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
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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      2 days ago

      My bunny just died

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      Keegan 4 days ago

      My dwarf rabbit died today. She was perfectly healthy as far as I knew this morning, but when I saw her this afternoon, she was dead. My family took it hard and she had only been 3 years old.

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      ωrιsτιηα 6 days ago

      My bunny passed away today

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      Anya 13 days ago

      My two babies died today - One was a dwarf rabbit and the other was slightly bigger though they loved eachother very much. The littlest one was found dead in the cage and so both were removed and taken downstairs. The other was then placed in a box away from the body of her friend, though proceeded to have a bit of a fit, sliding instead of hopping and not attempting to move much. She then, too, died. Both were very young, no older than around 14 months for the oldest and 8 for the youngest. I'm distressed and just want to know what happened to them to give me some closure. They were the reason I smiled so much and they gave me something to look forward to in seeing them and cuddling them close to me. I miss them so much already..

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      Melissa 2 weeks ago

      My Rabbit was perfectly healthy and normal, One day she just stopped eating aprox 1 and a half day , only drank water, we tried force feeding with a shringe she refused , that night she went into shock , she had no strength to even stand , sadly she passed away , we had her for 5 years, through research i suggest she had .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.

      My previous rabbbit lived for 13 Years , and to see a rabbit die who is just 5 years is heart breaking.

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      Charlene 2 weeks ago

      Our bunny Diego died the other day. Came home to our apartment and found him stretched out and almost stiff, but still barely warm. He was perfectly fine the morning I left, and the afternoon my boyfriend left our apartment -- running around our feet in circles and begging to be petted. If I could change the course of that day so I could get some closure as to how exactly he died, I would. We still have his cage. He's the reason our apartment is home, now it feels so empty.

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      Emily 2 weeks ago

      I had a bunny for about 2 months and when he was about 4 months he would not eat (Monday 5/28/18) and I watched him until later in the day when my family tried to play with him.

      He was unable to move his front paws and they just collapsed under him as he tried to hop, after this we immediately rushed him to Avets. I held him the entire ride there and he never tried to move.

      When the vets looked at him they said that he was Paralyzed and could not move basically at all and his head was constantly looking to the ceiling. The vet told me that he probably had a parasite called E. Cuniculi that he most likely received from his mother and this parasite slowly takes over the brain and spinal cord for months and the rabbit shows no signs. My bun sadly was returned to me from the vets wrapped in a towel and sadly no longer with me. I cuddled him the entire ride home and have since planted a flower by his grave along with a rabbit statue.

      I am having a problem because every time I start to forget and think about something else other than my bun, I start bawling and can not control it while I envision my last day with him. I don't know what to do about my uncontrollable grief! Does anyone have any suggestions???

      Also I found out that this parasite is in 75% of all house rabbits however only 20% ever show symptoms of the parasite and very few of them actually pass away from this parasite but my bunny defied all of the odds and actually died from the parasite.

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      Jess 2 weeks ago

      My buns were outside earlier as normal on nice days, since we put their cages outside in the shade so they can relax in the breeze however I just went out to check on them and found my two females, one around 3, the other just under a year, lying in there pens dead, bodies stiff. My only male was still perfectly fine so I have since brought him back inside. However the two females showed no signs of disease or anything of the sort this morning, I'm utterly confused and distressed. Any help would be much appreciated, and sorry for the bad use in grammar :/.

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      RandomAnimations 3 weeks ago

      My Rabbit(Female)Just died today i cried so bad it only liver fo more than 6 months!

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      Frankie Root 3 weeks ago

      Sad weekend. Early Saturday morning found Daisy decapitated in the enclosed backyard. Found Minnie behind the lawn mower in a tight "loaf" posture in a stupor. Both rabbits are rescues. Appears a fox got over the wall and did its thing. Minnie only had an abrasion on her ear and two cut/bite marks on her neck, none that penetrated through the skin. Did some first level doctoring put her back down and she went right behind the lawn mower, again, in the tight loaf posture. Later, she went to the water bowl, took a few sips, ate the littlest amount of alfalfa, and back behind the lawn mower. NO DOUBT she was in shock. Me, the wife, and two boys tended to her throughout the day, afternoon, and late evening. She wasn't eating or drinking, but still passing stool, albeit, smaller and smaller near the end. She died early Sunday morning Buried them both under one of my Japanese ornamental trees. No emer clinic in area that took rabbits. Spent HOURS on the internet trying to find why she was just getting worse and worse, until finally the end, and I'm STILL doing it. Best I can tell from all info I could gather was she died from unrecoverable shock, along with witnessing the vicious ending for her buddy, Daisy; her body just shut down. I vividly remember her trying to wash her face. Got as far as three passes of her forearms, before she went back to dropping her head to where her nose was on the floor. Like so many of you, here, it's so hard to come to grips with seeing them happy doing rabbit things just a few days ago, then suddenly nothing! Had Minnie for about two years and Daisy for a little less. This feeling I'm having really sucks, folks, REALLY!

