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How to Tell if Your Bunny Is Dying

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Belle had a pet rabbit named Cocoa who she loved with all her heart.

My amazing sister made this beautiful picture of our pet Cocoa.  I have it framed and hung where we can see it and it makes me so happy to see that she was such a happy bunny.

My amazing sister made this beautiful picture of our pet Cocoa. I have it framed and hung where we can see it and it makes me so happy to see that she was such a happy bunny.

What to Expect When Your Bunny Is Dying

Dealing with the loss of your pet rabbit is one of the hardest experiences. Unfortunately, it's often a slow process—sometimes bunnies are sick before they pass on to the other side. In case you have to prepare for the worst, here are some signs that your pet rabbit is sick. If your rabbit is showing any of these signs, take them to the vet immediately.

Signs That Your Bunny Is Sick or Dying

  1. Not eating or drinking. Sick bunnies won't eat or drink much, but this is not a sign of death—just a sign they are ill.
  2. A lot of groaning and small squeaks. It seems involuntary, and it's heartbreaking to hear.
  3. A limp body. Usually, they will be weak and unable to move, so it's best to leave them rather than try to pick them up. Bunnies that flop are in serious danger, and if they haven't been to the vet already, a vet visit is hugely important in these situations.
  4. No reactions. Dying bunnies won't respond to anything and will be very still for long periods of time.
  5. Involuntary jerks and movements. This is the most terrifying to watch. Although we had a padded box for Cocoa to make sure she wasn't going to hurt herself, she jerked so much that she was hitting the roof and was constrained at the same time. The best thing to do in this situation is to clear a large space on the floor, put down a duvet and pillows and place your bunny there carefully. You'll be surprised how far they can move when they start jerking; we had to clear the entire living room floor so that she wouldn't hit anything. I don't recommend holding them down; this can damage and hurt them even more.
  6. Dribbling. A lot. Cocoa was dribbling so much the entire duvet was nearly soaked, which seems impossible, but there you have it.
  7. Shivering. Shivering is also a bad sign. It means they are either really cold, suffering from shock, or a combination of the two. The best thing to do is to place a small, light blanket over them. DO NOT tuck them in—they need space to move.
  8. Heavy spasms. When they begin to jerk rapidly, squeak and move around very quickly, I'm sorry to say your bunny will not live much longer. Both Cocoa and Pebbles had massive fits right before they died.

How to Help and Comfort Your Pet

What they need during this time is simply to be comforted. Don't try to interfere as it could only stress them out more. We weren't sure whether Cocoa even knew we were there, but for the entire time we stroked and kissed her, whispered to her, and made sure she knew we were there. After a long six hours, she was still and we knew that she was gone.

The most important thing to remember is NOT to stress your bunny out even more than they already are. Water should always be left in front of them when they are sick, but don't try to feed it to them. A lot of movement and forced drinking are not good, and don't try to get them to sit up.

Sadly, if your rabbit is experiencing two or more of the above symptoms, then it is most likely dying. Just be there for them and let them know you love them. It's all we can really do as bunny parents.

How Long Are Rabbits Expected to Live?

I have always researched bunnies, such as what to expect if they get ill, how to look after them properly, the foods they eat, everything. In my research, I found that some breeds (Cocoa was one) can live to the age of 10 and in some cases 12. We were over the moon!

Does Spaying a Rabbit Increase Its Life Span?

Only recently have I been made aware that spaying actually increases the rabbit's life if done successfully. Rabbits can indeed live to about 12, but only if they are INDOOR rabbits that have been spayed or neutered. We had looked into getting Cocoa spayed but were always warned against normal vets and female rabbits. You need rabbit specialists; otherwise, the survival rate is staggeringly low.

We opted against it in the end, as she was on her own anyway (poor Pebbles), and although every site said that it makes your rabbit easier to deal with as they can be difficult at times, we thought she was a relatively easy bunny. Yes, she did chew bloody everything, scratch the floor, and kick her feet when she was unhappy, but that's what rabbits do. I wasn't going to risk possibly losing her, just so we could have an easier time looking after her.

