Can Rabbits Eat Noodles? What you need to know.

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Last Updated on August 23, 2021 by Rei

While eating small amounts of noodles accidentally is not harmful to rabbits, you should never intentionally feed it to your rabbits due to the risk associated with it.

Noodles are mostly made out of flour and eggs, both of which is are not included in a rabbit’s natural diet. Feeding your rabbits large amounts of noodles in lieu of hay could lead to digestive distress especially to young rabbits whose guts are underdeveloped.

Stick to your rabbit’s natural diet which includes hay, veggies, and pellets.

Now that I’ve given you the gist of the article, read on as I explain the topic in more details:

Will rabbits intentionally eat noodles?

Yes, rabbits would intentionally eat noodles if you give them some. Rabbits are curious creatures and like to bite on things to test them.

We also asked several rabbit owners if they ever noticed their rabbits eating noodles, some of them reported seeing their rabbits eating small amounts of noodles dropped on the floor.

Risk of overfeeding noodles to rabbits.

Flour and eggs, being the major ingredient of noodles, carries certain risks when fed in large amounts because your rabbit’s gut is not designed to digest large amounts of it.

Here are the risk associated when a rabbit is overfed noodles:

Gastrointestinal Stasis

Gastrointestinal stasis or GI stasis mainly happens when a rabbit has a diet with a large amount of carbs with a low-fiber diet.

This diet would cause an imbalance in your rabbit’s gut that would lead to a build-up of gas. This painful gas would cause your rabbit to stop eating, which would lead to a cycle of making more gas.

GI stasis would eventually lead to organ failure and death if not treated. Make sure that you bring your rabbits to a veterinarian if you notice any of these symptoms after your rabbits ate large amounts of noodles:

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

Obesity

Obesity is also possible due to high amounts of starch in most noodles. Older rabbits or rabbits that are confined all day are the most susceptible to obesity.

That’s why it’s not advisable to feed your rabbits food that is not traditionally considered safe.

Diarrhea

Diarrhea in rabbits is often caused by the wrong diet or when their diet is changed too fast. Feeding your rabbit large amounts of noodles would check those two boxes I mentioned.

Healthy alternative to noodles as treats.

If you’re planning on giving noodles as treats to your rabbits(don’t), these alternatives are much safer:

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

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

  1. Can rabbits eat pasta?

    No, pasta is made out of durum semolina, flour made out of durum wheat, which is not recommended to be given to rabbits as part of their regular diet.

  2. Can rabbits eat ramen noodles?

    No, ramen noodles, just like normal noodles, should not be given to rabbits as part of their diet. But, it’s safe if your rabbits accidentally ate some.

  3. Can rabbits eat cooked noodles?

    No, rabbits should never be given cooked noodles as part of their normal diet. But, it’s fine if your rabbits only ate small amounts of cooked noodles.

Conclusion

You don’t have to worry if your rabbits accidentally ate small amounts of noodles as long as they’re eating their required fiber(hay) for the day.

Problems would only arise when a rabbit is fed large amounts of noodles in lieu of hay. This low-fiber diet would eventually turn into dangerous digestive distress like GI stasis, diarrhea, and obesity.

All of which is fatal to rabbits when not treated.

Finally, other types of noodles like ramen noodles and pasta are also safe to be eaten accidentally as long as your rabbit is eating enough hay. Just don’t make it a habit.

Cite this article:

Bunny Horde (November 14, 2021) Can Rabbits Eat Noodles? What you need to know.. Retrieved from https://bunnyhorde.com/can-rabbits-eat-noodles/.
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