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      Sheryl hayden 3 weeks ago

      My rabbit Rosie died 3 days ago, I had her 5 years from a rescue Center she was bleeding from her paw last Wednesday she cleaned it up, rang vets they said ring in morning, the day after Thursday she was hold paw up, I got an appointment 10 30 vet examined her, couldn't see anything she had been scratching her ears so got wiped to apply and did mite treatment, made an appointment week after, seperated her from my other rabbit vets advice for 24 hours while this mite treatment was on, 10 to 7 the following she lay on her side I picked her up and she died, can't understand it, and finding very hard to get over it x

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      Lauren 4 weeks ago

      Today May 17th 2018 is a very very sad day :( My little baby boy all white bunny I named Bailey (A special gift from heaven) showed up on my front doorstep five years ago in April 2013 no bigger than my hand.

      He was fearless, friendly, smart, clean and beautiful with blue grey eyes! He ruled over and became best pals with the 3 kittens I adopted 3 years ago, they just loved him! My house and the back yard was his play ground and he was a very happy free bunny. I found him dead this afternoon laying in one of his favorite spots with no signs of fowl play his eyes were open and he looked peaceful.

      I truly have no idea what happened as he was seemingly fine last night. To lose a pet can be so hard as they are such magical little beings filled with pure love.

      I give Thanks to the heavens for bringing me this beautiful fur baby. I will treasure the memories we have had.

      I wish peace for those of you that have also lost yours! Remember no shame and no blame we have all done the best we could do in any given moment with the information we had. I love you Bailey

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      Nikiara leigh 4 weeks ago

      I have 2 rabbits, max and ruby..3 months old.. Sad to say max died. Early morning he is playful and seems no problem at all..when i check them in a cage ,huhuhu..he is not moving.. I can feel the sadness of ruby.. Until now ruby is not in a mood.. My hypothesis for this sudden death is temperature.. So very hot here in philippines coz it is summer. Aside from temperature is stress.. I have my 2 daugther and they keep on touching, feeding, carry..and maybe this is the cause of death due to stress.. Sooo sad my little ruby.. Maybe this week i could find a new bunny for ruby... Mmmm..what coud be the name..mark and ruby?hehehe..

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      Joey 4 weeks ago

      My bun died and it was laying on its side , we rushed it to the vet the said it was a blockage and my other rabbit (his sister) is fine though(luckily) its very sad to lose a pet

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      Casey 5 weeks ago

      In 2014, january the 4th, me and my little sister both got a rabbit from our local pets at home as a christmas present. They were in the same cage in the store, and so we thought they would be perfect. We fed them and gave them fresh water everyday, treated them like we were meant to, cleaned them out often. They shared a hutch in our shed. It was small (the shed) and all that was in it was their supplies and plant pots. After a few weeks, we decided to put a trellis across the shed door, put pieces of plasterboard along the tools, and opened their cage door. They seemed excited about this, and this would happen all day everyday, except for when it was night or we were out (well, they somehow managed to get out a few times but that's beside the point) so they could have freedom out of their hutch. They had plenty of room for 2 rabbits, they had toys, food, water, and stuff to climb on, but on the 13th of February 2014, my sisters rabbit, hollie, wasn't running around. She was alive, she was drinking, but she wouldn't eat or walk around. We picked her up and gave her some snuggles, and when we woke up the next morning, valentines day, i went to feed them, and as i lifted the hutch roof, she was dead. To this day, we still don't know what happened to her; she could have been ill when we bought her, she could've got scared, or maybe the other rabbit bullied her, which i refuse to believe even though the others do because there were no marks on her body so it was nothing physical. As you can imagine, I am not sure if I can get my rabbit another friend, because if everyone in my family was correct, my rabbit is the reason my sister's is dead.

