Why is my bunny not eating or drinking?

The most common reason for a loss of appetite in rabbits is a gastrointestinal problem called ileus. Ileus occurs when normal peristalsis—the contractions in the intestines that push food through the gastrointestinal tract—decreases or stops.

What does it mean when my rabbit stops eating?

When a rabbit isn’t eating, it’s usually because they are very ill or stressed. Conditions such as GI stasis, dental disease, or chronic anxiety are likely culprits. If your rabbit ever stops eating for more than 10 hours at a time, they should be brought to a veterinarian for emergency care.

What happens when a rabbit stops eating and drinking?

Affected bunnies often stop eating and drinking. They may also pass stools which vary from being small, to loose and malformed and in severe cases no stools at all. Urine production can be variable depending on the degree of dehydration your pet is experiencing, but it’s typically either normal or reduced.

What should I do if my rabbit won’t eat?

The first thing to do is to take your rabbit straight to a rabbit-savvy vet. Gut stasis is extremely painful and they will need pain relief in order to start to eat again. They will likely also need some gut stimulants, and some rabbits may need fluids.

Why does my rabbit not want to eat hay?

The resulting upset stomach could be the reason why your rabbit is not eating hay or other food. That’s why it’s important that whenever you introduce a new food into your rabbit’s diet, you do so gradually and in small amounts. There are several other reasons why your rabbit may be off their food. Your bunny might have a reduced appetite due to:

What causes anorexia nervosa in a rabbit?

Anorexia in rabbits is a symptom of an underlying condition, the most common causes are dental disease and gastrointestinal disorders. As anorexia is often caused by pain you may notice your rabbit showing other signs such as hunching, refusing to move or increased respiration.

Why is my rabbit not eating or drinking?

This goes double if your rabbit is also not eating. These are symptoms of gastrointestinal stasis, which the University of Miami calls, “The Silent Killer.” Even an otherwise-healthy rabbit will not survive for long with this condition.

What should I do if my rabbit wont drink my water?

If the water isn’t perfectly clean and fresh, a picky rabbit may not drink. Try scrubbing the dish or water bottle with rabbit-safe cleansers and then refilling with cold, filtered tap water. Even if the water looks and smells fresh to you, there might be something in there that your rabbit can smell.

Can a rabbit have anorexia nervosa?

Anorexia can lead to serious complications in as little as 24 hours so early treatment is key. Loss of appetite in rabbits, or anorexia, is a common but serious symptom in rabbits.

When to take a rabbit to the vet for constipation?

Keep a close eye on your rabbit. If she has not pooped in 24 hours, see a vet. This goes double if your rabbit is also not eating. These are symptoms of gastrointestinal stasis, which the University of Miami calls, “The Silent Killer.” Even an otherwise-healthy rabbit will not survive for long with this condition.

Common causes of gut stasis in rabbits include: Pain from dental infections, sharp spikes on the teeth, urinary tract infections or gas within the guts caused by an inadequate diet. Stress from a change in environment or loss of a partner, or even something like fireworks. Lack of water.