This is possibly my biggest regret. Cocoa died at six years of age, half of what I expected.

Indoor Rabbits vs. Outdoor Hutch Rabbits: Life Span

Personally, I don't agree with hutches—rabbits are extremely sociable characters and can get lonely and depressed if they are confined. We had Cocoa in a hutch in the garden for two years with a little enclosure for her to run around outside and eat the grass. The hutch broke and we brought her in. After day two, we vowed never to put her back!

She had changed so much from being outside; she was running around the house, sitting on the couch beside us, and looking for kisses. She loved her freedom, and we loved her being so happy. Rabbits are, without a doubt, amazing animals to have in your home. Affectionate and unique, they are so easily kept.

So, if you have a bunny that's left in a hutch, expect it to live up to about two, maybe three years if it's lucky (or unlucky, since a caged existence seems fairly unlucky to me).

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Losing a Pet Rabbit Is Very Sad

So, you've had your bunny for years, they are part of the family, you can't imagine a day when you get home and they aren't running around your feet, or jumping around. Then one day you get home and there's something wrong.

For us, we woke up, went downstairs, and there she was, sprawled out on the floor, legs behind her, head not even able to move. I am not good in these situations, I'm the person who literally runs from problems, I sliced my finger open once in the kitchen, and just ran, I mean I literally ran from the kitchen to the front door, then to the living room, as if I could run from the actual cut. Of course, I didn't run from Cocoa, I picked her up and she flopped in my arms, Adrian ran to get a pillow, and we put her on it to bring her straight to the vet.

The Trip to the Vet

She had to stay a few hours, so we left begrudgingly, in tears thinking it was going to be the last time we would see her. That entire day was a mess, we sat around just hoping. And then the call came, but it was good news, she was treated for something with a crazy long name that I can't even remember and she was sitting up happy out.

Supervision and a Checkup

After we brought her home, it was constant supervision, she was still unsteady on her legs, and she wouldn't eat or drink, she just sat there. These are important to notice, it's never a good sign if your bunny refuses to eat. They eat non-stop all day, so it's a massive problem if they don't. Over the course of the day, she nibbled on a few bits of apple and carrot.

She wouldn't move from the fireplace, so we decided to sleep down beside her, we couldn't bear to leave her on her own, and we didn't want to risk moving her. Over the course of the night, though, she perked up, she was walking to her water dish and eating all night. She snuggled in beside Adrian and dozed for a few hours. By the morning she was just about her old self. Hopping around, eating well, and drinking plenty of water. We brought her to the vet for a check, and the vet was delighted. She gave her one more treatment and sent us home with a rabbit on the mend.

Back to the Vet

That same day, we sat in the living room and Cocoa was moving around and seeming really happy. Out of nowhere, she freaked out. She jumped up, ran into the door, twisted her neck back, and flopped. I ran to calm her down, tried to hold her and console her, but for a minute or two, it seemed impossible. Her little heart started beating so fast that she was breathing really heavily, and we rushed her back to the vet.

We were told she was just stressed out, but when the vet shone a light on her eyes I noticed there was no reaction. Our vet didn't point it out, she just said that she thought Cocoa would be happier at home, and to bring her back in the morning.

Bringing Cocoa Home

The vet gave us advice about putting Cocoa in a cushioned box though, to keep her comfortable and stop her from hurting herself if she freaked out again. We had to borrow one but covered it in blankets and cushions.

I do want to say first, though, that if your rabbit is showing any of the signs mentioned above, bring them to the vet immediately. We had brought Cocoa back that day and were told to bring her home, which is why we didn't try to do anything drastic—we knew she was dying.

Cocoa on the fireplace, where she stayed for most of the day.

Cocoa on the fireplace, where she stayed for most of the day.