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      Peter grass 6 weeks ago

      I had two bunny's and we had the bunny's for about 2 weeks. 1 bunny died out of nowere with a bone out of his foot.

      He was well fed, got great space and he sudenly dies

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      Sairam chintakindi 6 weeks ago

      Sudden death of my both bunny while they where playing

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      zaid 7 weeks ago

      My bunny died two days ago and I don't know what happened.

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      Edward Gameli Fenuku 7 weeks ago

      My rabbit ran and jumped few moment suddenly dead . what might be possible cause.

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      Mick 8 weeks ago

      We had 3 bunnies at work, 2 died last year

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      Sserunkuma Simon peter 2 months ago

      thank u for the information

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      Sayantani Bose 2 months ago

      My bunny is suddenly sleeping much.. he is normal otherwise , playing , eating and pooping normally but he is sleeping often.. is it ok?

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      shahtaj 3 months ago

      My 35 days old bunny died today without reason.bunny was very healthy very active and lovely. I gifted to my daughter on her birthday. whole day used to run after me and like to eat caret. We played with little one last morning I went feed food and water she was not interested n not moving got doubt rush to vet treatment went but I lost her after 3 hours.I don't know why it happened with happy healthy baby.tomorrow my daughter 's final exam I cont tell her n I cont control my self...I don't know wt to do.....

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      AAlba 3 months ago

      Happy, healthy, well-fed, loved, cared-for and in the company of a human that loved him and a kitty that was fond of him, too.

      Was fine, eat his Timmothy hay and his veggies and TImothy pellets,, drank water, urinated and excreeted waste normally during the day. Then suddenly seemed lethargic at the end of the day and his eyes were lifeless. Seemed to have no energy at all but was receptive to being gently cradled in my arms for about 30 minutes.It was raining and during rush hour on a Friday. The emergency vet was over an hour dive away. We weren’t going to make it there in time. He was dying, but we didnt’ know why. Then suddenly he went from feeling lifeless to having a sudden full-body seizure while in my arms. I lay him down and cradled him in my hands. He died within minutes. Very sad. He was only a year old, a rescue from the animal shelter. He’d only been home for two months. Don’t understand what we did wrong or why he died. Very sad. We are heartbroken.

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      Rachel Plitt 3 months ago

      My rabbit Reesey actually passed away literally 2 days after her spaying surgery and me and my boyfriend are so heartbroken. She was just so stressed out from it all and got bad diarrhea which is fatal and there was nothing we could do, even after spending $80 on meds. It was all just so sudden.

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      Alaina Lovett 3 months ago

      One day I walked in and found my rabbit laying in his cage. I rushed over picked him up. It felt like he couldn’t feel his body and it was paralyzed. I rinse my parents and we realize that we could do nothing. Anyways it was Sunday we knew that he could not be saved. The day before he was happily jumping around eating drinking and pooping. Sadly the next day he was dead.

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      missmylovebun 4 months ago

      I found one of my precious baby buns dead in her hutch this evening before work. She was still warm and I cried so hard because I wasn't there for my sweet baby when she was dying.

      How can she go from alive to dead in hours with no explanation? She had fresh food, water, warmth and love and now she's gone....It is almost more pain to lose them than I can handle, how do you guys cope with it?

      They are innocent, and loving unlike most abusive and selfish people I deal with in my work life.

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      erkh 4 months ago

      my rabbits haven't died yet but they might :(

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      Sunit 4 months ago

      I had two rabbits and i think they have swallowed something poisonous after i dont the accurate reason but they suddenly start sweating a lot and their fur was getting dul and dul and wet like spikes . They both were screaming a lot it was so painful i took them to vaterian but it was late and at night they died . If someone knows what had happened to them plz tell

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      Sad child 4 months ago

      I lost my two rabbits after only 1 month of living in my new house. They were siblings of their mother who I still own. Therefore, they were still very young. They weren't even a year old! They were fed, and given water every other day. when I found them they still had food and water in their cage. So does anyone know what could have happened? Their names were Checkers and Chess. I was broken when I had found the first one in his cage dead with the other rabbit in the cage with him. I know that Checkers didn't attack Chess because he had never done that before and there were no signs of scratches or blood. And the second one died about a week later. What Happened??!!?

