Common Causes of Sudden Death in Healthy Rabbits

Updated on August 14, 2015
Domestic rabbits typically live between nine and twelve years, although eight years is common as well.
Domestic rabbits typically live between nine and twelve years, although eight years is common as well. | Source

We all remember the happy day we got our pet bunnies. Sadly, some rabbits that appear perfectly healthy die for no apparent reason. There is always a cause of death, no matter how sudden. As heartbreaking as it is, the bunny must have suffered from some illness, stress, or injury.

The Life Cycle of a Domestic Rabbit

This domestic female California rabbit (with kits) may die if put through sterilization surgery. With pet rabbits, it is best to only sterilize the males.
This domestic female California rabbit (with kits) may die if put through sterilization surgery. With pet rabbits, it is best to only sterilize the males. | Source

Rabbits are born in litters of 1-14. They start eating what their mother eats at around three weeks and can leave their mother at eight weeks. Most male rabbits (bucks) become sexually mature at around four months. This is a good age to have your male neutered. Females (does) can die from being spayed as it is a major operation. I suggest only sterilizing male rabbits.

Most rabbits stop growing between 18-24 months of age and a healthy rabbit can live for 9-12 years. While giant breeds will not usually live to eight years, a healthy standard or dwarf rabbit will live to a full life span provided it is cared for properly. Rabbits become senior citizens at 7-8 years of age. The Holland Lop and Netherland Lop have the longest life span, with most living past ten and even into their early teens.

Why Would a Seemingly Healthy Pet Rabbit Suddenly Die?

Ten Causes for Sudden Rabbit Death
The bunny was an indoor pet that could not handle outdoor temperatures.
Myiasis, or deadly fly-strike.
Injured during improper handling by children.
Fear-related heart attack.
Injured by another pet.
Aborted pregnancy
Poisoning
Swallowed a sharp object.
Bunny was older than you thought.
Pre-existing health condition.

Pet Store Rabbits Should Stay Indoors

One of the most common causes of sudden rabbit death is that the rabbit was meant to live indoors and could not handle the temperatures outdoors.
One of the most common causes of sudden rabbit death is that the rabbit was meant to live indoors and could not handle the temperatures outdoors. | Source

Most pet store staff will tell you to keep your rabbit inside until summer, when the weather is warmer. Pet shop rabbits have been inside the warm store for a few weeks or more and cannot live outside right away. Rabbits have delicate systems and a drop in temperature could kill them. It is not a good idea to keep pet store rabbits outside at all. They are indoor animals and must be kept indoors.

Deadly Fly Strike and Rabbits

Many new rabbit owners are not aware of deadly fly strike. This happens when a germ-infested fly lands on a rabbit and lays eggs on them. The eggs hatch quickly and can literally eat a rabbit inside and out.

A rabbit with deadly fly strike gets a dirty bottom and has a foul smell. If caught early enough, treatments can save the rabbits life but their lifespan will be shorter than usual.

The best way to prevent this fatal condition is to regularly check your rabbit's bottom and keep it clean. Use a fly guard in your rabbit's environment and keep your pet on a proper diet: no carrots, lettuce, or bread.

Rabbits Should Not Live With Children Under 12

Rabbits have delicate bodies and bones. If living with young children, a rabbit can easily be injured, perhaps fatally so, after being mishandled by a child.
Rabbits have delicate bodies and bones. If living with young children, a rabbit can easily be injured, perhaps fatally so, after being mishandled by a child. | Source

Rabbits often do not like children and can be very fearful of them. If a child does not handle the rabbit properly, the rabbit may jump about so the child can't hold them or lets go. If the rabbit falls to the floor they may break their backbone or neck. Their bones are very delicate and break easily. Children running around screaming can cause stress and anxiety for rabbits. If a child ran out into your garden yelling and a few days later your rabbit died, then you have your cause: Rabbits can die of shock (see below) and are not suitable for children under 12 years of age.

Rabbits Can Die of Fright!

Loud sounds can scare a rabbit to the point of causing a heart attack. The rabbit may go into shock and die a few days later.
Loud sounds can scare a rabbit to the point of causing a heart attack. The rabbit may go into shock and die a few days later. | Source

It is possible for a rabbit to die of fright. Loud sounds, such as cats, dogs, loud music, or screaming can lead to a heart attack and put a rabbit into shock, causing sudden death. It can day several days for the rabbit to die this way, and it does not happen often, but it is quite possible.

Other Animals or Pets Can Kill a Rabbit

Cats, dogs, and ferrets are hunting animals and can easily catch and kill a domestic rabbit.
Cats, dogs, and ferrets are hunting animals and can easily catch and kill a domestic rabbit. | Source

Do not even consider a rabbit if you have aggressive dogs, large dogs, young untrained puppies, ferrets, or cats. Ferrets are hunters and cat are wild animals will will hunt, frighten, or severely injure a pet bunny. Large dogs can easily induce shock and heart attacks. Puppies don't mean to be naughty, but of course they can hurt or frighten your rabbit to death. If you are planning to get a bunny, train your dog beforehand and keep them away from each other. Slowly introduce them to one another. Do not buy a terrier such as a Westie or Schnauzer, as these are hunting dogs and are extremely hard to train to leave a rabbit alone.

