Yes, rabbits can eat raisins as a treat. Raisins are dried grapes that are packed with nutritional value 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 once or twice a week, and only two raisins per serving.
Health Benefits for Rabbits in Raisins
There are several health benefits for your rabbit if they eat raisins.
- Extremely low calories (around 2 calories in one raisin).
- Lots of fiber (for digestion and teeth).
- High in calcium (for strong bones, teeth, and vision).
- A range of antioxidants (to protect cells).
- Low in sodium.
- No cholesterol.
Risks of Rabbits Eating Raisins
Be aware of these risks before you decide if you want to give your rabbit raisins.
- High in carbohydrates (for energy).
- Easy to overfeed (since they’re so small).
- Addictive (your rabbit will be begging for more and might reject their other food).
- Can cause digestive issues (diarrhea or indigestion).
Raisins don’t have any toxins or poisons, the worst aspect is how much sugar is in them. As the grapes are dried and shrink in size, the sugar content drastically increases.
Before Serving Raisins
If you’re planning on giving your rabbit two raisins for a treat, keep these tips in mind.
- Rinse them under running water to clean any chemical residue.
- Cut them into small pieces to reduce the chance of choking.
- Start with a tiny piece, watch out for any stomach upset. Gradually increase the serving size up to two full raisins.
- Check the brand, organic is best and extra sugary ones are worse.
- Ignore portion advice on the packaging if they’re human products. Remember that two raisins are enough for your rabbit to have as a treat.
Can Rabbits Eat Grapes?
Yes, rabbits can eat grapes. Once they’re adults, they should have 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.
Can Rabbits Eat Grape Seeds?
Yes, rabbits can eat grape seeds. They are nutritious and safe for your rabbit to eat, so don’t worry if you feed your rabbits grapes and realize there are seeds in them. If you are worried about choking, you can get seedless grapes from the store.
Can Rabbits Eat Yogurt-Covered Raisins?
No, rabbits can’t have yogurt-covered raisins. Rabbits are herbivores meaning they can only eat plant-based food. Since yogurt is an animal-based product, rabbits won’t be able to digest yogurt-covered raisins.
Can Baby Rabbits Eat Raisins?
No, baby rabbits can’t have raisins. Though raisins aren’t toxic, the baby rabbit’s digestive system won’t be developed enough for them to digest such foods. You need to wait until they’re fully grown before gradually introducing new foods.
What Should Rabbits Eat?
A good, healthy diet for your rabbit includes unlimited hay, fresh vegetables, pellets, and treats like raisins. Make sure the treats are in moderation, just twice per week. Your rabbit will also need fresh, clean water at all times.