'Can Rabbits Eat Grapes?' and Other Dietary Questions Answered

Posted by Katherine Ripley
small brown rabbits with food

You always want to make sure you're feeding your pet the healthiest diet possible.

For rabbits, that means feeding them a high fiber diet primarily composed of fresh hay. Hay should make up about 80 to 90 percent of a rabbit's diet, but the other 10 to 20 percent can be made up of good quality rabbit pellets that are high in fiber, and fresh fruits and vegetables.

Be careful, though. Not all fruits and vegetables are safe to feed to rabbits.

Can rabbits eat grapes?

Rabbits can eat grapes and other types of fruit, but do not give them too much. If they gorge themselves on fruit--which they will be inclined to do because it is sweet--they can easily get bloated and get diarrhea.

Bunny Rabbits family

What fruits are okay for rabbits to eat?

Here is a list of fruits that are safe to give your rabbit in small quantities:

Grapes, apricots, bananas, blueberries, cherries, apples, kiwi, mango, melon, nectarines, papaya, peaches, pears, pineapple, plums, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, and tomatoes.

Are the pits and seeds okay for rabbits to eat?

Do not feed your rabbit the pits, seeds, or leaves of the fruit, because in many cases they can be poisonous.

The only exceptions are the leaves of blackberry, raspberry, and strawberry plants. These leaves are safe for rabbits to eat.

Rabbit Eating Carrot From Food Bowl

What about vegetables?

Vegetables are good for a rabbit because they are high in fiber and low in sugar. Here is a list of vegetables that are safe to feed your rabbit:

Artichoke leaves, asparagus, baby sweet corns (but not full-size ones), cauliflower, celery leaves, cucumber, curly kale, fennel, green beans, peas (including pods), bell peppers, pumpkin, Romaine lettuce, squash, and watercress.

How many vegetables can rabbits have in a day?

You can give your rabbit one cup daily of any of the above vegetables for every four pounds of body weight.

There are other vegetables that are safe for your rabbit, but only in limited quantities because they can cause gas. These are broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, spinach, and beetroot.

Carrots are also okay for rabbits to eat, but they should be given in limited quantities because they also have a high sugar content, like fruit does.

Is it true that rabbits eat flowers?

Yes! Some flowers and even weeds are a healthy part of a rabbit's diet.

Here is a list of plants that your bunny can safely eat: dandelions, camomile, clover, coltsfoot, lavender, goosegrass, sow thistle, and chickweed.

Your bunny is hungry! Go give it a treat.

What do you feed your rabbit? Tell us in the comments below. 

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'Can Rabbits Eat Grapes?' and Other Dietary Questions Answered