An Aborted Late Pregnancy Can Be Fatal

A female rabbit that aborts a pregnancy in late term may not be able to absorb the fetal tissue. The dead kits may become toxic inside her, resulting in death.
A female rabbit that aborts a pregnancy in late term may not be able to absorb the fetal tissue. The dead kits may become toxic inside her, resulting in death. | Source

If a rabbits aborts a pregnancy and cannot reabsorb the fetus, the baby rabbits will simply die inside her and create a toxic situation. A normal miscarriage can be absorbed harmlessly, but if the pregnancy is further long when the miscarriage happens, the mother rabbit may die.

Poison Ingested Inside or Out in the Garden

Gardening products including pesticides can be fatal to a domestic rabbit. Signs of poisoning are loss of appetite and discharge from the eyes, mouth, or anus.
Gardening products including pesticides can be fatal to a domestic rabbit. Signs of poisoning are loss of appetite and discharge from the eyes, mouth, or anus. | Source

It is possible for a pet rabbit to suffer poisoning and die very quickly. They may not show any symptoms and behave normally, but if there is discharge from any area, especially the eyes, mouth, or anus, they may have eaten something poisonous in the garden. They will have very little appetite for food or water. If your rabbit dies and you suspect poison, be sure to remove the body and sterilize the area. If you have another rabbit and that one seems fine, take them to the vet just in case.

Possible sources of poison include gardening products, pesticides, washing powder, and other cleaning products.

What You Should Know Before Buying a Rabbit

Bunny Is Older Than You Thought

Once a rabbit is past three, it can be very hard to precisely identify the age. Be very careful to check a rabbit over before purchasing or adopting. Rabbits stop growing at 18-24 months of age, but read up on the breed of rabbit you are looking at so you know typical sizes for babies and adults of that type. Some rabbit sellers may pass an older rabbit as younger. Unless you are sure the rabbit is young, think twice about buying or adopting. The stress of moving to a new home might cause a very old rabbit to die sooner rather than later.

Did Your Bunny Have Health Problems?

A rabbit may have a history of health problems that the seller does not disclose.
A rabbit may have a history of health problems that the seller does not disclose.

It is hard to tell a rabbit's history. If you do not know the person who is selling the rabbit, ask a vet or veterinary nurse to come along so they can give a proper examination of the animal. Ask the seller for medical records.

Swallowing Objects Like Glass Can Kill a Rabbit

Before your rabbit forages in the garden, make sure to remove any sharp objects, especially pieces of broken glass or anything that could be potentially very harmful to your pet. Rabbits will sometimes ingest things they shouldn't and in many cases it does them no harm. Swallowing a sharp or large object can literally tear a rabbit's insides, causing severe internal bleeding. If you notice blood around the anus, this may be a sign of internal bleeding. If this happens, take it to the vet to have it examined immediately.

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      Alicia 7 days ago

      I had a Rabbit for only a week and a bit and it died suddenly. And we went to the place we got him from and they said he had froze to death because we left him outside. So because I only had him for not even a week I was allowed to get one to “replace” the old one. And that one randomly out of the blue died in her cage today and I don’t know why? She was outside but it wasn’t a cold night (btw It’s SUMMER which is like 30 degree days) and she had come up to see me the day before and she didn’t look sick. I know it wasn’t heatstroke cause it was a colder day so like 20 degree heat with a slight breeze.

      Could someone please tell what happened to her?

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      Angel 8 days ago

      Blake Dunkel you are one truely sick bastard!!

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      Blake Dunkel 2 weeks ago

      So I shot and killed a rabbit and one bullet broke his arm and I think he bled out. Anyways I brought her inside and after 20 minutes of the possibly dead rabbit her body went completely stiff. I could not move any legs or arms and her neck went stiff too. So I have no idea why her body went stiff and if she is still alive. So my question is:

      Why did her body go stiff?

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      Linh 2 weeks ago

      My rabbit died after 1 week of having her, I still don't know what happened. When I saw her she was already dying, I found lying in her cage and she couldn't stand up or even lift her head

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      efo sugar 2 weeks ago

      im 14,today after school my 1 rabit kids die and last three weeks too the same thing and nothing shows the reason why dey are dead. dose this thing happen to someone before

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      Vito 3 weeks ago

      I'm very sorry to hear that my loved rabbit pasted away two days ago suddenly. She was elegant and happy and made us happy. do you know that officials spray virus to control wild rabbits and this new virus kills most of al our pets. We are still crying. With best wishes

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      Rob 3 weeks ago

      My Lions head passed away today. His name was Thumper. I came home from work today and found him laying in his hide-a-way in the cage. He was roughly about 2 and 1/2 years old. He came to my yard and I took him in, I think the family that had him let him out to get rid of him. I don't know if my cats realize he is no longer here. He would chase my big cat around the house and run circles around the other one. He was so nice and was even getting a little more playful.

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      Day Boi 4 weeks ago

      I like bunny

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      James 6 weeks ago

      I came home tonight after work to find one on my baby boys had passed away, heart breaking. peanutty was only 3 1/2 and happy binky hoping round the garden 2 days earlier. The only reason I can think of is it was the fireworks. His bother blacky is not acting like himself since it happened he misses his friend, and we miss our baby :(

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      Louise 6 weeks ago

      Lost both my rabbits today.

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      JJ 6 weeks ago

      I found both my rabbits dead last night. No marks. The only thing I can think of is that the loud fireworks/bangers at the back of my home stressed them and caused them both to have heart attaches. Their eyes, nose & bottom were clean so do not think poisoning. So sad that both of them died at same time. Has this ever happened to anyone else before?

