Last Updated on August 23, 2021 by Rei
Quick Facts About Grapes:
- Scientific name – Vitis vinifera
- Origin – The Mediterranean and Central Asia
- Most commonly found in – China, Chile, and the Netherlands.
Grapes are one of the best treats for rabbits due to their size and availability. You can safely feed your rabbits small amounts of grapes 1-2 times per week but make sure that your rabbit is at least 7 months old before giving one.
The amount of grapes you can give your rabbits should be dependent on their current age and weight. But, you can safely give your rabbits one grape given that they’re at least 7 months old because a single grape is 5.1 grams which are perfect for rabbits at any weight.
Now that I’ve given you the gist of the article, read on as I explain in more details why rabbits can eat grapes:
Do rabbits like to eat grapes?
Grapes are universally liked by rabbits because rabbits are suckers for anything sweet. In my case, both of my rabbits(Tyr and Freya) loves grapes and would gobble up one immediately.
I’ve also asked several of my friends who are rabbit owners if they ever fed grapes to their rabbits and if their rabbits like grapes.
All of them reported to feeding grapes to their rabbits occasionally and that their rabbits loves grapes.
Are grapes safe to be eaten by rabbits?
As long as your rabbit is old enough(7 months old) and you only give it 1-2 times per week in small amounts, then grapes are perfectly safe for rabbits.
The only way grapes could harm your rabbits is when you overfeed them in lieu of hay. The lack of fiber would eventually lead to digestive problems because rabbit’s gut required fiber the most.
Although rare, grapes pits should be removed because it’s a choking hazard.
Obese rabbits should not be fed sugary treats like grapes until your veterinarian says so.
Finally, overfeeding grapes could lead to dental problems due to the sugar content of grapes.
What are the benefits of feeding grapes to rabbits?
To properly identify the benefits of feeding grapes to your rabbits, let’s first take a look at what nutrients your rabbit is getting whenever you feed them grapes.
We can use this nutrient constrain calculator which shows the different nutrients your rabbit is getting and if the amount your giving is within the nutritional constraint.
You can also click on the blue icon beside the nutrient to show the different benefits and deficiency of each nutrient: