Can Rabbits Eat Cheerios?

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Last Updated on March 13, 2023 by Marjon Ramos

While feeding small amounts of cheerios to rabbits is not harmful, feeding them large amounts of cheerios could lead to digestive distress like diarrhea and GI stasis.

Cheerios are mostly made of corn starch, sugar, and salt, all of which are not recommended to be fed to rabbits in large amounts.

If you notice any changes in your rabbit’s stool, both in size and consistency, immediately bring your rabbit to a veterinarian.

Now that I’ve given you the gist of the article, read on as I explain the different risks and alternatives to cheerios:

Risk of overfeeding cheerios to rabbits.

Corn starch, being the main ingredient of cheerios, carries a certain risk when fed in large amounts because rabbits have difficulty digesting it.

Here are some of the risks associated with feeding your rabbits large amounts of cheerios:


Diarrhea in rabbits is often caused by the wrong diet or when the diet is changed too fast. 

Feeding your rabbit large amounts of cheerios would check those two boxes I mentioned.

Gastrointestinal Stasis

Gastrointestinal stasis is also possible when a rabbit is fed large amounts of cheerios, which are high in carbs and starch.

GI stasis happens when the balance of bacteria in your rabbit’s gut is disrupted due to a high-carb, low-fiber diet.

This disruption would cause painful gas that would eventually lead to organ failure and death if not treated immediately.

The signs of GI stasis are:

  • Depressed
  • Hunched posture
  • Bruxism
  • Decreased appetite/anorexia

If you notice any of these signs, immediately bring your rabbit to a veterinarian.


Obesity in rabbits is also possible when fed large amounts of starchy food.

Rabbits that are confined in cages all day without exercise and fed large amounts of high-carb, low-fiber diets are the most susceptible to obesity.

Healthy alternative to cheerios as treats.

If you’re planning on giving your bunnies cheerios as treats, these alternatives are much healthier.

Here are some alternatives that you can give to your rabbits one to two times per week as a treat:

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Should you panic if your rabbit ate a little bit of cheerios?

No, as long as your rabbit is eating the right kind of diet and you are not giving them a bowl of cheerios to snack on, they should be fine.

What to do if your rabbit ate cheerios?

Observe their behavior and poop for any changes.

You should also feed them a lot of hay.

If you do notice any changes in their poop, take them to a veterinarian.


A rabbit eating small amounts of cheerios or any corn-based chips is not a concern as long as the rabbit is on a fiber-rich diet.

Just make sure that you monitor their stool for any changes both in consistency and size.

A rabbit that’s fed large amounts of corn, like cheerios, could lead to digestive distress like GI stasis and diarrhea.

It could also lead to obesity, especially in rabbits who are confined in small cages all day without access to regular exercise.

If your rabbit is exhibiting signs of digestive distress, immediately bring them to a veterinarian.

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By Marjon Ramos

I’ve loved and cared for rabbits since I was 9 years old, and I’m here to share my passion for rabbits. My objective is to help rabbit owners give their rabbits the best life possible.