Can rabbits eat grapes?

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More and more households have a rabbit as a companion animal among their members. For the coexistence to be successful and our rabbit to enjoy good health, it is important that, before adopting a rabbit, we inform ourselves about the veterinary care, accommodation or food that the rabbit will need for its well-being.

In this AnimalWised article, we will focus on feeding and answer the question of whether rabbits can eat grapes.

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  1. What do rabbits eat
  2. How much does a rabbit eat a day
  3. Vegetables and plants that rabbits can eat
  4. Can rabbits eat raisins?

What do rabbits eat

The feeding of rabbits in their natural environment would basically consist of grass. They are strict vegetarians and we have to take this data into account when designing their menu, which has to be based on hay and fresh herbs like dandelion or clover.

Hay for rabbits

Although there are commercial foods for rabbits, it is not advisable to offer them as the only food, as they are a source of dental and intestinal problems. They cannot account for more than 20-30% of the total diet and their protein percentage must be less than 16%. Instead, the hay will ensure us a correct intestinal transit and, in addition, it helps to wear the teeth, essential because the teeth of rabbits grow throughout their lives. You just have to be careful with alfalfa because it contains a large amount of calcium and excessive and prolonged consumption of this mineral is associated with some diseases such as calcifications or kidney failure.

If you don't know which one to choose, you can check out this other AnimalWised article about The best hay for rabbits - Types and brands.

Fruits and vegetables for rabbits

Hay must always be freely available to the rabbit. If, in addition, it has been dried in the sun, we take advantage of its contribution of vitamin D. We must also provide them vegetables and fruits, but in less quantity, and better after three months. Before or if we exceed the amount offered, intestinal problems can be triggered. Therefore, rabbits they can eat grapes and other fruits.

And if you want to know what more fruit you can give it, here is another article about Recommended fruits and vegetables for rabbits.

My rabbit does not eat

An inadequate diet can cause the rabbit to stop eating, decrease its activity, we appreciate it weakened, have a dilated abdomen, stop defecating or make fewer stools than usual and with an altered consistency. In addition, the lack of fiber is equally harmful and its insufficiency causes decreased intestinal motility, food retention or, directly, potentially fatal intestinal paralysis. Therefore, if your rabbit does not eat or drink in 24 hours, it is essential that you go to the vet as soon as possible.

For more information, you can consult this other article about My rabbit does not eat hay.

How much does a rabbit eat a day

Following the indications provided in the previous section, it is essential to choose a good hay and always leave it within reach of the rabbit so that it can go feeding at their own pace. On the other hand, it is important to note that it must be changed daily. Better to use a container designed to place this food, also known as "henera ", since the hay that falls to the ground will be trampled and dirty instead of eaten, which will have to be thrown away. In order for the rabbit to be able to take it well from the aforementioned henera, the threads must have the enough length.

In addition, we can add fresh vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, chard or spinach, which constitute a good supply of calcium. It is also possible to give carrots and fruits, as rabbits can eat grapes, apples, pears, melon, watermelon or pineapple. If we want to feed it, of course, it must be specifically formulated for rabbits, but it is not convenient to offer it large quantities. Approximately, on average, enough a tablespoon a day per kg of weight, as we explain in this other article on Amount of daily food for rabbits. It is better to offer it in pellets, since from the mixtures it is usual for the rabbit to select and eat only the foods they like, so the diet will not be balanced. Finally, we cannot forget to always leave clean and fresh water at your disposal. To do this, it will have to be changed frequently.

Vegetables and plants that rabbits can eat

In addition to hay, it is recommended to offer the rabbit fibrous vegetables They add vitamins to the diet that are lost during hay processing. Some of them are:

  • Fresh alfalfa.
  • Grass.
  • Fruit tree leaves.
  • Carrot leaves.
  • Mulberry leaves.
  • Blackberry leaves.
  • Canons.
  • Watercress.
  • Arugula.
  • Endive.
  • Parsley.
  • Spinach.
  • Broccoli.
  • Cauliflower leaves.
  • Celery.
  • Endive.
  • Cabbage.

All of them can be consumed daily and only need one pre-wash before offering them. As we have said, rabbits can eat green and black grapes, as well as other fruits, but, in this case, it is necessary give them in moderation, even just as a treat, that is, occasionally, due to its high sugar content. The same happens with other vegetables such as lettuce, tomatoes, peppers or the like..

Of course, before offering a new food to your rabbit, make sure it is not a toxic plant for your pet. So that you keep in mind what you cannot give your rabbit, we leave you this other article about Toxic plants for rabbits.

Can rabbits eat raisins?

While grapes can be offered in moderation, raisins are not the same. They contain a higher amount of sugar, which makes them a highly recommended food for this species. If we give it one very occasionally, nothing will happen to it, but we cannot add it to the diet on a regular basis or allow the rabbit to eat large amounts. Remember that an unbalanced diet is a source of health problems.

To help you take care of your pet correctly, we also leave you this other article about Forbidden foods for rabbits.

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