Cute, Cuddly and Lovable: Cocoa's Story

I know, it's super morbid, not everyone wants to read about the death of anything, but having had a gorgeous, loving, and affectionate bunny, Cocoa, for six years, and then having to witness and console her as she was dying was one of the most terrifying, traumatizing and completely horrific experiences of my life. Seeing her in pain and suffering was terrifying and heartbreaking.

She was a part of our family, she welcomed us when we came home, she looked for kisses and hugs on an hourly basis, and for a while, she slept under our bed at night (until she started to jump onto the bed and pee on us as we slept). She loved cuddles and would lie with us for hours, just snoozing and gnawing away (a bunny version of a cat purring). She was so loved and had free roam of the entire house, which she absolutely loved. She had her favorite spots all over the house, and certain times that she would spend in each.

Dealing With Her Death

Her death has left us broken, and since I know there are so many bunny parents out there, I thought it would be important to show the truth about how to look after a dying bunny. It's not as easy as bringing them to the vet and putting them down when they are in pain, because in truth, rabbits are prone to sickness, and they will sometimes get very ill, then suddenly come out of it.

We woke up one morning to find poor Cocoa lying down, unable to lift her head. She wouldn't eat anything, and we were so worried. She was rushed to the vet and treated for pneumonia. She was so sick for about two days, then, all of a sudden, back to her bouncy self. You just never know.

Cocoa's Brother, Pebbles

Cocoa is also not the only bunny I've been with as they died. When we first brought her home, we brought her brother, too. They loved each other so much and spent their days grooming each other, but after around six or seven months, a cat broke into their enclosure and poor Pebbles was hurt defending his sister. At first, we thought he had broken his leg, so we brought him to the vet. He had to stay in overnight and I collected him the next day to amazing news from the vet that he was absolutely fine but possibly frightened. He died that night in my arms.

The Pain of Bunny Deaths

Having witnessed two bunny deaths now (not something I'll ever be proud of), I've noticed that both were identical, even though there were two very different causes. It's not an easy slip away—it's a long, grueling experience that will absolutely affect you; it's inevitable. If you loved your bunny, then being there for the death will impact you more than you think possible.

Further Reading

  • Bonding with your Bunny.
    Do you have a bunny who doesn't want to be touched or cuddled? With some time and dedication you could have a bunny who feels safe enough in your company to be picked up or cuddled.
  • Is my Rabbit Happy? The tell-tale signs
    Many people have rabbits as pets or for breeding, but are their rabbits actually happy? Here are the telltale signs of whether your bunny is a happy one or a sad one.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

Comments

Andelle on August 09, 2020:

My bunny is dead and we are sad

Lindakelley2121@gmail.com on July 26, 2020:

Rabbits die horrible deaths, if you ever heard one scream, it haunts you. They are often attacked, they have very sensitive digestive systems, they can even frighten to death, they are very sensitive creatures.Females not spayed have a high rate of cancer, and often babies are taken too young, they need to be with mom 8 weeks, They are considered “exotic pets” so vet bills are expensive. I paid $180 to have a fostered rabbit put down, she was 12 and riddled with cancer. Hutches need to be really secure, raccoons and possums or dogs can attack, diets need to be right, learn the right food for bunnys. They aren’t meant to sit in cages, they are social and need to run and play, and when sick, must be treated fast, they can take a turn for the worst very quick. One way to know a bunny is in pain is if it sits in a corner with its head not moving, or is grinding its teeth very loudly and hard. I see a lot of questions in the comments, learn all you can about proper care of bunnies, and keep them safe, you feel awful if they die, but it happens. Keep constant good hay, grass or Timothy, and constant good water, look up good pellets and keep the food the same brand, give the right treats, and love em up! They can live 10-12 years.

Ariel on June 02, 2020:

What do bunnies look like when they die? Do they lay on there side of back?

