Last Updated on September 28, 2021 by Rei
Rabbits fart silent and scentless, that’s why rabbit owners often wonder why they never hear their babies fart. But just like us, rabbits do fart and they need to because gas build-ups in rabbits are painful and uncomfortable.
Diets that are high in carbs/sugar would also lead to more gas build-ups which would then lead to digestive problems such as GI stasis.
Now that I’ve given you the gist of the article, read on as I explain in more detail why rabbits fart:
Why do rabbits fart?
Rabbits fart the same reason we do, to release gas build-ups that would otherwise cause pain and discomfort. Diets that are low on fiber and high in carbs/sugar can also lead to more gas build-ups that can lead to dangerous digestive problems like gastrointestinal stasis.
If your rabbit is farting a lot, and you unknowingly fed them too much treats, it’s best to consult a veterinarian just to be on the safe side. GI stasis can be fatal extremely fast if not treated.
When should you be concerned?
While farting is a natural digestive process in rabbits, it can be a sign of digestive problems if it’s accompanied by other symptoms such as:
- Reduced appetite
- Any changes in their poop-does-a-rabbit-produce-in-a-day/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” title=”poop”>poop
- Loud teeth grinding or any unusual sounds
- Hunched or bloated appearance
If you notice any of these symptoms, consider calling your veterinarian for a proper diagnosis.
What causes of gas in rabbits?
Gas build-ups in rabbits can be caused by stress, a low-fiber/high-carb diet, and dehydration. In most cases, gas build-ups in rabbits are caused by feeding them the wrong kind of diet.
Stress could also lead to gas build-ups especially in rabbits that are confined in small cages all day without exercise. Lack of social interaction with other rabbits could also lead to loneliness and stress, which is why it is often recommended to get a pair of rabbits.
Can rabbits die of gas?
Gas build-ups in rabbits would be extremely uncomfortable and painful to your rabbits. This, in turn, would lead to reduced appetite which would then lead to GI stasis.
Gastrointestinal stasis is fatal to rabbits within 24 hours. That’s why it’s important to feed your rabbit the right diet and be always on the lookout for its symptoms.
What to do if your rabbits have gas?
If your rabbit is just farting, then it’s completely normal. But, if the farting is accompanied by other symptoms such as low appetite, changes in their stool, lethargy, bloating, or loud teeth grinding, then it’s time to bring your rabbit to a veterinarian.
How to stop your rabbits from farting?
You can’t physically stop your rabbits from farting. What you can do is to find out what’s causing the gas in the first place. Stress, dehydration, and a wrong diet could lead to increased farting.
A high fiber diet and limiting the amount of treats you give would often solve your rabbit’s gas problem. You should also avoid high-carb vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and kale which are known to cause gas build-ups.
As for stress, you can look for symptoms of stressed rabbits like aggressiveness, nervousness, lethargy, over/not grooming, and lack of appetite.
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Do rabbit’s fart smell?
No, most of the time, rabbit’s fart doesn’t have any smell. Although certain diets like too much carbs/sugar could lead to increased smell in their farts. Rabbits that are fed high-fiber foods(hay) have scentless farts.
Do rabbits fart a lot?
It depends on the rabbit. Rabbits that are having digestive problems due to gas build-ups would fart more than usual.
Do rabbits fart loudly?
Rabbit farts are silent. But sometimes you might hear your rabbits fart if the passing gas is large enough just like us humans.
Rabbits do indeed fart. It’s just that it’s scentless and silent which is why rabbit owners rarely notice it.
If your rabbits are farting a lot and you can hear it, bring your rabbit to a veterinarian if it’s accompanied by other symptoms such as lethargy and lack of appetite. Dangerous digestive problems such as GI stasis are caused by a build-up of gas.
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