Everyone loves grapes, they are just too refreshing and sweet to resist. Grapes are packed with very important nutrients which makes them highly beneficial for health.
But can bunnies eat grapes? The answer is, yes they can! Bunnies love grapes, but they can only have it as a treat, once or twice a week.
Bunnies are extremely fond of having fruits, but you should also know that bunnies have really sensitive digestive systems.
You need to be cautious when feeding them and not make grapes a daily part of their diet as daily feeding of grapes may disrupt their digestion and be harmful for them.
Keep reading to find out about how grapes affect the health of rabbits.
What are the types of Grapes?
Grapes are the most loved fruits; they are the most nutritious fruits that are high in sugar.
Grapes are actually berries that have no stones; they just have a few seeds inside them. It is a sweet and delicious fruit.
There are three types of grapes:
- Raisin grapes: These grapes are eaten after drying out.
- Table grapes: These grapes are eaten fresh.
- Wine grapes: These grapes go through the process of fermentation that produces wine.
Grape Nutritional Facts for Rabbits
Grapes are the most nutrient dense fruits; grapes include all the important vitamins, minerals, a good number of antioxidants and phytonutrients like catechins, beta-carotene and resveratrol.
The light colored grapes have less antioxidant than their dark colored varieties that have more antioxidants. All the colors are good for your rabbits health and rabbits diet.
You get the following in one cup serving of grapes:
- 3 mg vitamin C
- .1 mg vitamin B6
- 288 mg potassium
- .2 mg copper
- .1 mg thiamine
- 22 mcg vitamin K
- .1 mg manganese
- .1 mg riboflavin
Are Grapes Good for Rabbit Health?
Grapes contain the most important vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin C, Vitamin K and potassium etc which makes it really good and beneficial for the rabbit health.
Rabbits need good nutrition as well, they need lots of minerals and vitamins in their daily rabbit diet. But there’s one downside, grapes contain lots of water and sugar.
Watery fruits can be harmful for the rabbits as it may cause diarrhea when it is fed in excess and too much sugar cause tummy troubles, that is why grapes should only be consumed in small amounts by the rabbit.
How many Grapes can rabbits have?
Rabbits love grapes, and having too little of it may not even satisfy one’s sweet tooth. However, it is advised to feed only small amounts like one or two grapes to a rabbit as that is enough for them.
It is important to take such an approach as rabbit’s digestive system is too sensitive and it may cause rabbit health issues like painful gas and diarrhea (Gi Stasis) which is a serious issue.
You should always wash the grape and cut it in half and then feed it to your rabbit. After feeding the grape for the first time, monitor your rabbit for the next few hours for any signs of discomfort.
If you notice any changes, then your rabbit should not have any grapes in the future as that confirms that your rabbit does not do well with grapes.
And if you don’t notice any changes and everything remains normal, then you can go ahead and feed your rabbit one entire grape or half of a big grape.
When can Bunnies have Grapes?
When the bunny is more than 3 months old they can have grapes, you should not feed them any grapes if their mother had none while nursing them and if they’re less than 3 months old.
You can feed the rabbits with plain pellets and hay if you don’t know whether their mother had grapes while nursing them. Wait until 3 months and then you can introduce them to grapes in their diet.
Cons of feeding Grapes to Bunnies
As bunnies have really specialized digestive systems, the rabbit diet should primarily consist of hay. As the biggest con of grapes is its high sugar content, this can be harmful for them.
Bunnies rely on fibrous foods to maintain proper digestion, as foods with high sugar content are hard to digest and it may also trigger changes in the pH level of their intestines which results in stomach problems like pain, bloating and gas.
Rabbits should only have one or two grapes a week. This is a safe limit for them. Besides if we feed the bunnies with fruits, they may ignore their normal diet that consists of hay and leafy vegetables.
Grapes seem moderately sweet to us but for rabbits it’s very sweet, which might make it quite addicting for them. You should always feed your rabbits with hay, and then feed it with grapes as a treat only.
Benefits of Grapes for Bunnies
Grapes are loaded with many important nutrients such as Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin E, phosphorous and potassium that are really beneficial for rabbit health.
Grapes also contain antioxidants like polyphenols; the most well-known is resveratrol which helps prevent cancers and heart diseases.
You can buy seedless grapes for your bunny to prevent them from choking or remove the seeds after cutting.
Grapes have a low GI (Glycemic Index) which tells about the ranking of carbohydrates in food and how it affects blood sugar.
The low GI number of grapes makes them a healthy fruit option than high GI fruits such as watermelons, as rabbits have low sugar tolerance than humans.
Bunnies can have grapes in small amounts, like one or two grapes in a week. Grapes should only be given to them as a treat only because of its high sugar content.
Bunny’s diet should be supplemented with hay, pellets and vegetables. This is considered a healthy diet for the rabbits.
Some of the benefits of grapes are that it is packed with many nutritious vitamins and minerals and has a low GI number while some of the cons are that it has high sugar content and calories.