Rabbit loves grapes insanely! But the question is should I give grape to my bunny?
Rabbit can eat grape. But you must ensure that you provide a minimal amount like one large or two small grapes every week to your bunny. Also, it is an essential fact whether your rabbit accustomed to grapes or not.
Anyway, after finishing this article, you will get a clear concept about the feeding frequency, nutrition fact of grapes and side effects of overeating grapes to the bunny.
Also, I've briefly discussed on the regular food for rabbits in the latter part of this article.
What Are Grapes?
Grapes are one of the most popular fruit from the dawn of civilization. People eat grapes for their high nutrients, delicious and refreshing taste.
However, Grapes is from genus Vitis and family of Vitaceae. And the dried grapes are known as raisins. Also, people make wine from grapes from the century.
Grapes grow on the climbing vines. Warmer climates are perfect for cultivating grapes.
Basically, three common types of grapes are available. They are table grape, raisins (dried grape), and wine grape.
We will be discussing the first two types that mean table grape and raisins in the rest of the articles answering the question on “Can I Give My Rabbit Grapes?”
Can Rabbits Have Grapes?
Yes, the rabbit can have grapes like the human. They love grapes insanely. But you know grapes contain a lot of sugar.
So, grapes are ideal for a treat, not for regular food. Like grapes, you could offer raisins to your bunny. It is also safe for them.
But you should ensure at least 80% hay of their entire meal. You could provide alfalfa hay for the baby bunny and other hay like timothy, orchard, etc. for an adult bunny.
Otherwise, excessive sugar could cause the digestive problem to your bunny.
Before going into the final decision, hold on! You have a few more things to learn about the grapes and rabbits.
Are Grapes Good For Rabbits?
Technically the answer is yes. Rabbit needs all sorts of nutrients for growth. You know hay contains mostly fiber.
As I already mention that you must provide a small number of grapes to the rabbit. Grapes contain high sugar and water.
Excess eating of grapes can cause diarrhea and gas. This is very painful, indeed, to the rabbit.
So, it would be better not to provide grapes to the juvenile and young rabbits at all.
Nutrition Fact of Grapes
Thiamine (vitamin B1)
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6)
Can Rabbits Eat Raisins?
Yes, absolutely. Rabbit can eat raisins. But raisins contain more sugar than fresh grapes.
Typically, a cup of fresh grapes contains 15-gram sugar. On the other hand, one cup of raisins contains 25 gm of sugar.
So, you should not provide raisins to the young and juvenile rabbits. You could offer raisins as a treat to the adult rabbits.
Can Rabbits Eat Grapes With Seeds?
Yes, the rabbit can eat grapes with seeds. There is no safety issue here. The recommendation is the same as the grapes here.
Can Rabbits Eat Grape Leaves?
Yes, like the fruits, the rabbit can eat the leaves of grapes. But don’t allow a lot at a time.
For safety issues, you should ensure that the leaves of grape are not sprayed with any pesticides. That’s all.
How Many Grapes Can Rabbit Eat?
Since grapes are not regular food, you don’t need to provide a higher amount.
Basically, it depends on the size and food habits of your bunny. Since grapes are sweet, most of the rabbit loves grapes insanely.
If your rabbits can digest grapes, then it's ok. You could provide as much as they safely eat.
Actually, there is no fatal side effect of grapes to the bunny. The main problem is in the digestion.
Moreover, the amount of grapes depends on the size, age and even the breeds of rabbits.
You know the behavior of the rabbit varies with the breeds also. So, you could use your common sense. But the standard feeding structure is mentioned below.
Juvenile (0-12 months)
Young rabbits (1-2 years)
Adult rabbit (2 years+)
1-2 grapes a week
Are Grapes Bad For Rabbits?
You have already know grapes contain a high amount of sugar and water. So, a high amount of sugar is the main issue for rabbits.
You will be surprised to know that the digestive process of rabbit is entirely different from the human. Our (human) stomach has a movement for proper digestion. But rabbits don’t have a movable stomach.
So, fibrous food like hay, grass, etc. are the significant and safe food elements for rabbits. If you provide a high amount of sugar to your bunny, the pH level of the stomach will be increased.
As a result, they will face bloating, gas, diarrhea and other digestive problems.
Though your bunny will want more grape, don’t provide them frequently. It would be better to give grapes once or twice a week as a yummy treat.
What is the Right Diet Plan for Rabbits?
Though it is not related directly to this article, for your convenience, I’ve briefly discussed the correct diet plan for the rabbit.
Pet rabbits are entirely different from the wild rabbit from the lifestyle, behavior, food.
So, you should consider the diet plan for your pet bunny seriously.
Hay is the principal food for the pet rabbit. You should provide 80% to 90% hay of their whole meal. Hay contains a high amount of fiber.
Since a pet rabbit's life span is long, you should not provide a high amount of protein and fat daily. So, you could choose hay from different types like timothy, orchard, grass, etc.
Pellet food for the rabbit is an excellent source of nutrients. You could find both flavored and non-flavored pellet food from your nearby pet supply store or online market like Amazon.
I suggest pellet food because it is challenging to measure the perfect nutrients of different vegetables and fruits for rabbits. On the other hand, pellets food comes with an ingredients level and you could offer the right amount to your bunny.
Like the hay, you should provide an unlimited water supply to your rabbit. For continuous water supply, you could use a leak-proof rabbit water bottle in the cage or hutch.
Leafy green vegetables
You could offer leafy green vegetables like lettuce, carrots, radishes, celery, etc. to your bunny. Vegetables contain a high amount of nutrients.
So, when you provide enough fruits and vegetables, you need not offer pellets to your bunny. Excess supply of protein and fat may cause overweight and digestive problems.
So, the rabbit can eat both grapes and raisins. But don’t provide a lot to them; otherwise, it could create diarrhea and blotting problem.
If you are not confident enough to measure the perfect amount of grapes for your bunny, better, you could provide grape-flavored pellet food to them. It is easy to handle indeed.
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Alex is a full-time pet lover and part-time Biologist. He is a proud parent of a cat and two rabbits. It’s his childhood dream to rescue endangered animals and make the world better for living. Alex starts this blog to share his thoughts, experience to help passionate pet lovers and hobbyists. Stay blessed!