Can Rabbits Eat Grapes? (Explained!)

Rabbit loves grapes insanely! You know, grapes are sweet in taste and rabbit loves the sweet fruit very much. Moreover, grapes contain a high amount of nutritional value.

Anyway, after finishing this article, you will get a clear concept about the feeding frequency, nutrition facts of grapes, and side effects of overeating grapes on the bunny. 

Also, I’ve briefly discussed on the regular food for rabbits in the latter part of this article. 

Let’s explore!

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 the genus Vitis and the 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.

can rabbits eat grapes

Can Rabbits Eat Grapes?

Yes, rabbits can eat grapes. Since grapes contain a lot of sugar, grapes are ideal for a treat. So, grapes are not suitable 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?

Yes, grapes are good for rabbit health. Rabbit needs all sorts of nutrients for growth. So, grapes could be a great source of nutrition like other fruits and vegetables.

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. Instead of grapes, you could provide this fruit-flavored rabbit pellet.

Nutrition Fact of Grapes

NutrientsAmount
Manganese (Mn).1 mg
Potassium (K) 288 mg
Copper (Cu) .2 mg
Vitamin K22 mg
Vitamin C3 mg
Thiamine (vitamin B1) .1 mg
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2).1 mg
Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6) .1 Mg

Can Rabbits Eat Raisins?

Yes, raisins are safe for bunnies. Raisin is the dried version of the grape. 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 young and juvenile rabbits. You could offer raisins as a treat to the adult rabbits.

Can Lionhead Rabbits Eat Grapes?

Yes, grapes are safe for the Lionshead rabbits as well as other breeds of bunnies. You should give one or two grapes as treat to your lionhead rabbit. Don’t consider grapes as the regular food for your lionhead rabbit.

Can Rabbits Eat Grapes With Seeds?

Yes, the rabbit can eat grapes with seeds. There is no safety issue here. Most of the ripe grapes don’t contain seeds. Anyway, you could provide grapes with seeds to your bunny.

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.

Most of the rabbit breeds don’t like the grape leaves. Even in the wild, wild rabbits love fresh grass than the grape leaves.

Can Rabbits Have Green Grapes?

Thompson Seedless Grapes are known as green grapes. Green grapes are safe for the rabbit. Like all other rabbit varieties, you could give the green grapes as treat to your bunny occasionally.

Can Rabbits Eat Grape Stems?

Yes, the grape stems are safe for bunnies. You can give them to your bunny. But the bunny loves the grapes than the grape stem. Because grapes are sweeter. If your bunny eats the grape stems, then it’s Okay.

grape as rabbit treat

How Many Grapes Can Rabbit Eat?

Since grapes contain a high amount of sugar and this is not regular food for the bunny, you should not provide a lot to your bunny. You could provide one or two grapes as treat after a training period.

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.

Age GroupAmount
Juvenile (0-12 months) None
Young Rabbits (1-2years)None
Adult Rabbits (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

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.

do rabbit eat grapes

Pellet food

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.

Fresh Water

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.

Final Thoughts

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.

Thanks for reading. Don’t forget to share your thoughts and experience with me. Please share this guide on do rabbits eat grapes with your friends.

Alex

Alex is a full-time rabbit lover and part-time Biologist. He is a proud parent of two rabbits. It's his childhood dream to rescue endangered animals and make the world better for living.

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