Can a Rabbit Die From Eating Too Much? {Do They Stop When Full?}

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In this article, we will cover the topic, “Can a Rabbit Die From Eating Too Much?”

Can a Rabbit Die From Eating Too Much?

Yes. This is because the digestive system of a rabbit is very sensitive. Rabbits can also become obese, diabetic or suffer from gut illnesses such as GI stasis.

If a rabbit does not eat 85% hay as the bulk part of their diet, there could be an imbalance of nutrition. Rabbits do not overeat hay.

A hungry rabbit without hay would consume more vegetables, fruit and pellets instead and develop complications in their gut.

What Happens if Rabbits Eat Too Much?

Every rabbit is unique. Some eat more than others. It is a very serious health concern for a rabbit to overeat foods outside of hay. The digestive system cannot handle overconsumption.

Complications in the gut can range from GI stasis or other types of diseases that lead to diarrhea, constipation and serious adverse effects that lead to death.

Medical intervention is required for a rabbit who is either eating too much, having excessive diarrhea, or giving up eating altogether.

Can Rabbits Die From Eating?

Yes. A rabbit can die from eating an improper diet. The diet should consist of:

  • hay
  • pellets
  • vegetables
  • herbs
  • plants 
  • fruits

The fresh foods must be deemed safe enough for rabbits to enjoy. Rabbits will live a healthy life if their diet is balanced.

This should be unlimited amount of hay such as:

  • Timothy Hay
  • Orchard hay
  • Meadow hay

If a rabbit is eating foods that it should not such as avocados or onions among many others on the list of foods that are considered toxic, they can suffer from illness or death.

Do Rabbits Stop Eating When They Are Full?

Yes. More often than not, a rabbit will stop eating when they are full. A rabbit should have copious amounts of hay. This supply could be unlimited and you can keep it coming without worrying about your rabbit overeating.

A rabbit is a forager and a grazer. He or she should stop eating and rest when they feel satiated. It is completely normal for a rabbit to eat numerous times all day long.

If a rabbit is obese, overeating due to stress, or a victim of an imbalanced diet, health issues in the gut will arise.

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What Can Cause the Death of a Rabbit?

Rabbits die in the wild due to predation from many animals on the ground and up above. However, this is not the most common cause of death.

Veterinary surgeons recording causes of death in pet rabbits, have concluded that the most common causes range from:

  • flystrike (10.9%)
  • anorexia (4.9%)
  • collapse (4.9%) 
  • gut stasis (4.3%)

G.I. or gut stasis is a serious concern for many rabbit caregivers. They must make sure that their rabbits are eating a balanced diet and inspecting their feces to make sure they look normal is one of the easiest ways to tell.

How Much Should a Rabbit Eat a Day?

Adult rabbits do not need more than a quarter cup of pellets each day. This is an average size considering that most rabbits in their adult stage range from 6 to 10 pounds.

A rabbit that is under 5 lbs. only needs about 1/8 cup of pellets daily. Any rabbit that is larger than 10 lbs. shouldn’t require more than a quarter cup or else or obesity may result.

Hay doesn’t have to be measured, it can be supplied copiously throughout each day. Your rabbit can consume, chew, sleep on and enjoy as much hay as they please.

How Many Times a Day Should I Feed My Rabbit?

A rabbit can eat numerous times throughout the day, but you should set a feeding schedule for yourself to twice a day. You do not have to wait for your rabbit to finish eating.

One quarter cup of pellets each day along with fresh food and hay balances off your rabbit’s daily needs. One cup of fresh greens or vegetables per 5 lbs. of body weight twice a day is all you need to give your pet rabbit.

Why Is My Rabbit Eating More Than Usual?

It might be a good thing for your rabbit to eat more than usual. This means that your rabbit is comfortable and happy.

Your rabbit requires constant snacking throughout the day. This mimics their natural environment as they graze in the wild. Rabbits munch throughout the day on anything they can find ranging from, clover, grass and brush.

A rabbit that is not eating is more of a concern. This could be due to intestinal blockages, stress or fear inside this rabbit that is causing a lack of appetite.

Is It Normal for My Bunny to Eat All the Time?

Yes. It is very normal for rabbits, cows, horses and guinea pigs to eat throughout the entire day. They are not like dogs who can consume a full bowl of food and lie on the ground for the rest of the evening.

Rabbits will enjoy munching, grazing and picking on food such as hay throughout the day and night. A rabbit cannot go without food for a day.

They have sensitive digestive systems that require constant eating of fiber rich foods to help pass everything through their gut consistently as they poop very often.

What Happens if You Overfeed a Rabbit?

A rabbit is given food twice a day. It is up to them to decide how much they want to eat. A rabbit that eats too much food throughout the day is consuming too many calories and requires more exercise.

If the food that the rabbit is overeating contains low fiber, there are serious conditions that can result from

  • intestinal blockages
  • obesity
  • diabetes
  • gut disease
  • GI stasis
  • dental disease

These conditions can prove to be fatal as it is very dangerous to the sensitive digestive system of a rabbit.

Will Pet Rabbits Overeat?

If you are giving your rabbit an endless supply of hay to eat, you should not be worried. A rabbit is a natural grazer and will take the opportunity to snack on hey throughout the entire day and night.

If you are feeding your rabbit unhealthy or high calorie foods, they might choose this over hay and green leafy vegetables. This can lead to unhealthy responses in the gut, liver and also dental diseases as well.

How Do I Know if My Rabbit Has Diabetes?

Diabetes can be observed externally in some cases, but a diagnosis from a veterinarian is required for your pet rabbit if you observe any of the following symptoms:

  • Excessive thirst
  • Excessive urination
  • Excessive eating
  • Lethargy

Inspect the fecal matter of your rabbit and make sure that it looks normal. Frequent urination, overeating and refusal to go out and exercise with you are common symptoms of pre-diabetic or a full-on diabetes. A diagnosis is something that only a veterinarian can give.

Why Is My Rabbit Eating So Much Hay?

Your rabbit is interested in hay because this is a normal part of their diet. There is plenty of fiber packed within hey to help your bunny’s gut remain healthy. Their digestive system is complex and sensitive.

Hay is essential to keep their gut moving to prevent constipation or diarrhea. You should always add more hay each day to your rabbit’s supply and inspect the hay inside the enclosure to make sure that it is not soiled, moist or else it could develop excess bacteria.

Can Bunnies Eat Unlimited Hay?

Yes. A rabbit can be given unlimited amounts of hay. They should also be given fresh vegetables, and a quarter cup of pellets for an adult to ranging from 6 to 10 pounds. 1/8 cup of pellets is better for rabbits who are less than 6 lb.

Hey is the most important part of a rabbit’s diet (85% of total diet in one day). Feed your rabbit unlimited supplies of hay such as Timothy or Orchard hay.

Rabbits know when to stop eating hay and it is up to us to replace their supply if it gets too moist or soiled.

Why Does My Rabbit Eat More?

A healthy rabbit eats more when they are growing into adults. If a rabbit is underneath 10 lbs. at an adult stage, then it’s fine for them to eat more as long as the diet consists of 85% hay.

It is normal for rabbits to increase their appetite when they are shedding their fur in a process known as molting. This can happen up to two to three times every year.

It is highly noticeable for a rabbit to eat more during this time. Make sure you’re giving your rabbit high quality food, pellets, fruits and vegetables while focusing more on endless supplies of hay that is refreshed every day or two.


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