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      6 weeks ago

      one of my two mini rabbits died today, i checked on both of them last night and they seemed fine, checked on them this morning, fine. i came home from work and i found the smaller one lying dead in the cage, it was nice weather out today and they had plenty of food and water. im pretty sad about it and it makes me feel awful :/ im trying to figure out if maybe the other rabbit was bullying her off of the food or if it was some sort of illness.

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      Syretia 7 weeks ago

      A bunny we had just bought died yesterday. She had true bloat, she wasn't pooping, eating, or drinking. She started falling over and couldn't keep herself standing up, poor bunny. I can't tell if she died from the bloat or just not eating. I tried getting her to eat/drink but she just wouldn't.

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      Lily 8 weeks ago

      Lost one to a GI Stasis a month ago and just came home to find another laying in the hutch dead.

      Terrible luck

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      Linda 2 months ago

      I just found both of my bunnies laid out on their sides dead. They had food and water. They were outside bunnies and seemed fine yesturday. But both of them laying exactly the same way dead

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      Charlotte 2 months ago

      My rabbit's 2 litter died from the heat. Then her third litter only one of the baby rabbits died. They were all 1 day old

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      Kim 2 months ago

      My two rabbits died a year apart on the same day, a Monday, one was a lop the other a dutch, each died of no cause, one was 1 and almost two, the other was around 4 to 5 but the lop was spayed, the dutch wasn't, I heard him moving around and eating the night before, but when i woke and checked on him he was dead, it was the same for the spayed lop thought to be 4 or 5

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      Sonia 2 months ago

      My precious bunny of 2 years passed away 6 days ago. She was perfectly fine the day before. She was always energetic and loved to lay next to me. The day she passed, she didn't want to eat and did not run around. I took her to the vet and when we got there they told us she passed. I can't get over her death. I cry every single day and can't work or study. I had her cremated. I feel empty

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      Lenore 2 months ago

      I'm so sorry to all that lost your babies, 4 days ago my 19 yr old daughter lost her baby Oliver, he was her all. She woke up to find him dead in his cage so unexpected, NO illness at least that we know of.she cries all the time as her mom it breaks my heart. Again deepest condolences to all.time does heal I've had 15 animals ranging from horse, cats,dogs,goats and baby pigeons that I raised from birth and had them for years, most of my babies lived long healthy lives very few died younger but I loved each one as they were my kids,ecspiecaly my horse sassy I had her for 20 yrs got het when she was 9 though she lived long life still she was everything to me the day I lost her a piece of my heart went with her.as time went on I was able to talk about her and smile.i know it doesn't seem that way now but I promise in time it does get easier. Trust me though I've been through it many times to many it never gets easier.

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      AHA 3 months ago

      My rabbit died monday..

      I've had her for 8 years. She was my everything, my rock. She'd do stuff I never thought a rabbit could do.

      She'd stand at the entrance to the kitchen and look at me, waiting for me to give her something to eat.

      Sometimes I'd come home and find her laying on the sofa or bed. She'd even wake me up in the morning. I'd wake up with her butt in my face sometimes. When I had friends visiting, my friends would think I had a dog, cos when I closed the door to my room, she'd kinda knock on my door like a dog, so I'd open the door.. She was the best thing in my life. Loved her and still does and will always.

      Monday 11th september... I was having dinner. Just came home from gym. I hear my rabbit kinda screaming.. I jumped up and went to her immediatly.. I found her, she was screaming, and it looked like she had cramps. I started talking to her, touched her.. said her name, told her everything is going to be okay.. then I realised that it won't.. I pannicked and started crying. She died, she fell down and died.. when that happened, my heart died, everything died. I died.. My world.. I called my mom crying. She came over.. my family was crying cos this rabbit wasn't just a rabbit or pet, she was family and still is. We went out and buried her... I cried so hard. My neighbours were great support to me. I buried her.. I've been depressed and having a hard time ever since. I can't forget her.. I can't stop crying. My routine... it's fucked. I miss her... If I could go back in time. She's not just an animal or pet.. She's family. When my grandma died, I didn't cry like this... it didn't affect me like this.

      R.I.P Mussi..

      I don't believe in God, but if he exists or anything does exist after life, I hope she knows how much I love her and that they are taking care of her. And if there's anything after life, I wish to see her when I die...

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      AS 3 months ago

      My son's rabbit died of heatstroke today. It was too sunny and not enough shade. We just put her back in her cage and did not put it in the right location. We are heartbroken forever. I will never own another rabbit.

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      SadPetOwner 3 months ago

      My rabbit was an albino giant and she was super healthy. I took the best care of her as I could. She was always lying around while her sisters/daughters played around her. Today I went to go and put fresh hay and check their water and food. I went around to the back of her pen and she was just lying there, dead.

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      AlmostAnonRabbitOwner 3 months ago

      Hello, I do not agree to rabbits should be kept indoors all the time, granted they should be kept comfortable, but they can sustain -20 C degrees easily with winter fur/coat.