Jaden on May 22, 2020:

This time last year i lost my 7 year old rabbit his breed are only supposed to live to a minimum of 5 years. we kept him outside in a hutch and he was happy every time i went to feed him he would love to climb on top of my back and take a view of the world but when his old age began to kick in he tried his best to be the once young rabbit he was but it just wasnt working eventually his age started to take hold of him me and my family were expecting this for a while but we hoped he would live for longer. I saw him collapse while he was running i rushed to him while he was layed on his side i sat down and held him in my arms until he took his final breath. His name was bilbo

Rini on May 16, 2020:

My pet Alice died out of nowhere

fml on May 05, 2020:

not sure what to do these baby rabbits i have keep dying idunno im trying to nurse them because i dont want them to die but its so sad when they start to die. idunno what to do because i cant afford to take them to the vet. anything to do to help a dying baby rabbit?

bunbun on April 09, 2020:

i had a neverland dutch bunny he died over something but i did not know why or how.he would not eat or move i cried for a long time then my dad put him out of his misery.

Colby on February 28, 2020:

I got jome and my rabbitt was put of her cage i found her gasping and twiching. It has been going on for about 30 minutes and she still has not died.

Nicole on February 20, 2020:

Thank you for this article. My baby Hershey just turned 10 a couple of weeks ago, but she’s been dealing with arthritis for a few months and now (the past few days) lymphoma. Prognosis is not good, so we’ve been trying to make her feel as comfortable and loved as possible until it’s time. I can’t believe how heartbreaking it all is.

Glynis on February 08, 2020:

Thank you for this post! I am still feeling very raw after just saying goodbye to my little Jack lop who was just over 10 years. I just said goodbye this morning. The feeling was and is unbearable, he was like you say, part of the family. I had to have him euthanised on my own, as my hubby was working and we live overseas. you r post has helped me realise what to expect and somehow comforting to know other people go through such sadness and just fall in love with their pet rabbits so much, Thank you xx

Shannon on January 17, 2020:

Currently sat with my 9 year old boy, he’s slowly dying and it’s only a matter of time before he passes. He’s showing all of these signs apart from the noise and fits,

It’s making me cry so much but I know it’s his time and he’s lived a long, spoiled life.

Jayda on December 31, 2019:

My bunny died at 4 months and I have no idea what was wrong. She did all of these things but make noise. She never made any noise her whole life. Anyways, it was so scary to watch and I had no idea what was going on until it was too late. I thought she hurt her back cause of how limb she was. Then I thought she had tummy issues cause of how much she pooped as she was dying. And then she looked so scared all I wanted to do was hug her and make her feel better. She went from normal to dead in 10 mins. I still miss my baby

Linda on October 15, 2019:

For 35 years. I know a lot about diet, excercise and their exotic diseases. Almost all I’d my bunnies never died healthy from old age. I know they are extremely fragile and I have always treated my angels with care love and understanding. I now have 2 small have dwarf and lion head right now. Miss fudge needed such careful care. She I believe had pasteuerella complications at the end and could not use her back legs. I washed her, tended to her growths, tumors with careful inspection, cleaning, cream etc. and she loved me for taking care of her when she could not. When she stopped eating, I let her alone , comfortable on her soft towels and watched her. I loved her so much. Thank you for your wonderful, touching and in depth article. You are a true bunny person. Linda

Amb on August 05, 2019:

