Yes, rabbits can eat grapes. Adult rabbits can safely eat one or two grapes at a time. Grapes are high in calories and high in sugar so they need to be given in moderation to prevent health issues. If they’re given properly, they make a great treat in addition to your rabbit’s healthy, balanced diet.
Rabbits can eat red and green grapes (and any other color grapes), and they can have both seeded and seedless.
Health Benefits of Eating Grapes
Grapes are packed with nutrients that will benefit your rabbit:
- Vitamin K: Regulates blood calcium level and bone metabolism.
- Vitamin C: Promotes body growth and development.
- Potassium: Helps maintain a healthy heart.
- Antioxidants: Removes free radicals and prevents chronic diseases.
- Phytonutrients: Anti-inflammatory properties.
- Polyphenols: Improves heart health, digestion, and brain function. Also controls blood sugar levels and helps prevent blood clotting.
As well as these benefits, grapes have other vitamins in smaller amounts like copper, fiber, and more! If you feed your rabbit grapes in moderation they’ll get all the benefits, and shouldn’t get any side effects.
Risks of Rabbits Eating Grapes
Grapes are high sugar, high-calorie snacks. Eating too many grapes too often can lead to several health issues.
- High water content can cause diarrhea.
- Eating too many can upset the rabbit’s digestive system.
- Lots of sugar can cause problems like bloating, gas, weight game, and diarrhea which are results of an unhealthy gut. Sugar also impacts dental hygiene negatively.
- When rabbits try grapes for the first time, they might not agree with your rabbit’s tummy. If you give them a small piece of grape for the first time and they have a reaction (lethargic, breathing difficulty, or loss of appetite) stop feeding them and take them to a vet immediately.
- Grapes should be given to rabbits in addition to a balanced diet of hay, fresh vegetables, pellets, and water.
Can Rabbits Eat Grape Seeds?
Yes, rabbits can eat grape seeds. The seeds are nutritious and seeded grapes are safe for your rabbit to eat. If you’re worried about your furry friend choking or having an issue, you can get seedless grapes from the store or find another snack for your rabbit.
Can Rabbits Eat Raisins?
Yes, rabbits can eat raisins as a treat. Raisins (dried grapes) are packed with nutrients for rabbits. But, a downside is that they are very high in sugar so they need to be given in moderation. These sweet treats should only be given to your rabbit at most twice a week, and only two raisins per serving.
Can Rabbits Eat Grape Leaves, Roots, or Stems?
Yes, rabbits can eat the leaves, roots, and stems from grapevines. These all grow in the wild and as such would be eaten by wild rabbits. You do need to be careful, however, that you wash them thoroughly to remove any toxic chemicals before giving them to your rabbit.
Can Baby Rabbits Eat Grapes?
No, baby rabbits can’t eat grapes. You must wait until your baby rabbit is about one year old before you start introducing treats like grapes into their diets. Until this point, their digestive systems are immature and unable to digest sugary foods and sweet treats. Stick to hay and baby pellets while they’re young.