Can rats eat grapes? What about raisins and sultanas? This is a big question and one that we have discussed extensively below. So, if you’re worried because your pet rat has stolen some grapes or raisins, or you’re wondering whether you should give it some, take a look at this guide.
First, an important notice:
Before we answer your question on whether rats can eat grapes or not, it’s important to note that there is some conflicting information out there. As we will discuss shortly, grapes and raisins can be dangerous for some small animals and common pets. This much information is well known and not contradictory.
However, it seems to have triggered a contradiction with regards to rats eating grapes. The majority of sources say that they are okay and can eat them in small doses. But there are sources out there that warn against it.
We are more inclined to believe the ones who say that rats can eat grapes because they can back it up, whereas the “anti-grapes” information is lacking sources and mentioned in passing. Still, it’s important not to overdo it and to make sure your pet rat only has small amounts, as discussed below. Not because they are toxic, but because they are high in sugar.
Can Rats Eat Grapes?
Humans love grapes, and not just because they can be turned into wine. However, the same can’t be said for our furry friends. We have already covered how dangerous grapes can be for dogs and why you should also keep grapes away from rabbits. They are not alone, either, as there are many animals out there that can’t eat grapes, should definitely not eat grapes and may die if they do.
That’s why it’s quite surprising that rats can eat grapes. In fact, not only can rats eat grapes safely, but they may actually benefit from doing so. Grapes are seemingly as good for rats as they are for humans and it has been suggested that purple grapes may even help to prevent cancer.
Not only that, but all of the research that has been conducted on resveratrol, which is found in the skips and stalks of red/purple grapes and is said to prolong lifespan, was conducted on rodents. So, while the jury is still out on whether this potential miracle drug is effective for humans it seems to be very beneficial for rats.
So, let those little guys enjoy the occasional grape. Just remember not to overdo it, because they are still high in sugar and should not form a major part of their diet for the same reasons they should not form a major part of yours.
Can Rats Eat Raisins?
Raisins, to many small animals, are concentrated death. Okay, so maybe that is an exaggeration, but to animals that can’t eat grapes, raisins are just their more dangerous cousins. As you might suspect, it is not the same for rats.
Rats can eat raisins, but because they have a higher concentration of sugar, with little juice, their consumption should be monitored and you need to make sure they don’t overdo it.