So I bought my first bunny Lola last week.. I got her to the vets after day 4 of having her to get her vaccinations, she seemed fine and was still her happy little self. A few days after on the Friday she wasn’t coming up to me to say hello she seemed a little lazy but she was still eating okay. On the Saturday I put her in her run for a few hours but she really didn’t want to move and usually she would binky and get so excited that she was playing, but this time she just stayed in the same place of her run the whole time.. I kept my eye on her and her appetite wasnt brilliant by the night time, come Sunday morning I went to give her breakfast and she was just laid in her hutch and wouldn’t even move for a slice of carrot, this got me worried so I picked her up and checked her and she had alittle poo stuck to her tail, I got her straight to the vets and they gave her some fluids and pain relief to get her tummy moving.. I was sent home with some liquid feed for her to give her every hour through a syringe, so I was on hour three feeding her, she seemed to perk up alittle but while I fed her but I knew she really didn’t want anything to eat. I put her back in her hutch while I popped inside (no longer then 5 minutes) I was cleaning out her syringe, when I went back to check she was still okay she had moved from where I put her but had passed, I can’t get over this as I was doing all the right things. Do rabbits wait to pass alone? I did what I could and I only had the joy of her company for a matter of 9 days but it’s hurting like hell.. has anyone else experienced this or just me?

Fadi on June 12, 2019:

Yesterday my rabbit, really look like Cocoa witg tge same color, died. He was about 2 years and 4 months.

The mist difficult thing beside watching him dying in my arms (maybe I was wrong ti hold him) is to start thinking what I did wrong with his nutrition. It is torturing to think that he died that young because of me. We lived him very much. Even our cats were in love with him. And he was part of my family.

google user on January 03, 2019:

May your rabbit rest in peace you are 1 of the very best rabbit owners in the world but alas we cannot control destiny.

Siy on December 23, 2018:

Thank you for your post, last night My mom and I got home to see one of my Rabbits he was three weeks old, cuddles laying on his side, I don’t know what happened, Cuddle was a energetic little thing, he would always move around, and even one time when I got home he got out of his cage, and he pooped and messed everything up in my room, my mom call him badass cuddles, but that day he wasn’t so energetic he was just sitting their all compressed like they usually do when their sleep, I picked him up and put him on my bed and he started to be all energetic again, so I put him back in his cage with his sister Snuggles, we went out for 2-9 PM when we got back I went to my room and Snuggles got out somehow and when I was putting her back in the cage My heart sank, I saw cuddles laying on the ground not moving, and so I thought it was just another sleeping position when I picked him up he was still doing that and he didn’t look well, I call my mom and told her we needed to go to a vet it was 9pm at night, we tried to call vets by our or in nearby cites, they either said “Sorry we don’t have the license for small animals” or they were closed, none of them acted like they could at least tell us something to help our dying rabbit, after an hour of calling we found no one, we went back in the house laid him on the table and tried one more person, but they were an hour away and my mom said “I don’t think he’s going to make it nor we don’t have the money”, so we put him on a towel, my mom thought doing cpr would help, when tho should wasn’t even doing it correctly, and we watched him as he was taking his final breath, we had to put snuggles his sister in another room so that she didn’t see the state her brother was in, we read that they should have been separated from their mother when they’re at least 8 weeks old, and they were only 3, I think that had something to do with it, we were taking care of them properly, but I don’t know what, when he passed I wanted to cremate him, but my mom said no one is opened tomorrow on Sunday or Monday because it’s Almost Christmas, and we aren’t going to keep him in the house, he’s going to stick up the place, I wanted to put the body on ice until Tuesday, but my mom said no, we couldn’t even bury him since we don’t have a lot of dirt in the backyard, I was doing everything I can to not do her option, “To put him And the towel in 4 layers of plastic bags and put him in the trash outside” but sadly after 2 hour later I had to go with the option, I had say my last words and I said “Bye cuddle I love you, and even tho our time together was short I hope you had an awesome life”, I wanted to at least see him get put into the trash can, but my mom said no, so I stayed inside with his sister hugging her, I’ve read that rabbits can die if loneliness when they have a strong bond, and when they either are taken away, or the partner passes, when we got the two little rabbits, they had other brothers and sisters, should I go back and ask to get another rabbit so snuggles will have another sibling with her? Thank you for reading my short story and enjoy the rest of your day

Jess on November 15, 2018:

