Last Updated on December 21, 2021 by Rei Garnet
While feeding small amounts of cooked/uncooked rice to rabbits is not harmful, feeding them large amounts of rice could lead to digestive distress like diarrhea and GI stasis.
100 grams of uncooked rice contains 80.4 grams of carbs which is 63.6% starch. While rabbits should limit themselves to 0-138 grams of starch, meaning rabbits can be fine with or without any starch in their diet. Feeding starchy food like rice to your rabbits would do more harm than good, you should focus on feeding your rabbits high-quality hay instead.
If you notice any changes in your rabbit’s stool, both in size and consistency after eating rice, 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 rice:
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Risk of overfeeding rice to rabbits.
Because rice is high in carbs and low in fiber, feeding them to your rabbits carries a certain risk when fed in large amounts because rabbits have difficulty digesting it.
Here are some of the risks associated when you feed your rabbits large amounts of rice:
Diarrhea in rabbits is often caused by the wrong diet or when their diet is changed too fast. Feeding your rabbit large amounts of rice would check those two boxes I mentioned.
Gastrointestinal stasis is also possible when a rabbit is fed large amounts of rice, 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:
- Hunched posture
- 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 diet are the most susceptible to obesity.
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Should you panic if your rabbit ate a little amount of rice?
No. As long as your rabbit is eating the right kind of diet and you are not giving them a bowl of rice to feed on, then your rabbit should be fine.
Feeding a lot of hay would help prevent any digestive problems that might occur if your rabbit accidentally ate a little bit of rice.
What to do if your rabbit ate rice?
A rabbit eating small amounts of rice 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 rice could lead to digestive distress like GI stasis and diarrhea. It could also lead to obesity, especially to 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.