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      Juliana Edwards 4 months ago

      April was a albino beautiful dwarf rabbit. She died in my arms on July 27. She was 7 years and 3 months old. It was horrible. My sister said that April was making a small squeaking noise with her mouth. I ran over to her and picked her up and cradled her in my arms. 2 minutes later she died. I was 14. And still am 14, and I still cry every night. It was such a sudden and horrible death

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      Arpita 4 months ago

      My 2 baby bunnies died today.they ate cow's milk yesterday & cabbage.they were fine till yesterday night.But today morning they can't wake up r try to live but they died.I feel very bad for them.My mother is in tears.I did not know what is the reason behind their death.I feel very sorry.

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      Sad me 5 months ago

      I went camping for three days in summer and it was boiling I left them outside and when I came back they were eyewide open but not breathing. Oh my babies If only you were here now oh my poor Harper and Tilly-rose

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      Lauren 5 months ago

      I found my rabbit Nibblet dead three days ago. Being a college student with divorced parents, my time home to take care of him was limited up until my winter break. My dad took care of him when I was away, but after being away from home for a few more days in a row than I originally planned, I went to check on him, only to find that he was sprawled out and dead in his cage. My dad said that he restocked the food and water at least every other day, but seeing as how there was neither of either, my best guess is that he died of dehydration. He was a three year old, black, polish bun and he was my baby. I can't express enough how much I blame myself for what happened and I doubt that I'll be able to own another rabbit after this happened, despite how much I love them.

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      Louise 5 months ago

      My rabbit died Yesterday afternoon. My daughter got home from school and went to go out and feed it she open the cage door and didn’t see him so if she opened up the poop side of it bac yesterday afternoon. My daughter got home from school and went to go out and feed it she open the cage door and all she saw was his head and slightly half his little body . So she banged the door to wake him up in case he was asleep . No movment his eyes were shut . He didnt die of starvation ( food left in the bowl) didnt die of age (only 5 years old) didn’t die of thirst (loads of water was left) . He was fine the day before. What happened !! My daughter was in tears !

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      Donna Pauling 5 months ago

      My bunny was fine until yesterday afternoon. But then he seemed lethargic and not eating last night. This morning he was the same so I made a vet appt. He died before the appt. I feel so responsible for not thinking it was so serious. Just yesterday at this time he was jumping around acting all silly and now he's heart is breaking. He was counting on me to take care of him. I failed

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      Missy 5 months ago

      My pet rabbit was fine when I put her to bed last night. To my horror, I found she had died this morning. We've had her since birth. I'm so very sad.

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      Rabbit Lover 5 months ago

      This is terribly hurting, My Rabbit just died few hours ago. she was perfectly fine. I don't know what the hell happened? She is no more. I can't handle the pain..still searching on google that why and what is the reason that she left me?

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      tina 5 months ago

      i was so shocked to find my bunny dead she looked so happy an healthy she was bonded with the same mate for five yrs and was always able to run free an had a shed with heating on constantly what should i do to help her mate feel lonely

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      Uriel 5 months ago

      My rabbit is dying right now...It pains me to see him life this...I really want to comfort him as much as possible..He has been with me since I was 6...He had lived for 12 years...I wish I could have been there with him right now but I'm studying overseas :( I will miss him forever...I feel super sad because he could have lived a much better life...

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      BUnny love 5 months ago

      My bunny died randomly,it was a baby(not so baby)and when I woke up he just was dead,his diet was lettuce,bits of kale,and pellets,did i do something wrong?

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      Mom 5 months ago

      My rabbit Carrot just passed away three hours ago, my daugther was so upset that she cried her eyes out. My little boy died at Christmas day after we had dinner and went home. We will miss you, you are our family member not a pet. RIP

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      Rosiah 6 months ago

      My rabbit jasper died today and i didn't have him for that long.

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      Alicia 6 months 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 6 months ago

      Blake Dunkel you are one truely sick bastard!!

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      Blake Dunkel 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months ago

      I like bunny

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      James 7 months 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 7 months ago

      Lost both my rabbits today.

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      JJ 7 months 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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      7 months 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 months 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 months 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 months ago

      My bunny died today he was 8 year old..we use to call him 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 10 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 10 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 months ago

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

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      Hidde 11 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 11 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 11 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 12 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 12 months ago

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

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      Rhian 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 13 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 13 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 13 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 13 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 14 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 14 months ago

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


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