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      Husain 4 months ago

      I got a rabbit on sunday from petland he was a healthy rabbit and loved to play and walk around the house and jump in and out of his cage then 5 days later Thursday I come home and find him dead inside of his den thinkey he was only 4monthes old and we had home only for 5 days I miss him a lot he can never be replaced even though I only had him for 5 days his name was Oreo I miss him a lot

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      Murf 4 months ago

      Hi me and my husband got our 2nd baby rabbit for my easter gift this year and she was the sweetest thing youve ever seen. She was house trained, she came when you called her, even loved to give kisses and lay with my husband just like a real baby. She was our real baby and today I found her dead in her cage and dont understand what happened to her Im hysterical and cant stop crying Even though she is a rabbit she was my baby.:(

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      Analiese 4 months ago

      My rabbit was 9 years old,,he lived with us as part of our family.we loved him dearly,,we also have 2 dogs, and they were all friends,,we named him blackie,,cause he had a shiny pure black fur coat colour. He knew his name as he reponed when called,,just like the dogs lol,,he even tried to bark like them at times,,lol,,he ate all kind of foods,,he loved rice,,paella,,,salads,,chips ice cream,,spaghetti,,he was a little guy with a big personality,,if I wouldn't have lived this experience ,,I wouldn't have believed it,,he had his own way of communicating,,,,now it's devastating to me I found him in his last breath,,covered in flies,,I don't know what happened to him and it's so sad the way he died after all these years,,,R.I.P,,my warrior,,love u always..

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      Matty B 4 months ago

      without doubt they can ... we're dog sitting at present, and after sniffing, panting and barking (a 6m old puppy just being interested in this caged 'thing'), the 8 wk old bunny died - it looked like she was 'fronting up' the puppy, saying come on then, and generally standing her ground, but now after reading on here / other sites, its obvious it wasnt standing its ground knowingly, it was paralysed with fear - literally scared stiff - a caged rabbits version of being caught in car headlights ....

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      kim 4 months ago

      got a call from my grandmother saying my 4 year old rabbit Shamski was having a hard time standing up and laying on his side and twitching, came home and 10 minutes after i got home he squeaked and i put him in a basket ready to take him to a vet and he died.

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      D.Blase 4 months ago

      Our 1 year old rabbit, Leia, died overnight. She was fine before this. My daughter and I spent some time with her yesterday afternoon and she was happy, healthy and hopping. I have no idea what happened to her.

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      Dr reena 4 months ago

      My bunny died today he was 8 year old..we use to call him survivor..as he was very healthy and he was fighter...he was normal few hours ago...don't know wat happened bt he wasnt able he gota sudden disability in his lower back limbs and in 15 min he died

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      Simlover00 4 months ago

      Our rabbit died a few days ago. He was around 7 months old Abdul-Lateef e got him when he was 4 months, if the seller wasn't lying. He was a little lethargic the night before but I just thought it was cuz of the constant rain we had been having. Idk if he ate anything poisonous but we do have some weed type plants growing that he absolutely loved to eat.

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      Pat 4 months ago

      My husband brought me a tiny bunny about 2 weeks old he rescued after accidently destroying the nest in a big brush pile. The bunny was taking milk from an eye dropper, starting to nibble and hopping all around as alert as could be. This morning he suddenly died after looking fantastic last night and hatful breathing at 5:30 am. Something I fed him?? He brought us so much joy. I am soooo sad. My husband named him theo. Theodore and Theodorable for long. He was very precious and a reminder of Gods great creation and precious wee animals

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      me 5 months ago

      found our 5 months old bun dead yesterday - got too scared of a large friend's dog whom we are dog sitting. Dog did nothing wrong, didn't even bark, the rabbit was in a secure hutch and run. very sad

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      Jasmyn 5 months ago

      My bunny died today. I've only had had him for a couple weeks. I really miss him. We had no idea what had happened to him. I woke of to let him out of the cage and he seemed to be having trouble breathing. After a few more breathes he let out some fluid then died. His mouth was all wet when it had happened too. Someone please respond if you think you know what happened. I will be glad to answer and questions just for concern and for your convenience.

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      Sonya 5 months ago

      My rabbit died yesterday and i've been crying my eyes out. He was only a year and a bit. I think its because my dad put him outside in the winter and the temputure dropped. I am so sad he was my best friend. I dont want to replace him.

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      Ellie 5 months ago

      My 2 month old bunny just died suddenly. She was fine then an hour later I found her dead... I have no clue what happened?

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      Sam 5 months ago

      Joanna, it sounds like your rabbit may have head tilt, which can be very serious in rabbits if not treated quickly. You'll want to get your bun to a vet asap. The sooner, the better.

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      joanna 5 months ago

      my pet rabbits head keeps hanging to one side what could this be? thanx

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      Hidde 5 months ago

      My beloved female albino rabbit Emi just passed away. She starded growing really fast and later died. I found some diarrhea in her rabbit cage, but it wasn't there an hour before she died. What happened?! Why did she start to grow so fast?

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      KD 5 months ago

      Our beloved bunny Dopey passed away this morning, without any hint of impending death last night or the previous days.

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      Robyn 5 months ago

      I bought my girl bunny a wee mate as she so desperately wanted one. We spent weeks bonding them (which was pretty easy) we were able to put them in the same cage together. They got on so well but then my little boy (whom we only had for a month) suddenly passed. He wasnt even 3 months old. He was skinny from the day we bought him but one day he just stopped eating. We have no idea what happened and we are totally devestated. I am just hoping my little girl doesnt go into shock now that she has lost her mate :(

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      mmshell 5 months ago

      My rabbit died 2 days ago, and I still can't figure out why. It's so sad because we'd gotten this rabbit after our previous one died only months before we'd gotten the last. Our old rabbit died suddenly as well. The last rabbit seemed to be breathing fast and would occasionally move around, but she wouldn't eat or drink, and within 6 ours of the symptoms she made strange high-pitched grunting noises, kicked around, and then she just died. It was very saddening... and we can't get anymore because the place we used to get the rabbits stopped carrying rabbits, so even if we wanted one I don't know how we'd get one, but at this point I don't even know if I want another rabbit. I've only had two pet rabbits of my very own and I thought I had taken very good care of them, but they both died within the year. The SAME year. I don't really want anymore because I don't want to be the cause of anymore bunny deaths (if it really was my fault) but I just want to know HOW she died. Maybe it was the same way as my first, so at least I'd figure out the problem... please help.

