Important Ways to Tell If Your Rabbit Is Sick

No matter how much love and attention you give your pet rabbits, they will never (nor do they want to) shake off the fact that they are prey animals and are, therefore, at the bottom of the food chain. Because of this, a rabbit, whether a domesticated pet or indeed a wild bunny, will instinctively attempt to cover up the fact that they are sick so as not to appear weak to its predators.

Unfortunately, this often makes it hard to work out if your own pet rabbit is sick, so here to help are the most important three ways to tell if they are feeling under the weather.

1. Your Bunny Has Stopped Eating & Drinking


Rabbits, perhaps surprisingly, are actually classified both in the United States and the United Kingdom as exotic pets. There are many reasons for this, but one of the main ones is that rabbits are unable to be sick, and therefore, unlike a cat or a dog, if they get a fur build-up or eat something that doesn’t agree with them, they cannot simply throw it back up again.

Gastro issues with rabbits are the most common cause of illness and, tragically, even death. Therefore the most important thing to remember as a responsible rabbit owner is that if your bunny has stopped eating, they need to see a vet immediately. Respected and renowned vets, such as magnolia veterinary clinic, will be able to provide you with help and advice should you be worried.

Just remember, the faster you act, the more chance your bunny has of surviving.

2. Your Bunny Is Less Alert


Contrary to popular belief amongst non-animal lovers and even those who know nothing about rabbits, bunnies are exceedingly playful, incredibly affectionate, and can form just as strong and deep a bond and connection with their human friends as a dog.

If you begin to notice that your bunny is becoming more lethargic and less interested in playing and food, this could well be a sign that things are not right.

Contact your vet if you suspect that your bunny is becoming less and less alert and motivated to play with you or less interested in receiving affection.


3. Your Bunny Is Alone


Rabbits are exceedingly sociable and affectionate animals, and no matter how strong your connection with them is or how much time and love you give them, they usually need the company of their own kind.

Usually, it is far easier to bond a bunny with another if they are younger animals and are either two females or a male and a female (just make sure you have them neutered, or else you won’t be able to move in your home for babies).

There are exceptions to this rule, such as if a rescue bunny has had a bad experience with bonding, but in general, your bunny’s health can seriously and quickly decline if they become lonely. Contact your local rabbit rescue center to find out more about bonding your rabbit with another to ensure the absolute happiness and contentment of both animals.