, you should be careful not to overfeed your Maltese. If you want to vary the treats you feed your Maltese, consider their nutritional content and make sure it is in balance with the other food your Maltese eats.
Can Maltese puppies eat cabbage?
Yes, Maltese puppies can eat cabbage—but not until they’re a little older. During their first two months, puppies should be on a specialized puppy diet, and introducing new foods could upset their delicate digestive systems. You should consult with your vet before introducing any new food to your puppy’s diet.
Once your puppy is old enough (two months or older), you can feed them just a small bite of cooked cabbage once or twice a week.
How much cabbage can Maltese eat?
Consult with a vet before feeding your Maltese anything new, you’ll be in the best possible position to care for your pup.
That said, how much cabbage your Maltese can eat depends on their size and activity level. For smaller pups (<20 lbs), a bite or two of cooked cabbage is enough; for larger pups (>20 lbs), a few more cooked morsels should be okay.
Other than that, it’s mostly about portion control—always start with a small amount of any new food and only offer more if there are no negative reactions. Remember that all treats combined should not make up more than 10% of your Maltese’s total diet.
How to serve cabbage to your Maltese?
Cabbage is a superfood for humans and can be a healthy addition to your Maltese’s diet—but only in moderation. It’s important to check with your veterinarian before adding any new foods to your Maltese’s diet, but if you get the green light, here are some tips on how to serve it up!
When preparing cabbage, always feed organic, as non-organic varieties can be treated with pesticides that may be harmful. Clean it thoroughly to remove any residual dirt or chemicals, then cook it moderately (5-10 minutes) without seasoning. This makes it easier for your Maltese to digest.
You can add cooked cabbage to a homemade meal that’s balanced with a good source of protein. Or sprinkle it on top of dry food at mealtime—some Maltese love it! Whatever you do, don’t overfeed: remember the 90/10 rule and limit your Maltese’s diet to ten percent fruits and veggies.
When are cabbage bad for Maltese?
Cabbage is a good source of vitamin K, vitamin C and fiber. However, there are certain times when cabbage is bad for Maltese.
Your Maltese has underlying health issues like allergy or thyroid problems, you should avoid feeding your Maltese cabbage.
You feed too much cabbage to your Maltese, it can cause loose stool and diarrhea. Cabbage contains a small amount of thiocyanate. So, overindulgence can cause hypothyroidism in your Maltese.
What happens when your Maltese eat too much cabbage?
Symptoms of eating too much cabbage in Maltese include:
– Nausea: You may notice your Maltese is not interested in food, or that they vomit. They may also show signs of pain in their abdomen when you touch it.
– Abdominal pain: Your Maltese might whine or yelp if you touch their abdomen. They might also make noises while they are sleeping or walking around—it’s hard to tell whether these noises are in response to pain, but they are definitely a sign something is wrong.
– Flatulence: Your Maltese’s flatulence might smell very strong, and it could be accompanied by diarrhea and/or vomiting.
– Diarrhea: Any change in the consistency of your Maltese’s stool should be looked into by a vet immediately, as this could be a sign of a serious illness (or something as simple as your Maltese eating too much cabbage).
– Choking hazard: If you notice your Maltese choking on any part of the cabbage, this could lead to serious health problems and should be looked into immediately by a vet.
What to do if your Maltese eat too much cabbage?
Maltese are notorious for their indiscriminate eating habits, so if your Maltese happen to eat too much cabbage, don’t panic. While Maltese can eat cabbage in moderation, too much of this vegetable can cause diarrhea, bloating, and gas.
To avoid these unpleasant side effects, stop feeding your Maltese any more cabbage, and get any remaining cabbage away from your pets. Then monitor them over the next few days for any abnormal signs that might indicate an intolerance. If you notice any unusual symptoms, contact your veterinarian for guidance.
Can Maltese eat red cabbage?
Yes, your Maltese can eat cabbage.
Cabbage is a healthy and safe food for Maltese to eat, but it’s important to make sure that any fruits or vegetables you give to your Maltese are washed thoroughly. Cabbage also needs to be cut up into smaller pieces before feeding or cooking it.
Red cabbage contains 10 times more vitamins than green cabbage! Go ahead and feed your pup red or green cabbage, depending on which you have around the house.
Other human foods Maltese can eat
What other human foods can Maltese eat? Here is a list of some other human foods your Maltese can eat.
So, can the Maltese eat cabbage?
Yes, Maltese can eat cabbage. It’s even a pretty good idea—in moderation. Cabbage is rich in vitamin C and potassium, as well as beta-carotene and fiber, making it an excellent treat for Maltese.
If a Maltese eats too much cabbage, however, it could cause intestinal distress or gas. Moderately cooked cabbage is better for your Maltese than raw.
You shouldn’t overfeed your Maltese with cabbage or any other vegetable or fruit to avoid upsetting the delicate balance of your Maltese’s diet.
Remember to follow the 90/10 rule: 90% of what you feed your Maltese should be balanced meals, while 10% can be treats such as vegetables and fruits.