To add to Misty stories. Minny stayed oitside from March to Nov. they love it out there but even my aunt had all 2 bunnies different times out there before i did. BUT THEY WERE OUT THERE 7 YEARS loved it out there. I will let Minny go out supervised in the pen and me sitting where i can grab her if i have too. MINNY IS 8 YEARS OLD she had been outside 7 years as soon as it hot brought them in and first day it dropped to 30. That day when i found Misty hurt was going to bring them in i put Minny in before the vet and didnt come home with Misty was sad only 6 years old and raccon hurt her. No more hutch only cause thr animals wise

Jesa on November 15, 2018:

I just had to put my rabbit down at 6 years old. Did not want to. Somethihg literally bit her right paw off sun. I was so sad. Getting a amputatuon would of been 4000 dollers they knocked it down to 2400 still alot of money. So i decided to let her go she has pain medicine she wssnt in pain once i got the the vet hospital but. One she was not fixed if i payed that amoint of money if she had cancer or something and rabies was another issue she got bit by a possum or raccon something tjar grabbed her and hurt her badly. I miss her everyday only 4 days ago. When i said good bye she was still hopping on 3 paws.it was alot of money on a small animal. I cried and criesm i had another bunny and dog who i had to keep safe from rabies if she she had it. Alot of money

CJ on November 03, 2018:

My bunny is about 5,6,7,8 mouths old andher name is princess and I have another bunny named thumper and I read this because he is about 7,8,9 or 10 mouths old and I can feel his back bone so that's why I wanted to get Research on it so thank you you helped me a lot about my bunny's

Mimi on October 20, 2018:

My rabbit is 4 and she is great out doors. Please don't generalise every outdoor rabbit keeper. She comes inside all summer though so she doesn't overheat.

Sienna on October 19, 2018:

I had a rabbit who had babies about a month ago, once the babies were about 5-6weeks old, I found one of them in the top area of their cage, kicking on their side, their head looked like it was snapped back, I nursed them untill that sadly had their last breath, this happened to all the babies. About a month later ( yesterday for me ) I found the mother on her side, I quickly ran to her and bought her inside, Calling my mum. I had her on a towel in my lounge and stroked her and kissed her, we also noticed she was really skinny. She then took her last breath ( more like a squeak ) and she passed away in my care. She was only around 3-5yrs old.

Julie on October 15, 2018:

You are such a wonderful bunny parent. You should be proud of yourself and the wonderful life you gave her. Many bunnies don't live that long or that well. I have lost many rescued bunnies despite my best efforts and it is always heartbreaking. They are so fragile.

Gracie on September 28, 2018:

Hi. I was searching on the reasons why a rabbit or what are the signs they are sick and Ive seen this post. Thank you for sharing it really help me to have knowledge. Bc my rabbit not is get weakening. :((

Kathleen Massey on September 23, 2018:

When I was in my 20s I had a Netherland dwarf half big bunny. His front left paw was white so I named him White Paw. I was living in my parents place still so he had a cage. But my mother let him out when I wasn't home and as soon as I came through the front door, my little guy was up on his hind legs. Every minute I was home, we were together. I got him from a family who thought they had 2 female rabbits, they soon found different.He was not old when he died. He was just over 5years. My parents and I went out, he was munching on his food. We came back 3hours later he was breathing hard, wasn't responding, wasn't focused or moving. I tried not to let him see me cry he was like my son. I just held him for hours sobbing and petting him. We went to bed and when I got up at 7 in the morning, he had died. I still wish I had stayed up. For weeks I was inconsolable. I had no spirit in me. Did the care much about anything. It still hurts to this day when my fiance and I have more bunny kids to love. It probably always will. Every one I loose. But I had him since he was 4months so he was just out of babyhood. It was a bit different. But still.

Aura on September 21, 2018:

Our rabbit, Fluffy has gone blind from one eye and he is 7 years old. His hair are falling and I don't know what to do! We will take him to the vet and make him feel comfotable.