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      choco 5 months ago

      how do you tell the breed of rabbit because I have no idea...

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      Rhian 6 months ago

      I had 4 rabbits before (December 2016) but now, I only have 2 left. When I buy them, they seem too healthy and they are just like kitten. They grow up fast and big when I went back to my hometown. However, few weeks after, the biggest and healthiest among all - die. I don't know what is the reason behind his sudden death but maybe, we suspect, food poisoning (white cabbage was the last food he eated). Few days after, the tiniest female rabbit collapse (can't stand and in paralyse) and in bet of dying. I was hurt. I cannot see them dying because of no sudden reason why. Then, yesterday, my left female rabbit, after bathing in late afternoon, becomes ill-like (becomes sleepy until today, June 13, 2017, loss appetite to eat and drink, and I don't know if the breathing is still normal but I guess, as what I can see in her body's normal). What to do then? This is the first time I have a pet rabbit and if she died, only left is the male rabbit. I don't want to lose her. And I hate it, when times like this, I don't have even one cents to go to veterian to have them check-up. Since December they don't have check-up yet. By the way, the color of my rabbit that are left - 1 male (white with red eyes) and 1 female (brown with brown eyes). The male rabbit - his hair falls which I can see his naked back and butt, I don't why and how it comes out like that. Please help me.

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      Nicole 6 months ago

      I have no idea why my bunny died I had it for two weeks and I was so attached now I'm so sad no other rabbit could replace the one I just lost

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      Joline 6 months ago

      I have no idea what happend... My puppy was barking too loud it made my baby bunny die..

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      Cazzle 6 months ago

      Our rabbit - aged 5- was fine yesterday. This morning he was extremely lethargic and he passed away this afternoon. It's come as a shock as he was a healthy rabbit. He hasn't been shocked in anyway - we don''t know what's happened really

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      Lady 6 months ago

      My rabbit was fine yesterday, and extremely lethargic today for a few hours, kept an eye on her all the time and cuddles with her to keep her company until the time came for our vet appointment with her. Just before leaving she was acting extremely dizzy and couldn't stand up, soon after she had what looked like a seizure and died in my arms on the way to the vets afterwards. We have no idea what happened.

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      Anon 6 months ago

      I think I killed my own beloved rabbit because of the deadly fly butt, I literally don't want to live right now .

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      Ruby 6 months ago

      We just bought a baby bunny we only had her for 4 days then other

      day we left to the store be for we left she was moving perfectly fine and when we came back she wasn't moving she was dead what could have possibly happend

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      Sherly 6 months ago

      Mother Rabbit suddenly sick shivering, let's are falling apart.

      given antibiotic and not able to reach the vet.

      do not know whether it will servive. She has 5 bunnies under 4 weeks.

      do not know whether it is a viral or poison or heart attack.

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      Roma khan 6 months ago

      My 20 days bunny take bath and now he is sleeping to muchand not eating or play what should i do plzz help me

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      Harvey 7 months ago

      Our little rabbit was fine it's about a year old we were sitting there and suddenly it started thrashing around in the cage it fell over dead it had only been fed rabbit pellets rabbit food

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      Njdan30 7 months ago

      I had 4 bunnies, this morning I found 2 dead and a 3rd acting like it is also dying, the 4th seems fine. The 3rd feels skinny and is very lethargic, slow. It's heartbreaking thinking it's suffering. This is terrible I went out of state for 1 day and left them I the care of a family member and they swear nothing out of the ordinary happened. I don't know what to do my little girls are going to crushed when they find out the bunnies are gone. They grown on me so much that they become pretty much mine since the day we got them and I thought I was doing everything right. I don't want the last 2 to die especially the healthy one. Any suggestions please let me know asap.

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      Emilia 7 months ago

      What happend if. My friend she didn't give food to his rabbit for 5 days and she tell me shes goin tomarrow to feed them

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      Judy 7 months ago

      I have so many tears after reading all the comments here and this goes out to all those who have lost they're little precious bunnies. I am so very sorry. I love bunnies so very much. I love all animals. They are so sweet & so innocent. Bless all the little ones that have passed away.

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      ilove rabbits 7 months ago

      thank you ilovemice this has helped me express my feelings sincerely thank you

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      ilove rabbits 7 months ago

      my rabbit willford was a French lop ear he was a dwarf and he was so cuddly and sweet he loved our Dutch bunny moo I am writing this at 11 o'clock I am al ready in therapy and this is just one more thing for me to be depressed about my ands are shaky because I found out about 45 minuets ago so this is not my first death my father died when I was 7 I am still dealing with it.

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      ilove rabbits 7 months ago

      my rabbit willford just died and I'm only 11 I cant stop crying

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      poppy 8 months ago

      me and my friends are saving 2988 lifes of bunnies

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      poppy 8 months ago

      we saved 1000 bunnies

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      Unknown 8 months ago

      So we had two bunnies and their names were Burt and Ernie they were both not even 1 year old and then one night I was sitting in my bed listening to my rabbits chew their hay and then in the morning I was going to get them out I saw Burt laying on his side dead and while we were in Colorado staying at a home and then we got a call saying that Ernie died a babysitters hous we are all sad!

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      poppy 8 months ago

      i love bunnies me and my friends are trying to help save them.

