How long can a rabbit go without eating

The loss of appetite in rabbits is a worrying clinical situation. They are not animals that can spend more than 24 hours fasting. For this reason, if you notice that your rabbit does not eat, do not hesitate to go to the veterinarian.

It is a frequent cause for consultation and sometimes it is related to inadequate management. There are several pathologies that can be behind anorexia, so it is necessary that the veterinarian reaches a diagnosis and initiates treatment as soon as possible. Read on to find out why your rabbit does not want to eat.

Your rabbit’s refusal to eat can be due to a variety of reasons. Look for symptoms other than loss of appetite to try to pinpoint the source of the problem. The most common causes are the following:

As soon as we detect a lack of appetite we should go to the veterinarian. Also if we notice any anomaly in the usual intake, since it could immediately lead to anorexia. Not all veterinarians have experience or knowledge about exotic animals. For that reason, it is important that you choose a center with specialized professionals, like the ones you will find in Veterinaria Bilbao. There we will examine your rabbit and determine the cause of the anorexia.

My rabbit does not want to eat and grinds its teeth.

There are many types of parasites that cause lack of appetite and it is important to treat them in time. Some symptoms are diarrhea, lack of appetite and makes them sad. If we see any of these symptoms it is important to take them immediately to the veterinarian, because sometimes it can even cause death. Another important fact is that when the dog is recovering, it is necessary to clean the whole area where it lives and its objects, to avoid another relapse.

This disease has no cure, we can prevent it by taking our pet to the veterinarian and apply the corresponding vaccines. This disease develops 4 to 6 days after infection. Its symptoms are lack of appetite and inflammation of the breasts, lips, eyelids and genitals. It is a virus that is easily spread, either by fleas, insects, mosquitoes. After infection, in the second or fourth week they usually die. Do not forget to VACCINATE your pet, you can avoid much suffering.

Because my rabbit does not want to eat or drink water.

What can I do if my rabbit won’t eat hay? Rabbits have ceased to be simple farm animals and have become a member of our homes. It is becoming more and more common to find rabbits as pets, since they are calm and social animals.

Having a rabbit at home means, as in the care of any pet, knowing its needs and knowing how to recognize its attitudes. In this way, any anomaly which we see in their behavior can be treated more quickly.

Proper feeding is one of the most important factors. The hay is a vital component in the feeding of our rabbit, in fact, when they reach maturity, the diet of the rabbit will be based on a complete feed, and hay in an unlimited way, 75% of its feeding will be hay.

My rabbit does not want to eat and does not move.

On the other hand, the hays which come from leguminous plants (alfalfa, clover, vetch…) are richer in protein and calcium, so it is not advisable to administer them daily, perhaps once a week is fine. On the other hand, this type of hay can be offered in larger quantities in growing animals, pregnant or lactating females with higher requirements.

Feed: in the feeding of rabbits the feed is the least important thing, at least as far as quantity is concerned. The amount of feed which we offer our rabbit daily should not exceed 5-10% of its diet.

In the case of gazapos, pregnant or lactating rabbits, the feed can be administered without limit, as long as it is good for them and does not imply that they practically stop consuming hay because of it.

Seed mixtures lead to an incorrect wear of the molars, the chewing dynamics is not adequate even if the consistency of the cereal is hard because the chewing time is shorter.

To sum up, when we live with an animal it is our obligation to know what species it is, what its daily needs are and its nutritional requirements. We must stop to think about what our pet eats, in this way it will be easier for us to understand what is the correct diet for it.