God, help my rabbit!!

Brooke on September 19, 2018:

I lost my bunny Sunday I broke my heart and truly miss her everyday . I still pondering her situation I went in there to check on her Monday at 2 in the morning she was laying on her side steel I picked her up and she was barely moving so I tried to calm her down and give her water but she took her last breath in my arms and that I can never get out of my head it hurts so bad I think about it constantly.

Tara on September 17, 2018:

Thank you for posting this, I can only imagine how hard this was to post. The information you provided has helped me prepare for what I know will be coming anytime this week. I know it will be soon, my rabbit was diagnosed with cancer this last Saturday. The cancer had only showed up as of last week, and now he is already on his way to bunny heaven. I know this because he is showing the signs that you had mentioned. Now that I know what is happening with him, I can find comfort in knowing that I am doing my best to make him comfortable before his time comes. I feel more prepared now. Thank you.

Zoe on September 06, 2018:

I’m so sorry to hear about your 2 Rabbits.

We got 2 sisters 7 & half years ago. My children named them SweetiePie & BennyCock.

Id never had rabbits before so was pretty new on how to care for them etc.

BennyCock was the bossiest and for a while I was unsure wether they’d be able to carry on living together but as much as Benny was bossy she and Sweetie were still massively bonded. They cleaned one another, snuggled together and ate together. When Benny was about 3 we found her on her side gasping for breath so I rushed her to the vets, they gave me some meds and food but after one dose of the meds she was eating and drinking as normal so I carried on the meds but didn’t bother with the food. Since then she always walked kind of to one side so we always wondered if she’d had a stroke. Anyway they lived in a hutch but we always had the door open and they had free run of our garden. They were so happy. Sweetie always loved laying out on sunny days where as Benny enjoyed the shade more. Benny was always the first to go back in the hutch to relax after grazing on grass from our garden.

On Sunday 2nd Sept my 11 year old daughter came to me and said shall I let the rabbits out because Sweetie is laid on her side jerking around, I said yes and looked out the window and what I saw was horrible and sad. Sweetie was laid on her side shaking so fast then she would calm for a few seconds then it would happen again. Benny came out of the hutch but didn’t go to far away from her sister and kept looking back at her. I rang the women who I got the rabbits off as she had the Mum, Dad and brothers and she couldn’t believe the sisters were still alive. She said the brothers had all past from strokes years ago and the Mum & Dad had also gone.

I was on the phone maybe 4 minutes and Sweetie just took her last breath I never realised how attached I’d got to the rabbits and how much I’d got used to them running all over the garden while I was washing up and watching them through the kitchen window, while I was hanging the washing out them being around my feet, my children playing in the garden and the rabbits not phased by them at all.

To then watch Sweetie die was heartbreaking and I cried a few times over her. We buried her in our back garden and I couldn’t stop thinking about her. Previous to this happening she was eating and drinking fine and running around the garden it was so sudden. I then worried about Benny as they had been together since birth so Benny new no different than to be with her sister. The first couple of days Benny seemed ok, she was eating and drinking as normal and came out of the hutch but then I noticed on the Weds that Benny was just down and miserable in her self and not doing much. We got her out on the Thursday as we had to clean the hutch and she went to the back of the garden and just sat there. I picked her up and she just snuggled into me. I thought I couldn’t leave her out anymore especially on her own, so we got our indoor cage out and we filled it with sawdust, hey, food and water and brought her indoors. She didn’t move for hours just sat in the corner, then suddenly she tilted her head up back and rested it against the cage I thought oh no she’s doing the same as Sweetie did on the Sunday.

Then the jerks started but they didn’t seem as violent as Sweeties did.

As it was happening I shed a few tears and realised this was coming to an end for Benny now she just couldn’t live without her sister Sweetie.