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      belle 8 months ago

      There is something in this article that is not true when you combine it with another part. The 'don't spay does' part and the 'netherland breed can live the longest'. Holland lops and hollands bunnies in general are very prone to uterine cancer, with over 60% of the females getting it and dying around 7 years old. Please, look up if you have a breed that is prone to this disease and act before it is too late. If the procedure goes well your bunny can indeed live to become far past ten years. Please do spay these females, as uterine cancer either ends with them drowning in their own lung fluid or starving. If you have a bunny with a high risk at least consider this.

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      violet 8 months ago

      my 12 year old bunny was eating very well the night before and in the morning started breathing fast, she had a slightly bloated stomach so I gave her baby simethicone and massaged her belly.

      She looked like her breathing was better so I went to take a shower when I came back she was dead.

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      Lisa 8 months ago

      Went out to my rabbits this morning, 1 baby that was about 6 months old and living with mum, wasn't looking to good, was wobbly and not eating. So I separated them and within half hour baby rabbit has passed away. Super sad for bunny. Thinking mum will be sad to and may get lonely. Hope she doesn't pass too.

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      Willy 8 months ago

      I have a rabbit that is 2 years old and I am not sure if he could start mating with another rabbit. Are rabbits that are 2 years old too old to mate?

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      Cindy 9 months ago

      I had a litter of babies and they started dying and then the mom died.eating one minute and then dead the next.

      I been raising them for years,never had this problem.

      Can anyone help me?

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      Karen 10 months ago

      My rabbit, Daisy died during the night and I found her on the floor of their shed this morning when I went to feed them. Not a nice way to start the day! She did go for a wander in the garden at the weekend so I wonder if she ate something. Her Dad will be very lonely without her. Feeling very sad today.

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      Kristi 10 months ago

      I have my bunny on a diet of natural harvest adult bunny food. He loves the food but I am not seeing any poop like I had with just the plain pellet food. Is this a problem or is it possible he likes the food so much that he's now eating all of his poop too? And is it a bad thing if he is eating every droplet of poop. I used to find over 30 pellets of poop in his cage a day and now none. Should I be concerned?

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      Zoey 10 months ago

      I'm 12 and I have a rabbit of my own and his name is Chewy. He only likes me... he chins, licks and comes to me responding to his name. So I believe kids ages 10-12 can have a rabbit as long as they know what to do and have the right level of knowledge. I got Chewy on my 12th birthday in July. Plus I go to a medical school where I'm on the vet track.

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      Bri 10 months ago

      My baby bunny was under 2 months old but when we first got him my brother dropped him. He was found dead 2/1/17 and I just got home from school when I was old about it. I ran in my room and cried for the rest of the night. I had another bunny before him and his name was Gizmo and he died on 11/17/16 which is my birthday. The baby's name was Thumper and he loved me. Every time I walked past his cage he followed me. It's sad that I lost him at such a young age. He was only 1 1/2 months old.

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      sailor moon 10 months ago

      my rabbit furaha with me since she was 4 weeks old,now she is a healthy 4 year old rabbit, l love her so much.

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      Mya 10 months ago

      I've had my bunny for almost a hear now and her previous owner had her for five months before that. I found her dead this morning and have no idea what happened. I'm an adult but she was my first pet. I'm so sad. Rest in peace Luna.

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      Brooke 10 months ago

      My brothers Bunny Clover died this morning and she was only 10 months old we are very sad because we have another rabbit and they were siblings and they lived together ever since:( any ideas on how I could make her happy again:(

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      Steve 10 months ago

      Thanks John.I like the saying I walk amongst the trees.I buried Jumpy to.I keep on seeing Jumpy walking around in my apartment.What ever you do please don't ever lose it no matter what happens.Always try to stay calm in all that you do.You seem like a very nice man to talk to.you can text me any time.I will always be there for you.Take care of your self.

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      John 10 months ago

      Thanks Steven.I'll mids her badly.I buried jet Sunday,next to my gerbil Einstein, who passed away last September. I buried her in an area I call gerbies wood, named after my first gerbil Mr.G.she's buried in bunnies cove where we used to hang out and listen to nature. Bunny bun,when I walk amongst the trees, I'll think of you,... As you will me.goodbye, bunny.

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      Steven 10 months ago

      Hey John I just lost my little bunny yesterday

      to.We had her for nine years.I don't know

      what went wrong.Her name was Jumpie

      because she always liked to jump around.I

      am crying to as I write to you.I don't think

      that I will get another one until next year

      because it hurts so much when a love one

      dies.Hang in there.I always want to remember

      my little Jumpie.I will also remember your

      little bunny to.Jumpie and bunny are both

      together now.Please don't cry any more.

      Always think of the good tims that you had

      with bunny and I will think of the good times

      that I had with Jumpie.

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      Kathy 10 months ago

      John I am so sorry for your bunny passing away.

      I will keep you in all of my prays.

      Love always kathy.

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      john 10 months ago

      My rabbit just passed away yesterday. Had her for seven years. She was old and her body could not continue on.she died in my lap.I'm devastated. Its very hard,but she knew I loved her and took excellent care of her.bunny is gone now. I'm crying as I write this.good bye,bunny.I'll miss you,baby!

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      Cara 11 months ago

      Hi my rabbits was very healthy and suddenly had fits and all 4 of them died by the same reason does anyone no what it was?

