Can Rabbits Eat Toilet Paper? What you need to know.

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A young rabbit standing on a toilet paper roll playing with it.

Last Updated on August 2, 2021 by Rei

An empty toilet paper roll is probably the most common/accessible toy for rabbits out there. Everyone has one and not to mention rabbits loves to play with them.

Toilet paper rolls are safe for rabbits as long as the paper is not heavily inked and your rabbit is not eating toilet paper in lieu of hay. Most rabbits would only eat small amounts of toilet paper due to their curiosity, but if your rabbit is eating too much, limit the amount you give them or switch to wood-based toys.

Now that I’ve given you the gist of the article, read on as I explain in more detail why rabbits can eat toilet papers:

What kind of paper can rabbits eat?

A young rabbit standing on a toilet paper playing with it.

Rabbits can eat paper in small amounts. Just make sure that the paper you’re letting your rabbits play with is not heavily inked.

Heavily inked papers like magazines and mass-produced pamphlets are not recommended to give to rabbits as toys because the ink used in them could be toxic.

The only ink a rabbit can safely digest is ink that’s vegetable-based like what most newspapers use.

WARNING: Although rabbits can eat small amounts of paper, if you notice that your rabbit is eating a lot of it in lieu of their normal diet(hay), stop giving your rabbits paper-based toys.

Risk of overfeeding toilet paper to rabbits.

A young rabbit biting a toilet paper playing with it.

Toilet paper is mostly made out of wood pulp so there’s not a lot of danger when a rabbit ingested small amounts of it.

It becomes a problem when your rabbit is eating too much toilet paper that it’s replacing the amount of hay they need to eat for the day.

Here are some of the problems your rabbit might encounter when they are eating too much toilet paper instead of hay:

Diarrhea

Diarrhea happens to rabbits when a sudden shift in diet happens. So when a rabbit suddenly eats an excessive amount of toilet paper, it’s possible for them to develop diarrhea.

If you notice any changes in your rabbit’s stool after they ingested a lot of toilet paper, immediately bring them to a veterinarian because diarrhea in rabbits is an emergency and could lead to death extremely fast.

Gastrointestinal Stasis

Another possible digestive distress when a rabbit is fed large amounts of toilet paper is GI stasis or the slowing of the passage of food. GI stasis happens when there’s an imbalance of bacteria in your rabbit’s gut.

This in turn could lead to painful gas that would eventually lead to organ failure and death if not treated immediately.

If you notice any of these symptoms, bring your rabbit to a veterinarian:

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

Intestinal blockage

Intestinal blockage mainly happens when a rabbit has eaten too much cardboard/toilet paper that they’re not eating the required amount of hay(fiber) they need for the day.

Rabbit’s gut needs fiber for it to induce movement. Without it, your rabbit could develop dangerous digestive conditions like an intestinal blockage.

A better alternative to toilet paper as chew toys.

A rabbit playing with an empty toilet paper roll.

The best toys for rabbits are those they can use to grind their teeth. As we know, rabbit’s teeth continuously grow, that’s why they need to constantly chew on things to help grind their teeth.

In the wild, this isn’t really a problem because wild rabbits have an abundant supply of fallen branches to chew on.

While pet rabbits need to rely on us to provide them with chew toys to prevent dental problems.

Here are the best toys to give to rabbits as an alternative to toilet paper:

  • Willow balls
  • Willow bridge
  • Willow sticks
  • Wooden dumbbells
  • Twig Tunnels
  • Ka-Bob Chew Dispenser Toy

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Can rabbits eat newspaper?

Yes, rabbits can eat small amounts of newspapers. In fact, the newspaper is probably the safest form of printed paper a rabbit can eat because most of them are printed using vegetable-based ink — which is safe for rabbits.

Can rabbits eat cardboard?

Yes, rabbits can eat small amounts of cardboard. Just make sure that your rabbit is not eating the glue on most cardboard. And make sure that you remove any staples in it because rabbits would likely choke on it.

Can rabbits eat magazines?

No, it’s best to avoid giving magazines to rabbits because most of them are printed with harmful inks. Most companies would use non-vegetable-based ink to reduce the cost because most of these magazines are mass-produced.

Can rabbits eat pamphlets?

No, rabbits can’t eat pamphlets. Pamphlets are mass-produced and they’re most likely printed using the cheapest inks to save cost. And most of the time, these cheap inks are dangerous to rabbits. Rabbits can only digest small amounts of vegetable-based ink.

Conclusion

Toilet paper can be eaten by rabbits in small amounts. Just make sure that it’s not the only thing your rabbit is eating. Most rabbits would only eat it due to their curiosity.

If your rabbit is eating excessive amounts of toilet paper, switch to wood-based toys and monitor their stool for any changes.

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