BennyCock & SweetiePie You have been the loveliest little pets. Thank you for the 7 & half years you have given us We love you ❤️❤️

Jaden adkins on August 15, 2018:

My rabbit is in my arms and it’s not drinking and it is making popping noises out of its nose Can you please tell me what to do

jamesdareal on July 21, 2018:

our baby rabbit died last night for no apparent reasons, one of my baby rabbit was so happy and fit and running and eat a lot but later at night suddenly not moving and feeling weak, i was so worried and carry my pet but after 30 mins it died, THIS IS REALLY PAINFUL TO ME and heartbreaking, i cant stop crying whenever i remember the rabbit dying. :(

Janette on June 26, 2018:

I read your article because my bunny was acting weird. All the symptoms you listed were what was happening to my bunny. An hour later, my bunny died. I’ve never cried so much in my life. Thank you for the information

Maddi on June 18, 2018:

well i think that huches are bad too but they are still good for outside bunnys right now in mchigan it is really hot i think they should be living in side but i know a freind that has a male bunny named pip skweek and he lives in a huch and he is 9 and i am amazed because they do not treat him very good i am agensed it too but they can help bunnies live to be pretty old

Anet on June 17, 2018:

Sorry - you are obviously passionate and mean well but also speaking with an air of authority which is mis-informed. Our lovely rabbit lived to over 10 years- outside in a hutch! Please don’t mislead your readers! Stating that they’ll only live 2 or 3 years! If you don’t have a safe environment or young children then a hutch and preferably a safe run is a much better choice and can avoid terrible accidents!

Charlotte on May 31, 2018:

That story was very sad but still happy because he died knowing that he had someone to love

Kim on May 01, 2018:

Thank you for sharing your story with us. Your bunny was lucky to have you. May you have many more bunnies. You know them quite well. What a painful lesson in the importance of life.

Christine on March 13, 2018:

Today was supposed to be a good day for me because I got a new phone but I went to feed and play with my bunny today and realised he wasn’t as enthusiastic. I freaked and searched the web. He is huddled in the corner of his cage and isn’t eating. None of the vets around my region seem to specialise in rabbits so I don’t know what to do. My bunny got adopted by us from a busy breeder and so I don’t know much about his past. I’ve had him since I was seven and now I’m 12 I am breaking inside!!! I don’t know what to do and feel like a failure. I keep asking myself is it all my fault? HELP ME!!!!!!!!

CheeseTheRabbit on February 03, 2018:

Im an eleven year old who has a rabbit named Cheese.Ive had her for nearly two years now but was very attached to her. I got her from a friend at school and suspected she was very old after her sister (who died from old age and apparently was born dates very close to Cheeses), Cleo, died.

I just found out that my rabbit died this morning. I had realised her unusual behaviour the day before and brought her in, as she lived outside. Cheese would be allowed inside when it was too hot or something like fireworks were gonna be happening and I was hoping that was just too hot. I read this article and was shaken that cheese had 6/8 signs! I was very upset and worried so I brought her in a large plastic box to my room to watch her better. As I was about to sleep I thought she was getting better. Anyway I woke up to her flopped on her side eyes open and her body feeling hard as a rock. I will be burying her near our lemon tree, she loved that tree and would just sit under it when we let her out for a run..

rest in peace Cheese, Cleo and the other buns ;(

Fluffy Pumpkin on January 28, 2018:

i was reading this today. read the whole story:

i am only 13 and i let my rabbits pumpkin and cocoa out. pumpkin was acting normally but cocoa was acting strange. she wasn't moving and she wasn't eating grass like she normally does. i brought her inside and she looked fine but she lost quite a lot of weight. i searched up how to tell if ur bunny is dying and i clicked on this, and my cocoa looks just like this exact same colour just a little bigger. i don't want my coco bwunny to die. i love my bunnies so much. i will never take her to the vet because they killed my baby cuddles. i have been through a lot of rabbit deaths but she was there from the start. id miss her terribly. and poor pumpy kin would feel so lonely... :C