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      Kenya 11 months ago

      Hi my bunny is healthy very healthy no problems no nothing my cousin was carrying her and the next day she died

      R.I.P patunia I'll miss you always in my heart love your owner Kenya when I die someday I want to see you I know god will give you food everyday and will keep you nice and warm and healthy all my 7 bunnies love you patunia ............................................love you baby's

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      stephanie 11 months ago

      yesterday my rabbit died suddenly we don't know how she passed away she was only a year old we got her away from a abusive family were the other people had a bigger rabbit and they never fed her until we got her she was a white blue eye dwarf lion head

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      Jillian 11 months ago

      My bunny had dislocated hips and had to scoot around but was otherwise pretty healthy we would have to clean her sometimes but other then that she was normal and then all of the sudden we found her dead. She was so sweet she will be missed deeply. R.I.P. Angel

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      Dimple 11 months ago

      My bunny was new to our home . It didn't eat anything and later the third day he died! We tried to feed him all the veggies we got ! Even the green grass ...Can we revive him ? The vet is really far off ...Don't know what to do!

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      BERT Machado 11 months ago

      I have 3 month old rabbits out doors in the pins and the weather at night gets to about 30 degrees they used to the outdoors but once in while one dies and that's 3 in the last 15 days and i don't know why they dying!!!!!

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      Leanne 12 months ago

      Audrey maybe instead of giving to people maybe you could be more informative on what people should do and not do as they seem to be asking advise not put downs .....

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      Audree 13 months ago

      You are not I REPEAT are NOT supposed to bathe rabbits. They are very clean mammals and clean themselves, This is why your rabbits died, they went into shock from being so wet. You should not be owning a rabbit if you are not going to research them first. Also, there are alot of poisonous plants and vegetables, make sure you do your research. It is your job to do so if you want to own one.

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      Paige 13 months ago

      My bunny was laying sideways and when I went to check on her I found out she died and we didn't know what to do with her sister

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      Qtyaus 13 months ago

      My bunny died suddenly. I work nights and checked on him about 6 am and then went to bed. My GF woke me up at 1pm and said she thinks the bunny is dead. I went to check on him and he was stiff laying on his side looking at the door as if to look for me. He was a little warm but I think he was dead for a few hours. He was only 9 months old, the only thing I can think of was we brought a aloe plant inside and he chewed on it as we let him run around the house a few hours a day. I cant believe that as a construction worker who is supposed to be tough and hardy that my bunny's death would affect me so much. He was my buddy, he would follow me around, jump on me and lay with me and sleep while I rubbed his head. Miss you Honey Bun.

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      Natu 13 months ago

      Bunny boy was livong with my female rabbit teenie... they were fine last night, this morning i walk out hes laying on his side, eyes wide open. She sat buy him and lifted his arm and sniffed his eye.... i dont know if she killed him cos she can be vicious.. im not sure how old he is we only got him about three weeks ago. My three yr old doesnt understand hes now gone.

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      Sad person! 13 months ago

      My rabbit died 2 days ago. I went to feed it and noticed it wasn't moving. It usually runs to the edge of the cage so I stopped, terrified. He was laying on his side with his head down too. Then I noticed him move his leg. I looked closer and saw his eyes were open and I said his name and he moved his legs and head a little for a few seconds. It was like he was trying to get up but he could barely move. I told my mum and we took him inside carefully. I examined him but there were no bite marks or ticks. Then I layed him down on an old shirt. I even tried feeding him a little bit of grass but he didn't do anything. My mum said it was dying and I was sad. We watched him for a while and he didn't move but every few minutes he would either kick his legs a little or sort of sneeze. After about 10 minutes he started to breathe different. He would open his mouth and take a big breath and breathe out straight away. It would make a little noise every time he did this. He did this every 6 seconds (I counted) so I knew his time was coming to an end. Soon he stopped breathing and I noticed he was starting to shiver slightly, his stomach and whiskers were moving and his tail went up slowly. He was also cold all of a sudden. We wrapped him up and buried him. It was sad because the day before he was fine! I'm still very sad... He will always be loved.

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      Flemishlove 13 months ago

      I had 2 beautiful giant brother but sadly I found one dead one morning and the other just drop dead couple hours after finding his brother. I'm guessing they ate something poisonous in the garden when I let them out for their run. Could it have been a poisonous plant?

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      anonymous 13 months ago

      (this is going to be abit long but very worth reading) my almost 1 year old mini lop rabbit called Cinnamon died early this morning, here's what happened.

      i went outside to look after my two rabbits and found Cinnamon laying down in the closed off part of the hutch where they usually sleep.

      for a second i thought it was just sleeping but when i opened the cage and shook it, i realised it wasn't just sleeping.

      it was still warm and squishy so i was quiet confused but i ran back inside to tell my mum that something had happened to poor cinnamon. i quickly ran back outside and shook it again and i saw its chest moving up and down slightly, which meant that it's heart was still beating, it was still alive! Mum told me it was probably dying. i was so upset and i pleaded that it wake up. it's leg moved a little bit and i tried to wake it up but although it's body was moving a bit, it's head and face was so lifeless. it's eyes were open and it was drooling. such a terrible sight to see... then i ran and grabbed a big enough box and carefully picked Cinnamon up.

      it's body was so warm and soft and fluffy. i placed it gently in the box, then it started shaking and twitching, i think it was having a seizure. but it stopped in about 3 seconds. and then i carefully brought my dying bunny inside whilst my sister kept my other bunny, Nibbles, out of the way.

      i sat next to Cinnamon for about half an hour before it twitched its leg and lifted up it head from the base of the box. hope filled in me but then its head fell back down. i didn't know what was going on. then it streatched out its legs and it's head moved again.

      then suddenly oil coloured fluid literally shot out of in between its legs and then it rested its head again,

      i asked my mum about it and she said it was its body shutting dow,.

      this made me so upset i patted Cinnamon for another half hour and cried and sand soft songs to it before i noticed its chest had stopping moving and it's nose wasn't twitching anymore.

      i shook it but it didn't respond at all.

      i cried even more and knew it was dead for real now.

      i picked up the box and took it into the shed, where it would stay until later when we'd bury it.

      i gave Cinnamon a kiss on top of its fur before saying goodbye and that i loved her forever.

      i closed the box and left it there.

      i went inside and had a shower which went for about an hour while i was still processing in my mind that my baby had just died.

      after my shower i quickly ducked into the shed and took one last look at Cinnamon.

      i patted its body, but this time it was cold and rock hard. i cried some more and gave it a final kiss and said my last goodbye.

      once i had stopped crying, i asked my mum what had happened to it.

      she said it had probably caught myxamotosis which is a disease spawned by a mosquito bite.

      then i remembered that i seen a mosquito flying around in the hutch when i found Cinnamon dying, and told her so.

      she said that's what Cinnamon had died from most likely.

      my other rabbit, Nibbles, is younger than Cinnamon.

      i didn't want to put Nibbles back in the hutch until we've sterilised it all so i made a space in my room for it with a little comfy bed and lots of food and water for it.

      i really hope Nibbles doesn't have this disease either because i don't think i can't handle another death.

      but Nibbles is going to be very lonely without Cinnamon, because they were so close together all the time.

      they were best friends.

      Rest In Peace, Cinnamon. i love you, always, forever❤️❤️

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      bk 14 months ago

      my bunny stomped his feet in the middle of the night last night, so I came out to check on him.. his nose was running uncontrollably & he was panting heavily... I held him & layed with him for an hour & it became obvious it was time for him to go.... he was 10yrs old with no known health problems, so it was either old age or a blockage. I tried to comfort him as much as possible.. I'm glad I was with him when he passed away.. I haven't stopped crying. 10yrs... awesome pet & family member.

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      XaneyahBestfriendBunny! 14 months ago

      Hi My bunny name was Kya.It all started yesterday when I was at home I had gave my bunny a bath and my mom yelled my name telling me to put my bunny up so I can pack my clothes.So I can spend a night over my cousins.I put her in the cage not remembering to dry her off.Later on I found her under her water bottle just standing there.I took her out.And realized she wasn't bleeding or blinking.I dropped her on top of the cage crying to death.Until my brother check and saw she wasn't dead.I got a towel and a blanket and wrapped her in it and held her by the heater to keep her warm.like an hour later we unwrapped her and she started flopping around bouncing every where.Until my mom said she was having a seizure.We wrapped her back up and she was fine.We laid her on my bed and I turned on my space heater.and left to my cousins praying she would make it.It was 2 days when I spend a night over my cousins.later on I came back home.Running in the house about to check on her.When my mom told me to wait.And she told my that my bunny had passed away and its still hard to believe that she is gone.I cried myself to sleep.Just a few minutes ago I was literally looking for her.When my brother reminded me she was gone.I'm still crying.But she will always be in my heart.

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      Ashton 14 months ago

      one of my three bunnies died today. His/Her name was Saige. They are too young to sex. I still have my others but i still don't feel better.

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      amb28 14 months ago

      one of my 2bunnies just died this early morning,the white one,sad.. which is my daughter adore so much. her tears will surely shed from her eyes when she come home just to know that her favourit (bunny) died.

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      Cheryl Gehrke 14 months ago

      PLease do not tell people to not spay female rabbits. I have had 3 from breeders that died of Uterine cancer. Gracie died first and I got her necropsied. she was full of cancer, then I got Binky and River spayed. The vet said they both had cancer but he thought he got it all, then 3 months later River died of lung cancer of all things and Binky died 6 months after that. A rabbit over 5 years old has an 80% chance of getting uterine cancer. I have rescued 54 rabbits and none of them have ever died from a spay. Boy rabbits should be neutered too because I had one little boy bunny who got testicle cancer and he died. This bun was from a breeder who let him go with his testicles all swollen up. I took him and got him neutered but he died because he was so weak. Please people if you love your rabbits and want them to live a long time, get them spayed and neutered.

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      Amrita 14 months ago

      My bunny named Bugz died last year ;(

      It all started when i went to my cousins house i was on my cousins bed and me and my couin saw a persson walk from the side of our eyes we were so terrified i started to think about Bugz and my 5 guineapigs. me and my cousin checked and yelled out MUM but it was't them they were outside.

      When we went home i ran to check my gunieapigs Zara, Kira, Simber, Bula, Vinaka and they were fine and then i RUSHED so FAST! to Bugz and sore him laying down with birds eating his food, i dropped and screamed.

      I picked him up and he was all sloppy, i was praying anf crying and panicking. I didn't know what do to.......so i wen and placed water on front of him and he just standed still i CRIED so much that i have never moved on. I tried to do mouth to mouth but nothing worked, and i was so heart broken and sad that i wasn't brave enough to tell mum and i was SO SO SO STUPID that i left him there you must think i am stupid and i hated myself for it. At night i told my sister that....he is dying and she didn't belive me at first and when we checked on him......he.......died i CRIED AND CRIED! And then the next day i went down stairs to hug him and he was stiff and his eyes were closed and kept crying until i told them.

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